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Title: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Crooked Creek Kid on April 17, 2006, 01:22:53 PM
Back then you carried your backup on your hip.  I have always enjoyed reading about the marshalls in Judge Parkers court.  Who would you be?
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Arcey on April 17, 2006, 07:46:37 PM
Don't know that the 'Hangin' Judge' had one like me.  I'd wanna be the one what had a small office down from the court house.  There, folks would tell me 'bout crooked marshals 'n I'd look into it.  99% of the time the marshals were right, they weren't crooked and I proved it.  The 1% I did my level best to get rid of.

Eight years werkin' IA as the XO.  Hated every minute.  The most important thing I did in thirty two years.  Go back again in a heartbeat if called to do so.  Retired from there.

Back on a part time basis, 'n workin' in another division, I had dealings with my replacements this mornin'.  In my old office.  I must say I'm damned proud of 'em.  They're pros in every sense of the word. They run on pride and integrity.  My staff is gone.  They carry on.

Them folks would have had a hell of a time in the lawless west.  I'd want to be with 'em, shoulder to shoulder.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Mustang Gregg on April 18, 2006, 04:43:31 PM
Always pondered Wyatt Earp as my LEO hero.
MG
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Coal Creek Griff on April 18, 2006, 10:52:45 PM
I've always thought that Bill Tilghman was worth looking up to.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Forty Rod on April 19, 2006, 12:31:16 AM
I want to be the one who died at age 104, buck nekkid, with a pretty girl on each arm.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: B. Butch Cavendish on April 19, 2006, 09:16:09 PM
age 104 for forty rod.."Well looks like he only has a couple of weeks left."   I live in tucson, Az. So I like the leo close to home. "Other than the Earps who killed Stillwell right down the street from me at the old railroad station, I would choose Arizona Ranger Captian Harry Wheeler who had a no. of big shootouts around here. Most noteable the crystial palace shootout out in 1903 at the corner of what now is stone and congress. And Jeff Milton longtime lawman. and "A good man with a gun."
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Swifty Morgan on April 20, 2006, 02:41:56 PM
Hmmm! Tough question...
Henry Andrew Thomas took care of some of the most notorious gangs of the time! (Doolins, Daltons & sam Bass)
The Earp's, The Mastersons... There were quit a few!
Texas Rangers...


RTH

BOLD #740
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Crooked Creek Kid on April 20, 2006, 05:43:51 PM
Well, since I started the thread I ought to put in my two cents.  I always thought Bill Tilghman had a colorful career and those marshalls down in Fort Smith sure had their work cut out for them.  Tough job back then.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Texas Lawdog on April 21, 2006, 05:48:18 PM
THERE WOULD ONLY BE ONE CHOICE FOR ME.  THE TEXAS RANGERS!
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Reb Tyree on April 21, 2006, 07:58:03 PM
Well  have to say Sheriff Harry Morse, Alameda County California.  Sheriff Bill Tilghman is also another great sheriff.


Reb Tyree
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: HISEASCOWBOY on April 27, 2006, 12:50:13 AM
Since I like to travel and move around Wyatt Earp would be my choice ;D
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: O.T. Buchannan on May 04, 2006, 12:27:51 PM
Bass Reeves.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: wspe61 on May 04, 2006, 07:02:00 PM


Without a doubt; it would be

Seth Bullock
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Buffalo Creek Law Dog on May 05, 2006, 09:05:35 AM
Superintendant James Morrow Walsh of the North West Mounted Police, who were outnumbered by Sitting Bull and his Sioux followers by 20 to 1 when they came to Canada after the Little Big Horn episode.  Yet, he kept them in check from 1877 to 1881 when the Sioux finally returned to the States.  Walsh was known as "Sitting Bull's Boss". He is the only white man to have literally kicked Sitting Bull in the ass and lived to tell about it (this happened at NWMP Wood Mountain Post).
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Utah Bob on May 08, 2006, 06:17:28 AM
Bill Tilghman I belive.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Jon Spurlock on June 20, 2006, 11:28:49 AM
Choctaw Lighthorse.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Dai.S.Loe on June 20, 2006, 08:59:09 PM
I want to be the one who died at age 104, buck nekkid, with a pretty girl on each arm.

