Title: Telegram from William F. Cody to George T. Beck

Date: July 23, 1895

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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Form No. 168.
The Western Union Telegraph Company.
21,000 Offices In America.
Cable Service to All The World.
This Company Transmits and Delivers messages only on conditions limiting its liability, which have been assented to by the sender of the following message.
Errors can be guarded against only by repeating a message back to the sending station for comparison, and the Company will not hold itself liable for errors or delays in transmission or delivery of Unrepeated Messages, beyond the amount of tolls paid thereon, nor in any case where the claim is not presented in writing within sixty days after the message is filed with the Company for transmission.
This is an Unrepeated Message, and is delivered by request of the sender, under the conditions named above.
Thos. T. Eckert, President and General Manager.

Received at 212 South 13th Street, Omaha, Neb.
Standard Time.

27 CH DE D
24 Paid
855 am July 23, 1895

White River Junct. Vt. 23 [1]

George T. Beck,

MacTagues Hotel [2] .

Salsbury in. Is Higby [3] in can Asay [4] produce when does Beckert [5] commence work did you get contract from state land board Wyoming for land.

W. F. Cody.

Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in White River Junction, Vermont, on July 23, 1895. [back]

Note 2: MacTagues Hotel: James Hugh McTague (1858-1926), the owner of a catering service in Omaha, Nebraska, who opened a basement saloon with partner Charles Little under the name of Little & McTague. McTague later opened a European-style hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, before relocating to Missouri. [back]

Note 3: Anson Higby (b.1862), a banker in Deadwood, South Dakota, who in 1893 partnered with Mr. C. H. Grinnell (later Mayor of Sheridan), J. R. Phelan, George T. Beck to form the Sheridan Fuel Company on lands approximately four miles north of Sheridan, Wyoming. This area soon became a thriving company-owned mining camp known as Higby. Higby became president of the Basin State Bank in Basin, Wyoming, as well as mayor and baseball coach of the town. He was secretary for the Wyoming State Fair board for about five years beginning in 1913. Higby was elected to the board of directors for several emerging oil-gas companies, including the Flat Top Oil & Gas Company, the Emery Oil Company, and the Glenhurst Company, and he worked for the Midwest Refining Company, Casper, Wyoming. [back]

Note 4: James F. Asay (1854-1906) had been a licensed trader on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, but lost his license in 1891 for selling alcohol on the reservation. He moved his business to nearby Rushville, Nebraska, where he continued to supply goods to Indian customers. William F. Cody was a friend of Asay and often used Rushville as a base for recruiting Lakota performers for Buffalo Bill's Wild West. [back]

Note 5: "Beckert" is likely misspelled and should be Theo Heckart. [back]

Title: Telegram from William F. Cody to George T. Beck

Source: University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Beck Family Papers, 1858-1992 (bulk 1884-1919); Acc. #10386, ah10386_0007

Date: July 23, 1895

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943

Sponsor: Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

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