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Ranchers, ramblers, and renegades : true tales of territorial New Mexico
Simmons, Marc.
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First edition.
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Santa Fe, N.M. : Ancient City Press, [1984]

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x, 113 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Central Library E801 .S55 1984 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Twenty-nine fascinating vignettes by a noted Southwest historian.



A Priest Who Did His Duty Under a marble slab in the San Jose Cemetery on the outskirts of Juarez lie the remains of a man who left an indelible mark on the history of New Mexico. He was Ramon Ortiz, priest and humanitarian, who was born in Santa Fe in 1813. From the days of eariest settlement on the upper Rio Grande, the Ortiz's distinguished themselves as soldiers and cival officers in the service of the king. Ramon's own father, who died just before he was born, had been the alferez real, or royal sheriff, of the city of Santa Fe. His mother, Dona Teresa, died a few months after giving birth. Before she died, she made her eldest daughter promise that the infant Ramon would be raised for the priesthood. Excerpted from Ranchers, Ramblers and Renegades: True Tales of Territorial New Mexico by Marc Simmons All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
A Priest Who Did His Dutyp. 5
Father Ramon Ortiz (1813-96) of Santa Fe and El Paso/Juarez
Cock Fighting-New Mexico Stylep. 9
A favorite nineteenth-century sport, officially abolished inp. 1900
Amateur Theatricsp. 11
The "Thespian Association" of General Kearny''s soldiers
The Poet Scoutp. 15
Captain Jack Crawford (1847-1917) frontiersman, businessman, author and Wild West promoterTricks Mirage Playp. 19
Optical illusions encountered by nineteenth-century travelers from the EastAn Early Glimpse of the Mesilla Valleyp. 21
Mamie Bernard Aguurre''s diary, 1863-64
A Matter of Wordsp. 25
Don Felipe ("El Millonario") Chavez, merchant-trader of Belen
Tragedy on the Plainsp. 29
Jicarilla Apaches ambush the James White party in northeastern New Mexico, 1849, and Kit Carson fails to rescue Mrs. White
The Ghosts at Robbers'' Roostp. 33
The William Coe gang in northeastern New Mexico during the 1860s
Chief Justice Slough is Shotp. 37
The Cival War veteran slain in Santa Fe''s La Fonda Americana in December 15p. 1867
Badman Leybap. 41
Marino Leyba roams north of the Sandia Mountains during the 1880s
Shoot-Out at Estancia Springsp. 45
Land feuds in the Estancia Valley during the summer ofp. 1883
Mystery of the Mayberry Murdersp. 49
Still unexplained slaughter in the mining camp of Bonito Cityp. 1885
The First New Mexico Penitentiaryp. 51
The real story behind the establishment of the state penitentiary at Santa Fe, 1883-85
The Mysterious Guadalupesp. 55
Apaches, explorers and prospectors in the little-known wilderness of southeastern New Mexico
The Ordeal of Jane Wilsonp. 57
Sixteen-year-old wife captured by Mescalero Apaches near El Pasop. 1853
The Fate of Charlie McComasp. 61
What did become of Judge McComas'' young son, captured by San Carlos Apaches north of Lordsburg in 1883?
The Agony of Jimmy McKinnp. 65
Ten-year-old rancher;s son captured by Geronimo''s Apaches east of Silver City in 1885 and recovered by General George Crook''s soldiers
The W S Ranch and the Last Apache Uprisingp. 69
James H. Cook, guide and first manager of Englishman Harold C. Wilson''s W S Ranch, founded in 1882 northwest of Silver City
Stalking Grizzliesp. 73
English sportsman-hunter Montague Stevens'' exploits and his Soccorro County Horse Sorings ranch, 1870s-1896
A Bloodthirsty Familyp. 77
Perils of Campbell Hardy, a peddler traveling in southern New Mexico, 1880s
Rambles on the Southwestern Frontierp. 81
Judge O.W. Williams'' recollections of his days as a lawyer and miner south of Santa Fe and in southwestern New Mexico during the late 1870s
New Mexico''s Most Famous Bookp. 85
Ben-Hur (1880), by New Mexico governor Lew Wallace
The Man Who Saved a Presidentp. 89
New Mexico governor Edmund G. Ross, who as Kansas senator blocked Congressional attempt

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