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

Date: June 28, 1899

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West

My Dear Beck

Your friendly letter recd— glad to get it. I am looking hourly for a telegrame saying not only our bridge [2] has gone but the Corbett [3] . if the bridges go out the pleasure trip for my family & friends will be off. But if not they will be there or at Red Lodge [4] Aug 2d— And I thank you very much for your willingness to show them attention. Snyder [5] was on and I told him what to do. But if he fails to do it— or if he insists on getting drunk— I wish you would take charge. But I have begged of Okey [5] to do what is right. But wont stand any more nonsense from him. By the enclosed telegrame you can see how our   directors are falling down. both Bleistein & Gerrans were present at the meeting and voted that this Money should be raised were they not? And knew that the interst must be paid. Now they say they would not be asked to put up more money. I have wired them I would pay my share no more— They shant make me stand for everything. Let Clark [6] step in and for close then I will have to pay the $30,000 with interest. Then we will see who owns the layout—

Am I not right?

Mrs Cody [7] invites Mrs Beck & the wonderful Miss Beck [8] to join her party for the Mountains [9] when they get to Cody—

How many tents can you scare up?



Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in New Haven, Connecticut, on June 28, 1899. [back]

Note 2: "Bridge" over the Shoshone River near Cody; this may refer to the bridge in Corbett. [back]

Note 3: Corbett Bridge, over the Shoshone River, lies a few miles northeast of Cody; Corbett was named after John Corbett who had a roadhouse at this location. [back]

Note 4: Red Lodge, Montana, lies 65 miles north of Cody and was the closest rail line to Cody, Wyoming. [back]

Note 5: "Snyder" and "Okey" refer to William "Okie" Snyder, one of Cody's men and a cowboy in Buffalo Bill's Wild West during 1896. Snyder had 160 acres near Irma Flats. [back]

Note 6: Edward H. Clark (1864-1945) is the financial manager for Phoebe Hearst. [back]

Note 7: Louisa Frederici Cody, Cody's wife. [back]

Note 8: Daisy May Sorrenson Beck (Mrs. George Beck) and infant daughter Betty, born in 1898. [back]

Note 9: George Beck and Mrs. Beck were to take Cody's family and the Frederic Remingtons to Carter Mountain Ranch and Irma Lake. Remington's work "Irma Going to Irma" pen and ink drawing of Cody's daughter Irma, is in the collection of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. [back]

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

Source: University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Buffalo Bill: Letters to George T. Beck, 1895-1910 (Acc. #9972), ah031443-44

Date: June 28, 1899

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Buffalo Bill's Wyoming

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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