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SUTTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY] First editions. Quarto. Paperback. Spiral bound. All books are fine unless otherwise noted. Collection includes From Cowboy to Outlaw. The True Story of Will Carver written by Donna B. Ernst. Published 1995. 31pp. Index. Life story of the outlaw William Richard Carver who rode with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and also Black Jack Ketchum. He ended his life in a shootout on Concho Ave. in Sonora, Tx and is buried in the Sutton County Burial Park; "Bad Old Days." In and Around Sutton County, 1889-1939. Murder, Mischief, Misery & Mayhem compiled by the Sutton County Historical Society. 128 pp. Index; Sutton County. "The First 100 Years written by Claude T. Driskell. 35 pp.; How Sutton County Helped Win World War II. Part I (September 1, 1939 - April 2, 1943). Servicemen's Letters Home. Rationing, Victory Gardens, Red Cross Work, Scrap Collecting compiled from The Devil's River News by Jo-Ann E. Palmer for The Sutton County Historical Society. Published 2000. 112, i-xxviii pp. Index; Sutton County Marriage Records. Sutton County, Texas. 1890-1940 complied from original Sutton County Marriage Records. 31pp. Index; The Story of Sonora and Sutton County Texas 1889-1890. Exactly as it unfolded in the Newspapers of the day compiled by the Sutton County Historical Society from articles in the San Angelo Standard Times 1889-1890; Devil's River News 1890. 59pp. Crease to top corner of rear cover else fine; John Eaton's Tales of Wild Bill Taylor Sutton County Historical Society, 2006. 43pp. "Compiled from notes of the late John Eaton, local historian, we spin a yarn about Bill Taylor and his part in the Coleman Train Robbery and his shooting of one of the participants to keep him from turning on them. This was written from interviews of people who were alive and there when all these incidents took place." Index. Bumping to bottom corner and with tiny dot at top of front cover.


HAFEN, LEROY R. First revised edition. Deluxe edition signed by the author and limited to 200 numbered copies, of which this is number 153. Cloth, pictorial label on front cover and titles stamped in gold gilt on the spine, blue front and rear endpapers, xiii [blank], 359 pp., preface, introduction, illustrated, plates, portraits, map, footnotes, appendices, index. "Fitzpatrick (1799-1854) ranks with Jedediah Smith, Bridger, and Carson as the four greatest mountain men. His first trip over the Santa Fe trail was in 1831, with the caravan on which Jedediah Smith lost his life. Fitzpatrick was later a guide for such men as Fremont, Abert, and Kearny; in 1846 he was agent for the tribes on the Arkansas, Platte, and Kansas Rivers."---Jack Rittenhouse. "Fitzpatrick was one of the original Ashley men who traveled extensively in the mountains and was a close friend of Jed Smith. Known as "White Hair", he presided at the great 1851 Ft. Laramie Indian Peace Council."---Camille E. Cazedessus II. "Fitzpatrick was not only influential in shaping the fur trade during its formative years, but equally so as an early guide to emigrants and Army expeditions, and as an Indian agent, being generally respected red and white alike for his work in this connection. He has occasionally been hailed with some justification as the greatest of all frontiersmen of his period."---Dan L. Thrapp. The classic biography on this great frontiersman. In the 42 years since the first publication, competent and dedicated scholars have unearthed substantial new facts and much additional information. This has necessitated a complete rewriting of the first half of the book and considerable revision of the remainder. This new biography will serve its intended purpose to bring to light even more information on the great mountain man. Fine, bright copy housed in the original blue slipcase with a paper label on the front. An attractive copy of this mountain man/fur trade classic.


ANONYMOUS] 11" x 14" in brown vinyl-covered boards with title (Photograph Album) in gilt, tied at spine with cord. Album contains 50 pages. First 36 pages contain 36 different advertisements for various cigarette brands most sized approximately 10 1/2 x 8 1/2," and have been removed from the pages of various magazines. Each advertisement is cellophane-taped directly to pages at four corners. Last 14 pages are blank. By the last quarter of the 19th century magazines carried advertisements for different brands of cigarettes, snuff, and pipe tobacco. As a result, demand for cigarettes rose exponentially. By early 1950 cigarette ads consisted primarily of full page, color magazine and newspaper advertisements. Many companies created slogans for their brand and used celebrity endorsements from famous men and women. Some advertisements contained fictional doctors reassuring customers that their specific brand was good for health. In 1964 the Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States on Smoking and Health was published. It was based on over 7,000 scientific articles that linked tobacco use with cancer and other diseases. This report led to laws requiring warning labels on tobacco products and to restrictions on tobacco advertisements. A complete ban on all cigarette/tobacco advertising on the television an on radio was passed and put into effect in early 1971. Cigarette advertising was done by placing ads on billboards or by having ads in magazines, but to be able to do this they had to have a Surgeon General Warning included within each ad. Advertisements in this album include 8 - Lucky Strike, 4 - Winston, 1 - Old Gold, 2 - Camel, 2 - Chesterfield, 7 - L&M, 1 - Raleigh, 1 - Eve, 4 - Salem, 1 - Viceroy, 1 - Kent, 1 - Kool, 1 - Now, 1 - Belair, and 1 - Bull Durham. Cellophane tape yellowed and with a few ads chipped at edges. Very good.


