A Guide to the James Isiac Lauderdale Items, 1856-1889, 1942-1969
Sam Bass, noted train robber and outlaw, was born in Indiana in 1851. After living in Mississippi for several years, Bass left for the cattle country in the late summer of 1870 and arrived in Denton, Texas, in early fall. During his boyhood, he worked as cowboy, stable boy and freighter between Denton and the railroad towns of Dallas and Sherman. Bass started his outlaw life in Deadwood, South Dakota, where he and Joel Collins found refuge after stealing the money they owed in Texas for cattle. Together with Joel Collins and his band, Bass robbed several stagecoaches before they robbed an eastbound Union Pacific passenger train in Big Springs, Nebraska, in 1877. Following Collins death, Bass moved back to Texas where he formed a new outlaw band. In the spring of 1878, he and his brigands robbed four trains within twenty-five miles of Dallas. Bass died on July 21, 1878 in Round Rock, Texas, wounded by Texas Rangers.
Wayne Gard, "BASS, SAM," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed December 04, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
The collection comprises correspondence from Joe J. Parrott regarding his great grandfather James Isiac Lauderdale and a black and white photograph of James Isiac. The letters contain brief information about the Sam Bass gang, of which Lauderdale was a member, with special biographical emphasis on the brothers Cal and Cole Lee Younger.
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James Isiac Lauderdale Items, 1856-1889, 1942-1969, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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