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    Important Bill Doolin and Bill Tilghman Group. Bill Doolin was one of the Old West's most notorious bank and train robbers. In the early 1890s he became part of the famous Dalton Gang, participating in many robberies until the band was destroyed in the "Coffeyville Massacre." However, Doolin was not with the gang that day and escaped the carnage. In 1893 he organized his own gang, known as the "Oklahombres," which included Bill Dalton and colorful characters such as "Dynamite Dick" Clifton and Bitter Creek George Newcomb. In one robbery the gang had to shoot their way out of Ingalls, Oklahoma, killing three lawmen in the process. Their crime spree continued until Oklahoma's "Three Guardsmen" (lawmen Bill Tilghman, Heck Thomas and Chris Madsen) began a determined search for the gang. Nonetheless, Doolin was not captured for a year, when Tilghman tracked him to an Arkansas hot springs resort which Doolin was known to frequent to find relief for his rheumatism. Doolin then escaped from jail and bid out briefly in New Mexico, but when he came home to visit his family he was spotted and killed by a posse led by Heck Thomas.

    Included in this lot are:

    1. 1893 document requesting payment for service in a posse to pursue "William Dalton and four others, for Mail and Train robbery." Witnessed by U.S. Marshal Chris Madsen.
    2. Two similar 1895 documents for service in posse to pursue "Bill Doolin et al.," on signed three times by Bill Tilghman, the other four times by him. Both appear to be filled out in his hand.
    3. Another similar 1896 document for posse member chasing "Dynamite Dick" and others, signed and partially filled out by another famous Oklahoma lawman Frank M. Canton. Canton-like many "peace officers"-a former criminal himself, was "top gun" in the Johnson County Wars before his service in Oklahoma (including a stint as deputy U.S. Marshal for "Hanging Judge" Isaac Parker). Canton helped wipe out the Dalton gang and outdrew and killed desperado Bill Dunn.
    4. Original period real-photo postcard showing gruesome post-mortem photograph of Bill Doolin (in excellent condition with tack hole in each corner), published by Montgomery Photo Service, Kansas City, Missouri.

    Autographs of both Tilghman and Canton are scarce and sought-after.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    25th Sunday
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