HILL, EMMA SHEPARD. First edition. Green cloth with title and author in gilt on front cover. 117pp. + note from author page at end. Illustrations by Jane Porter Robertson. This rare account is presented in 2 sections. The first section, "A Dangerous Crossing of the Plains Among Hostile Indians in the Summer of 1864" records the 8 week journey from St. Joe, Missouri to Empire City, Colorado Territory untaken by the family of the author when she was 13 years old. She gives a detailed account of their crossing the plains in a wagon train including the hardships encountered, Indian troubles, Fort Kearney, and the accounts of others traveling with them. The second section, "What Happened on the Other Side Being Events Recorded by the Author in an Old Diary, Begun at the Age of Fourteen and Covering a Period of Years." The authors' father moved his family to Empire City to become a Superintendent of a group of mines. She presents the second section in a series of lengthy letters spanning the period of March, 1865 to June, 1874. Her account of her family's life in the mining towns in the mountains of Colorado is detailed, entertaining, and insightful. This first edition is a rare work with only 2 copies having appeared for sale publicly, and major collections lack this first edition. Graff 1887 notes this first edition, but only had the 1924 second edition. Howes H481 only notes the second edition. Mintz 564 has the entry for this title, but apparently didn't have a copy as there is no description. A minor water stain on front cover, else a near fine, bright copy of a rare and important work.


HOLCOMB, GOVERNOR SILAS A January 7, 1897. 8 1/2" x 5 3/4" in gray printed wrappers. 71 pp. This message discusses numerous topics to include the adoption of the Australian ballot system in order to better purify elections; relief of drought sufferers and ways to offer relief; irrigation; Nebraska's finances; laws for better methods of levying and collecting revenues necessary to conduct government affairs of the state; depository law; the necessity of expenditures in numerous state institutions; a permanent school fund; the University of Nebraska; Nebraska's National Guard; live stock inspection laws; the Trans-Mississippi Exposition; etc. Over five pages of individuals pardoned or sentence commutated by Governor A. Holcomb. Offers offenders' names, crimes, sentences, and individuals who recommended change in sentence. In 1894 Silas Holcomb was elected Governor of Nebraska. He was re-elected in 1896. During his tenure, sounder financial policies were initiated and corruption and mismanagement in the state treasurer's office was addressed; reforms in state government programs were initiated; the Sheldon school land bill was sanctioned; reform policies were initiated in state government programs; fiscal management was endorsed; and corruption in the state treasurer's office was addressed. No legislation calculated to demoralize business was allowed to pass; but instead the administration of the State institutions and the State lands was greatly improved, dishonesty in the handling of the State's finances was relentlessly prosecuted, and generally sounder financial policies were adopted When Holcomb retired from office as governor in 1899, he was promptly elected to the State supreme court. Browning to covers and pages throughout; chipping to corners and edges of front and rear covers along with light soiling; text loose from covers. Very good. A very interesting and information message.


ANONYMOUS Born Thomas E. Ketchum in 1863 in San Saba County, Texas. Black Jack worked as a cowboy in the Pecos Valley area of New Mexico in the early 1890's before drifting into outlaw life.robbing banks, stagecoaches and trains. Frequently accompanied by his brother Sam, Tom's gang included Dave Atkins, Wild Bunch member Will Carver, Butch Cassidy's close ally William Ellsworth "Elzy" Lay, as well as Bruce "Red" Weaver, and Edwin Cullen. Black Jack's biggest haul came from the robbery of a Southern Pacific train in May 1897, near Lozzer, Texas, netting nearly $50,000 of Wells Fargo money. Shortly thereafter, they robbed another train near Folsom, New Mexico. Almost 2 years later, after the break-up of his gang, Black Jack by himself attempted to rob a train in nearly the same location. During this ill-advised effort on August 16, 1899 Black Jack was severely wounded by buckshot in his right arm and was captured near the railroad the next day by Sheriff Pinard of Clayton, New Mexico and his posse. His badly injured arm was amputated a few weeks later as he awaited trial. Black Jack was convicted on October 5, 1900 and sentenced to hang under a New Mexico law making "molesting a train" a capital crime. The famously gruesome hanging of Black Jack Ketchum took place on April 26, 1901, as miscalculations by the inexperienced hanging crew resulted in Ketchum's decapitation! Large format original photographs. Seated portrait: 7.375" x 5.75," Mount 10" x 8." Series recording hanging: Variously 6" x 8.125" or 8.125" x 6," Mounts 8" x 10" or 10" x 8." While original mounts have considerable chipping to most, the photographs are clean & clear, with very slight wear to edges of portrait, and minor damage to a few corners of the series. This series of photographs begins with a photograph of Black Jack taken inside the jail the morning of the hanging. The other 5 photographs present the sequence of the hanging culminating in the gruesomely infamous photograph of Black Jack's decapitated head & body. A rare & important set of photographs of the most famous legal hanging in the history of the American West!