Week 42: October

Week 42: October 15th thru 21st

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Charlie Siringo (LH) and W.B Sayers (RH) - Week 42Charlie Siringo (LH) and W.B Sayers (RH)
Hunting the Wild Bunch c. 1899-1900
Photo: U.S. PD pre-1923
10/18/1928 – below

10/15 of… 1830

Helen Hunt Jackson, born in Amherst, Massachusetts – author, pioneer Indian activist.  {001}


Isaac Charles Parker born in Barnesville, Belmont County, OH. He will become “Hanging Judge Parker“.  {001}


The first issue of the Arizona Citizen hits the streets of Tuscon, AZ. Editor/publisher Richard McCormick will have plenty to write about.  {001)


Outlaw leader Jesse Evans is convicted and given ten years for the murder of Texas Ranger George “Red” Bingham at Presidio del Norte, Mexico, on 07/03/1880. Ranger D.T. Carson was also wounded in the affair, but the gang lost the battle. George Davis was killed, John Gross wounded, and the gang taken. This was the last hurrah of the Jesse Evans gang.  {001}


Paul Hurst born in Traver, CA. Writer, director, movie actor.  {001}

10/16 of… 1859

Intending to arm slaves and create a rebellion, 21 abolitionists led by John Brown attack and take the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, VA. It only lasts two days until a contingent of 86 U.S. Marines, commanded by Army Lt. Col. Robert E. Lee with Lt. J.E.B. Stuart as his aide-de-camp, kill a few and take the rest captive; Brown is sent to Charles Town, VA, to be tried.  {001}
Wk. 48, 12/02/1859 – John Brown


Benjamin Tyler Henry - Week 42: October 14th thru 20thBenjamin Tyler Henry, an engineer working for Oliver Winchester at the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company, obtains a patent for the design which will become the famous Henry Rifle. Issued to troops in 1862, the repeating rifle quickly demonstrated its superiority to the muzzle-loading rifle. It effectively gave a single man the firepower of a dozen men. Photo: U.S. PD 1862 Winchester Arms  {001}


Yavapai County, Arizona Territory Sheriff Ed Bowers, U.S. Marshal William W. Standefer, and a freshly deputized Virgil Earp stop fleeing felons in Prescott, AZ. Badman John Tallos is killed in the shootout and his partner, a wanted murderer named Wilson died several days later. Virgil is designated a hero in the incident.  {001}


Somehow, ex-paramour Belle Starr‘s efforts have managed to get Cherokee Strip outlaw Blue Duck‘s death sentence — received for a senseless, drunken murder — commuted to life in prison at Menard Penitentiary at Chester, IL. {001}


Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins - Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins – born c. 1844 near Humboldt Lake, NV, died in Henry’s Lake ID. Her Northern Paiute name was Thocmentony, meaning “Shell Flower” (also seen as “Tocmetone”). She was a noted Indian author, activist and educator.  Her book, “Life Among the Paiutes” is the “first known autobiography written by a Native American woman”.* Photo: U.S. PD, pre- 1891.  {001}
see also:
* References – Books – Novels and History (non-ref)Winnemucca, Sarah
This article also appears in Firsts in the Old West1891


Joe Lefors is appointed deputy U.S. Marshal by U.S. Marshal Frank A. Hadsell.


Gordon A. Nance, aka Wild Bill Elliott, born in Pattonsburg, MO. Actor.  {001}


Aaron Copland 1970 - Week 42: October 14th thru 20th.Billy the Kid, an opera by Aaron Copeland and choreographed by Eugene Loring opened in Chicago. Incorporating adaptations of numerous American cowboy ballads and folk songs, the production is still popular today. It is certainly a different way of looking at the American West. Photo: U.S. PD 1970 Aaron Copeland, CBS TV Promo  {001}


The premier of Rodeo (The Courting at Burnt Ranch), a ballet by Aaron Copeland and choreographed by Agnes de Mille, who also danced the lead. Featuring movements suggested by cowboy activities such as roping, riding etc., the production was a pacesetter in contemporary American dance. Copeland’s composition was again based on folk music. There were 22 curtain calls opening night — and it is still popular today.  {001}


Bob Bose Bell, Bob McCubbin and Rich Baish purchase True West Magazine and still own it today (2011). A luminary of western antiquity and the cowboy way! These boys “bucked the tiger” and put up their own money to preserve the history and keep it live… TYH!  {001}

10/17 of… 1835

The Texas Rangers formed in Austin, TX.  {001}


The founding of the St. Ignatius Mission School for Indian children in Montana.  {001}


