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The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona : an O.K. Corral obituary

Author: Paul Lee Johnson
Publisher: Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, 2012.
Series: A.C. Greene series, 12.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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On a chilly October afternoon in 1881, two brothers named Tom and Frank McLaury were gunned down on the streets of Tombstone, Arizona, by the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday. The deadly event became known as the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and in a quirk of fate, the brothers' names became well-known, but only as bad men and outlaws. Did they deserve that reputation? <br /><br />The McLaurys in  Read more...
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Johnson, Paul Lee, 1949-
McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona.
Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, 2012
(DLC) 2012006138
(OCoLC)768792444
Named Person: McClaughry family.; McClaughry family.
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Lee Johnson
ISBN: 9781574414585 1574414585 9781283924382 1283924382
OCLC Number: 806040205
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 380 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Preface: Fame from the barrel of a gun --
The clan McClaughry --
The McLaurys in Iowa --
War and the failed marriage --
William R. McLaury --
Buchanan County, Iowa --
The McLaury brothers in Arizona --
Will McLaury, attorney-at-law --
The Arizona frontier --
"My name is well known in Arizona" --
Border crime --
Politics of Arizona and Tombstone --
"More havoc than Apaches" --
The vexed question --
"The grave situation on the border" --
Vengeful schemes --
Summer storms --
Loss in Fort Worth --
Deadly ambush --
"Glad you are on the alert" --
Open hostilities --
Indian summer --
"Throw up your hands" --
"Hurled into eternity" --
A charge of murder --
"This don't bring back my dead brothers --
"The cause of the murder was this" --
"I do not like your letter" --
"And tales of broken faith" --
"I knew they were all down on you" --
Habeas corpus --
"They would shoot a fellow to see him fall" --
"None of the results is satisfactory" --
Epilogue: Three McLaury brothers.
Series Title: A.C. Greene series, 12.
Responsibility: by Paul Lee Johnson.
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On a chilly October afternoon in 1881, two brothers named Tom and Frank McLaury were gunned down on the streets of Tombstone, Arizona, by the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday. The deadly event became known as the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and in a quirk of fate, the brothers' names became well-known, but only as bad men and outlaws. Did they deserve that reputation? <br /><br />The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona: An O.K. Corral Obituary explores this question, revealing details of their family background and the context of their lives on the frontier. Paul Lee Johnson begins their story with the McLaury brothers' decision to go into the cattle business with an ambition to have their own ranch. When they moved to Arizona, they finally achieved that goal, but along the way they became enmeshed with the cross-border black market that was thriving there. As "honest ranchers" they were in business with both the criminal element as well as the legitimate businesses in Tombstone. <br /><br />Another principal in this story was an older brother, William, who set aside his law practice in Fort Worth to settle his brothers' affairs, and associated himself with the prosecution of the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday. Despite his efforts, the Earps and Holliday were exonerated, and the "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" became the opening salvo of a feud that took several more lives. Johnson has interviewed family descendants and mined their sources, government correspondence, and letters that have never before been published to reveal the human lives behind the storied events. For the first time the events of the O.K. Corral gunfight are presented from the viewpoint of the McLaurys, two brothers who lost their lives and reputations, and a family who tried in vain to find restitution.

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