Lease this WebApp and get rid of the ads.
Bob Goodwin
Dullenty's comments
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:18am

Pat and Dan,

Dullenty was making comments concerning a 7 July, 1940 article in the Spokane newspaper, the "Spokesman-Review," Titled: "Wyoming Outlaw, Records Reveal, Spent his Last Years in Spokane Under Alias Protection." Dullenty calls the article "one of the great editorial flubs in that newspaper's history." The story was taken from a wire service report out of Cheyenne, Wyoming which quoted Mart Christensen. He said it was buried in the last pages of the Sunday Section of the paper, and was obscured further by the wordy headline. He said that the story was not found for over thirty two years after he had been given the assignment to look into WTP in 1972. Dullenty then said that he had not stopped researching Phillips since. He goes on to say that "I am no longer as convinced as I was that Phillips was Cassidy. . . " He goes on to say "Think of the sources that would have been available to a researcher in 1940 including W.T. Phillips' wife, Gertrude, who died in Spokane in 1958."

Then comes the quote that Dan cites: "William Johnson mentioned in the story, also a state official [he was registrar of the U.S. Land office in Cheyenne and was said to have also investigated the 'return of Cassidy'] who concluded Phillips was Cassidy and who actually knew the outlaw, amassed a number of documents and other materials which would be invaluable to this study. They were given to the University of Wyoming which has, however, lost or mislaid the materials and they cannot be found."

I hope this clears things up for you two.

  • Re: DanDaniel Buck, Thu Dec 28 2:46pm
    Pat, thanks. I'm reading notes off my 3x5 card on "William G. Johnson." ullenty referred to Johnson as a state official who concluded that Phillips was Cassidy. The rest of the card is re WGJ and... more
    • Dullenty's comments — Bob Goodwin, Fri Dec 29 6:18am
      • Re: Dullenty's commentsDaniel Buck, Fri Dec 29 6:26am
        Bob, you are up early, just as I was fishing Dullenty's The Butch Cassidy Collection (June 1986) out of the closet. You covered the major points. All I will add is that the 1940 article is not... more
        • re: DanBob Goodwin, Fri Dec 29 6:45am
          One last little comment here. Looking at the article it does say that Johnson "was personally acquainted with the "Butch Cassidy" of 50 years ago." What is not clear is if he knew, or had even met... more
          • re: DanDaniel Buck, Fri Dec 29 9:34am
            Bob, good observation as well, that it's not clear from the 1940 article if William G. Johnson had ever met William T. Phillips, or was just reacting to reports of his 1930s activities. Meaning, that ... more
          • re: DanDaniel Buck, Fri Dec 29 7:02am
            Bob, thanks. The ambiguity I see is in the "of" in "personally acquainted with the 'Butch Cassidy' of 50 years ago," which probably means Johnson said he knew Cassidy in the 19th century, though... more
            • Hang in there. Pat, Fri Dec 29 8:27am
              I will have more info for you soon.
              • A woman who wrote a MSS in 1937 took the info from AHC and is included in her MSS. Plus a lot more.He is the one I listed who died in Lander in post below. They can post it all as my eyes are too bad.
                • Pat, Turns out Alice Mathew Shields's July 1941 ANNALS OF WYOMING article, "The Life Story of a Fremont County Pioneer Couple, is online. Never would have found it if you hadn't given me the title... more
                  • It was more likely Pat, Fri Dec 29 12:21pm
                    when she was 15 in 1887 when Cassidy and Haynes /Haines first came to Lander.
    • Dan, start digging. (nm)Pat, Thu Dec 28 2:49pm
      • For what it's worthPat, Thu Dec 28 3:11pm
        Right here in River City err.. I mean Lander. William Gale Johnson born Oct 4, 1861 died March 27 ,1952 Buried in Mt Hope just up the hill from me. Had 3 kids. Wife was Emma D,Heenan.
Click here to receive daily updates