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George Scarborough

George Scarborough

George W. Scarborough (1859-1903) – Was elected sheriff of Jones County, Texas, in 1885 and served for several terms. Later he became a U.S. Deputy Marshal, during which time he John Selman in 1895 in EI Paso, Texas. He was killed by Will Carver on April 5, 1900.

John Henry Selman (1839–1896) – Both a Texas lawman and an outlaw, Selman rustled cattle around Fort Griffin, Texas with John Larn. He befriended Billy the Kid during the Lincoln County War and killed John Wesley Hardin in August 1895. George  Scarborough killed him on April 6, 1896.

Lafayette “Lafe” Augustus Shadley (1844-1893) – Sheriff of Montgomery County, Kansas and later appointed as a U.S. Deputy Marshal in Oklahoma Territory. Born on June 6, 1844, in Licking County, Ohio, Shadley grew up to serve with the Union Army during the Civil War. He married Malinda Randolph in 1866 in Soap Creek, Iowa and the couple had three sons and a daughter. By 1879, the family was living in Independence, Kansas and the following year, Shadley was elected Sheriff of Montgomery County. Later, he was commissioned as a U.S. Deputy Marshal in Oklahoma serving under Marshal Evett Nix. During the bloody gunfight at Ingalls, Oklahoma with the Doolin-Dalton Gang on September 1, 1893, Shadley was shot by Bill Dalton and died two days later. Also killed in the gun battle were fellow U.S. Deputy Marshals Thomas Hueston and Dick Speed. Shadley’s body was returned to Independence, Kansas where he was buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery.

Charles A. Shibell (1841-1908) – Born in St. Louis, Missouri and educated in Iowa, Shibell made his way to California in 1860, first working as a clerk in Sacramento. In 1862 he was a teamster employed by the California Infantry which took him across Arizona. In 1865, he was farming and ranching near Sonoita, Arizona about 50 miles southeast of Tucson. In 1876 he was elected sheriff of Pima County, a position he held until 1892. In 1880, he hired a young deputy by the name of John Behan, who would later become the Sheriff of the newly created Cochise County, and famed for his hostile association with the Earp brothers. After serving as sheriff he ran and owned the Palace and Occidental Hotels in Tucson and in 1888 he was elected as the Pima County Recorder, a position he held until 1902. He died in Tucson on October 21, 1908, and was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Tucson. during his life, he was married twice and bore six children.

Ed Short (18??-1891) – Served as a lawman in Stevens County, Kansas in 1888, a time when the county was embroiled in a vicious county seat war. Next, he served as a U.S. Deputy Marshal, in Oklahoma, and in August 1891 arrested Charles Bryant, a member of the Dalton Gang. As he was transporting Bryant to the federal district court in Wichita, Kansas the pair got into a gunfight and both were killed.

Albert Sieber (18??-1907) – A U.S. Deputy Marshal and Indian scout, he employed at different times the Apache Kid, Frank Leslie, and Tom Horn. He died in 1907.

Edward A. Sieker – Served as a Texas Ranger in Company D under Dan Roberts and led the attack against the Jesse Evans Gang in 1880.

Frank Sieker (18??-1885) – Served in the Texas Rangers in Company B and was shot and killed in a battle with Mexican horse thieves in May 1885.

Lamartine “Lamb” P. Sieker (18??-1914) – Served in the Texas Rangers in Company B  and in 1884 was made quartermaster general. He served as a Ranger for nineteen years and died in 1914.

Tom Sieker – Served as a Texas Ranger.

Pink Simms – A cowboy and lawman, he pursued the Wild Bunch with Charles Siringo.

Benjamin Sippy – Served as the city marshal of Tombstone, Arizona until January 1881, when he was replaced by Virgil Earp. However, in the next election, Earp lost to Sippy.

Charles Angelo Siringo (1855-1928) – A gunman and one of the most famous detectives of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, Siringo also served as a lawman for many years and became an author. He died in California in 1928.

