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John Boessenecker
Wells Fargo
Wed Aug 9, 2017 18:23

But there were way more stage robberies in California's Mother Lode country in 1879-1882 than ever took place in Southern Arizona during those years. And no one ever suggested that Wells Fargo assigned undercover men to Sonora, Milton, San Andreas, Placerville, etc., where so many stage holdups took place in the 1870s and 80s. Wells Fargo had not even been robbed in the Tombstone area prior to the time Dodge arrived in Tombstone. His undercover story makes no sense to me.

  • The WF station is a comin', comin' Casey Tefertiller, Wed Aug 9 17:53
    John, Not sure why it would matter that the WF office had not yet opened. Wouldn’t you think that WF would want eyes in Cochise County before they would establish their office? That way they would... more
    • Wells Fargo — John Boessenecker, Wed Aug 9 18:23
      • Thinking like ValentineCasey Tefertiller, Wed Aug 9 20:38
        John, WF had “friends” and friendly law officers throughout the Motherlode. I read in this great book that Bob Paul was involved with WF long before his move to Arizona. By 1880, WF knew the area,... more
        • Wells FargoJohn Boessenecker, Wed Aug 9 20:59
          I agree that Wells Fargo was way more established in California than in Southern Arizona, and the company surely realized how important a mining center Tombstone was becoming in 1879, but it still... more
          • Reading Valentine's mindCasey Tefertiller, Thu Aug 10 10:30
            John, That is the key point. How can we read Valentine’s mind? How can we know what he was thinking? Because something is usually done in one certain way does not mean it is always done in that way.... more
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