Who Am I?
Old West Cowboys
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I was born Hardeman County, Tennessee on August 15, 1824. My family
moved to Texas in 1837. I got involved in the cattle business in
1854 and became one of the first to send his herds to New Mexico. I
obtained land along the Pecos River by right of occupancy and
eventually became the owner of a large ranch in the Bosque Grande,
about forty miles south of Fort Sumner, with over 100,000 head of
cattle. In 1866-67, I formed a partnership with cattlemen Charles
Goodnight and Oliver Loving to assemble and drive herds of cattle
for sale to the Army in Fort Sumner and Santa Fe, New Mexico, to
provide cattle to miners in Colorado as well as provide cattle to
the Bell Ranch. I was a business associate of Alexander McSween, a
principal figure in the Lincoln County War. With money, advice, and
influence behind the scenes, I played a role in the dispute between
the opposing factions of cattle farmers and business owners. When I
died in Eureka Springs on December 20, 1884, I was unmarried and
left my estate worth $500,000 to my brothers Pitzer and James.
Who Am I?
2) My nickname was "Pistol Pete." I was an
author, cowboy, scout, Indian fighter, and Deputy U. S. Marshal
for Judge Isaac C. Parker. I was born on October 26, 1860 in
Hartford, Connecticut, and at eight years old I moved with my
family to Twin Mounds, Kansas in Osage County to homestead. When I
was eight years old, my father, a Vigilante, was shot in cold
blood by six former Confederates, who during the war had served
with the Quantrill Raiders. The six men, from the Campsey and the
Ferber clans, rode with the southerners who after the war called
themselves "Regulators." At the age of fifteen, before setting
off on his mission to avenge his father's death, I decided to
visit Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, a cavalry fort, to learn more about
handling a gun. Although too young to join the army, I out shot
everyone at the fort and competed with the cavalry's best
marksmen, beating them each time. After many competitions, the
fort's commanding officer, Colonel Copinger, gave me a
marksmanship badge and a new nickname. From that day forward, I
would be known as "Pistol Pete." I began serving in Indian
Territory as a deputy U.S. Marshal at the age of seventeen, under
Judge Isaac C. Parker, who was known as the "hanging judge." My
territory extended from southern Kansas to northern Texas. I would
later say that from the start of my career as a lawman I began
tracking down my father's killers, claiming that by 1887 I had
killed five, and that the sixth only escaped my sixgun by being
shot by someone else in a dispute over a card game. I would serve
as either a marshal, a sheriff or a deputy sheriff until late in
life. At twenty-nine, I joined the land rush to Oklahoma
Territory. I settled southwest of Perkins, Oklahoma where I served
as sheriff and later became a blacksmith. I was married twice, had
nine children, 31 grandchildren, and lived to see three
great-great-grandchildren. I died on April 8, 1958 at the age of
Who Am I?
3) In 1854, I was born in Collin County, Texas. My
father was a cattleman, and owned and operated two freight wagons.
In 1870, I was arrested for horse theft and sentenced to two years
in prison. However, because of my youth, I was released after only
a short time that same year. By the late 1870s, I had a reputation
as being fast with a gun. In 1878, an argument between me and four
Mexican vaqueros erupted. Over time, with a new family I began a
more settled life by working in the cattle business. I served
briefly in 1883 as acting sheriff of Uvalde County, Texas. In
1884, while in San Antonio, Texas, on business, I came into
contact with his old friend, gunfighter and gambler Ben Thompson.
We attended a play on March 11, 1884 at the Turner Hall Opera
House, and later, at around 10:30 pm, we went to the Vaudeville
Variety Theater. A volley of gunfire erupted from another theater
box, with a hail of bullets hitting both Thompson and me. I was
shot thirteen times, and did fire one round in retaliation. I was
buried on my ranch. My body was later moved to the Pioneer
Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas.
Who Am I?
4) I was born on March 5, 1836 in
Macoupin County, Illinois, east of St. Louis, Missouri. I moved to
Texas in 1846 with his mother and stepfather, Hiram Daugherty. In
1856, I became a cowboy and served with the local militia,
fighting against Comanche raiders. At the outbreak of the Civil
War, I joined the Confederate States of America. Most of my time
was spent as part of a frontier regiment guarding against raids by
Indians. In 1866, Oliver Loving and I drove their first herd of
cattle northward. I invented the chuckwagon, which was first used
on the initial cattle drive. On July 26, 1870, I married Mary Ann
"Molly" Dyer, a teacher from Weatherford, located west of Fort
Worth. After my wife Molly died in April 1926, Goodnight became
ill himself. He was nourished back to health by a 26-year-old
nurse and telegraph operator from Butte, Montana. On March 5,
1927, I turned ninety-one and married the younger Corinne. I died
on December 12, 1929 in Tucson, Arizona.
Who Am I?
