March 21, 1886
All I know is that 4 men were killed, 3 of whom were Cowboys on the 'LS' Ranch. Anyone here have any more?
I'm writing because in the last few days I found out that my wife's great grand uncle was the John Gottlieb Lang who was the only LS Ranch survivor of the Tascosa gunfight. Our family has an old newspaper article about him, some of it told from his perspective, which varies in a couple of points from the story of the fight that's commonly known - specifically that Jesse Sheets was armed and shot at him. He also says that the bartender at Jim East's saloon wasn't East, but a Mexican named 'Concho', and that Jim East wasn't at the saloon at the start of the fight.
I've bought the books that are available about Tascosa, and I'm waiting for them to arrive. I'd be interested to know where I can find more information about John Lang. Before now, all I knew was that he was living in Pleasant Valley, Kansas, with his family in 1880, and that by 1900, he was living in Oregon, again with his family. So the idea that this man who had such close ties to home and family could have been a gunfighter came as a bit of a surprise.
Greetings Jim Allen,
I understand that your g/grandfather's brother Tom Emory once rode with Pat Garrett . . .
Would you or your family happen to know of my g/grandfather, Albert E. Perry, who was also a Texas Ranger and rode with Garrett too, circa 1880's. See Maverick Town, pg-129~130, Pat Garrett, pg- 142 and www.perryfamilyhistory.com
I am most interested if our family members might have known of each other. Do you have pictures of Tom Emory?
Regards & thanks, David Perry
This is my 3rd attempt to reply to your post. For some reason I keep getting kicked out of this form before I finish. If you could advise me how to send pics to you, I have 2 of Tom Emory. I also have additional info re Tom, Garret and your ggf.
Thanks Jim for the reply - I'm interested in your information and pictures. I'm new to this TrueWest site and I'm not sure how to do pictures yet. I might suggest that you contact me directly at my e/mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org and attach your pictures. I also have a picture of Albert E. Perry on my www.perryfamilyhistory.com website. Check-out the website index for Albert Emmet Perry in Arizona, after leaving Texas, when he was trying to escape the dangerous occupation as a frontier lawman. As it turned out Albert ended-up on getting shot anyway. Sure wish someone would have left me my g/grandfather's Colt SSA. Your so lucky to have it . . .
Also, my Great Grandfather was present during this gunfight, please check out the blog I just posted about it...
Boss Neff and the Panhandle part V.