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Jack "Red Jack" Almer, aka: Jack Averill - (18??-1883) - Almer was the leader of the Red Jack Gang who preyed on Arizona stagecoaches during the early 1880s, particularly along the San Pedro River. When the gang held up a Globe, Arizona 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, Arizona 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 (1862-1918) Most commonly known as "Billy Wilson," Anderson moved with his family from Ohio to South Texas when he was a teenager. When he grew up he worked as a cowboy before moving to White Oaks, New Mexico 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 in the 1870s

Outlaws and 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 Pat Garrett 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 Texas, where he began ranching, married, and started a family. In 1896, Pat Garrett 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 the 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 James-Younger Gang. Jim was thought to have been killed by fellow James-Younger 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 Cherokee Indian, 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 Indian Territory near Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. At 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 Fort Smith, Arkansas.


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 Cherokee 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) - An alleged 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.


A Wyoming homesteader, Averell ran afoul of powerful Wyoming Stock Grower Association leader, Albert J. Bothwell, who accused him and Ellen Watson 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 Ellen "Cattle Kate" Watson, were guilty of any crime.


The pair’s death was just one of the many events which effectively started the infamous Johnson County War in Wyoming in 1892.  More ...


Jesus Avott(a) - 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 Apache Kid, 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 Apache Kid 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.


James Averell

James Averell

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Explorers, Mountain Men, Trappers & Traders

Gunfighters & Lawmen of the American West

Native Americans - The First Owners of America

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