“ONE DEAD DUCK”

TASCOSA TEXAS

— A SHOOTING IN TASCOSA — Sheriff Cape Willingham stood at the bar in the Equity Saloon in Tascosa, Texas, nursing a beer when a woman shoved her way inside and shouted that someone killed her duck.

Willingham flashed a puzzled look but picked up his sawed-off double-barreled shotgun and walked outside to investigate.

The Country World’s Texas Trails, a weekly agriculture publication, identified the duck killer as Fred […]

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“A BANDIT TURNED BANKER”

BANDIT TO BANKER

— A CASE OF REDEMPTION — A visibly nervous Dave Tucker stood outside the front door of the First Joseph Bank of Wallowa County,  Oregon, holding a gun. Two colleagues had slipped inside to rob the place.

Tucker worked as a sheepherder, not a bank robber. But he couldn’t resist the lure of pocketing enough cash to buy a farm and marry the girl he loved.

“A BANDIT TURNED BANKER”

“PISTOL PACKIN’ PIONEER”

Mary Fields

— STAGECOACH MARY — At Hillside Cemetery in Cascade, Montana, a simple wooden cross once marked the grave of a pistol-packing, hard-drinking, pioneer who began her life as a slave and later became known as “Stagecoach Mary.” 

Historians say Mary Fields, born a slave in 1832 in Tennessee, grew up on a family farm owned by a Judge Dunn (or Dunne). 

Unlike many other slaves, she learned to read and […]

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“THE LONG RIDE”

THE LONG RIDE

— THE CHRISTMAS WEEK RESCUE — Just before midnight on Christmas Day 1866, a man in a heavy buffalo robe coaxed his horse through the deep snow to the main gate of Fort Laramie, Wyoming, marking the end of a remarkable 230-mile rescue mission. 

John “Portuguese” Phillips, his robe and bearded face covered by frozen flakes of snow, one of two men who left Fort Phil Kearny on the night of December 22, carried a […]

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