Sam Sixkiller

Sam Sixkiller

Sam Sixkiller (1842-1886) – A Captain of the U.S. Indian Police and U.S. Deputy Marshal in Indian Territory.

“Texas” John Horton Slaughter (1841–1922) – A Texas Ranger, Slaughter later moved on to become the Cochise County, Arizona Sheriff where, with his six-shooter and sawed-off shotgun, cleaned up  Arizona Territory more than any other single individual. He died on February 15, 1922.

James L. “Whispering” Smith (18??-1914) – A gunfighter and a lawman, Smith served as New Orleans Police Detective, Railroad Detective for several companies, stock detective, Chief of Indian Police.

J.D. Smith – Served as a U.S. Deputy Marshal in the New Mexico Territory, and was shot to death while in pursuit of the outlaw Samuel Ketchum.

Thomas J. Smith, aka: Bear River (1830–1870) – Served as Kit Carson, Colorado Marshal; a police officer in Bear River, Wyoming during the “Bear River troubles;” and as first marshal of Abilene, Kansas in 1870, where he was known as the “No gun marshal.” On November 2, 1870, he was shot and killed while trying to arrest a murderer.

A.J. Sowell (18??-1922) – Served as a Texas Ranger in 1870-71, and later wrote and published several Texas history books.

Judge Wells Spicer

Judge Wells Spicer

Wells Spicer (1831-1887) – Related to the Earps, Spicer was serving as Tombstone’s Justice of the Peace at the time that the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place. After Sheriff Johnny Behan arrested the Earp brothers – Virgil, Wyatt, and Morgan, as well as Doc Holliday, a pre-trial hearing was held on November 29, 1881, where Spicer decided that the defendants had been justified in their actions.

Con Stapleton (1848–1879) – Stapleton was made Deadwood, South Dakota Marshal shortly after Bill Hickok was shot by Jack McCall. Later he moved to Leadville, Colorado and was found dead in Denver in 1879.

Frank C. Stillwell (1857-1882) – Known as both a lawman and an outlaw, Stillwell hooked up with the Clanton Gang and began cattle rustling. Thief or no, Johnny Behan appointed Stillwell as a Cochise County Deputy Sheriff in 1881. After the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the Earps suspected Stillwell, along with Ike Clanton, as having been the killers of Morgan Earp. Two days later, Wyatt and Warren Earp, along with Doc Holliday, ambushed Stilwell at the Tucson Train Station. His bullet-ridden body was found the next morning.

Simpson “John” Stilwell, aka: Commanche Jack – A gunman and lawman, he scouted for the Army in Texas before serving as a U.S. Deputy Marshal in Indian Territory.

Port Stockton, (William Porter, AKA: Porter Stogden) – An outlaw, lawman, and brother of Ike, he shot and killed Juan Gonzales in October 1876 in Cimarron, New Mexico, and was killed on January 10, 1881, by Alfred Graves.

Dallas Stoudenmire (1845–1882) – A lawman and gunfighter, Stoudenmire joined the Texas Rangers in 1874 and was the city marshal of EI Paso, Texas in 1881. He killed several men in that capacity. In 1882, he resigned as marshal and became a U.S. Deputy Marshal. He was killed on September 18, 1882, by James and Doc Manning in El Paso.

Michael Sughrue (1844-1901) – Deputy under twin brother and sheriff Patrick Sughrue in Dodge City, Kansas, he later served as Clark County, Kansas sheriff. Both he and his brother were seen as two of the most courageous lawmen in the west.

Patrick F. Sughrue (1844-1906) – Dodge City, Kansas lawman during the final days of the cattle era and twin brother to Michael Sughrue, also a Kansas lawman. Both men were seen as two of the most courageous lawmen in the west.

William E. “Billy” Sutton (1846-1874) – A gunfighter and lawman, Sutton was the leader of a band of “Regulators” in DeWitt County, Texas involved in the Sutton-Taylor feud.


By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated January 2020.

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