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John Boessenecker
Fred Dodge special ranger
Mon Jul 31, 2017 22:57

Peter -- I have a copy of that special ranger application that you dug up which is a great find. In 1900, Dodge had worked for Wells Fargo for ten years, not twenty. I think he is counting back to his initial posse duty in 1881. As we know, Wells Fargo's cash books show that in October 1881 Dodge was paid by the company for posse duty in chasing stage robbers with the Earps. Jim Hume's letters to his wife Lida in 1892 make it clear that he had just met Dodge, who started as a special officer for Wells Fargo, stationed in Houston, in 1890.

  • Fred Dodge & Wells FargoPeter Brand, Mon Jul 31 21:46
    Hi John What’s your view of Dodge’s claim in 1900 that he had worked for Wells Fargo for 20 years? When doing research in the Texas Ranger records, I found an application Dodge had made in 1900 for... more
    • Fred Dodge special ranger — John Boessenecker, Mon Jul 31 22:57
      • Posse dutyPeter Brand, Tue Aug 1 16:53
        Thanks for your insights John. It begs the question why Fred Dodge would be riding in the posse in the first place though - kinda kills his position as an "under cover man" to be seen riding with the ... more
        • Fred Dodge and Posse dutyJohn Boessenecker, Tue Aug 1 17:12
          That is exactly right. Undercover agents associate with criminals, not lawmen. If he really was under cover, this would have blown his cover. Also, if Dodge was already on Wells Fargo's payroll, why... more
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