September 8, 2012

Bob Lyon's successful presentation on Jeff Smith's Parlor restoration project.

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ast month I told you about historian Bob Lyon's presentation he planned to give on the Jeff Smith's Parlor restoration project in Anchorage, Alaska for the Alaska Professional Communicators. Bob said the presentation  

"went off rather well, and I may get two or three interviews as a result--two radio and one print! Most people had heard of Soapy and several knew how he got that nickname."

Congratulation bob, on a job well done. Beside being professional, Bob has a lot of enthusiasm that shows in his correspondences with me. Obviously that same enthusiasm was evident in his talk. I wish I could have been there to listen to him. Naturally, this surely helps Soapy become a more well known character to the world, and for that, along with all his help and contributions, the family and Friends of Bad Man Soapy Smith thanks Bob for everything he has done thus far.

Bob Lyon
August 29, 2012

"With a pistol in his pocket and a rifle in his hands,
Soapy went alone to fight the vigilante band.
To shoot a few and chase the rest into the icy bay,
They’d wish they’d never messed with Soapy Smith of old Skagway."
―Ed Parrish


1565: A Spanish expedition establishes the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, Florida.
1664: The Dutch surrender New Amsterdam to the British, who then rename it New York.
1866: The first recorded birth of sextuplets is born to James and Jennie Bushnell of Chicago, Illinois.
1868: A battle between seven Sioux Indian warriors and members of the Gros Ventre, Ree, and Mandan Indian tribes occurs near Fort Berthold, Dakota Territory. The Sioux fire shots across a river and members of the Three Affiliated Tribes give chase. One Sioux Indian is caught, killed, and scalped.
1868: Indians kill 17 settlers in a raid near Cimarron Crossing, Kansas.
1879: A. H. Webb settles an argument with B. Martin by delivering a deadly blow to Martin's head with a Winchester, in Dodge City, Kansas.
1881: The Bisbee to Tombstone stage in Arizona Territory is robbed. Interviews of the passengers reveal that one of the masked robbers had said, "Have we got all the sugar?" This is said to have been a favorite phrase of Sheriff John Behan's deputy sheriff, Frank Stilwell. Boot marks at the scene match Stilwell's boots. Stilwell and Pete Spence are arrested in Bisbee and returned to stand trial in Tombstone.
1890: Gambler Luke Short dies of natural causes at age 36.
1892: An early version of "The Pledge of Allegiance" appears in The Youth's Companion.

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