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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 17 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

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Kid Charter

The People's Voice article of October 30, 1897, J. Galloway and E. Lahey, Harry Alonzo’s Belle Fourche alibi witnesses.

J. Galloway - Jesse F. Galloway, 26 Jun 1835, Indiana, 17 Dec 1905, Dixon, Carbon County, Wyoming,

E. Lahey, - Emmett Elden Leahy, 11 Jan 1877, Missouri, 29 Aug 1960, San Joaquin, California. (Leahy misspelled in The People's Voice article). Both Galloway and Leahy were ranchers in the Snake River Valley, in 1897.

Jesse F. Galloway’s first wife was Martha Medlock, they had one child, a son named Francis Marion Galloway, 18 Sep 1862, Missouri, 12 May 1950, Dixon, Carbon County, Wyoming. Jesse F. Galloway’s second wife was Elizabeth A. Beeler, sister of Hester Jennie “Beeler” Leahy, the mother of Emmett Elden Leahy.

March 1912, Emmett Elden Leahy married Mary Mae Galloway, the daughter of Francis Marion Galloway.

Jennie “Beeler” Leahy and Elizabeth “Beeler” Galloway were the sisters of Oscar Perry Beeler and were the first cousins of Conrad Mack Beeler, Little Snake River ranchers. The Galloways, Leahys and Beelers all came to the valley, in the 1880/90’s, from Missouri.

The Sundance Kids

From KSL TV/Radio in Salt Lake City:

DNA evidence shoots holes in Sundance Kid theory
September 15th, 2009 @ 10:06pm
By John Hollenhorst

SALT LAKE CITY -- Modern science has shot some holes in a controversial theory about a famous Utah outlaw. A team has been exploring the theory that rancher William Henry Long was really the Sundance Kid. Long's bones were dug up in the Duchesne City Cemetery a few months ago, but DNA evidence failed to link him to the Sundance Kid. Despite the fact that the piece of evidence researchers were hoping for the most has turned against them, they are not giving up. The investigation began last year. Old family stories tied Long to the outlaw gang known as "The Wild Bunch." The leaders, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, supposedly died in a shootout in South America in 1908, but Long lived to a ripe old age and died in Utah in 1936. . . . .

(The rest of the story is on the KSL website.)

Jerry Nickle

This story is not over. There is information that has not been released and will be released publicly at the appropriate time

Ross Nickle

For the record, the statement "DNA evidence failed to link" by KSL does not mean Bill Long is conclusively not Sundance. To trace Longs DNA to a living relative, you have to go through at least 5 different people and 3 or 4 generations, any one of which could render the verdict "inconclusive",(adoption, mistake in geneology, ect). The fact of the matter in this case is that if the sequences do not line up, the result is just simply "INCONCLUSIVE!!" I should know. My sister Bambie and I were the first to get the mitochondrial DNA of Bill Long. And once again, the bullet had missed. The genetic holy grail of western outlaw studies is extremely elusive. Just ask Dan Buck. On the other hand, historical identity can be proven with evidences outside of DNA.

Jerry Nickle

The first DNA results we submitted and coordinated did not come back the way we anticipated. Since that time, however, our continuing research has unearthed some startling DNA truths and discoveries which we are not going to publicly comment on at this time. Our investigation is ongoing and will surprise many who have followed and doubted our story. Keep tuned in and hold on to your hat - when this is made public it will blow you away.

Ghosttown Bob

Just a jumble of words without the proof to back it up.

Wyoming Native

Chosttown Bob- Your brief comment reminds me of a 300 page plus book that I have. In the back, where one would expect a bibliography, entitled "Some Sources" it states in the first paragraph, "A complete bibliography listing the thousands of interviews, letters, and publications that served as resources for this book would be longer than the book itself. This list of publications and archival materials, therefore, is merely a sampler." Is this what you mean about "without the proof to back it up." ???

Ghosttown Bob

Kind of like Jerry not offering even one substantive piece of information connecting Long with Sundance

The Bibliographer

Actually,Wyoming Native, in the back of said book there is a bibliography, dozens of references on three pages. Anyone would find lots of references there to follow up on, if they were so inclined.

rock springs native

Wow....took me 3 days to read this entire blog. Very interesting reading. Hats off to all who have contributed. Thank You


Michelle Nickle Smedema

For those interested in following this story, Deseret News published a followup article on 12-28-09. You can do a Google search on "Digging up the Past Sundance Kid" to find the link.