The Union Pacific RR is offering town plots in Cheyenne, WY, for $1,200.  {001}


Founding of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. The final evolution from a chain of steamship companies organized by partners Goodall, Nelson and Perkins beginning in 1867, the new company would serve twenty ports between San Diego and San Francisco, while major competitor, the Pacific Mail Steamship Company would control the routes from Central America and those north of San Francisco. Sold to the Admiral Line in 1916. Flyer: (a crop): U.S. PD pre-1923, yes, but, this printing shows destinations only served by Admiral Line, who used the name after the purchase. The flag, U.S. PD, pre-1923, is that of the original company. {001}


The H Bar O Rangers, starring Richard Wanamaker as Bobby Benson and Herbert C. Rice (director) as Buck Mason (the foreman of the ranch) and Wong Lee (the cook), begins on CBS radio (15 min) in 1932. Seven hundred episodes later, production stopped in December of 1936. The series was revived on the Mutual Network by Rice in 1949. The ranch was renamed the B Bar B but the show carried the same name, ending again in 1955 after some 350 episodes. It spun off two different TV series and twenty issues of a comic book (1950- 53). At one time both Don Knotts and Tex Ritter played on the show.  {001}

10/18 of… 1830

Helen Maria Hunt Jackson born in Amherst, MS. American author, Indian rights activist.  {001}


Park McClure challenges Denver, CO, recorder Richard E. Whitsitt to a duel. With nearly 500 spectators in attendance, the duelists turn and fire. McClure is shot in the groin and recovers while Whitsitt is unharmed… along the banks of Cherry Creek about a mile out of the young city.  {001}


Renowned and popular C.M. “Cash” Hollister is newly resigned as deputy U.S. Marshal, but still deputy sheriff of Sumner County, KS. He and a posse are in possession of three warrants for the arrest of Texas trail-cowboy now Kansas badman, Robert “Bob” Cross — the newest being the upshot of “kidnapping” the daughter of prominent local rancher Joshua Hannum. The couple had run away together, but Cross sent her back on the train — then didn’t show at an appointed meeting, and turned out to be already married. Daddy filed charges. Cross was located at his brother-in-law’s house along with his very defensive current wife, and the circus began. The posse tried to burn down the house, but Cross killed Hollister with a Winchester rifle and got away! Upon his arrest soon after, the law had to spirit Cross out of town to prevent a lynching. Great tale, too extensive for Old West Daily Reader, look it up!  {001}
Quotes Index – Commentators QuotesHollister killing


Charlie Siringo - Week 42: October 14th thru 20th.Charles A. “Charlie” Siringo, age 73, died in Altadena, CA. Cowboy, merchant, lawman, Pinkerton detective, New Mexico ranger, author and silent film actor. An interesting man, often found where the action was. He did some of the very first undercover police work. Among his books: A Texas Cowboy, or Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony (1885) and Riata and Spurs (1912). Also, Two Evil Isms, Pinkertonism and Anarchism (1915) and A History of Billy the Kid (1920).  {001}

10/19 of… 1865

“In mid-September, old Montana fur trapper, James Lumley was about 175 miles above the Great Falls on the Upper Missouri in Montana near Cadotte Pass. Just after sunset one evening he saw a “bright luminous body in the heavens.” It was plainly visible for about five seconds, proceeding rapidly in an easterly direction, then burst into an explosion in the sky with the sound of an explosion many seconds behind. Then soon followed by a strong wind through the forest like a tornado, and the event left the air smelling like sulfur.” Based on an article in the St. Louis Democrat, Oct. 19, 1865.
Strange Things in Old West SkiesThe Lumley Sighting
– for the complete article…


Jim Younger - Week 42: October 14th thru 20th.James “Jim” Younger died by suicide in the Reardon Hotel in St. Paul, MN. Outlaw, the James Younger Gang. Participant in the Great Northfield Minnesota Raid* of 1876. Photo: U.S. PD pre-1902.  {001}
*Wk. 36, 09/07/1876
– The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid


Virgil Earp - Week 42: October 14th thru 20th.Virgil Walter Earp died of natural causes while serving as deputy sheriff in Esmeralda County, NV. Older brother of Wyatt and a senior officer (deputy U.S. Marshall, AZ Terr.), he was a participant in the Gunfight at the OK Corral*. Photo: U.S. PD, Wikipedia  {001}
Wk. 43, 10/26/1881 – Gunfight at the OK Corral


N. C. Wyeth c1920 - Week 42: October 14th thru 20th.Painter N.C. Wyeth (Newell Convers), age 62, died at Chadds Ford, PA. Fortunate to have excellent training and several trips west in his youth, Wyeth had the skills, a clear perspective on cowboys, miners, the Indians and the times. He was a large influence in the public perception of the old west. Photo: U.S. PD c. 1920 unknown.  {001}

