By Charley Hester

A sixteen-year-old runaway from Illinois, Charley Hester (1853–1940) lit out from domestic in 1869, certain to make a existence for himself at the nice American frontier. within the iciness of his existence seven a long time later, he dictated an account of his reviews within the Wild West of his adolescence. Charley Hester’s memoir recounts the trips that took him to Missouri, Texas, Indian Territory, Kansas, and Nebraska and taken him face-to-face with badman John Wesley Hardin in addition to Joel Collins sooner than Collins shaped his band of stagecoach and educate robbers. The younger cow waddy additionally tells of assembly Wild invoice Hickok, gazing document Holliday’s deft card play, and witnessing the waylaying of a drunken buffalo hunter through Wyatt Earp.In his personal colourful language, Hester relates tales starting from excessive jinks at the path to a heart-stopping shock stumble upon with Indians, in addition to conflicts with nature within the type of blizzards, cyclones, quicksand, swollen rivers, undesirable water, prairie fires, and electric storms. So enticing that they figured in Warner Brothers’ learn for the vintage motion picture avert urban, Hester’s adventures are the stuff of actual Americana: heritage rendered in bolder strokes and brighter shades than the main outlandish fiction, as outrageous and outrageously pleasing because it is true.After existence as a cowpoke at the Chisholm and Western Trails, Hester ultimately settled in Phillips County, Kansas, after which in Dundy County, Nebraska, the place he helped his brother construct a ranching empire.

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It was quite a game to avoid having the low value money given to you, and it was as much of a game to pass on the pieces one had accumulated. 1 There was Joel Collins along with seven other pokes and myself. There’s a place in the Indian Territory named after the Collins boys’ father. Later Joel decided trail life was too hard a way to make a living. He won dubious fame as a card sharp, rustler, and train robber, but most of all for riding with the outlaw Sam Bass. I will tell about that affair later.

More time was spent pulling cattle out of those waters than all the rest of our troubles combined. , Pond Creek and Pond Lake was another set of troublemakers. Some twenty-five miles west were salt marshes and swamps. Indians went to these salt marshes for the supply of that essential element. Our Boss was trail wise and he shoved us two or three miles east of the junction of Pond and Osage Creek just above the Salt Fork. These tributaries formed a large loop and made a natural swamp or lake (Pond Lake) which was fed by the brackish waters to the west.

00 and costs. To be buffaloed is the worst disgrace that can happen to a gunman—but it sure had a wonderful effect on the crowd. After that there was no trouble getting the men to register their guns as they entered town. It was either that or ride out of town in a lumber wagon headed for the cemetery. In October 1870 Andrew McConnell shot and killed John Shea. It seems Shea snapped a pistol twice at McConnell and was cocking his gun the third time when Andy went into action and killed Shea. [29], (2 Investigation exonerated McConnell.

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