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He Wanted to Eat a Piece of a White Man's Heart

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com During the summer of 1897, talk of war between the Northern Cheyenne and local settlers was seemingly on every tongue. John Hoover, a white sheepherder...

 

The Curious End of Powderville's Deadwood Dick

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com The term "Boot Hill" was commonly used for the cemeteries utilized when the deceased were violent criminals who "died with their boots on." The most...

 

When Levi Took Command

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com In late May of 1897, John Hoover was found dead. The young sheepherder, employed on Fred Barringer's ranch north of Ashland, had been missing for several...

 

The Final Bow of Regina Geddes

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com Last December, I presented an article on "the blackest crime to ever disgrace eastern Montana." That crime, the murder of Clemence "Winnie" Brown,...

 

"High-Powered" Williams and the Custer Wolf

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com "The Custer Wolf is Dead." So began a remarkable press release dated January 17, 1921, by the US Department of Agriculture Press Service. This incredible...

 

The Manhunt for Arthur Ross Brown

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com Sheridan County (WY) sheriff Willard Marshall entered the Rex Hotel in Sheridan on September 1, 1955, to question a transient ex-convict regarding a recent...

 

When Sitting Bull Kicks Your Butt and the Perils of Oral History

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com Sometimes a story seems too good to be true, and history is often an inexact science. Because of this, using oral history is often like handling a lit fire...

 

One of the Blackest Crimes to Ever Disgrace Eastern Montana

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com One of the most sordid events in Montana history took place a few miles north of Ashland on November 4th in the year 1897. Two teens, Clemence “Winnie” Brown and his brother Clarence Brown were hauling...

 

The Medal of Honor earned on the Mizpah and Pumpkin Creek

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com The citation reads: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Tha...

 
 By Shane Dunning    News    August 27, 2020

The Fateful Ride of Charley Flory

On the early winter morning of January 16, 1927, Charley Flory got on his horse and left his homestead on Anderson Creek near Decker in Southeastern Big Horn County, Montana. He was headed to the hous...

 

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