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Jack" Almer, aka: Jack Averill - (18??-1883) - Almer was the
leader of the
Red Jack Gang who preyed on
stagecoaches during the early 1880s, particularly along the San Pedro
River. When the gang held up a Globe,
stage on August 10, 1883, the Wells Fargo guard insisted that they
were not carrying any gold. However, a "female" passenger jumped
from the stage, insisting the guard was a liar. Dressed in women's
clothing, it was Almer.
When the guard went for his gun, Red Jack shot
him dead and the gang took of with nearly $3,000 in bold and cash. In no time, posses were formed and Sheriff Bob Paul was intent on
catching the gang. One by one he tracked down every member of the gang
and found Almer hiding near Willcox,
on October 4, 1883. in the ensuing gunfight, "Red Jack” was shot down
by Sheriff Bob and his posse when he tried to battle his way out.
David L. Anderson, aka: William "Billy” Wilson, Buffalo Bill
Most commonly known as "Billy Wilson," Anderson moved with his family from
Ohio to South
when he was a teenager. When he grew up he worked as a
before moving to White Oaks,
and buying a livery stable in 1880. Within less than a year he sold his
operation, but was paid in counterfeit bills. Duped, he began to pass the
money anyway and was arrested and indicted.
gunfighters alike seemingly loved to have
their pictures made with their weapons.
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Skipping bail, he soon fled and joined
Billy the Kid’s Gang of rustlers. Along with several other gang
members he was arrested by
and convicted in 1881 and sent to prison in
Santa Fe. However, he soon escaped and reverting to his real name, David L.
Anderson, he returned to
where he began ranching, married, and started a family. In 1896,
helped him to obtain a presidential pardon. Afterwards, he worked as
a U.S. customs inspector for a time, before becoming the Terrell County
Sheriff in 1905. He was killed in the line of duty in 1918.
James "Jim” Anderson - Brother to
William "Bloody Bill" Anderson, Jim rode with
Quantrill's Raiders during
Civil War. When the war was over, he surrendered in Kentucky and for
unknown reasons was sent to prison in Alton, Illinois. He was released at
the end of 1865, after which, he joined the
Gang. Jim was
thought to have been killed by fellow
Gang member, George
Shepherd in Austin, Texas. The murder was allegedly in revenge for
Anderson and Jesse James’ robbery and murder of Sheherd’s nephew, Ike
Flannery in Missouri. The pair were said to have killed Flannery after he
had come into some inherited money and Shepherd slit Anderson’s throat on
the lawn of the state capital building in Austin, Texas.
James Arcine (or Arcene)
(18??-1885) - Arcine, a
was living near the U.S. Army base at
Fort Smith in the 1870's. In 1872,
he and a friend by the name of William Parchmeal were traveling in
near Fort Gibson,
the same time, Henry Feigel, a Swedish laborer, had set out from
Talequah en route to Fort Gibson on November 25th. However, before Feigel would arrive, he was overtaken by Arcine and Parchmeal about two
miles outside of Fort Gibson. After firing on the the Swedish man, Arcine then bludgeoned him with a large stone. Parchmeal later claimed
he stood by helplessly, fearing Arcine would kill him if he intervened.
Arcine then took just 25 cents from Feigel's pockets and made off with
his boots, later boasting that he had stolen them from a dead man.
Feigel's body was found in the brush the next day.
Though an investigation into his death took
place and Arcine and Parchmeal were strongly suspected, no arrests were
made and the affair was dropped for the next thirteen years. In 1884;
however, the case attracted the attention of U.S. Deputy Marshal
Andrews, who uncovered new evidence that established their guilt and the
pair were arrested the next year and taken to
Upon his arrest, Arcine told authorities that
he was 33 years old, which would mean that he was 20 when he committed the
crime. Later; however, he would tell
Judge Isaac Parker that he was only
ten years old when he killed Feigel. In the meantime, Parchmeal had
confessed to everything and even led U.S. Deputy Marshal Andrews to the
very spot where the killing had occurred. Arcine's attempt to secure
leniency didn't work. Though an appeal was made directly to President
Chester Arthur for clemency, it was denied. On June 26, 1885, Arcine and
Parchmealprayed and sang in the
language up to the minute they were led to the gallows. A few minutes
later they were hanged.
William Arnett (18??-1862) -
Arnett showed up in Goldcreek, Montana on August 21, 1862, along with
two other men named C.W. Spillman and B.F. Jermagin. The men had with
them six excellent horses, but little or no supplies, which seemed a
little odd to the locals. Four days later, on August 25th, two men from
Elk City, Idaho, also arrived in Goldcreek saying that they had trailed
the three men from the Idaho gold camps, where the horses had been
stolen. Arnett was playing in a local saloon when he was confronted, but
choosing to shoot it out, he was killed. According to legend, he
clutched his cards so tightly in one hand, that he was buried with them.
James Averell or (Averill) (1851-1889) -
Wyoming cattle rustler
who was not guilty, Averell was hanged, along with
"Cattle Kate" Watson, by a cattle baron faction in
1889, just one of the many incidents that led to the Johnson County War.
ran afoul of powerful
Stock Grower Association leader,
Albert J. Bothwell, who accused him and
of cattle rustling. Soon, he convinced other ranchers of their guilt
and on July 20, 1889,
Bothwell, along with five other men, hanged the pair at a small
canyon by the Sweetwater River. Later investigations into the whole affair
have found that most likely neither James Averell, nor his girlfriend
Kate" Watson, were guilty of any crime.
The pair’s death was just
one of the many events which effectively started the infamous
County War in
- Convicted of horse theft in October,
1889, Avott was sentenced to a year in the Arizona Territorial Prison in
Yuma. he and several others, including the
were to be transported by stagecoach from Globe to Casa Grande,
before being put on a train to Yuma. However, the stagecoach wouldn't make
it. On the second day of the trip, November 2, 1889, all but two of the
prisoners were set out to walk up a steep ascent. However, the prisoners
who were walking overpowered their guard and the driver, killing them
both, and wounding another. The
and the others quickly fled, leaving Avott behind. The young horse thief
then cut loose one of the team horses and rode to the Riverside stage
station near present-day Kelvin, Arizona. Reporting what had happened,
avott was pardoned by Governor Lewis Wolfley and did no time in prison.
Afterwards, he disappeared into history.
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Also See the
Bunco Men, Cardsharps, and Scoundrels
Explorers, Mountain Men, Trappers & Traders
Gunfighters & Lawmen of the American West
Native Americans - The First Owners of
Women of the West
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