The search for Wild Bill: After nearly six decades, man finds his father

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  • JAV Ogden, UT
    Sept. 3, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    Missourian, I was just a young guy at the time and your father may not remember me. We were probably thought of as just a nuisance to him back then. He stopped many of us for speeding through town and broke up a lot of beer parties but I don't remember him ever throwing any of us in jail. He was more interested in just keeping things in control and not so much arresting everyone. I wouldn't have said it then but now I appreciate the way he handled it. I'm heading back to my home town next week for a visit ( still have a brother and sister there) and I'm taking a copy of the article about your father. I know there is still a lot of people that remember him there.

  • Missourian Fulton, MO
    Sept. 3, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    JAV you knew my father in Eldon the story didnt mention the town but you knew . I would like to tell my father about you .

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 2, 2013 10:27 p.m.

    Interesting story. I grew up among adults who told the stories of 'rasslers' of the day who came to town, fought one another and then grabbed a box of beer and crowded into a car to head for the next scrap. It must have been quite the life.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    Terrific story about a troubled family and an extraordinarily devoted son. Thanks to Randy Stevens for suggesting it.

    I hope his father is appreciative and does his best, however little that may now be, to return the help his son is providing him by supplying the historical information his son craves.

    Speaking of historical information, the mention in the story of the wrestler "Gorgeous George" (GG) reminded me of some of my history. When I was very young we lived just a few houses away and across the street from a house owned by GG. I remember one occasion when GG was in town for an extended period while convalescing from a broken leg he'd received in a match. He would spend many nights with his drinking buddy, who lived just two houses away from us. I can still hear the yelling and carousing that went on until, presumably, falling asleep in a drunken stupor in the early morning hours.

    The wrestling life was not a very family friendly one.

  • JAV Ogden, UT
    Sept. 2, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    I could hardly believe it when I read this article about Bill Cole (Wild Bill). I grew up in a small town in southeast Iowa called Eldon, Iowa. In the 60's when I was in my teens and early 20's the town marshal was Bill Cole. Being a teenager in a small town I got to know him fairly well. I knew he had been a wrestler and I think he came to town as a wrestler in the county fair. I did not know he was from Utah. I always wondered what happened to him. Thanks.

  • Missourian Fulton, MO
    Sept. 1, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    Thanks Doug