How can you tell a blood relative of Jesse James? Just look at the ears.
Every few weeks I receive photographic images that are claimed to be of Jesse James, or Frank James, or of the two together. More often, they are pictures of some claimed relative to the James. Most every image can be promptly dismissed. But sometimes, when the physical resemblance appears close, the first thing I look at are the ears. …Continue
Posted on April 23, 2013 at 5:41pm — 4 Comments
I awoke this morning to the news my good friend Jack Koblas finally succumbed to his three year battle with Parkinsons. Jack did not go without a fight.
Most people who know Jack’s books about Jesse James didn’t know he was a prodigious author outside the JJ genre. In the past year, Jack published a book of poetry. Our joke was, he was gathering together all the lovely women he had wooed with his poems, hoping that if his time came one might write a final poem for him.
Posted on March 9, 2013 at 11:02am — 3 Comments
For 40 years, my cousins & former neighbors Robert & Mary Stith Hamlin threw an annual New Years bash. Robert is a descendant of the Samuels family of Dr. Reuben Samuels who married Frank & Jesse James' widow mother Zerelda. And, yes, they are funeral directors. A couple of years ago they threw in the towel. But this video carries on. From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year.…Continue
Posted on December 31, 2012 at 6:28pm — 1 Comment
OK, whose going to write a book about the apocalypses of the Old West? 'Cause today's apocalypse is a dud.
Where's the doom? Instead, there's snow on the ground & Christmas is coming. There's little food in the house & I'll have to go shopping. And I've got a bazillion batteries for sale, because I was planning to.light the way!
Somehow, I guess, the apocalypse has been put on hold. Probably, because of…Continue
Posted on December 21, 2012 at 9:09am — 14 Comments
I'm all set to give a talk and sign books this Saturday in Midway, Kentucky, birthplace of Frank & Jesse James' mother, Zerelda Cole.
The local paper, the Woodford Sun, reports I'll be in these parts. They also point out that the James brothers and Quantrill used to steal horses from the horse farms around here...as if I might be coming around to do the same.
I do have a real problem though. My host, Bill Penn of the Historic Midway Museum Store, tells me the…Continue
Posted on December 13, 2012 at 4:26pm — 2 Comments