Oklahombres: Particularly the Wilder Ones

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U of Nebraska Press, Apr 1, 1993 - History - 280 pages
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Gangs of outlaws were overrunning Oklahoma Territory when E. D. Nix was appointed U.S. marshal in 1893. His memoir evokes a time and place that brought criminals and merchants and cowpunchers and settlers together, often explosively. Oklahombres, originally published in 1929, is an authentic history of human wildness.

In these pages the Dalton brothers are shown in full career, as well as the Doolin gang, Bitter Creek Newcomb, Henry Starr, Cattle Annie, Rolla Kapp, Dick Yeager, the Jennings boys, and a large cast of cattle thieves, counterfeiters, and whiskey peddlers. Lawmen are no less memorable than the lawless: Bill Tilghman, Chris Madsen, and Heck Thomas are among the deputies who help Nix in his cleaning-up campaign. Adding to the richness of this account of early days in Oklahoma Territory are such personages as Judge Isaac Parker, Rose of Cimarron, and Chief Bacon Rind of the Osage Indians.



Nix himself emerges as a public official of great integrity. Because of his adherence to a code of honor, he could later say that during his administration "not a single man was killed who was not a notorious lawbreaker." Perhaps his proudest moment came when he fired the gun that sent homesteaders rushing into the Cherokee Strip on September 16, 1893. That scene, described with cinematic vividness, is one of many high points in Oklahombres.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER PAGE I KENTUCKY DAYS
1
AM AN ElGHTYNINER
9
GUTHRIE HAS GROWING BOOM
17
THE RISE AND FALL OP THE DALTONS
33
BILL DOOLIN TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT
65
BUILDING A FIGHTING ORGANIZATION
69
A NEW EMPIRE Is FOUNDED
87
THE FIGHT AT INGALLS
103
TlLGHMAN IN A DEN OF THIEVES
165
AN UNPLEASANT DUTY AVERTED
173
THE Vicious RED BUCK Is OSTRACIZED
181
THE LURE OF THE OUTLAWS LIFE
189
THE FIGHT AT THE DUNN RANCH
195
TANGLE WITH CAP RED SHIRT
201
THE TERRITORY GROWS TOO HOT FOR DOOLIN
213
THE END OF THE DOOLIN TRAIL
227

TAKE A LESSON IN HANGING
117
THE CASEYS FLASH AND DIE
123
CATTLE ANNIE AND LITTLE BREECHES
131
CATTLE THIEVES COUNTERFEITERS AND WHISKEY PEDDLERS
137
A DOUBLE ACTION SCRAPPIN DEPUTY
155
THE RAILROAD AND THE PEOPLE CLASH
159
THE RAILROAD AND TECUMSEH TOWNSITE FIGHT
231
THE JENNINGS BOYS Go WILD
241
AN OUTLAW WITH A CODE OF His OWN
263
THE OLD DAYS ARE No MORE
267
CHRONOLOGY OF OKLAHOMA
279
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Introducing this Bison Book edition is Gary L. Roberts, a professor of history at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the author of Death Comes for the Chief Justice: The Slough-Rynerson Quarrel and Political Violence in New Mexico (1990).

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