Week 46: November

Week 46: November 12 thru 18th

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11/12 of… 1815

Born in Johnstown, NY: Elizabeth Cady Stanton: woman’s rights/suffrage advocate, abolitionist, author, social activist.  {001}

1870

The Lost Ship in the Desert. As reported in the Los Angeles Star, Charley Clusker and a party started out again this morning to find the mythical ship upon the desert this side of Dos Palmas [located on the northeast side of the Salton Sea Basin]. Charley made the trip three or four weeks ago, but made the wrong chute [sic] and mired his wagon fifteen miles from Dos Palmas. He is satisfied from information he has received from the Indians that the ship is no myth. He is prepared with a good wagon, pack saddles, and planks to cross the sandy ground.”  {001}
see also:
The Originals Index – Lost Treasures in the Old West

1884

Springer, New Mexico Territory, hosts the National Cattlemen’s Association.  {001}

1888

Voca, TX. James S. “Jim” Longley, brother of William P.Wild Bill” Longley is elected sheriff.  {001}

1912

Sale of the last cattle from the XIT Ranch in Texas. Now the final land sales would complete the dissolution of the ranch. The XIT — “Ten in Texas,” covering all or part of ten counties — was founded by the Capitol Syndicate (Chicago) in 1885 and “owned” by brothers Charles and John Farwell. They traded construction of a new state capitol building in Austin — valued at $3,000,000 — for 3,000,000 acres of land. Initially the ranch ran about 150,000 cattle a year. Then, due to economic conditions in the cattle market,  the ranch began to fail. An XIT herd, ramrodded by John McCanless, was the last up the Western Trail (1896). By 1908 both brothers were dead and the ranch had been sold asunder.  {001}
see also:
Quotes Index – Rules to Live By XIT Ranch Rules (low on the page)

1920

Winifred Maurice Harrison Sunset Carson” born in Gracemont, OK. Movie star.  {001}

11/13 of… 1833

On the night of one of the most spectacular meteor showers in recorded history, a child is born to a Tabeguache (Uncompaghre) Ute mother and a Jicarilla Apache father. He is named Ouray (the arrow) after the spectacular omen which has attended his birth. Raised as a Ute, he followed his Ute-adopted Apache father to become the next chief of the Tabeguache in 1860. He lived up to the omen, the great Leonid Meteor Shower (11/13/1833).  {001}
see:
Photo Gallery Index – Indian PhotosOuray and Chipeta
Wk. 34, 08/24/1880 – Chief Ouray

1863

Sentenced to death for the killing of one John Savage, Chipita Rodriguez gains the dubious honor of becoming the first woman to be legally hanged in Texas.  {001}

1876

The Downieville to Marysville (CA) Wells Fargo Stage is robbed by Joe and Tom Brown. One passenger wounded.  {001}

1878

LCW: A “blanket amnesty” for all participants in the Lincoln County War is proclaimed by New Mexico’s Governor Lew Wallace.  {001}

1900

owdr-james-jesse-frank-zereldaMother of Frank and Jesse James, Zerelda Amanda James-Simms-Samuel died at her sister’s home in Kansas City, MO. Photo: U.S. PD pre-1900, Zerelda, Frank and Jesse.  {001}

11/14 of… 1861

Fredrick Jackson Turner born in Portage, WI. Western historian.  {001}

1863

On the road between Horse Prairie and Bannack, MT, Henry Tilden was set upon by three men and robbed of $10. One of the robbers might have been Sheriff Henry Plummer.  {001}

1879

Justice of the Peace George W. “Hoodoo” Brown, allegedly in reaction to a holdup on the Santa Fe Railroad, appoints outlaw and stage robber Dave Rudabaugh to the post of sheriff in the Las Vegas, New Mexico Territory.  {001}

1882

William F. “Billy the Kid” Claiborne is killed trying to ambush “Buckskin Frank” Leslie outside the Oriental Saloon at Tombstone, AZ. Frank had tried to warn him off but Billy wasn’t listening.  {001}
see:
Quotes Index – Gunfighter Quotes – from Billy

1900

Aaron Copeland born in Brooklyn, NY. Composer.  {001}

1921

Robert Alba Keith born in Bayonne, NJ (??).  {001}

1974

OWDR Johnny Mack Brown WebJohnny Mack Brown, age 70, died in Woodland Hills, CA. He was in 127 Western films: Billy the Kid (1930), The Big Trail (1930) with John Wayne, Montana Moon (1930), Desperate Trails (1939) and Badman from Red Butte (1939). He also played in four serials for Universal Studios: Flaming FrontiersRustlers of Red Dog, Wild West Days and The Oregon Trail. Photo: U.S. PD 1936 screen shot from Rogue of the Range{001}

11/15 of… 1806

Lt. Zebulon Pike and expedition physician Dr. John H. Robinson first sight the distant Colorado peak which Pike calls Grand Peak — but which will later be named for him. Near Ft. Lyons, CO.  {001}
see:
The Originals Index – Landmarks and RegistersPike’s Peak

1866

 William Cathay takes a three year enlistment in the U.S. Army in St. Louis, MO and he is assigned to the 38th Infantry. Only two soldiers in the unit, her cousin and a friend, know the secret, her name is actually, Cathay Williams.  {001}

1878

St. Louis, MO, sees the passing of Geminien P. Beauvais, age ??. Noted early explorer and frontiersman.  {001}

