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Thanks Robert and Peter
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:26

Yes, I had put together a file on Christol (with his wife Pauline) many years ago, subsequent to seeing his visit to Tombstone in 1880.
It seems he got his barnstorming start in 1875 at New York. He hit many of the big eastern cities like Manhattan, Philly, Boston, Detroit, etc., before jumping to the frontier. I found that he lost many of his matches, some of which were undoubtedly fixed. His association was often times with scoundrels. For instance at Deadwood in 1878, 'sure-thing' gambler Billy Nuttall arranged for his match against Mike Whalen to happen at the Bella Union, which Nuttall was managing at the time. Pro gambler Charley Storms was 'witness' to the written agreement for the match.

Then in '79 he was back at Detroit vs. Jimmy McLaughlin. Then Boston again in January 1880 before hitting Leadville. It must be remembered that Christol competed at middleweight (160) but took on much larger opponents. Like at Tombstone in fall 1880 at age 35 he lost to badass Policeman J.W. Bennett who weighed in at 200 in his socks, standing six feet.

  • Lucien MarcRobert Buckley, Tue Jul 31 06:34
    The wrestling matches in Colorado and Arizona during this time period billed as the Great Andre Christol may have been Lucien Marc . People that knew the difference between the French wrestler Andre... more
    • https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88076993/1884-04-11/ed-1/seq-7/#date1=1789&index=0&rows=20&words=Andre+Christol&searchType=basic&sequence=0&state=North+Dakota&date2=1963&proxtext=%22Andre+Ch... more
      • Lincoln Nebraska 1879Robert Buckley, Tue Jul 31 18:26
        The Nebraska State Journal , Friday , April 25 , 1879 reported that Lucien Marc arrived in Lincoln, calling himself Andre Christol . He was with an Omaha athlete named Wisler . They reported... more
    • Thanks Robert and Peter — K.t.K., Tue Jul 31 11:26
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