Week 04: January

Week 4: January 22nd thru 28th

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1/22 of… 1822

Barney, born into slavery in Virginia. His mother Phoebe instilled in Barney the value of education and literacy. As a slave, Barney, did not have a last name. He began as a waiter, cook on a riverboat and miner in the gold fields of Georgia. When his mother died, he escaped slavery and made his way to Chicago via the underground railway. In Chicago, he read classic literature, politics, and economics. He learned the barber’s trade, married Julia Lyoni and, after seeing a locomotive named Lancelot Ford, he adopted the name Barney Lancelot Ford…  {003}

1855

The Treaty of Point Elliott was signed 01/22/1855 at Muckl-te-oh or (today, Mukilteo, WA); ratified 03/08 & 04/11/1859. It established the Suquamish Port Madison, Tulalip, Swin-a-mish (Swinomish), and Lummi reservations, guaranteed both fishing rights and the reservations and offered a payment of $150,000. Signatories to the Treaty included: Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens, representatives from the Duwamish (Chief Seattle), Suquamish, Snoqualmie, Snohomish, Lummi, Skagit, Swinomish, and other tribes. Note that reservations were not designated, for the Duwamish, Skagit, Snohomish, and Snoqualmie tribes.
European-American settlement had started in the 1840’s and was dramatically increasing each year. The Treaty wasn’t ratified until 1859 so white settlement of Indian lands proceeded until then. The Indians, of course, were forced onto the various reservations and their rights were ignored.  {001}

1877

Horrell-Higgins Feud: Merritt Horrell killed by John “Pink” Higgins in a gunfight at Wiley and Toland’s Gem Saloon in Lampasas, TX. The Horrell Brothers, of course, vow revenge.  {001}

1880

“Mysterious” Dave Mather said to have out-shot four gunmen at the Close and Patterson Saloon in Las Vegas, NM. Nary a scratch on Dave.  {001}

1884

Socorro, NM:  “Joel A. Fowler Kale [James E. Cale] murder[er] hung by citizens about one o’clock a.m.”  Quoted from the diary of Vigilante leader Col. Ethan Eaton. {001}

1900

John "Liver Eating" Johnston - Week 4The Old Soldiers’ Home at Santa Monica, CA, marks the passing of one of the more colorful of the old time scouts, John “Liver Eating” Johnston (Johnson: neither his true name). Mebbe he was a prospector, soldier, lawman, whiskey peddler, sailor and much more—hard to say for sure what’s true about this old timer, no doubt a legend in his own mind as well as in his times. But he didn’t make it all up and he lived through it.  Look him up. Photo: J.H. Fouch U.S. PD  {001 & 017}
see:
Wk. 51, 12/21/1972 – Jeremiah Johnson, a movie
Photo Gallery Index – Pushin’ Up Daisies

1963

"Stoney" Al St. John - Week 4Stoney” Al St. John, age 69, died in Lyons, GA. The original and definitive comic movie cowboy sidekick, he acted in nearly 350 Western movies between 1912 and 1952. Appropriating the name of rival “Fuzzy” Knight, he became “Fuzzy Q. Jones”. Eighty films in the Billy the Kid series starring Bob Steele; the Billy the Kid/Billy Carson series starring Buster Crabbe; and the Lone Rider series starring Bob Livingston.  He also played sidekick to Lash LaRue. Photo: U.S. PD, outtake from comedy short “Love” 1919  {001}

1/23 of… 1827

James B. Hume, born in Stamford Township, Delaware County, NY. Peace officer, warden, detective.  {001}

1851

Oregon Territory: the City of Portland (for Portland, MA) is named by the flip of a coin. Boston loses.  {001}Old West Daily Reader Subscribe Today

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