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Daniel Buck
re: Dan
Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:34am

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 if he had never met WTP, the reference to being "personally acquainted with the 'Butch Cassidy' of 50 years ago" would mean that he did supposedly knew Cassidy in the 19th century. I add in "supposedly" because we don't really know if he was acquainted with Cassidy or not. We are really on the writer of the 1940 article, not direct quotes from WGJ.

Progressive Men of the State of Wyoming (1901) says that WGJ came to Wyoming in1882 as a young cowboy &/or rancher. But he left in 1891 and did not return until 1899, when he opened a meat market in Lander. Hard to imagine that WGJ knew Cassidy in 1899 or latter, because by then he was a much wanted criminal, meaning that he could only have known him in the 1880s, if then. In the 1880s he was not known as Butch Cassidy, and WGJ is anecdoting 50 some years later. Dan

  • 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: Dan — Daniel Buck, Fri Dec 29 9:34am
    • 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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