Lot 289: Old West outlaw (1844–1916) and leader of the Younger Gang, who eventually turned from a life of crime to Wild West shows and public speaking. P. N. Peterson Granite Company presentation card, 4.5 x 2.75, issued at a branch in Stillwater, MInnesota, signed and presented along the bottom in pencil, "Cole Younger." In fine condition. Following a shootout and their subsequent capture in Madelia, Minnesota, Cole Younger and his brothers Jim and Bob were ordered to serve life sentences in Stillwater Prison. After nearly 25 years of incarceration, Cole and Jim were paroled on July 10, 1901—Bob died in prison from tuberculosis in 1889—earning their first jobs as free men at the Peterson Granite Company, with Cole making tombstones and Jim resigned to office work. In February of 1903, the elder Younger would reunite with old friend Frank James and undertake an unsuccessful national tour, The Great Cole Younger and Frank James Historical Wild West Show.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 471
Wednesday, 9th March 2016
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