This is the railroad depot in Rincon. John was a good customer there while the market for stolen beef held up.
John was born in Hampshire County, Massachusetts in 1847 or so and eventually moved out to Iowa. When the Civil War ended John enlisted in the army and attained the rank of sergeant before being mustered out in 1873. He settled on property near Rincon in Dona Anna County as a rancher, but he soon found out that actually raising cattle has dangerously close to being hard work. The market for beef was booming. Soldiers, the tribes, and the miners all needed beef and liked it on their tables as cheaply as possible. The need for beef was far greater than he was able to raise it himself. The solution was simple. Just supply beef stolen in Mexico. He hired a gang of gun thugs to steal the cattle and bring it to his ranch. Soon he was a cattle baron and when the railroad arrived he could ship butchered meat or cattle on the hoof to more distant markets. When the cattle business was slow, he hired his gun thugs out to the Murphy-Dolan Faction in the Lincoln County War. He sent a posse of them to help quell the El Paso Salt War. His gun thugs were ruthless and vicious, and they would steal lice if there was a profit in it. In 1883 he was arrested for having stolen cattle and languished in prison until he got paroled by the Santa Fe Ring in 1886. By then he had lost the ranch to the Ring, and his gun thugs had all moved on to other pursuits and the cattle market was flat as a Mexican peso. He was forced to go straight. He went into mining with some success around Prescott in Arizona and joined the Rough Riders during the Spanish American War. He died in Prescott in 1919, just after WWI ended.
When I retired a few years back my little bride insisted that I find something to do so that I would not get underfoot in such a way that it might bring about marital discord. I am all for that. Leukemia is a piece of butterscotch pie compared to marital discord. Anyway I have bought a camera and a laptop and have set off to locate sites that are of interest to me. I take pictures at those sites and write short little stories about what took place there. My cousin, Bill, has encouraged me to start a blog, whatever that is, so that I can share my adventures. Next summer, 2013 will be th... full info