Love Lessons from the Old West: Wisdom from Wild Women
From Calamity Jane’s relentless pursuit of Wild Bill Hickok to Emma Walters, who gave it all up for the dashing Bat Masterson—and learned to regret it, these romantic stories from the Old West are still familiar and entertaining to readers today. Meet Agnes Lake Hickok, the intrepid wife of Wild Bill Hickok and learn about the last love letter he sent before being dealt the dead man’s hand. Learn the story behind the charming performer Lotta Crabtree’s heartaches. And discover the tale of the dashing Kit Carson and his beautiful bride. This collection features the lessons learned by and from the antics of the women who shaped the West.
point of pride—at least not in the old West. The way Calamity Jane staggered down the street after leaving a saloon left many men thinking that walking was a lost art to her. Limit your profanity. most men in the early days of the old West lost interest in a woman who was skilled in the art of cursing. Some believed that St. Peter wouldn’t accept women who used profanity regularly. CALAMITY JANE Love and the Legend The town of Deadwood, South Dakota Territory, in 1876, was a mixture of
on it hard. The glow from the excited bowl kicked on his eyes, which were tracking Agnes as she walked in and took a seat in the back row among several other people in the gallery. As the flyer made its way back around to the first councilman, he acknowledged Bill Hickok seated in the front row of the gallery with a nod. Bill stood up and scanned the faces of the council. Hickok was an imposing figure, more than six feet tall. His hair was shoulder length and thick, and his neatly trimmed
Inc., New York, NY, 1958, pg. 64-82. 22. Ibid., pg. 84-92. American Weekly, April 3, 1949. Independent Press Telegram, Southland Magazine, October 22, 1949. 23. American Weekly, April 3, 1949. 24. Dempsey, David, and Raymond R. Baldwin. Triumph and Trials of Lotta Crabtree. William Morrow Co., New York, NY, 1968, pg. 112-115. 25. Ibid., pg. 118-121. 26. Ibid. 27. American Weekly, April 3, 1949. 28. Ibid. 29. Independent Press Telegram, Southland Magazine, October 22, 1949. 30. Dempsey,
1963, pg. 156-159. 3. Janesville Daily Gazette, July 13, 1901. 4. Aikman, Duncan. Calamity Jane and the Other Lady Wildcats. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 1927, pg. 82-87. 5. Ibid., pg. 12-15. 6. Weekly Call, September 24, 1898. 7. Ibid. 8. Brown, dee. The Gentle Tamers. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 1958, pg. 92, 256-257. Griske, Michael. The Diaries of John Hunton: Made to Last, Written to Last, Sagas of the Western Frontier. Heritage Books, Westminster, MD, 2005, pg. 83,
two weeks’ notice and I shall try to fill your places. . . . I am determined to keep this show on the road, and I shall succeed.”14 Lake Circus did well under Agnes’s direction. She proved not only to be a talented performer but also a smart businesswoman. By 1872 she had earned a substantial amount touring and decided to sell the show to a competitor. She used the funds from the sale to invest in a lithograph business in Cincinnati. According to the August 23, 1907, edition of the New York