February 3, 2011

Soapy Smith lends money to a friend, Spokane, Washington 1896.

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Above is another document from my personal Soapy Smith collection, a promissory note for $250 dated October 13 1896 in Spokan, Washington. Soapy loaned D. P. Stomas the $250  due “5 days after date without grace….”. $250 is equivalent to approximately $7,904.06 today. That's a nice friend!  At the bottom appears “Due Oct 18th 1896 At Spokane [signed signature] DP Stomas.” Not indicated is what the money was for. –Alias Soapy Smith, p. 420.

D. P. Stomas is also mentioned in a letter to Soapy dated Aug 21, 1895 from Perry A. Clay in which Stomas sends his regards to Soapy. –Alias Soapy Smith, p. 391.

It is obvious from the Clay letter that Stomas is a friend, associate, or even part time member of the Soap Gang, however, there is no other information on the man as of yet.










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