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Bob Goodwin
re: Dan
Fri Dec 29, 2017 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 William T. Phillips, or if he was just taking Mart Christensen's word for it. Just that he had "investigated the 'return' of Cassidy to Lander and said he was thoroughly convinced" that WTP was Cassidy.

Also, you didn't mention that several of the principals in the 1930s return of "Cassidy" were in on Phillip's deception and were instrumental in convincing others of the "did not, or only knew him in brief passing" crowd that Phillips was Cassidy.

  • 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: Dan — Bob Goodwin, Fri Dec 29 6:45am
      • 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.
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