Source Documents???
"Buenos Aires Standard, Wednesday April 17, 1912. The “Wild Bunch” The recent discovery of a 1912 BA Standard article strongly suggests that the robbery was the work of Wild Bunch, and has also led to other new findings on the history of this notorious gang. Mike Bell,“ “All in all, Bell's article is an excellent rumination on an interesting source document. Dan Buck.”

The Anaconda Standard, Sunday Morning, July 10, 1910 - “Excellent, excellent.
I passed the A. Standard version on to Mike Bell to see what observations he may have. The 1912 BsAs Standard version, as you may have noticed, is somewhat different. Someone rewrote parts of it. Dan Buck.”

Ghosttown Bob

Anonymous just what is your point??


Excerpts from Mike Bell's article:
“The Winnemucca Bank Robbery: Sundance tells the tale from South America” A long-ignored article in the Buenos Aires Standard sheds new light on an old controversy: who robbed the First National Bank of Winnemucca, Nevada? Soon after the 1900 holdup, a controversy arose as to whether the bandits were members of the Wild Bunch, local outlaws, or bank insiders. The recent discovery of a 1912 BA Standard article strongly suggests that the robbery was the work of Wild Bunch, and has also led to other new findings on the history of this notorious gang.”
The Anaconda Standard, Sunday Morning, July 10, 1910 article pre dates the Buenos Aires article by nearly two years, if it had been discovered first, do you think it would have received the same endorsement as an excellent rumination on an interesting source document? Evidently, it all depends on who decides it best fit’s the individuals theory.

The Sundance Kids


The 1912 article was discovered first. Several years later the 1910 article, an earlier, slightly different version, was discovered. Regardless of which one was discovered first, both are interesting source documents, and shed new light on an old controversy, if I may borrow a phrase.

Ghosttown Bob

You wrote "do you think it would have received the same endorsement as an excellent rumination on an interesting source document?" I think it already has received that endorsement. Dan Buck, deferring to Mike Bell in the matter is an act of professional courtesy seeing as Mike was the one that first brought the article to light and has analyzed it the most. Both versions put an interesting nuance to Longabaugh's activities in both the U.S. and South America.

By the way, the Salt Lake Herald also carried part of the same story a few weeks after the Anaconda Standard, it has an even more interesting twist to it, focusing on the missing loot. Check it out.

Ghosttown Bob

Correction - - the above mentioned article is in the Salt Lake Telegram 16 July 1910, not the Salt Lake Herald.

C. E. Winston

What did we learn from the Buenos Aires & Anaconda articles?
Sundance didn’t know how to spell his name? Powder Springs Rendezvous was in Nevada not Wyoming? Red Desert borders Utah? Flat Nose George Curry (deceased) participated? They robbed Tap Duncan’s brother at Three Creeks? They rode two thousand miles and used up one hundred and twenty horses? They left six thousand five hundred dollars buried at Three Creeks?

C. E. Winston

The articles below strongly suggest that Harry A. Longabaugh (The Sundance Kid) sometimes spelled Longbaugh, was alive and living in the mountains of Bolivia, South America, in 1910.

This narrative of the holdup of the "Winnemucca (Nevada) bank was prepared for the Standard by Harry Lonbaugh (Lonbauch he spells It), the notorious outlaw, while in the mountains of Bolivia, South America, where, at latest accounts, he still was pursuing the career of a bandit and political revolutionist. He gave the copy to a friend who, returning to the United States, has transmitted it to the Standard. The Anaconda Standard, Sunday Morning, July 10, 1910

As told by Harry Longbaugh, in a letter which he recently wrote to a friend in Montana. The letter was published in the Anaconda Standard a few days ago. Salt Lake Telegram July 16, 1910.

The following story of one of their raids was told by one of the bunch to a gentleman at present residing here who has written it out for publication. The Winnemocca Bank Hold Up, as told by one of the Wild Bunch.
The Buenos Aires Standard, Wednesday April 17, 1912.


If The Anaconda Standard, or Salt Lake Telegram articles had been discovered before the Buenos Aires Standard article, and
Jerry Nickle, or anyone else had presented the articles, as proof that Harry A. Longabaugh (The Sundance Kid), was alive and well in 1910, contrary to his supposed death on November 6, 1908. Do you honestly believe they would have been considered an excellent source document? I think not, DB would have attacked the articles, as if they had been written by William T. Phillips.

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