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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January 23

1870 Colonel Eugene Baker orders his men to attack a sleeping camp of peaceful Blackfeet along the Marias River in northern Montana. The village being attacked was not the band that the command had been searching for, but Baker demonstrated indifference to suggestions form his own command that the band was not the correct one. Baker's command had originally set out from Ft. Ellis Montana to search for a band being lead by Owl Child, who was accused of a murder. Baker's cavalry was reinforced with infantry from Ft. Shaw. The Blackfeet band attacked was discovered on the night of January 22, but Baker delayed the attck until the following morning, and spent the night drinking heavily. Joe Kipp, a scout, recognized that the painted designs on the buffalo-skin lodges were those of a peaceful band of Blackfeet led by Heavy Runner. Mountain Chief and Owl Child, Kipp realized, had moved their winter camp elsewhere. Kipp told Baker that they had the wrong band but Baker reportedly replied, "That makes no difference, one band or another of them; they are all Piegans and we will attack them." Baker then ordered a sergeant to shoot Kipp if he tried to warn the sleeping camp and ordered the attack. Thirty-seven men, ninety women, and fifty children are believed to have been killed. The lodges and food of the band were destroyed, and the survivors were subsequently abandoned after it was discovered that many had smallpox. News of the Marias Massacre ultimately caused a controversy and delayed the transfer of Indian affairs from the Department of the Interior to the War Department, and it caused President Grant to order that Indian agents be civilians, rather than soldiers.

1895  Clarence D. Clark takes office as U.S. Senator from Wyoming.

1899  Residents of Kemmerer vote to incorporate.

1901  Legislature met in a joint session to pick a Senator.  Francis E. Warren chosen to fill office.

1905  The Brooks hosted a reception for officials and politicians at the new Governor's Mansion.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1907  Cheyenne policeman  Charles Edwards died of stab wounds, on his 32nd birthday, sustained a few days earlier while pursuing a man who fled a tavern incident.

1908  Powell Post Office established.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1917   The Wyoming Tribue for January 23, 1917: Villa Ready To Regain Territory
 

While the other Cheyenne and the Casper papers were silent on this topic, at least on the first page, the Wyoming Tribune was sounding the alarm about the impact of American withdrawal from Mexico.

The weather and speeding were also in the news. And a cartoon complained about the price of the Danish West Indes.
1932 New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

1973 President Richard Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.

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