Title: Letter from William F. Cody to Ezekiel Jarman Ayers

Date: March 31, 1916

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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Buffalo Bill's Resorts in the Rockies:
American Plan Only
Rates $3 and $4 Per Day
W. F. Cody, Proprietor
F. H. Garlow, Manager
Pahaska Tepee
One and one-half mles from the Yellowstone Park Eastern Entrance. Open June 1 to November 1.
$3 Per day; American Plan.
Saddle Horses $1.50 Per Day
Fishing and Big Game Hunting.
Buffalo Bill's Home TE Ranch
Open to tourists the Year 'Round.
$100 Per Month, Including Use of Saddle Horse.
Fishing and Big Game Hunting.
Cody, Wyoming,

APR 5 — 1916

A. J. Ayers [1]


Dear Sir.

In regard to the Reels and Enclosed letter from the Essanay people. Mr Spoor [2] was told by my self That a sett of the Reels were to go to the Interior Dept. as well as to the War Dept. I have written this to the Company. and if the Co dont carry out their obligations Ill pay personally for a sett of reels and send them to the Interior   Department. But I cant do this until I get my show started.

I promised Secretary Franklin K Lane [3] His department should have a sett. And Ill see he gets them

Very truly yours

W. F. Cody

Permanent Address



Note 1: Ezekiel Jarman Ayers (1866-1931) was Chief Clerk, Department of Interior, Superintendent of Buildings, and Acting Assistant Secretary of Interior; he was appointed by Secretary of War Franklin K. Lane in 1911, serving until his resignation in 1920. [back]

Note 2: George Kirke Spoor (1872-1953) was an early film pioneer who, along with Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson (1880-1971), founded Essanay Studios in Chicago in 1907. The Essanay Film Manufacturing Company helped organize "The Col. W. F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) Historical Pictures Company." [back]

Note 3: Franklin Knight Lane (1864-1921) served as United States Secretary of the Interior from 1913 to 1920. [back]

Title: Letter from William F. Cody to Ezekiel Jarman Ayers

Source: National Archives and Records Administration: Record Group 48, Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Central Classified File 1907-1936, 5-2 Indians, Moving Pictures

Date: March 31, 1916

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Buffalo Bill on Film

People: Ayers, Ezekiel Jarman, 1866-1931 Lane, Franklin Knight, 1864-1921 Spoor, George K., 1872-1953 Anderson, Gilbert M., 1880-1971

Places: Washington (D.C.) Cody (Wyo.)

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