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Chapter 16

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CHAPTER 16

Death of the Rustler King

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latnose George Currie did not accompany Sundance and Kid Curry to southern Colorado after the Wilcox train robbery, but it was too risky to remain in the area of Hole-in-the-Wall. By December 1899 he was rustling cattle in the Green River country of Utah, and had thrown in with rustler Tom Dilley. While working for the Webster Cattle Company on Hill Creek above Thompson, Dilley had got into a fight with the manager named Fullerton, and Sam Jenkins, a cowboy. All that winter

Dilley and Currie built up a herd by blotching brands, particularly on

Webster cattle. In April 1900 Currie was caught in the act by an employee and ordered off the ranch. The man went for the authorities after

Currie warned him off with his six-gun.1

Grand County Sheriff Jesse M. Tyler and Uintah County Sheriff

William Preece combined posses, and set out to capture the rustler or rustlers. They discovered a deserted camp not far from the McPherson

Ranch on the Green River. The posse searched through the hills until, about noon the next day, they came upon Currie on foot, looking for some stray horses. He answered the command to surrender by firing at the posse with his Winchester and retreating toward the Green River. He reached the river by dark, and either swam across or built a crude raft for the purpose. The morning of April 17 found Currie settled among some boulders on a hill near the river, ready for a siege. Sheriff Preece and his men tried to pick off the outlaw from across the river, while Sheriff

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Chapter 12: Train Robbers Syndicate

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CHAPTER 12

Train Robbers Syndicate

In March 1899, the trio reunited at Brown’s Hole and again traveled to northern Nevada, ending up in Elko.1 They checked into Johnny Craig’s rooming house under the names Frank Bozeman, John Hunter, and Joe Stewart. For about a week they frequented the saloons along Railroad Street, flourishing large amounts of money and breaking hundred dollar bills while gambling.2 This ostentatious display may have been part of a plan to allay suspicion from the real reason they were in town. They had made plans, probably in Brown’s Hole, to strike the Union Pacific at Wilcox, Wyoming, and needed a stake to finance the robbery.3 It was rumored that the safe in the Club Saloon contained a considerable amount of cash, and would be easier to rob than the local bank.4

It was going on midnight on Monday, April 3, 1899, when owner E. M. James Gutridge closed up after town constable Joe Triplett had left the premises. With the safe behind the bar open, Gutridge and bartender C. B. Nichols began counting the evening’s receipts, when Kid Curry, Flatnose, and Sundance entered with guns drawn. Since Triplett had left just moments earlier, Gutridge tried to yell for help, but one of the masked men hit him over the head. The robber then took Gutridge and Nichols to the front of the bar and made them sit in chairs, while a second bandit covered the front door. The third robber gathered the money in a gunny sack, the amount reported as being $550 or $3,000. The outlaws then backed out of the saloon, jumped on their horses and escaped north in the direction of Tuscarora.5

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Chapter 13

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CHAPTER 13

Finis of the Ketchum Gang

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bout early May 1899, during the time Kid Curry was preparing for his strike at the Union Pacific near Wilcox, Elzy Lay gave notice to manager William French of his intention to quit his horse-breaking job at the WS Ranch near Alma, New Mexico.1 He was going to join Sam

Ketchum and Will Carver in Cimarron for their strike at the Colorado and Southern Railway near Folsom. The latter two had recently broken with Tom Ketchum owing to his brutal and erratic behavior, and were setting up camp at their Turkey Creek Canyon hideout.2

Some authors have stated that Kid Curry participated in the robbery, or at least was onsite for the later gun battle at the hideout instead of

Carver. This is easily refuted in that the Pinkertons followed Curry’s trail

(Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado) for weeks after the Wilcox robbery, well into the month of July. In addition, Bob Lee stated in a deposition to authorities after his arrest, that Curry went to visit his sister Allie in

Kansas City, Missouri, shortly after the Fourth of July (just before the

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19. The New “Marshall”

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Appendix D Commissary Spending Limits

Jorge Antonio Renaud University of North Texas Press PDF

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