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High Plains Justice?

A true tale of two murders and their aftermath in Wellington, Texas, a town in the Texas panhandle, in 1898. After much research, this book recounts these late nineteenth century happenings, the people involved, the trials and the outcomes of those trials. Also, it relates the involvement of James Brown Miller, a well-known hired killer, and his effect on the entire situation. The last chapter is the author’s attempt to present an explanation of the many questions left unanswered from this Old West mystery.

Scalawags, Six-Shooters, and Shenanigans SCALAWAGS, SIX-SHOOTERS AND SHENANIGANS (2009)
Indexed. $20
The town of Fort Griffin, Texas, located near the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, was wide open, and the local newspaper, the Fort Griffin Echo, reported the activities of cowboys, soldiers, Indians, ladies of the evening and, quite often, outlaws. This book relates the times and troubles and outright shenanigans of the people of this area of the Old West at this early, turbulent time in our history, as reported in that newspaper. Also, much information is included from other areas of the United States as well.

Trials and Tribulations

Indexed. $20 each
The Indian Citizen, an Atoka, Indian Territory newspaper, in the 1890’s, included in its pages much of the illegal activity so rampant in its immediate surroundings, as well as the efforts of the authorities to stop the criminals and protect the law-abiding citizens. Confronted with horse stealing, assault, murder, illegal sales of liquor to the Indians and cattle rustling, there was a lot of space given to reports about the criminal element. Included are reports from the nearby states, and have names of both the law and lawless. These two books chronicle a time period and area that are both interesting historically, as well as providing an impression of the Indian Territory near the end of the nineteenth century.

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Outlaw Escapades OUTLAW ESCAPADES (2012)
Indexed. $20
This book recounts early outlaw reporting from pre-statehood Oklahoma, including both Indian and Oklahoma Territories. Newspaper reports made household names of outlaws such as the Daltons, the Cook gang, Ned Christie, Bill Doolin and many others. As well as the newspaper reports, documents are included from criminal case files, along with pictures of various locales.

Mischief, Mayhem, and Miscreants MISCHIEF, MAYHEM AND MISCREANTS (2012)
Indexed. $20
The Quanah Tribune-Chief was the principal newspaper of Quanah, Texas, a town in Hardeman County named for Quanah Parker, Indian Chief. Its reports covered the activities of the people in the area, both good and bad. Oklahoma, being nearby, was included, both before and after statehood. Other area people and locales were often reported on as well. There was much information about the activity of the many miscreants during that time period and the attempt of the authorities to stop them. This book’s articles are representative of a turbulent time in North Texas history.

The Murder Trial of James Wasson THE MURDER TRIAL OF JAMES WASSON (2012)
Indian Territory Bad Man

Includes full trial transcript. $20
In the 1880’s, the town of Woodville, in the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, was populated by Native Americans and Whites, many related through intermarriage. With the illegal introduction of whisky and easy access to firearms, violent and deadly interaction often occurred. James Wasson, the subject of this book, was a bad man in this area charged with several murders, this book documenting the trial for one of these murders. Information regarding the area’s citizens, many called to be witnesses for and against Wasson, is included in the chapters of the book before the transcript of the trial, which follows. With documents and information regarding the activity of these individuals, both good and bad, this town and surrounding area’s atmosphere at this early time is presented.

Whisky, Weapons, and Dastardly Deeds WHISKY, WEAPONS AND DASTARDLY DEEDS (2013)
Indexed. $20
The Dallas Daily Herald, a prominent newspaper in the North Texas area, reported on the lawless activity confronting the citizens of the area and surroundings. There were many instances of burglaries, assaults, robberies, shootings, and, quite often, bank and train hold-ups. Outlaw gangs were prevalent, the most notable being the Sam Bass Gang, whose activities were constantly being reported in the paper. Also, other desperadoes mentioned included John Wesley Hardin, Brown Bowen and Bill Longley. The newspaper provided information for its local citizens regarding the outlaw activity and the subsequent response from law enforcement, and is, today, historically interesting and entertaining reading.

Hardcases and Horse Thieves HARDCASES AND HORSE THIEVES (2013)
Indexed. $20
This daily newspaper reported on the activity of persons involved in other than lawful endeavor, both locally, in surrounding areas, and often, distant locales. The information is interesting historically, as well as providing a look at the day-to-day challenges facing citizens in the late nineteenth century time period.

Texas Frontier Tales

Fort Griffin, Texas, 1868 - 1878
Abstracted from newspapers throughout the United states and presented here are reports pertaining to the fort's soldiers and citizens interaction with hostile Indians, as well as news regarding Texas Rangers, outlaws, vigilantes, etc.

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