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Post by Doris McCraw writing as Angela Raines
Lessons have been on my mind most of August. I started the month with a post on acting lessons for writers: Acting for Writers. I then decided to do a lesson on Early Colorado: Early Colorado. Next was Colorado Lawmen - Part 1: Colorado Lawmen. Now it's on to part two of Early Colorado Lawmen
David J. Cook was a Denver City Marshall, who according to some reports was credited with over 3,000 arrests during his tenure. Not much is known about his early life, but newspaper accounts show he did to go lengths to get his criminal. One article in the Daily Central City Register of November 24, 1868, tells of Cook and his deputy arriving in town to capture two outlaws. The outcome, both outlaws were killed. For more on Cook, you may find his book "Hands Up; or twenty years of Detective Life in the Mountains and on the Plains" David J. Cook.
|Denver 1860, University of Northern Colorado
M. F. Bowers, El Paso County Colorado Sheriff, was infamous for his part in the1894 labor strike in Cripple Creek. Prior to becoming Sheriff, Bowers was said to have been a saloon bouncer and night marshal in Altman, Colorado. During the strike, he met with the mine owners and agreed to hire 'deputies' to help crush the striking miners. After Bowers lost control of his 'deputies' who began harassing the locals, the governor of Colorado ordered the militia into the area to quell the violence. For more on Bowers and the Strike, the following may be of interest: "History of Colorado, Vol. 1" Wilbur Fiske Stone. "The Labor History of the Cripple Creek District" Benjamin McKie Rastall
|Cripple Creek Miner's Strike 1894
Martin J. Duggin became marshal of Leadville, Colorado in 1878. He was appointed by Mayor Horace Tabor after the first two men who held the office the first one was beaten and run out of town and the second one killed by his own deputy. To say the Duggin ran things his own way is an understatement. That he was able to 'keep a lid' on the rowdy town was a testament to his reputation. For more on Duggan, the following books might be of use. "Deadly Dozen, Twelve Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West" Robert K. DeArment. "Out of the West, The Beyond of the Mississippi States in the Making" Rufus Rockwell Wilson.
So now you have more snippets of the lawmen in Colorado. Hopefully, their stories will inspire you and your imagination. I confess, due to my twenty years working with juvenile delinquents, I have an affinity for the stories of these early lawmen. They were good, bad and sometimes both, but never boring.
Doris Gardner-McCraw -
Colorado and Women's History