Wild West Legendary Women Part Five

Here’s a surprise for all you hard-headed cowboys that thought the west belonged only to them. Cattle Kate Ellen Liddy Watson was a female pioneer of Wyoming who became better known as Cattle Kate, an outlaw of the Old West, although she wasn’t violent and was never charged with any crime. She was ultimately lynched by agents of powerful cattle ranchers whose interests she had threatened, and her life has…

Wild West Legendary Women Part Four

Poker Alice Poker Alice’s real name was Alice Ivers. She was born in 1853 in Devonshire, England and educated there before moving with her family to Colorado. There, she met and married Frank Duffield, a mining engineer, who had taught her poker. After Frank was killed in a mining accident in Leadville, Colorado, she had to support herself, so she turned to gambling, card games in particular, because it was…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Western Author Kenneth S. Pratt Releases His First Western Novel. Pratt, who signed with Outlaws Publishing earlier this year has recently announced that his first book “Willow Falls” is available now at Amazon .com in plenty of time for the Christmas shopping season. Young Matt Bannister ran away from Willow Falls fifteen years ago. Now a famous U.S. Deputy Marshal, he is coming home to reconcile with his family. He…

Wild West Legendary Women Part Three

Annie Oakley Annie Oakley’s real name was Phoebe Moses and she was born in Darke County, Ohio in 1860. She helped her family survive by hunting and selling game, or wild animals. Though she learned to use a rifle for practical reasons, she eventually became a skilled sharpshooter (a person skilful, in hitting a target). She met her husband, Frank Butler, in a shooting contest in Ohio, and legend has…

NEWS FLASH!!

NEWS FLASH! October 21 2015 Today marks a milestone in Publishing history. Hondo Publishing, a subsidiary of Outlaws Publishing just released The Uncensored Adventures of Pepper the Pug written by Kenneth S. Pratt. Pratt also writes westerns which will be released through Outlaws Publishing in the near future.

Wild West Legendary Women Part Two

Calamity Jane (May 1, 1853–August 1, 1903) She was born Martha Jane Canary; there are numerous tales of how she got her nickname but no one knows for sure. She was a tough cookie and dressed like a man, in buckskins. By the time she was 18, after moving to Salt Lake City with her parents after the Civil War, Jane had been a nurse, a dishwasher, a waitress, a…

Wild West Legendary Women – Part One

Belle Starr 1848 – 1889 From her association with outlaws such as Jesse James and the Younger brothers, Belle Starr reached a level of notoriety that today leaves the facts of her life not always distinguishable from the fiction. Myra Belle Shirley was born Feb. 5, 1848 in Carthage, Missouri. Her Father John Shirley was a wealthy Carthage innkeeper, while mother Elizabeth “Eliza” Hatfield Shirley was descended from the Hatfield…

Wild Women of the Wild West – Part Two

4. THE DRIVER Charley Parkhurst was known as one of the greatest stagecoach drivers of the Old West. Parkhurst was short but strong, and even after retiring from driving, could outwork men half her age as a lumberjack. But after Parkhurst died, those who had known “him” for years were shocked to discover Parkhurst was a woman! Charlotte Darkey Parkhurst was born in New Hampshire in 1812. Dressed as a…

Wild Women of the Wild West – Part One

When the American West was settled, women were few and far between. Explorers, trappers, miners, and outlaws tended to leave their families behind, if they had any. Pioneer settlers came later, and mostly stayed out of the limelight. But there were women who became famous for taking full advantage of what the West had to offer. Here are just a few of them. 1. THE GAMBLER Lottie Deno went by…

THE GOOD OLD DAYS PART 4

THE GOOD OLD DAYS PART 4 Hopefully you dug a well wide enough so you can keep stuff cool if you don’t have a springhouse or a root cellar. One of the reasons to make cheese is to use up all the milk you ended up with by milking all the cows by hand—after you weaned the calves. Another chore that isn’t fun—flour. If you grow your own grain, you’d…