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Fri May 3, 2019 09:59

Ben, Robert and I agreed on the other forum ... I assume Lynn concurred ... this was "unbiased, level and objective" reporting by a "local" Welshman ... but humoro[u]s at the same time ... maybe he could be even funnier in his native language ... cheers

"Welsh humour, by turns homely, by turns mordant, by turns surreal"

Lynn R. Bailey
More John Jee . . .
Thu Apr 19, 2018 16:50

John Jee, author of the article that appeared in the Graphic, is none other than mining and civil engineer George John Jee of Jee & Daniel, headquartered in Market House Chambers, Pontypool. Wales. [Polypond Free Press, April 26, 1879] Contrary to what historians say, Jee did publish. In January 1879 his “Lighting of Mines” appeared in the London Times. It was reprinted in the Mining and Scientific Press of San Francisco. He also wrote extensively on Welsh coal mining.

As far as we are concerned Jee’s article in the Graphic of November 26, 1881, is of greater concern. During a reconnaissance through Pima County (between January and October 1880) to secure an “unfailing supply of lead ore,” Jee came to know a number of San Simon Cienega cow-boys, among them Dick Lloyd and Curly Bill. This description fits that of William Hanks Graham, also known as Curly Bill, who served as guard on a prospecting expedition organized by Samuel M. Wessels, builder of the Texas smelter at Galeyville.

  • Enlightening Peter Love, Thu May 2 03:55
    Lynn That’s great. So this is the John Jee that wrote that article in the UK paper. This shows it was not simply a tall “Travellers Tale” as speculated.
    • Speculative? — gobs, Fri May 3 09:59
    • More John Jee . . .Lynn R. Bailey, Thu May 2 09:32
      Peter: Jee was also responsible for stringing the telegraph line between Galeyville and Fort Bowie. The line went from ranch to ranch up the San Simon Valley. That feat saved the life of William... more
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