A man with similar ideas to myself.

Forty we must be kin we even think alike.

Dai
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Griff on June 21, 2006, 01:23:05 AM
Texas Ranger.  But, Forty Rod, being a youngster at 104, I'll let you know that when you get to be 140, you slow down to just one gal! ;D
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: fourfingersofdeath on October 22, 2006, 11:48:09 PM
Lot of impressive men out there, but I would definetly have to go for Wyatt, he lived until 1936 I think and had a very pretty loving lady ;), can't beat that. He also is fondly remembered for his tactics, fire and movement, use of cover, etc and is still quoted.

Speed is desirable, accuracy is final!
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Snapshot on October 23, 2006, 04:52:08 AM
Been a rebell and enrolled in the 7th.Texas vol Infantry "Waco Guards" CW. (re-enactment).
I have always been parchel to the Texas Rangers................

ONE RIOT ONE RANGER
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: dakotaranger on October 28, 2006, 03:56:51 AM
Tillman
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Jake Harlow U.S. Marshal on October 28, 2006, 01:27:21 PM
My hero in my early days was Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, real or not he was the one.
One LEO was Seth Bullock, he cleaned up the language, made it against the law to use swear words in 1877. Deadwood series could take a lesson from Seth on that one, course they would be in jail long before now.
Marshal Harlow is my favorite,fiction? Maybe,maybe not.
Keep yer back to the wall,
Jake
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Tuolumne Lawman on November 16, 2006, 11:47:51 AM
Bill Tillman  and Marshal Venard of Nevada City, CA 1860s.

I would have been a Deouty Sheriff like I was until I retired in real life, maybe a Texas Ranger.  I was in a rural, mountianous county when I retired, and we seldom had back up.  It was very much "One riot, one Ranger"  My backup was an XM177E1 with a 30 round mag in my trunk, even when I was a detective!  I guess I would have carried a Henry or Spencer back then, along with a RM 44 Colt or Open Top. I'm partial to Henry and Spencers, and If I was doing it in the 1860s to 1870s, that's what I would havce had
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: John Barleycorn on January 14, 2007, 10:57:52 PM
Hmmmm....Well, The Lone Ranger always left with Tonto,  I think I would rather leave with the damsel,  I'll have to ponder this one somemore....JB
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Tim Burrattler on March 12, 2007, 10:50:46 AM
My GGG grandad Mike B. Wright, Nueces County Sheriff (Texas)1901-1916, or any his cousins, the Wright family of Texas Rangers or my GGG Uncle, Texas Ranger Doc Pollock
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Tubac on March 22, 2007, 05:34:04 PM
No doubt about it, Texas John Slaughter.

Tubac
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Jailhouse Jim on June 18, 2007, 12:58:55 AM
Wyatt Earp, he lived a long adventurous life and lived with a hooker  :D.

Jailhouse Jim
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: mrwill on March 31, 2008, 08:51:39 PM
Francis Augustus Hamer

A man who knew how to get the job done.

mrwill
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Handsome Dave on April 18, 2008, 09:37:36 PM
OK but I am Biassed  ;D

Ahijah W. (A.W.) Grimes (1850-1878) - Ahijah W. Grimes was born in Bastrop, Texas on July 5, 1850 to one of the first pioneer families of the area.

He began his lawman career as the Bastrop City Marshal in 1874  and joined the Texas Rangers in 1877.

In 1878 he moved the family to Round Rock, Texas, where he worked in a bank until he was appointed as a Deputy Sheriff of  Williamson County.

Unfortunately for Grimes, when the three members of the Bass Gang, including Sam Bass and Seaborne Barnes, rode into round Rock on July 19, 1878, Grimes spotted them carrying hand guns which was illegal within the Round Rock city limits.

When he challenged them, they replied by opening fire on him. He is buried in the Old Cemetery in Round Rock, Texas.

Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: aryfrosty on July 13, 2008, 09:35:57 PM
I'd either work for Judge Parker in the territory or be a ranger in Arizona or Texas. Likely Texas. I'd wear the badge right and live the life as best I could.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Top Kick Ken on September 16, 2008, 11:46:02 PM
Probably a US Deputy Marshal.  Followed by a Sheriff job somewhere.   Would have probably done some work for Wells Fargo and the railroad too at some point.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Don Nix on March 04, 2009, 03:59:41 PM
I just had to reply to this thread, I know its old but its right up my alley.
 Everett Nix,US Marshall for the Guthrie Court was Bill Tillmans boss.
 Now the neat thing is there were several Nixs that worked in JudgeParkers court.
 All my great grandaddies folks were in western Ar at the time. plus my grand other was a Tillman. I wound up being in Law Enforcement in western AR and did quite a bit  of business with the US attorney in Ft Smith. When I had to go to the US Court house there it was kind of neat to know that The Nix men were still chasin bad guys out of that court.
 Once another deputy ,whose great uncle had been a deputy under Judge Parker, and had some time before our meeting with the US Attorney so we went over and got to talk to the Curator and historian in Judge PArkers Court.
 He wasnt at all surprised to find that the decendants of judge parkers Marshalls were working together in souhtwest Ar as Lawmen.
 He said a number of the men who were US Marshalls and Deputy marshall during that time had decendants who stayed in Law enforcement.
 Western Ar and the Indian territories being what they were you were either a good guy or an outlaw and the same still tends to run true in some places
 The families of outlaws have passed on that lifestyle as the Lawmen did .Out laws begat outlaws and Cops begat cops.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Texas Lawdog on March 04, 2009, 05:25:54 PM
Don, It's a family tradition!
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Cuts Crooked on May 13, 2009, 06:27:55 PM
Elfego Baca! 8)
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Daniel Nighteyes on May 16, 2009, 12:28:07 PM
I would probably have been a posseman for one or more Deputy US Marshals in the Indian Nations, particularly in the western portion.  I would have been very particular about who I would, and would not, track down.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Marshal Cy Clone on January 07, 2010, 09:43:40 PM
Bill Tillghman hands down. 

Marshal Cy Clone
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Federalist on March 27, 2010, 12:12:07 AM
I reckon Seth Bullock would suit me fine.  A pioneer, capitalist, sheriff, Deputy US Marshal, member of the Rough Riders and a darn good friend of Tom Mix and Theodore Roosevelt.  Sorta the all American lawman.

 http://www.legendsofamerica.com/WE-SethBullock.html :D
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Elmer Watson on August 31, 2011, 10:58:48 PM
As my badge said alameda county I would have to go with Harry Morse.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: RickB on September 01, 2011, 10:58:21 AM
Either Bat Masterson or Wyatt Earp. Both lived a long time after their law careers and had very interesting lives. And Wyatt settled down with Josie. Not a bad ending there.  8)
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Beauregard Hooligan on February 20, 2012, 04:01:50 AM
My choice would be Virgil Earp, who was the real lawman in the Earp family.

(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd244/beauhooligan/VirgilEarp.jpg)

Virgil Earp was a Civil War veteran, and U.S. Deputy Marshal for south-eastern Arizona and Tombstone City Marshal at the time of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Even though one armed due to the attempt on his life in Tombstone, he was involved in the railroad "wars" in California, and was elected Colton, Ca's first City Marshal. Before his death, he was a Deputy Sheriff for Esmeralda County, Nevada. Virgil Earp was one hell of a man! ;D
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Texas Lawdog on February 20, 2012, 04:37:47 AM
That's easy!  A member of the Texas Rangers.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: harleydavis on August 08, 2013, 09:41:24 AM
James Butler Hickok. He tamed the streets of Abilene with only 3 deputies and over 5,000 drunken trailhands. HIs methods were pretty direct, albiet, occassionally overtly strong!! His days in Hays City were equally effective in a pretty tough town.
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: Dave T on April 17, 2018, 02:56:12 PM
Found this old thread and reading through it made me think of my favorite old west lawman. Most of you probably never heard of Jeff Milton but if you can find a copy of his biography,A Good Man with a Gun and wade through the writing style (the prose is dated) you'll learn of a man who started as a Texas Ranger and ended his career as a Customs Line Rider on the Arizona border. Someone should make a movie of this man's life.

Dave
Title: Re: If You Could Be a LEO in the Old West, Who Would You Be?
Post by: medic15al on September 09, 2021, 12:13:57 AM
Frank Hamer is one I tend to admire.