“Tales From A Small Town Sheriff!” ©2012 by Raymond Cook is a 207 page eBook story that chronicles the life of Carroll Cross as the sheriff of Marble in 1897. The ‘Homestead Act of 1862’ was the match that lit millions of Americans dreams back east of wanting to own their own land out west. Each married couple was eligible to own 160 acres of land out west’ if they lived on the land, built a home and farmed it for five years. The gold rush era of Colorado brought thousands upon thousands of pioneers to the rugged Rocky Mountains in hopes of striking it rich!
Small towns sprouted up near the mines and the saloons and cathouses were open day and night. In those early days, it was truly a Wild West era. Few towns early on had any sheriff. Gunfights out in the street or in the middle of a card game were common. Lawmen in towns big and small were called either sheriffs or town marshals. Their job was the same, to ‘maintain law and order’.
Some men stepped forward to take the job because of the pay and status. However they soon realized that without being fast with a gun they didn’t live long. Not only did they have to face gunfighters who rode into town, but drunks in a saloon as well. Some town sheriffs were on the payroll of corrupted men of wealth who used the sheriff’s badge to their advantage. The typical wage for a town sheriff was $150 a month and room and board.
Sheriff’s did have the chance to collect rewards that had been posted for those committing crimes such as murder, bank robbery, stagecoach robbery, train robbery and cattle rustling. The lawman that lived by his wits not just by his gun hand lived the longest. Sheriff Cross has to hire new deputies and restore order in his town.
This is my 10th of 24 western frontier eBook since 2011.
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