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Steve Gatto
Re: Echoing David; also a question
Fri Dec 7, 2018 09:36
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There is always a possibility when you are tracking on old west figure that you might come across someone with the same name or nickname. There were provably several people being called by the name Curly Bill throughout the country during the 1870s and 1880s. So when you run across the name, especially somewhere other that Arizona or New Mexico, you really have to take a pause to consider if it is the same individual or not. Even when you run across the name in locations where you would expect the "real" Curly Bill to be, you still need to be somewhat cautious in that it could be a different person. Complicating things further is the fact that we really can't be sure of the true last name for individuals like Curly Bill or even Pony Diehl.

The best you can do is to try to tie the person you looking for to the person you've found in some way. Of course, doing so is not all that easy at times for many of the characters that were a researching.


  • Echoing David; also a questionBen Harleman, Fri Dec 7 02:17
    I share David's sentiment, as these are the things that sharpen my old west acumen, but I also have a question. I've reviewed most every archived discussion I could find on this topic on the two... more
    • Great questionRandolph W. Farmer, Fri Dec 7 11:40
      Ben - the only dumb question is the one not asked. I've said all along that there were more than one Curly Bill characters. Lynn Bailey knows this too. In fact the real Curly Bill said the same thing ... more
      • Great feedbackBen Harleman, Fri Dec 7 22:53
        Thank you for the response, and for validating my question. Sometimes I don't know if I'm on track or off. I appreciate the insight I get from you guys. -Ben
    • Re: Echoing David; also a question — Steve Gatto, Fri Dec 7 09:36
      • Great feedbackBen Harleman, Fri Dec 7 22:55
        Thank you for the response, and for validating my question. Sometimes I don't know if I'm on track or off, but I always know I'm probably going to learn something. -Ben
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