Week 41: October

Week 41: October 8th thru 14th

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10/8 of… 1808

Horace Smith born in Cheshire (Chester?), MA. Firearms and cartridge designer.  {001}


The Great Chicago Fire+2 is called in at about ten in the evening. Catherine and Patrick O’Leary’s barn was certainly the first structure to go, but the cow story was journalistic hyperbole. No cause was ever pinpointed. In an ongoing drought, firemen, fatigued from fighting a fire the day before, could not stop the out-of-control inferno, driven by strong southwest winds, from roaring into the heart of the city…  {001}


James Grimshaw Cayton born in Hooper, NE. Early forest ranger.  {001}


The James Gang (Jesse, Frank, J.A. “Dick” Liddil and others) robs the C&A train at Glendale, MO.  {001}


The stage from Eureka to Redding in Shasta County, CA, again falls to Black Bart.  {001}
Quotes Index – Robbers and Poets Quotes Black Bart

10/9 of… 1835

In the second engagement of the Texas revolution, Texians attack a Mexican fort, the Presidio La Bahía near Goliad (Battle of Goliad). A short fight takes the fort, thereby breaking Mexican army supply lines.  {001}


Born in Grafton, MA, is George Montague Wheeler. Pioneer cartographer and explorer.  {001}


The federal government accepts Hiram Kimball‘s bid of $23,000 per annum to carry mail from Independence, MO, to Salt Lake City, UT.  {001}


The San Francisco, CA, to St. Louis, MO, Butterfield Overland Mail Stage arrives after 24 days in transit.  {001}


Cooney Mitchell is hanged in Granbury, TX, in connection with the deaths of two Truitt men the year before (Mitchell-Truitt Feud).  {001}


Joseph Farwell Glidden - Week 41: October 8th thru 14thJoseph Farwell Glidden, age 93, died in DeKalb, IL. He successfully patented barbed wire. While perhaps not the originator of the product, (Lucien B. Smith patent, 1867), his version was the one that changed the west. Illustration: U.S. PD 1884 Prairie Farmer.  {001}
Wk. 47, 11/24/1874 – the devil’s rope
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