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Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 13

1860 the Pony Express completed its inaugural run from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento in 10 days.

1863  Gen. Patrick Connor sent a telegram to Gen. Halleck asking for cavalry reinforcements following a Ute attack at Sweetwater.  Ute raids were unusual in Wyoming, and Connor accused the Mormons of urgin them on in his message to Halleck.

1866  Robert LeRoy Parker ("Butch Cassidy") born in Beaver Utah. 

1877    The Fort Benton (Montana) Record, coins a slogan for the RCMP:  They always get their man.

1892  The 6th Cavalry arrives from Ft. McKinney to intervene in the Johnson County War, which saw large cattle interest "invade" Natrona and Johnson  Counties.  The 6th Cavalry was dispatched in response to a request from Wyoming's governor, Gov. Barber, who was sympathetic to the invaders, to the effect that "a state of insurrection exists in Johnson County."  Upon arriving at the scene, the senior officer on location quickly deduced that the invaders were the offending party and that they were about to be overrun.  Rather than allow this to occur, the invaders were arrested.

Invaders while being held in Cheyenne, awaiting trial.

At the time the 6th Cavalry arrived, the Invaders were in serious danger of being blown to bits, as the Johnson County improvised armored wagon was getting closer and closer to their structures, and soon would have been within dynamite throwing range.  They were taken to Ft. McKinney.

1912  This photograph of Lusk was taken:

1916   The Wyoming Tribune: April 13, 1916

Back to a Cheyenne morning paper for today, lacking the Casper paper.

1917  Wyoming Council for National Defense appointed by Governor Houx.

Governor Frank Houx, who occupied the officer of Governor when his predecessor went to the Senate, ended up signing a lot of important measures, something somewhat unusual for a Governor never elected to the office.  Included his wartime acts was the appointment of Wyoming's Council for National Defense.

Councils for National Defense fulfilled a variety of roles in trying to coordinate industry, transportation and morale during the First World War.

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