Charlie Siringo near the End of the Trail
475. [PHOTOGRAPHY]. [SIRINGO, CHARLES ANGELO, EMMETT DALTON, PAWNEE BILL & ONE OTHER MAN (sitters)]. Small snapshot of four men standing outdoors, background with scraggly stand of cane and two low one-story wooden framed buildings. Gelatin silver print. 7 x 11.2 cm. N.p., n.d. [Siringo’s home in Altadena, California, on January 30, 1927]. Pencil inscription on verso: “Charley Siringo–Emmett Dalton, Pawnee Bill & ?” Number “214” stamped on verso in ink. Image a bit yellowed and faded, otherwise good condition.
Frank Hamer has been suggested as the fourth man, but that attribution needs more research. The occasion of the photograph was a gathering at Siringo’s home of old-timers, friends, and colleagues through the years. See Ben E. Pingenot, Siringo, Texas A&M Press, 1989, p. 138 for another photo at the same event. This is a personal, informal view of Siringo during the last months of his life when he had fallen on hard times. Ben Pingenot, Siringo’s biographer, commented on native Texan Siringo (1855-1928), cowboy, trail driver, author of the first cowboy autobiography, and detective: “Siringo’s experiences as the quintessential cowboy and determined detective helped romanticize the West and its myth of the American cowboy. He died in Altadena, California, on October 18, 1928.” J. Frank Dobie commented: “No record of cowboy life has supplanted his rollicky, reckless, realistic chronicle.” See also Item 505 herein and Thrapp, Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography, III, p. 1313.
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