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Ask if anyone knows "Jumbo" Cantwell.
Tue Jul 31, 2018 15:38

This interesting bruiser ranged from Portland to Tacoma to Seattle and later Spokane. He would serve as professional bodyguard to boss gamblers, such as Harry Morgan at Tacoma.

In early 1891 "Jumbo" as a one-man army would have been on hand to run Jimmy and Wyatt Earp out of Tacoma, when they arrived with intentions of opening a gambling house. Although the paper said" "They met with disappointment, the understanding being that the police would permit only four games to run yearly in the city, albeit several good-sized stud-poker outfits move on the quiet."

  • Washington & Oregon readersBen Harleman, Tue Jul 31 12:30
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    • Ask if anyone knows "Jumbo" Cantwell. — K.t.K., Tue Jul 31 15:38
      • Re: Ask if anyone knows "Jumbo" Cantwell.Ben Harleman, Wed Aug 1 17:51
        Man, where do you come up with these obscure tidbits? Great topic though. I knew the brothers Earp had been to Tacoma, but it seems there's always new info to go along with that. I was curious to see ... more
      • Oops, wrong one.K.t.K., Tue Jul 31 15:42 more
        • Couldn't pass up this little nugget...Ben Harleman, Wed Aug 1 18:05
          Chief of Police Mart Dillon. Was this the brother of renowned lawman Matt Dillon, a la the Bart Maverick to James Garner's Brett Marverick?
          • I guess "Jumbo" outed Dillon in 91K.t.K., Sat Aug 4 16:44
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