10/20 of… 1811

Steamboat New Orleans - Firsts in the Old WestThe first steamboat to journey along the Mississippi River set sail from Pittsburgh, PA, and headed toward New Orleans, LA. Christened the New Orleans, the boat had fifteen people aboard, including the captain’s pregnant wife and a Newfoundland dog named Tiger. Over the 82-day, 981-mile voyage, the travelers witnessed cheering throngs along the Ohio River, the birth of the captain’s son near Louisville, and observed the Battle of Tippecanoe near present-day Lafayette, Indiana. In mid-December, a succession of potent earthquakes around the Mississippi town of New Madrid disarranged the river and its landmarks, leaving the crew’s map useless.* The boat’s successful expedition proved the feasibility of steam travel and opened the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys for trade, creating a national market for farm goods. The boat’s designer and engineer Robert Fulton wrote, “the Mississippi, as I before wrote you, is conquered.” Woodcut: U.S. PD c. 1812, Steamboat New Orleans.  {003}
*Wk. 50, 12/11/1811 – New Madrid, MO


The Battle of Rucker Canyon, during the “Campaign of the Rocky Mesa“. According to the army, Lt. William H. Winters, having witnessed the carnage of the Stone Massacre at Dragoon Springs, has continued his pursuit of Cochise and his band. Cochise has seen the pursuit and, knowing he can’t beat the army to Mexico with the stolen cattle, turns to his old stronghold in Rucker Canyon. Winters is joined by another contingent from Ft. Bowie led by Capt. Reuben Bernard, and they follow the Apaches into the Chiracahua Mountains. When the “battle” finally takes place, it is at the end of a cold, rainy day and the light is fading fast… (In process, completed soon).  {001}


Edward ‘Ed’ McGivern born in Lewiston, MT. Exhibition shooter.  {001}


The last Colorado Gold Rush was precipitated by Robert Miller “Bob” Womack in the area of Cripple Creek, soon followed by the location of the enormous Independence Lode by W.S. Stratton.  {001}


Born: Danny Ramblin’ Jack O’Connell. Old West Daily Reader Contributor 008.  {001}


Emmet Lynn is dead at 61. Character actor and sidekick+2 with Tim Holt (4) in Robbers of the Range (1941), with Don Barry (6) in Carson City Cyclone (1943), and with Eddie Dean (3) in Caravan Trail (1946). The Red Ryder films with Bill Elliot (2) in Wagon Wheels Westward (1945), with Allan Lane (3) in Oregon Trail Scouts (1947), and with Jim Bannon (4) in Roll, Thunder, Roll (1949).  {001}


Joel McCrea - Week 42: October 14th thru 20th.Joel Albert McCrea, age 84, died in Los Angeles, CA. Stunt double for Tom Mix and William S. Hart and later a well-known western actor in his own right. He starred in The Great Man’s Lady (1942), Buffalo Bill (1944), The Virginian (1946), Comanche Territory (1950) with Maureen O’Hara, Ride the High Country with Randolph Scott (1962), Mustang (1976) and numerous others. Photo: U.S. PD 1948 Studio Publicity Shot.  {001}

10/21 of… 1856

Sweetwater River, WY. Stranded by a blizzard, the Fourth Mormon Hand Cart Company (Willie Company) is reached by the main rescue party from Salt Lake City.  They have already lost many members and will lose still more before they are safe. Worse yet, the Martin Company (#5) started from Florence, NE, ten days later. They are still out there…  {001}
see also:
Quotes Index – Commentators QuotesMormon Hand Carts
Photo Gallery Index – Transportation PhotosMormon Hand Carts


William Floyd “Billy the Kid” Claiborne is born in Yazoo County, MS. Wanna-be outlaw.  {001}


Perhaps in a preview of coming attractions, San Francisco, CA, suffers almost three million dollars damage in an earthquake.  {001}


General Charles Adams leads the Colorado Militia to rescue Josephine Meeker, who had been taken by Ute Indians at the Meeker Massacre.  {001}
Wk. 39, 09/29/1879 – Meeker Massacre


Raymond Hatton 1922 - Week 42: October 14th thru 20th.Raymond Hatton, age 84, died in Palmdale, CA. Starting as a sidekick+2 to Roy Rogers in 4 pictures: Come On Rangers – 1938 (mule: Dinah), then The Three Mesquiteers Series (9). Hatton acted with the likes of Duncan Renaldo, Robert Livingston, Buck Jones, Tim McCoy and Johnny Mack Brown in some seventy westerns. He played in nearly 500 movies during his career. Photo: U.S. PD 1922 Clarence S. Bull.  {001}


Lucille Mulhall born in St. Louis, MO. Rodeo performer extraordinaire!  {001}


Charlie Shibell - Week 42: October 14th thru 20th.Sheriff Charles A. : Charlie” Shibell died in Tuscon, AZ at 67 years. In his time he was a customs inspector, a miner, a hotel owner, county recorder,a teamster and Sheriff of Pima County, AZ.  Photo: U.S. PD pre-1908.  {001}

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{001} C 10/21; E 09/20; F 06/11; P 10/17

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