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"town didnít prosecute Wyatt Earp" (?)
Sat Jun 23, 2018 19:35

People fly the coop so that they cannot be prosecuted. That's what Wyatt did. "Behind closed doors" doesn't quite match with the document records. They wanted his hind-end badly. He and his dad both skipped out owning moneys in regards multiple issues.

Pertaining to Wyatt, the first court order on January 25, 1871, was against, "W. S. Earp former Constable of Lamar Township" accusing him of withholding $200.00 from the "School Board Fund."
By March 14 they were still not satisfied because he ws a no-show. Thus a Circuit Court warrant was generated which mentioned: "W. S. Earp had absconded or absented himself from his usual place of abode in this state, so that the ordinary process of law cannot be served upon him...."

On another board I expressed my highest kudos to Pete McArdle in regards this great article. But we all make mistakes and having researched Lamar and Pineville myself, saw a couple. One was that Wyatt was the sole law enforcement officer in Lamar Township. Not so. He was outranked by 49-year-old Deputy Sheriff Morris B. Earll. The boss of Earp and Earll was Sheriff Henry F. Harrington (33), who actually lived a few miles s/w of Lamar at North Fork Township. It doesn't matter that Messrs. Earll and Harrington are marked on the Census with occupations of "carpenter" and "farmer" respectively.

To think that Aurilla Sutherland Earp went down into "the Nations" is too big of a stretch for me. She knew full well how dangerous a place that was - a haven for every conceivable outlaw or gang of them - smuggling of various kinds going on down in there. Horse theives were tracked down and lynched. All this kind of news got up into Missouri and Kanas. Liquor was the biggest item for smuggling, despite the existence of Fort Gibson, although that place was having its own serious personnel problems in 1871.

One of the factors for Nick Earp moving to Pineville, after skipping out owning hundreds of dollars at Lamar, was because it was right near the boarder of Indian Nations. An easy cross=over if he got word they coming after him. Nick also was in the business of liquor stills and I learned that he had a neighbor or two at Pineville who "smuggled whisky into the Nations."

All Aurilla had to do was hop the stage 23 miles down to Carthage and hide under the radar with friends, needing no substantial money. Or somewhere else similar. I mention Carthage because evidence suggests that Morgan Earp got a girl out of there, a year older than him. It so happened that she had relatives up in Peoria, Ill. That's another story.

If Wyatt was looking for his wife and found her anywhere, it doesn't mean he could talk her back into the relationship. "Get Lost, Buster! If you don't leave me alone the town marshal shall be summoned." How's that for speculation?

During a 2004 visit to Lamar I was privileged to interview the great-grandson of Eliju Martin, in whose saloon on Gulf Street in the Square, the showdown occurred between the four Earp brothers vs. the Brummetts and Sutherland boys. They all matched up perfectly in ages, from teenage up to late-twenties. It was the oldest Brummett who picked a fuss with Wyatt. When they began the throw punches, the proprietor Martin threw them out of his place. Outside, the two combatants picked up where they left off, and before long somebody jumped in, and they all jumped in. After twenty minutes it was probably Deputy Sheriff Morris Earll, with help from citizens or his two strapping sons who got the disturbance squelched. By then everybody should have been gassed out.

