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John Boessenecker
Fred Dodge and Frank Waters
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:50

I generally take old-timer's recollections with a grain of salt. Here, given that Waters fictionalized, even invented, Allie's recollections in his 1961 book, that raises the question of how accurate his original manuscript really is. If Allie really said that about seeing an undercover Wells Fargo man then I think she read Stuart Lake's book too many times.

However, if the Earps were visited by Wells Fargo detectives Bob Paul, Jim Hume, or John Thacker, that would be no surprise to anyone.

  • Re: Fred DodgeBob Cash, Mon Jul 31 09:15
    John, if my memory serves me correctly, Allie Earp, in the the original Frank Waters manuscript (not his largely fabricated EARP BROTHERS OF TOMBSTONE), is quoted as saying that the brothers were... more
    • Fred Dodge and Frank Waters — John Boessenecker, Mon Jul 31 10:50
      • Thank you, John, for your response.Bob Cash, Mon Jul 31 20:48
        Your point is well taken. I have been told that there is other contemporary (pre-1890) sources that point to Dodge's employment by Wells Fargo. I hope that the one who told me this will share it in... more
        • Fred Dodge and Wells FargoJohn Boessenecker, Tue Aug 1 12:03
          I think the main pre 1890 source is the Wells Fargo cash book entry which shows the payment to Fred Dodge for posse duty in 1881. I went into this in my reply to Peter Brand's post above.
    • This is from Allie's Story: Mrs. Virgil Earp and The "Tombstone Travesty" by Gary L. Roberts: "At one point in his narrative, Waters takes a backhanded slap at Lake for suggesting that Wells Fargo... more
      • Bob, as an indefatigable researchers I can attest to the nonsense of a Boessenecker ego-maniac when he dismisses old-timer's recollections with a grain of salt, and then claims that "Waters... more
        • Kenny, Anonymous above was me...Bob Cash, Tue Aug 1 09:34
          ...I didn't want you to be blaming Tom Gaumer for my post.
        • Fred DodgeJohn Boessenecker, Mon Jul 31 22:25
          Whoa, Nellie. That's a real mouthful. Does someone have some Xanax for K.T.K.???
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