5) Born in 1854, I
was an African American cowboy. I was born a slave in Davidson
County, Tennessee. Despite slavery era statutes that outlawed
black literacy I learned to read and write as a child with the
help of my father. I went west to Dodge City, Kansas, and became a
cowboy. I entered a rodeo on the 4th of July in 1876. I won the
rope, throw, tie, bridle, saddle and bronco riding contests. My
fans called me by the nickname "Deadwood Dick." In October 1877,
I was captured by a band of Akimel O'odham (Pima) while rounding
up stray cattle near the Gila River in Arizona. I reported that
his life was spared because the Indians respected his fighting
ability. I stole a pony and managed to escape into West Texas. I
spent the latter part of his life working as a Pullman porter. I
died in Los Angeles at age 67 in 1921.
Who Am I?
6) On December 4, 1812, I was
born in Hopkins County, Kentucky. My brother, and my
brother-in-law and I moved our families to the Republic of Texas.
By 1855 I had moved to the future Palo Pinto County, Texas, where
I ran a country store and ranched on Keechi Creek a few miles
north of the town of Salesville. In 1866, having heard about the
probable need for cattle at Fort Sumner, New Mexico, where some
8,000 American Indians had been settled on a reservation, I
gathered a herd, combined it with that of Charles Goodnight, and
began a long drive to the fort. Our trail became famous. Although
I told Goodnight that I would travel at night through American
Indian country, I became impatient and pushed ahead during the
day. My careless action brought a Comanche attack in which I was
seriously wounded. I reached Fort Sumner, only to die there of
gangrene. Before I died Goodnight assured me that my wish to be
buried in Texas would be carried out. After a temporary burial at
Fort Sumner, while Goodnight drove the herd on to Colorado,
Goodnight had my body exhumed and carried back to Texas. I was
reburied there in Greenwood Cemetery on March 4, 1868.
son of slaves who was born in Midway, Texas, I was about 14 years
old when the Civil War ended. I worked as an oxen driver, working
on freighters. I reportedly learned how to read from fellow cow
punchers. I taught himself to read, write, speak Spanish, play the
fiddle and guitar, eventually becoming an amateur archaeologist
and historian. In 1868, I arrived in New Mexico, and became a
foreman on the Thomas Owens Pitchford Ranch. Later in my life, I
was a buffalo hunter, and eventually worked for several ranches in
Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. I was also reported to be an
expert bronc rider and one of the best ropers in the United
States. When I died in 1922, I was buried at the Folsom Cemetery
in Folsom, New Mexico.
Who Am I?
George Washington Reynolds
8) I was a cowboy and
rodeo performer. I was born on December 5, 1870 or 1871 in the
Jenks-Branch community of Travis County, Texas. I attended school
through the fifth grade, after which I took up hard ranching work.
I invented the technique of bulldogging, the skill of grabbing
cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground. In 1890 I
married Maggie Turner, a former slave and daughter to a white
southern plantation owner. We had nine children. In 1905, I joined
the 101 Ranch Wild West Show that featured the likes of Buffalo
Bill, Cowboy Bill, Will Rogers, Tom Mix, Bee Ho Gray, and Zach and
Lucille Mulhall. In 1932, I was kicked in the head by a horse
while working horses at the 101 Ranch and died of his injuries a
few days later, at the age of 61. Will Rogers announced my funeral
on the radio. I is buried north of Marland, Oklahoma.
Who Am I?
9) I (July 10, 1824, New York
City – April 14, 1885, San Antonio, Texas) was a riverboat
captain, entrepreneur, and most notably, the founder of a ranch in
South Texas, which at the time of his death in 1885 encompassed
over 600,000 acres.
I married Henrietta M. Chamberlain on December
10, 1854 in Brownsville, Texas. We had 5 children, Nettie, Ella,
Richard, Alice Gertrude, and Robert E. Lee, the latter named for
the family friend, Robert E. Lee. I died of stomach cancer at the
Menger Hotel in San Antonio on April 14, 1885, at age 60. I
was buried in San Antonio; upon my wife's death in 1925, I was
re-interred with her on the ranch.
Who Am I?
I (April 30, 1867, near Aurora,
Illinois-September 5, 1956, Diamond A Ranch, New Mexico) was an
American lawman and cattleman in the final years of the Old West.
I’m most remembered for my capture of the notorious border bandit
Augustine Chacon in 1902, though I was also a successful
businessman that owned the large Diamond A Ranch in New Mexico.
After the capture of Augustine Chacon, I
resigned from my position as Arizona Ranger Captain in July of
1902 to focus on a peaceful life as a businessman in Bisbee,
Arizona. I later returned to the cattle business and purchased the
Diamond A Ranch, near Roswell, New Mexico, where I died of old age
on September 5, 1956 and was buried at the Mount Washington
Cemetery in Independence, Missouri.
Who Am I?
Burton C. Mossman
Thomas H. Rynning
Harry C. Wheeler