Randolph W. Farmer
Curly Bill references
Fri Jul 29, 7:21

If you can get ahold of a copy of Curly Bill: Horse Thief, Cattle Dealer, Murderer, Lawman: 1858-1909, you can find the primary references I used by checking the footnotes.

Page 134"Lorenzo Walters wrote in 1928 that 'William Sparks of Globe, who is probably one of the best posted men in the southwest' told him that Curly Bill did not die in Arizona; Sparks had moved to the area in 1878, and was an Arizona Ranger."

What I left out was Sparks also said he had dinner with Curly Bill in 1883.

Also check pages 148-149 for more references.

Check page 162 for this gem:

"...J. C. Brock recalled in 1932. The important fact that can be taken away from J. C. Brock's account is that Curly Bill was with a group of cattle buyers from California when Brock met him again in New Mexico sometime after 1885. At that time Curly Bill may have been working as an inspector for cattle buyers William B. Slaughter and Cal Suggs. Both had cattle pens and property in Los Angeles."

- I previously (from my fading memory) attributed Brock's account to being in Benson in the 1890s. This is why we have footnotes. There is another Curly Bill sighting in Benson but I don't recall including it. I did include lots of others from reputable sources.

Also note that I connected Cal Suggs to John Ringo elsewhere in the book, and the Slaughter family in Dallas to the Brosius family. I also connected Suggs to Paris, Texas, where Bill Brosius lived and was City Marshal/Chief of Police for 6 years.

In Paris Bill and his brother J.B. Brosius were in the horse trade; on page 115 of my book I quote another primary reference:
"Curly Bill was a horse thief," said Anna Owenby, a pioneer resident of New Mexico. According to Ms. Owenby and Caesar Brock, another old timer, Bill was employed by John Horton Slaughter to 'take care of his [Slaughter's] horses.'

John Horton Slaughter came to prominence in Arizona after the Earp brothers fled the scene. If memory serves, William B. Slaughter was one of his sons.

The cattlemen I connect to Curly Bill Brosius were rich and powerful men, with their own private armies who almost always got their way.

Charles Siringo, a famous Pinkerton Detective, who late in life befriended Wyatt Earp, wrote some interesting things about Curly Bill - all of which are included in my book. Not once did I find a quote from Siringo about Curly Bill being killed in Arizona by anyone.

  • Great stuffPeter Love, Thu Jul 28 16:26
    Randy Must have another look at your book. I had been hoping for some more developments on this old debate. I still doubt the story that Wyatt killed him by shotgun in a fluke encounter. Of all the... more
    • Curly Bill references — Randolph W. Farmer, Fri Jul 29 7:21