  • Aurilla Earp article in the WWHA JournalWayne Sanderson, Sat Jun 23 16:15
    Below is a comment I originally posted elsewhere as an analysis of the Aurilla Sutherland Earp article in the current WWHA Journal. The commentary is based on the new information and commentary in... more
    • Re: Aurilla Earp article in the WWHA JournalTom Gaumer, Mon Jul 9 10:56
      Howdy Wayne I think Mr McArdle case was that her death is not documented, and he SUspects that it didn't happen but with no real evidence she lived on. If memory serves Mr. McArdle said that death... more
      • Aurilla Earp article in WWHAgka500, Mon Jul 9 21:32
        Tom (and Wayne) Mr. McArdle was speculating intending to encourage more research into Aurilla's death. I agree with Tom that there is no evidence either of her death, or her living on beyond 1870.... more
        • Re: Aurilla Earp article in WWHATom Gaumer, Tue Jul 10 17:16
          Howdy Gail The general story about Wyatt has been he sold his and Urilla's house in early Nov. of 1870 and moved on. There are no missing editions of the South West Missourian before that period,... more
          • Aurilla's possible survivalgka500, Wed Jul 11 22:08
            Tom, Wow excellent review of the evidence on Aurilla Sutherland Earp. To make my position clear, I don't think it at all likely that Aurilla survived past 1870. However, think it would be good if... more
            • It looks like we agree on everythingTom Gaumer, Fri Jul 13 15:55
              Gail I just got an email telling me about this Aurilla factoid. It should make the answer pretty clear about Aurilla's fate. It won't seal the case but reasonable people should be able to put it to... more
              • Aurilla factoidgka500, Fri Jul 13 16:03
                Tom, I would never expect you to jump the gun on announcing a new find. That, of course, belongs to the finder. I just hope, once announced, I assume at the WWHA meeting, you or someone else will... more
          • Hard at work...Ben Harleman , Tue Jul 10 19:40
            Tom, I am currently at work tenaciously tracking down credible sources to confirm the dust levels contained in Wyatt's belly button. Watch for a riveting article in the next joutnal. Seriously... more
          • Surprise coming about AurillaTom Gaumer, Tue Jul 10 18:13
            Gail and all There is one more source of information that I just heard about and Mr. McArdle apparently did not find. It might settle the question of when Aurilla Sutherland died. Stay tuned to the... more
            • Re: Surprise coming about AurillaErik, Wed Jul 25 17:22
              Hey Tom, When is this discussion panel getting together in Springfield, MO? Will it be recorded? Very interesting thread, y'all! Thanks, Tom.
    • Aurilla Lamar , Sat Jun 23 19:58
      What if Aurilla was carrying the love child of Big Foot and was abducted by space aliens?
    • "town didnít prosecute Wyatt Earp" (?) — K.t.K., Sat Jun 23 19:35
      • As always...Ben Harleman, Sat Jun 23 20:34
        ... a lot of great information. Lee Silva, when reviewing the Lamar and horse thief episodes, also made a bit of a case that the town originally charged Wyatt but later seemed to not pursue it when... more
        • Re: As always...K.t.K., Sun Jun 24 16:58
          Ben, Silva did a lot of speculating also - which we all have the right to do. But he did admit that Wyatt fled Lamar, just the same as did Nicholas. Choosing not to pursue a suspect who has fled had... more
    • Re: Aurilla Earp article in the WWHA JournalBen Harleman, Sat Jun 23 16:51
      The question that comes to mind from all of this, which I agree is thought provoking, is if a runaway wife would be enough to prompt such a tight-lipped nature? And I'm sincerely asking, because I... more
      • Re: Aurilla Earp article in the WWHA JournalWayne Sanderson, Sat Jun 23 19:44
        Virgilís situation was different. He marched away to war, and when he returned she and her whole family had moved west. She was apparently led to believe Virgil was dead. If that was the case and he... more
        • Aurilla Earp PhotosEddie Lanham, Mon Jun 25 03:44
          Does anyone know if these pictures of her have been documented?
          • fake photosJohn Boessenecker, Mon Jun 25 21:26
            All photos posted online by Paul Butler and Blue Brown are fakes. I'm not even sure if those names they use are real.
        • Wayne, there are a few things you are not understanding in regards to the Cherokee Nations episode. About 85 miles down the trail out of Missouri into Indian Nations was located a settlement called... more
          • Kenny, like almost all of your posts, this was very enlightening. However, I am a little confused that you never mention the announced subject of the post, "Virgil's second wife at Lamar - Rozilla... more
            • Oh, you must mean Rozella DrageauK.t.K., Mon Jun 25 12:48
              :<) Oh, I forgot how many spellings there are. Anyway, Wayne above had mentioned Virgil's first wife from Pella, Iowa. My heading was meant as a quick reminder that the Dutch girl didn't factor... more
        • Re: Aurilla Earp article in the WWHA JournalBen Harleman, Sat Jun 23 21:12
          Those are the mitigating factors, and with clear differences to be sure, but while I do agree that the lack of info and reporting about her death is intriguing, I'm not sure I agree that it's enough... more
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