Lot 155: Remarkable one-of-a-kind archive of nine documents relating to the reputed killing of Butch Cassidy and 'Wild Bunch' desperado Joe Walker. Items include (with grammar and spelling retained):Manuscript document, two pages, 8.25 x 11, County of Carbon letterhead. "For Burial Espencies of Joe Walker Butch Cassida (Elias) Roy Parker Tom Gilis. The following Property Sold on the 24th May 1898 at Price Utah." Over 20 items are listed, with price and name of buyer, including pistols, a gun, boots, blankets, seven horses, saddle, and spurs. Second page is headed "Brought over," and lists "1 Black horse sold," also "1 Bay" horse and "1 Yellow horse sold," with drawings of the brands on the horses. Purchasers' names and prices are listed.Seventh Judicial District Court, Carbon County, Price, Utah, letterhead, one page, both sides, 8 x 10.75. "Burrial Exspences of Joe Walker and Butch Cassiday Elias Parker Tom Gilis. May 14 & 15 1898." List of expenses, with cost and name of person paid. List includes coffins, washing bodies, digging graves, hauling bodies and boxes, hay to feed horses, shaving bodies, and sheriff expenses.Manuscript document, in pencil, one page, 8.25 x 11, County of Carbon letterhead, headed "Burrial Exspences of Joe Walker and Butch Cassidy." Price, Utah, May 14 and 15, 1898. Clear listing of the information on the preceding page, including cost of items purchased ("2 Coffins & Boxes") and from whom and names of those paid for "washing 2 bodies…Digging graves…2 suits under wear…Two Shrouds…halling Coffins…halling Bodies to place of Burial…Digging up Body for identification…Shaving 1 Body." Second page includes information carried over from previous page and other expenses including "Sheriff for Bringing Bodies C.W. Allred." Second page is noted on the reverse: "I hereby certify that the within Bills have been Paid. P.J. Olsen Justice of the Peace." After it was exhumed, Sheriff Ward identified the body thought to be Butch Cassidy as cattle thief Bob Culp. Manuscript document, in ink and pencil, one page, 8.25 x 11. County of Carbon letterhead, 1898. In full: "We the undersigned certify we have received the ammounts set opisite the names in the Burial expences and delivering Property of Joe Walker and Butch Cassidy." Signed at the conclusion by 12 individuals, including some who were members of Sheriff Allred's posse.Manuscript DS, signed by Justice of the Peace P. J. Olsen, one page, 8.25 x 11, May 28, 1898. Headed "Notice" announcing the sale by Olsen, and Albert Bryner, Treasurer of Carbon County, at public auction "One Yellow horse" and "One bay horse," each described with markings and brands. "The above described property beeing part of that found in the possesion of Joe Walker and Butch Cassidy."DS signed "P.J. Olsen" as Coroner, one onionskin page, 8 x 9.5, May 24, 1898. Sales receipt for two branded horses' for $19.50, with the horse's brands drawn in ink.Manuscript document, in pencil, one page, 8 x 11, Seventh Judicial District Court, Carbon County, Price, Utah, letterhead. "Inquest held on Dead Robbers." Four named men "Sworn and testified…All Testified on information and belief that one was the body of the man that held up Paymaster Carpenter…John Bryner was sworn and testified that one was the body of Joe Walker and the other was one of the men that committed the Castle Gate Robbery. Sheriff Allred sworn and testified."In overall very good condition.In April of 1897, Butch Cassidy, Joe Walker, and Elzy Lay stole $7,000 in gold from the Pleasant Valley Coal Company at Castle Gate, Utah, sparking a serious manhunt for the gang. When Carbon County Sheriff C. W. Allred's posse found what they believed to be the fugitives' camp on May 13th, they opened fire, killing two men inside. They identified one body as Joe Walker and the other as Butch Cassidy. As newspapers announced the death of the outlaw, a Wyoming sheriff who had held Cassidy in his jail for three months arrived in Utah only to identify the body as Bob Culp, a minor cattle thief. Rumors flew that Cassidy, entertained by the whole affair, watched his own funeral from afar, having yet again outsmarted the authorities. Containing several documents from the mistaken killing, with the victim still believed to be Cassidy, this archive highlights a captivating tale from the famous outlaw's career.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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