October 1, 2012

William S. Light shoots, kills Samuel L. Hasley, 1884.

amuel L. Hasley
Victim of William S. Light

On page 82 of Alias Soapy Smith I record what I knew about the second man gunned down by William Sidney Light, Soap Gang member and Soapy Smith's brother-in-lawman. I was recently led to the book, Texas Lawmen, 1835-1899: The Good and the Bad, by Clifford R. Caldwell and Ronald Delord (2011). Light's victim was S. L. Hasley and below is the content from the book.

Samuel L. Hasley,  Born circa 1844. On November 28, 1884 Deputy Hasley and another man were drinking and creating a disturbance. Intoxicated, Hasley mounted his horse and began riding his horse over the sidewalk on Main Street. Belton [Texas] city marshal Light attempted to arrest the pair, but Hasley drew his pistol, which led to both lawmen commencing fire. About five or six shots were exchanged between the two men. One of Light’s bullets struck Halsey in the chest and inflicted a fatal wound. As was the custom of the time, Light was arrested by sheriff Fulwiller. It is unknown if any charges were filed. Hasley is buried at Fort Griffin Cemetery at Little River Academy. 

Samuel L. Hasley
March 22, 2009

William Sidney Light
February 17, 2009
March 22, 2009
April 5, 2010
May 22, 2010
May 25, 2010
December 4, 2011 
September 19, 2012

Samuel L. Hasley: page 82.
William Sidney Light: pages 9, 82-83, 184, 193-94, 207, 214-18.

"'Jeff Smith’s Parlors,' read the sign over one door. Here the headquarters of the notorious 'Soapy Smith' gang. Here the 'Fly,' the unsophisticated one, was invited into the 'Parlor' by the proverbial 'Spider,' with the usual result. Here crime flourished unhampered, with the connivance of the constituted authorities."
Grit, Grief and Gold: A True Narrative of an Alaskan Pathfinder
by Dr. Fenton. B. Whiting, 1933.


1849: The partially completed Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville, Texas, receives its first prisoner, a convicted horse thief from Fayette County. The facility received only three new inmates in that first year. 1858: The first Butterfield Overland stagecoach reaches Arizona Territory through Steins' Pass. 
1858: Jacob Hall wins the mail contract to receive and deliver the mail between Kansas City and Stockton, California. The trip takes nearly 30 days hence receiving mail is at best, once a month. 
1859: U.S. Commissioner Greenwood signs a treaty with the Sak and Fox Indians in Kansas. 
1863: 12 Chiefs of the Western Shoshone Indian tribe sign a peace treaty with the U.S. at Ruby Valley in Elko County, Nevada Territory. 
1871: It is published that there are 28 grave markers in Laramie, Wyoming, of which 19 read "killed." 
1872: Indian Chief, Cochise and the U.S. enter a peace treaty near Dragoon Springs, Arizona Territory. 1876: Texas Ranger, John Barclay Armstrong and a company of rangers battle with a band of rustlers near Espinoza Lake in Texas. Four of the rustlers are killed while several other escape. Armstrong is perhaps best known for trailing and arresting outlaw John Wesley Hardin. 
1877: During a snow-fall standoff with Indians in Montana Territory, Colonel Nelson Miles sends word to Chief Joseph, asking him to surrender and save his people. Chief Joseph says he will consider it, but is hoping the snow fall turns into a blizzard so that he and his people can make a run for the Canadian border. Chief Joseph accompanies two of Miles's Sioux scouts to talk with Miles but is expectantly taken prisoner, dashing his plan. 
1878: General Lew Wallace is sworn in as governor of New Mexico Territory. He went on to deal with the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid and wrote Ben-Hur
1878: Outlaw Billy the Kid and his gang raid the Grzelachowski ranch and later sell the stolen livestock in Tascosa, Texas. 
1880: Thomas Edison begins the commercial production of electric lamps at Edison Lamp Works in Menlo Park, New Jersey. 
1885: Special delivery mail service begins in the U.S. 
1890: The U.S. Congress passes the McKinley Tariff Act, which raised tariffs to a record level. 
1891: Soapy Smith “sells” the Tivoli Club, gambling hall in Denver. The sale is merely to take his name off the paper title as he retains control until he leaves Denver in 1895
1894: Outlaws, Al and Frank Jennings Rob the Rock Island train getting $300 and a turnip-sized pocket watch. The brothers are caught shortly afterwards and got 5 and 7 years respectively. 
1896: Rural Free Delivery is established by the U.S. Post Office. 
1903: The first modern World Series takes place between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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