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Randolph W. Farmer
New evidence of Curly Bill's death
Wed Dec 12, 2018 08:59

Bonham Daily Favorite, May 28, 1909:


Died Yesterday at Paris After an Illness Covering Several Months


W. A. Brosius, better known throughout North Texas as "Al" Brosius, died yesterday at Paris after an illness of several months.

"Al" Brosius was well known and well liked all over North Texas. He was for a number of years city marshal of Paris and made a good and efficient officer. Perhaps no one man in that city had more friends, not only in his home town but throughout North Texas, than did "Al" Brosius and his death will occasion genuine regret. [sic]

William Albert Brosius was well-travelled, wasn't he. "Ubiquitous" one might say. He moved around so much its hard to say exactly which place was his home town.

Medicine Lodge, Kansas, is not far for Dodge City, so even in 1895 if he went up there, some people would still remember him as Curly Bill. By 1895 he was a husband, father and respected businessman in Paris so before his election as City Marshal in April 1895 he might have used an alias IF he had been involved in transporting a prisoner across IT.

When he left Arizona in 1881 he reportedly told young Melvin Jones that if they ever met again he was not to be called Curly Bill. So he became "Al" Brosius, a hard-drinking, jovial sort just like he'd been before. The long illness that killed him in 1909 was cirrhosis of the liver. Too much rot-gut whiskey.

    • The Real Curly BillLynn R. Bailey, Wed Dec 12 10:52
      Randy: A major correction: Melvin Jones was referring to “Curly Bill Graham and his brother George [Gordon Graham]." The Graham boys left tracks all over the West, easily followed for decades. Best... more
      • InterestingRandolph W. Farmer, Wed Dec 12 11:23
        When do you publish? Question: Graham is a somewhat common surname; why would anybody choose a name like Broscius for an alias? It’s too distinctive; usually aliases are more general or widespread in ... more
        • Re: InterestingK.t.K., Wed Dec 12 18:26
          Yet another monkey wrench confounding the Randy horseshit. In the Fort Smith Elevator Ike Rogers gave every name of all involved with transporting Cherokee Bill from Roger's house to Nowata, and then ... more
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