longer, as in Sam and Lou, is a name Soapy Smith surely grew weary of. They were his successors to the Denver underworld throne. It is not known for certain whether is was a voluntary handover of power, or one that was wrenched from Soapy's grasp. In recent years Blonger descendants, Craig and Scott Johnson created a superb website and their fans, as well as some of the Soapy fans here, had the pleasure of seeing history unfold as the Johnson's dove headlong into researching their past uncovering facts and artifacts which have not previously been published. There were great moments when the Johnson's and I got together and worked simultaneously on projects, such as the deciphering job on one of Bascomb Smith's 1895 prison letters. I just now realized that project was on my original blog so you will have to see it on the Blonger site HERE.
Life tends to get in the way of research, and really throws the off switch when coupled with a bad economy. We saw a big slow down on Blonger research a while back but thankfully a resurgence of interest has once again been ignited with the creation of the new Blonger blog. I reported it's creation when it started and things over there have not slowed down one bit. All kinds of new information and photographs await you there. Upon visiting you will note the plush exterior, but be warned, once inside their lair you won't want to leave. Tell 'em Soapy sent ya...
April 1, 2012
March 15, 2012
September 3, 2010
January 2, 2009
Blongers: pp. 10, 63, 80-81, 90, 171, 176-77, 207, 257.
Lou Blonger: pp. 273, 324, 357-58, 370-71, 373-74, 384, 398-99, 588.
Sam Blonger: pp. 260, 269-70, 573.
1813: U.S. troops under James Wilkinson attack the Spanish-held city of Mobile that would be in the future state of Alabama.
1817: The first American school for the deaf opens in Hartford, CT.
1850: The city of San Francisco is incorporated.
1861: U.S. President Lincoln mobilizes the Federal army in preparation for the Civil War.
1865: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln dies from the bullet he received in Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth the night before.
1871: "Wild Bill" Hickok becomes the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
1892: The General Electric Company is organized.
1892: Soapy “leases” McGinty the petrified man for $3,000 and leaves Creede.
1894: First public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope takes place in New York City.