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Keith Davis
Tombstone's Clipped History
Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:40am


Tombstone Epitaph, November 13, 1947


There's always two sides to every story, and so often, accepted books and articles only tell one side. This fact is motive behind Sarah Grace Bakarich's new book, "Gun Smoke," released for sale during Helldorado.

Mrs. Bakarich, who has spent many years delving into the facts behind early Tombstone stories, has come out with a book that is intensely interesting, and gives the reader a new slant on just what did happen back in the days, when so many men died at an early age of acute "lead poisoning."
Most books on Tombstone have never given the ranch men and cow hands of the area a decent break, however, "Gun Smoke" does, and Mrs. Bakarich presents their case in a most convincing manner.

Each of the twenty chapters covers an episode in early history of this area. Charleston gets a lot of attention as do other settlements of that day, which have long since ceased to exist.
The author pulls no punches in giving the Clanton-McLowery side of the famous gun fight at the OK Corral involving the Earps, Doc Holliday and the McLowerey's and Clantons.

She tells where bodies of people now famous in Tombstone history, are buried, and how several of the early characters met their demise.

The new work should prove to be a good seller, especially among those who are actually interested in forming an accurate opinion of what went on here in the early days. Mrs. Bakarich uses facts from diaries, and actual accounts of the happenings as told her by people who were there.

The book sells for one dollar, and will probably be available at several stores in this part of the county.

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