1887

Georgia Totto O’Keeffe born near Sun Prairie, WI. American painter.  {001}

1899

Sheep Wars. At Lower Snake River, Northwestern CO, forty masked men attacked a sheep camp. The shepherds were robbed, their wagon burned and more than 3,000 sheep were “clubbed and scattered”.  {001}

1904

Eliss Albert “Al” Swearengen, age 59, found dead of a massive head injury in the middle of a suburban street in Denver, CO. Swearengen was an entrepreneur, businessman/promoter, pimp, and proprietor of the Gem Theater in Deadwood, SD (1877-99). This was likely a revenge killing for some of Al’s murders or additional foul play in Deadwood… to say the least, he was not a nice man. His twin brother Lemuel was also murdered in much the same fashion outside his meat market in Oskaloosa, IA, in July of 1910. No photo.  {001}

1947

OWDR Allie EarpOne of the last of the real “old timers,” Alvira “Allie” Sullivan Earp, dies at age 98 in Los Angles, CA. Wife of the famous lawman Virgil Walter Earp. Photo: U.S. PD c. 1880’s – at 16 yrs. old.  {001}

11/16 of… 1821

William Becknell‘s pack train arrives in Santa Fe, NM. The Spanish, who tended to imprison traders as “spies”, are out of the picture and the “new” Mexicans are open for trade. The round trip took only 48 days and realized considerable profit. In 1822, Becknell will pioneer a new route and the use of wagons to carry goods. The Santa Fe Trail is open for business.  {001}
see:
Wk. 35, 09/01/1821 – Becknell departs

1881

Tombstone, AZ Territory. Wyatt Earp testifies before Judge Wells Spicer‘s court about the shootout at the O.K. Corral and claims he fired in self-defense.  {001}

1907

OWDR Oklahoma Seal Web.svgCombining the Oklahoma Territory (created 1890) and part of the Indian Territories (created 1834 for the use Native Americans), Oklahoma was admitted to the Union as the 46th state. “The Sooner State”. Oklahoma Seal, U.S. PD.  {001}

1990

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Activists inspired by Maria Pearson finally succeed in securing legislation regarding proprietership and disposition of human remains and cultural objects of Native American peoples: a complicated and ongoing issue.  {001}

11/17 of… 1855

U.S. Marshal William Richardson shot by Charles Cora in California.  {001}

1856

Ft. Buchanan is established on the Sonoita River in southern Arizona to manage lands acquired in the Gadsden Purchase.  {001}
see:
Wk. 17, 04/25/1854 – The Gadsden Purchase

1867

Davies County Courthouse in Gallatin, MO, is robbed. John Reno, arrested by the Pinkertons, is convicted and serves nearly 10 years in the Missouri State Penitentiary. The only brother in the Reno Gang who was not lynched.  {001}
see:
The Originals Index – Outlaw Gangs Index – Reno Gang

1896

OWDR Isaac Parker WebJudge Isaac Charles Parker, age 58, died in Ft. Smith, AK. Parker presided over nearly 13,500 cases — 9,454 of which resulted in convictions. Of the 344 capital cases tried, the “Hanging Judge” sentenced 160 to death, but of these only 79 actually went to the gallows. Photo: U.S., PD pre-1896 Ft. Smith NHS.  {001}

1896

Buckskin Frank Leslie’s curious pardon from the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, AZ. Frank had killed his mistress Blond Mollie, and made an attempt to kill her supposed lover. He only served six years of a life sentence and was then paroled. Was this because he was able to call in powerful old chits relating to his help with the killing of John Ringo?    {001}
see:
Wk. 28, 07/13/1882 – John Ringo

1911

A relentless ten day pursuit across the state brings Sheriff Dwight Stephens‘ posse into a blazing shootout with John Greer‘s gang of outlaws at the V Cross T Ranch in southwestern NM Terr. One account has John Greer charging with the reins in his teeth and a death-spewing six-shooter in each hand. Whatever the truth, deputy A.L. Smithers and rancher Thomas H. Hall are killed. Greer is also dead by rifle fire from the sheriff, who is himself saved only by the timely arrival of deputies Johnnie James and W.C. “Bill” Simpson. Uninjured, John Gates and Reynard Greer slip away in the gathering dusk…  {001}

1917

OWDR-Buffalo-NickelBought and slaughtered for meat by A. Slilz, Inc., is Black Diamond, age 22, an American Bison bull and ex-resident of the Bronx Zoo (the New York Zoological Park). Black Diamond steaks brought $2.00 a pound. He was reported to have been the model for the reverse of the Indian Head Nickel and the back of the 1910 series note (debated). His head was mounted and his hide became an automobile robe.  Photo: U.S. PD  {001}

11/18 of… 1865

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain, published in the New York Saturday Press.  {001}

1883

The U.S. Naval Observatory adopts Standard Time as defined by the nation’s largest railroads, resulting in four times zones across the U.S. This led to a vast simplification of RR schedules across the country, enhancements in RR safety and improvements in weather forecasting.  {001}

1944

OWDR George Tap DuncanGeorge Taplan ‘Tap’ Duncan, age 75, cut down in the streets of Kingman, AZ, by a ’41 Ford. Cowboy, member of the Wild Bunch, cattleman, shooting legend. Some claimed it was Tap who was with George Kilpatrick and Kid Curry when they robbed eastbound D&RGW train #5 at Parachute, CO. Photo: U.S. PD  {001}
see:
Wk. 24, 06/17/1904 – Parachute Train Robbery

1945

Born in Tahequah, OK, Wilma Pearl Mankiller, Indian activist, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.  {001}

 

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