Painting of Wyatt courtesy of Bob Boze Bell


Earp Historical Timeline Page 11

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San Francisco and Alaska

  • 1893 - By this year Wyatt and Josie Earp were sharing some of their favorite years in the colorful city of San Francisco. Their address is listed in 1893 ast 145 Ellis Street. His profession is "capitalist".
  • 1893, April - Wyatt got in a fight with bookie Billy Roeder. Roeder took inside information that Wyatt gave him regarding Wyatt's trotter Lottie Mills and used it to bet up the odds and then made fun of Wyatt. Wyatt gave the bookie a good slap and quick kick up the rear.
  • 1893, Summer - Wyatt and Josie visit the Chicago World's Fair.
  • 1893, November 4 - Virgil and Allie move from Colton and head to the new boomtown of Vanderbilt, California. Earp builds a dance hall called 'Earp's Hall'. Virgil loses the race for constable of the Needles Township.
  • 1894, December 27 - Virgil and Allie pull up stakes again and move to Cripple Creek, Colorado.
  • 1895 - Wyatt and Josie live at 720 McAllister with Josie's sister.
  • 1895, October 23 - Virgil and Allie move back to Prescott, Arizona where Virgil takes up mining and invests in the Grizzly mine.
  • 1896 - Wyatt is now listed as a "horseman" and lives at 514-A 7th Avenue, near Fulton. He is involved in harness racing.
  • 1896, Summer - San Francisco Examiner Sunday Magazine prints a three part series based on Wyatt's Arizona experiences. It is ghostwritten and in a somewhat florid style, popular at the time.
  • 1896, November 17 - A cave-in in the Grizzly mine pins Virgil to the ground. He was rescued after being unconscious for several hours and suffered injuries that include crushed ankles and feet, cuts on his face, bruises, and a dislocated hip.
  • 1896, December 2 - Wyatt Earp referees the Sharkey/Fitzsimmons rprize fight at the Mechanic's Pavilion in San Francisco. It turned out to be one of the single most unpleasant experiences of Wyatt's life. First he has to be disarmed of his Colt .45. Fitzsimmon's manager has heard the fight is to be fixed and is not pleased with Earp as choice of referee. In the eighth round Fitzsimmons delivers a knockout punch to Sharkey who goes down to the canvas but Wyatt calls a foul because he has seen Fitzsimmons go below the belt. Fitzsimmons would sue for the purse but the court upheld Wyatt's decision. The San Francisco papers, however, were to lambast, lampoon, and scrutinize Wyatt for a full month.


    Wyatt Earp shown being divested of his firearm in the San Francisco Examiner

  • 1896, December 3-17 - Wyatt is a witness at the hearing where Bob Fitzsimmons sues for the purse money. The hearing is more about his honesty than any other single issue.


    Wyatt Earp lampooned in the San Francisco Call

  • 1896, December 10 - Wyatt appears in court over carrying a concealed weapon. Wyatt argued that he needed one for protection and was released after paying a $50 fine.
  • 1896, December 20 - Wyatt liquidates his sporting assets in San Francisco .
  • 1897, March 17 - Bat Masterson is hired as part of a large force of bouncers for World Heavy-weight Boxing Crown. He might have recruited Wyatt. Certainly Wyatt was present, giving Fitzsimmons an opportunity to snub the already humiliated Wyatt. Bob Fitzsimmons beats J. Corbett in Carson City, Nevada.
  • 1897, July 15 - Wyatt and Josie are in Yuma, Arizona when news reaches of the arrival of the S.S. Excelsior arriving in the port of San Francisco laden with gold from Alaska. Wyatt sells his Studebaker wagon and heads, with Josie, to San Francisco. Unfortunately Wyatt dislocates his shoulder in a fall, trying to catch a trolley, and is bedridden for three weeks. They catch the S.S. City of Seattle for Alaska. Due to their late startthey have to winter in Rampart City.
  • 1899, July - Wyatt Earp manages a canteen that sells beer and cigars.
  • 1899, September - Wyatt Earp and C.E. Hoxsie build the Dexter Saloon in Nome, Alaska.
  • 1899 - Nome Gold Digger reports that Wyatt Earp left on a steamer for San Francisco.
  • 1899, November 13 - The San Francisco Examiner reports that Wyatt Earp has been doing well with his businesses in Alaska.
  • 1900, April 28 - The Call, ever ready to pick on Wyatt Earp, publishs an incident where Wyatt gets into fight with Tom Mulqueen, another horseman, over the honesty of a jockey that was a friend of Muqueens. Mulqueen wipes the floor with Wyatt, knocking him out with a punch to the face. Wyatt never denied the incident.
  • 1900, June 29 - Wyatt is arrested in Nome, Alaska for interfering with an officer while in the discharge of his duty. Wyatt's story is that he was attempting to assist the deputy marshal and his actions were misconstrued. He is released without charges.
  • 1900, July 6 - A range foreman by the name of Johnnie Boyett shoots and kills Warren Earp in Willcox, Arizona. Warren was 45. It would take weeks before Wyatt would receive the news in Alaska.
  • 1900, July 15 - The New York Tribune would report that it was Wyatt Earp that was killed with the headlines "Wyat Earp Shot at Nome; The Arizona 'Bad Man' Not Quick Enough With His Gun." The story went on to tell what a terror Wyatt was to the good citizens of Nome. Various papers around the country put out bizarre stories about the Earps. Even Virgil was reported dead in Seattle. Apparently no one had heard of Warren before.
  • 1900, August 30 - Noted Tombstone diarist George Parsons had a memorable evening in the company of old friends Wyatt Earp and John Clum. To have been a fly on the wall that night as Wyatt freely discussed old times.
  • 1900, September 12 - Wyatt Earp and Nathan Marcus (Wyatt's brother-in-law) were brought up on charges of beating a soldier Walter Summers.
  • 1901 - Josie and Wyatt spend their last season in Alaska. While the family reckons they left Alaska with $80,000 - a massive fortune in those days - it was not all good times. Wyatt resented Sadie's gambling habit (Sadie was what Wyatt called Josie all their lives together) and she resented his womanizing.
  • 1901 - Passing through Los Angeles Wyatt talks to the Los Angeles Express. He has this to say about the scandal in San Francisco about the Sharkey Fitzsimmons bout: "I easily can explain the attack of certain newspapers," said Mr. Earp. "I had been doing work for the Examiner for three months previous to the fight. At the time both the Call and the Chronicle were bitterly fighting the Examiner, and when I refereed the mill, I was their chance to get back at their rival over me. However, a referre is always open to the attacks of newspapers, friends of either fighter and to incompetent sporting editors have an exalted opinion of themselves."

    The Final Years ...

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    Historians : Found an error? Please feel free to email me at wyatt@panhistoria.com with corrections.


    Sources:
    The Illustrated Life and Times of Wyatt Earp by Bob Boze Bell, Boze Books, 1993
    Wyatt Earp and the Coeur d'Alene Gold!: Stampede to Idaho Territory, by Jerry Dolph and Arthur Randall, Eagle City Publishing, 1999
    Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend, by Casey Tefertiller, John Wiley & Sons, 1999
    Wyatt Earp: The Missing Years, San Diego in the 1880's, by Kenneth R. Cilch and Kenneth R. Cilch, Jr., Gaslamp Books, 1998
    The Earp Papers : In a Brother's Image by Don Chaput
    The Truth About Wyatt Earp by Richard E. Erwin



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