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Thursday, January 10, 2013

January 10

1862  Samuel Colt died at age 47.

1870  Standard Oil incorporated.  Standard would be a significant oil refiner in Wyoming, including having a massive refinery in the 20th Century bordering Casper.

The Standard Oil Refinery in Casper Wyoming, which is now the site of the Three Crowns Golf Course.

1882  Seventh Territorial Legislature convened.

1888  Tenth Territorial Legislature convened.

1891  First State Legislature concluded.

1891   The Legislature approves a Great Seal, but the matter results in an embarrassing controversy as one Legislator switches his design for the one actually approved. Neither the original approved seal nor the bogus seal were used during the controversy and a later seal was approved which ended the matter.

1893  First State Legislature convened by law convened.

1899 Fifth State Legislature convened.

1905  Eight State Legislature convened..

1917  William F. Cody died

William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody passes on 
 
William F. Cody, a figure truly "fabled in song and story", died on this day in 1917 in Denver, Colorado.

 Cody in 1903.

Cody was born in 1846 in Iowa but spent his early years in Toronto, Ontario, before his family returned to US, settling in Kansas.  His father died when he was eleven and he went to work as a mounted messenger.   He jointed the Pony Express at age 14.  And he served as a teenage civilian scout to the U.S. Army during the Mormon War.  He served in the Union Army during the Civil War and then as a scout for the Army thereafter, winning the Medal of Honor in 1872.


 William F. Cody as a Union soldier.
His award of the Medal of Honor was at a time at which it was the nation's only military medal and the criteria were less severe than they later became.  His was one of hundreds stricken under a military review that was tightening up the requirements in 1917, although mercifully that came the month after his death.  The medal, however, was restored in his case, in 1989.  The restoration included four other civilian scouts.  Interestingly, although Cody was a showman, he never made a big deal of having received the medal.


 Cody as an Army scout.  His appearance here is typical for the era, including some shirt embellishments that were quite common, but not what we'd normally associate with the rugged frontier today.

After serving as s civilian scout Cody became a buffalo hunter, as is well known.  He hunted under a contract with the Kansas Pacific Railway in order to supply meat to railroad construction crews.

Cody in 1880.  Cody appears to be armed with a sporting version of the trapdoor Springfield military rifle in this photograph.

In 1883 he founded is Wild West Show, which resulted in the spread and preservation of his name, although he had appeared on stage as early as 1872.  His show toured the globe.

In 1895 he was instrumental in founding the town in Park County, Wyoming, that bears his name.  He entered ranching in the area at the same time.  He also founded the Erma Hotel.

He was for forty years to Louisa Frederici, although in the early 20th Century Cody sued her for divorce. Divorce was not automatic in those days and he lost the suit and, in fact, the couple later reconciled.  The couple had four children but Cody would outlive three of them and Louisa outlived all of them.  He was baptized as a Catholic the day prior to his death.  His funeral was held in Denver and buried at Lookout Mountain near Golden Colorado that summer.  Efforts by partisans in Wyoming to have him relocated to Cody lead to the grave site being reinforced to prevent that from occurring involuntarily.
1917  National Women's Party commences White House protest
 

The picketers would until June 1919, with police interruption.

1922  The Laramie County Sheriff conducted a series of raids on stills.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1923 President Harding orders the withdrawal of US troops from Germany.

1933 Twenty-second state Legislature convened.

1939  Twenty-filth State Legislature convened.

1944  A United States Army Air Force plane crashed near Cheyenne, killing the pilot. Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1961  Thirty-sixth State Legislature convened.

1967  Thirty-ninth State Legislature convened.

1989  Fiftieth State Legislature convened.

1995  Fifty-third State Legislature convened.

2017  Sixty-fourth State Legislature convenes.

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