This week 1881 at Benson, A. T.
Wed Jun 02, 18:01

Morgan Earp was coaxed back into messenger service for Wells-Fargo (after having quit February 1, 1881), which service lasted only four days during which Earp protected $44,000+ in bullion coming down from Tombstone. His return as shotgun guard was publicized even in a Tucson paper. But then on June 5 Warren Earp took over the messenger job from Morg, without the slightest fanfare or a single mention. Nevertheless, it was made to appear that Morgan had legitimate reason to be there and he did remained in Benson most of the time throughout the summer, as Warren also slept there every night after his down run.
Morgan now served ostensibly as 'private man' (detective) in behalf of Wells-Fargo. Keeping in mind that his relationship with that company from 1878 Montana predated any of his brothers. Evidently Wells Fargo had genuine concerns about the "blacklegs" of the "Top and Bottom" gang infesting Benson since middle of April.
Such concerns were legitimate and born out when Morgan Earp had two serious and publicized clashes with a few T & B gang members in both July and August. Not to mention when one $2,000 bullion bar (weighing about 170 lbs.) was stolen while being unloaded at the depot on August 24. As a result the entire gang was forced to leave on August 28 , when armed vigilantes made every single member of the 'blacklegs' fraternity to board the same train for Tucson. Immediately all of their belongings and paraphernalia was dragged out to their "Joint Saloon" in order to fuel a large bonfire in the middle of Fourth Street.
By September 1, 1881 Morgan was back in Tombstone and Warren Earp was in Colton, California convalescing from a gunshot wound.

    • Re: This week 1881 at Benson, A. T.Bob Cash, Wed Jun 02 18:11
      Great post, KtK, except for one thing. Where did Warren get that gunshot wound? I assume this won't be too controversial.
      • Re: Mum's the word on the Earp end.Bob Cash, Sat Jun 05 6:12
        Kenny, I think all this info is intriguing and informed speculation is important in figuring out what actually happened in Cochise County, but I think you are overstating your case here. In your f... more
        • Kenny ... is most of the material you cite (letters, etc) in this book? ... never found a copy ... despite your endorsement of otherwise unassailable facts, does it mean Adelia was directly involved? ... more
          • Both Gee & Whiz! [nm] (nm)gobs, Sun Jun 06 11:03
            • I have the Monahan book somewhere ...gobs, Tue Jun 08 2:17
              but is much of Adelia's information on dates and places in there? I followed in Chris Penn's trail and was told there was a member named David H Cruickshanks (father or son?) of the English Western... more
              • Thanks againgobs, Tue Jun 08 3:57
                Unfortunately, this and three other similar links have no cached versions ... don't suppose there's any salient information in there .... will dig out her book ... Don't know what the EEA is, but ... more
                • Therein lies Bedlam [sidebar]gobs, Tue Jun 08 6:36
                  No, a blanket EU Ban ... beware of irony ahead ... thanks Uncle Sam for lots of really positive leads on Google Images ... I have seen the real photo before ... I even have the book ... somewhere O... more
        • Re: AdeliaBob Cash, Sat Jun 05 17:36
          You have done this field a great service with your study of Adelia's interview and you are, in large part, responsible for convincing me of its authenticity. Adelia's quote about Warren doing mor... more
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