Re: I didn't like what he was doing.........
E-mail me when you get a chance. Ask Bob if any of the letters received from Howk to his Dad were ever carbon copies. Bob, if you are still at Glenda's, who was Old Man Kent?
From Marsha Swope collection
East Sprague Trailer Sales
E 5102 Sprague Ave
Spokane 15, Washington
B16 Central Avenue
Great Falls Montana
Dec. 31, 1949
(Year Dalton came out)
Dear Russell, Roscoe and Floyd:
I haven't heard from Archie and all but Roscoe lately. So in my own way and to cover the news I will send some of your carbon copies about what goes on up here in Montana. First of all though, I hope you trust that all of you had a great Christmas and will enjoy a Very Happy 1950.
On a hunch I went up the river to see and visit Old Man Kent. I will not reveal his true name (His request for now). I had thought that he was dead, but he is alive and very feeble, still firey though. His father brought him and his family out there under Rebel Orders direct from Nashville, Tennessee in 1862. Kent gret up and became head of one of the several JJ freighting wagon trains. He knows Plenty. Wow-
Last time I saw hime was when I came through here and had delivered a message to Kent in 1942, during the war. At that time I had no idea what the connectin was other than an old friend of JJ's. Now I know. So as I said, on this hunch I went back up there into the hills and fuond Old Man Kent very much alive and tickled pink to see me again. Boy, what I could tell you know! Like all the rest of these Old Fellows he has to have this time to think and clearly outline the work to be done by me in the spring or summer.
Snow is even too deep up there now to even think about doing it. I have climbed around and over enough tall hills and steep cliffs as it is on ice and snow. One slip and your a dead duck!
Somewhere up there is a large limestone cave where in are, or were put away hundreds of riffles. Thousands of riffles were brought out by boat and by wagon train to distribute among the Sioux Indian Tribes in nine years of war against the Army and the white settlers etc, etc, all under JJ's directions and bossing, training, etc, etc. What a deal! Why did not the historians figure out the reasn why so many white renegades took part along side the Indians in the fighting at the Battle of the Rosebud, Reno's stand and at Custer's Last Stand? Why didn't they figure that out? No wonder Jesse James and some of the Old Men don't want to talk. No wonder they don't say much about what took place nor reveal the truth! Gosh, wht a bad bed time they gave our U.S. Army and wagpn trains loaded with people going west! No wonder these hills and cliffs are showing much evidence of the Rebel or Confederate Code on rocks etc, etc. The more I did into this thing the more amazed I become at the scope and vast operation in actual warfare out there. No wonder there are ghost towns and shacks that stick up like a sore thumb here and there. No wonder the red paint on his campsites and the graves by the dozens around where fights took place etc.
Does Old Man Kent respect JJ? No, only JJ's guns and gunmen! What has Kent got to say? What do you think? That is not his real name but will do for now until I can get him on safe ground. How many of you want to take a sure enough pack horse trip someday? Can we slide down 44ft. of rope over a cliff 100 ft. tall. Lets Try it.
Tegal.regal In The Bond! OLA
Marsha was kind enough to share her research with me and with this I hope we can figure out who Mr. Kent was. I don't believe he was talking about Dalton here.Who was Kents father and who put the order in for them to come to Texas.