Back to 1873


I looked the name up in the county directory, and sure enough there is a family of that name living in Moosehead City,” Hiram began.

It’s all pretty amazing,” Kiwi Silverthorn added, “But still, we don’t know everybody in the county.”

Okay, Hiram,” Boomer was having trouble containing his curiosity, “Out with it, what family?”

Mr. Hickok here was a bit of a surprise, and this other family will be as well. You say, Mac, you’re headed for Wichita, Kansas?”

Yes. C’mon Hiram, give up the name!”

Just as Hiram was about to speak, the café door swung open, “How do? My name’s Wyatt Earp IV, I was told by a tri-color dog that you were expecting me.”

Season VI—Chapter 8—Wyatt Earp, Episode 1:

At the Cabin on the Rock ©2012 Jack Boardman

Unlike James Hickok this “Wyatt Earp” (4th from left), was not wearing a western-style outfit

Unlike James Hickok, this “Wyatt Earp” was not wearing a western-style outfit, but rather dressed much like the local folk and most were a bit skeptical—save for Hiram Silverthorn, “You do bear a strong resemblance to Wyatt Earp—your eyes look just like his eyes. There are photographs of Earp in one of the history books at the library, the eyes in each are almost haunting.”

Earp Portrait


Well … in that case, I guess I shouldn’t stare,” Earp laughed, “None the less, it appears I must accompany the time-travelers.”

Earp went on to explain how he came to be named after the famous lawman, and that he is the third generation Earp to live in Moosehead County.

Meanwhile…St Louis District US Marshal Adrian Pettifogger arrived by stagecoach (he detested horses and never rode one—horses generally felt the same about him) in Wichita, ostensibly to inspect law enforcement in the area, but in fact, he was there to ensure US District Marshal Carl Mack and his deputy Larry Yatters were either killed or arrested (for alleged corruption)—he was hoping for “killed,” as there would be no chance for Mack to present his case. He brought along the only deputy he trusted, his brother Anson Pettifogger.

District US Marshal Adrian Pettifogger arrived in Wichita ©2012 Jack Boardman

Arriving at the town marshal’s office he found a deputy marshal on duty, “Where’s Earp?”

Arriving at the town marshal’s office he found a deputy marshal on duty, “Where’s Earp?”

I dunno. He’s part-time and comes and goes. He ain’t been around fer a coupla weeks.”

While the history books record Earp as having been in Wichita during this period, Gentle Reader, he was actually off pursuing one of his many business interests—our Wyatt Earp IV will be why he is portrayed as being there in those books.

Or not.

To be Continued…


About Jack Boardman

Just a little bit of a Curmudgeon.
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10 Responses to Back to 1873

  1. Chris Shouse says:

    Intriguing and away we go again 🙂


  2. Okay Hiram, out with it!!! That’s what I’m talkin’ about!!


  3. Sarah Cooper says:

    “Or not” could just change everything!


  4. sgtmajcarl says:

    I assume Larry & I are on the dusty trail?


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