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Ben Harleman
Two Bully's? (Kenny)
Fri Dec 7, 2018 23:03

Kenny, you had, in recent messages, mentioned something about Bully Brooks in Montana and I believe said something about there being confusion by some on his identity or whereabouts. I know that's a little vague, but I was reading Snell and Miller's book about a Bully Brooks in Caldwell. This was several months back so I don't remember exactly what my thoughts were, but since I saw you back on here I wanted to ask what kind of clarification you can give as to Bully Brooks in Montana and Bully Brooks mentioned by Snell and Miller in Caldwell. Are these the same? are they different? What kind of a snapshot answer can be had about Bully Brooks?


P.S. I believe it was Caldwell Kansas, but it could have been a different town, so don't hang me on that if I'm wrong. My book is in another town while I'm at home in Seattle, so I couldn't double check it.

    • Re: Two Bully's? (Kenny)K.t.K., Sat Dec 8 02:29
      Ben, it was at Caldwell where William L. Brooks was lynched by Vigilantes with two others in July 1874. He had just turned 32. Also known as "Buffalo Billy Brooks" and "Bully Brooks," he had served... more
      • Awesome, thank you!!Ben Harleman, Sat Dec 8 02:56
        Shoot no, this didn't confuse me at all! To the contrary it perfectly gives me the rounded out picture I wanted. Makes a lot more sense now. As usual, thanks for the vivid explanation. When I first... more
        • Re: Awesome, thank you!!K.t.K., Sat Dec 8 03:38
          I suppose Miller and Snell were good for their day, in my opinion. Nonetheless, when I was taking my own hard look at Dodge City it really surprised me - given their reputation - when I found more... more
          • Re: Awesome, thank you!!Ben Harleman, Sat Dec 8 23:10
            I appreciate your anecdotes about Dr. Robert's, I just love his knowledge & reasoning. I love to search the board archives for things he's talked about & glean some knowledge where I can. Is it... more
            • Gary left it there for you too.K.t.K., Sun Dec 9 11:31
              Did my email show up?
              • Not yet...Ben Harleman, Sun Dec 9 13:14
                I haven't seen anything yet, but I'm not sure which email it would have gone to; I'm operating with about 5 right now (ugh). Go ahead and send it to benboru@gmail.com And thanks so much for sending... more
      • addendum BrooksK.t.K., Sat Dec 8 02:51
        When Wyatt gave Lake his information about Miles City, he did not remember a first name for the Brooks gunman who dueled with Morg at the Park off Main. This fellow had come from Deadwood with a... more
        • To be clear...Ben Harleman, Sat Dec 8 03:08
          I want to be sure I got this right, Morgan was good friends with James R Brooks in Montana, and in Miles City killed a brother of the same James R Brooks? And this brother was the Brooks that Wyatt... more
          • Re: To be clear...K.t.K., Sat Dec 8 04:06
            You have it right. Both myself and Peter Brand have compiled biographies on "Shotgun" Collins. Peter originally put me on to Collins when he learned I was going to Montana on my first research trip... more
            • So,...add it to the list?Ben Harleman, Sat Dec 8 23:04
              Sounds to me like on top of your Morg bio, I have to start anticipating Randy King's Shotgun Collins biography, too. When can I add these to my Christmas list!?! Always looking forward to good reads... more
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