Wednesday, February 18, 2009

February 17, 2009
Got this in today from author Donna B. Ernst:

"hi Bob -- Enjoyed your family's genealogy and connection to Tap Duncan. Did you know that Tap and his family spent a couple of years living in Three Creek, Idaho, with his brother Jim before settling in Arizona? In fact, a couple of the children were born there. I discovered this interesting piece of information when I was researching the September 19, 1900, Winnemucca bank robbery by the Sundance Kid, Butch Cassidy, and Will Carver. Because the outlaws were in need of food supplies, they robbed Jim Duncan's store in Three Creek. Then on their return through the area after the bank robbery, they figured up what they owed for the stolen property and left a tin can on the door step of the store with the money, plus tip. My new book The Sundance Kid: The Life of Harry Alonzo Longabaugh is due out this month from Oklahoma University Press. Maybe you should check out the chapter on Three Creek. All the best, Donna B. Ernst"

Yes I will (buy the book and check it out). I also talked to my cousin Taplou Duncan last weekend to confirm my editorial claim about Tap's mother, Sadie Pearl, marrying Tap Duncan's oldest son. Nope. Wrong. Taplou informed me that her father was the grandson of Tap Duncan. Should have called her first, but didn't. Ouch! Tap was sweet about it, telling me no one will know the difference, but still, I should have known better, AND I SHOULD HAVE CALLED!

We got more rain last night. On my way to yoga this morning I snapped off this pic of Elephant Butte in early morning light. Look how green the desert is:

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."
—Robert Louis Stevenson

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