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Latest headlines, notices, bulletins and tidbits of interest to Wild West History Association members.

  • In Memoriam - Bill Hunter

  • New Feature - WWHA Fireside Stories

  • Newly Updated - Roundup News

  • 2021 WWHA Roundup - New Dates!

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WWHA Journal & Saddlebag

Published quarterly and included with your membership, the WWHA Journal presents the latest writings, research, book reviews and more from many of today's leading historians of the Wild West.

The Journal is supplemented twice a year by the WWHA Saddlebag, available to view and download from this web site.

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Our membership includes many prominent and aspiring authors, historians, researchers, and collectors. But the majority of the WWHA's members, both inside and outside of the United States, simply are those who enjoy learning how it really was in the Wild West!

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Guidelines on how to submit articles and book reviews for the WWHA Journal and Saddlebag, information on WWHA Journal advertising opportunities and other items of interest to read and download.

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In Memoriam - Bill Hunter
The WWHA Board wishes to notify the membership of the death of one of our beloved board members, Bill Hunter. His obituary is shown below. Bill was a true lover of Wild West history and made many contributions to the organization. A number of WWHA members are planning to attend his "Celebration of Life" service on July 22nd. If you are able to attend, we would like for all members to sit together. Roy Young will address the gathering on behalf of WWHA.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Bill's name to the Wild West History Association at the address shown below.

William “Bill” Mason Hunter III passed away from metastatic prostate cancer on June 27th 2021. He was born November 8, 1947 in Lubbock, TX and graduated from Monterey High School in 1966. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1971. Hunter served in the Air Force from 1970-1976 and then worked on the family cotton farm in Meadow, Texas. In 1978, he graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in Pharmacy. Hunter returned to Lubbock and worked at Texas Tech University Pharmacy until 1987 when he relocated the family to Old Hickory, TN and worked as a Pharmacist at Vanderbilt for over a decade. Hunter established Roman Compounding Pharmacy in Goodlettsville in 2002 and sold it and retired in 2015. He was a member of Donelson Church of Christ, a board member of the Wild West History Association, an active member of Cedar Creek Yacht Club and committee member for Church by the Lake. He was a true American patriot, avid music lover, active in bible study groups, and a mentor to numerous pharmaceutical students.

Hunter is preceded in death by his parents WM Jr. and Peggy Hunter, father and mother-in-law Fred and Daisye Ramsay.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years Sara Ramsay Hunter, son William Mason Hunter IV (Danielle) of Old Hickory, daughter Sara Beth Pegg (Zach) of Gallatin, seven grandchildren Ava, Jill, and William Hunter, Silas, Daisye, June, and Nora Pegg, and sister Linda Hunter of Hot Springs, AR.

A celebration of life will be held on July 22nd at 3 pm at Church by the Lake, Cedar Creek Yacht Club in Mt. Juliet TN.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to: Wild West History Association, 3596 East Foxtrotter Road, Tucson, AZ 85739 or The Pregnancy Care Center, PO Box 241, Hermitage, TN 37076.

New Feature - WWHA Fireside Stories
The Wild West History Association presents Fireside Stories: Real People - Real Places - Real History with accounts of the Old West as told by real historians, not by television or film producers. Our latest video is by WWHA President Jim Dunham: "The Gunfighters." View it on our Fireside Stories page.

Newly Updated - Roundup News and Registration
The 2021 WWHA Roundup in Fort Smith, Arkansas, now has its own web site at There you'll find the latest event schedule (posted 06/12/21) and the online and postal Roundup registration forms. Click the link -- We'll see you in Fort Smith on September 1! Postal forms also are available in our Information and Resources section.

2021 WWHA Roundup - New Dates!
It is my pleasure to announce that the 2021 WWHA Roundup has now been rescheduled for September 1st-4th in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Following a membership poll, it was determined that waiting a few more months after our usual July dates would be best as we move past the fears and hesitations related to the current pandemic. Full details will be forthcoming in the March Saddlebag newsletter, the WWHA Facebook page and on the WWHA website: We will look forward to seeing many of you then! -Roy B. Young

Welcome to Our New Web Site
Our new site has been redesigned in its entirety with emphasis on simplicity, ease of navigation and mobile friendliness. Be sure to let us know how you like it!

WWHA Journal & Saddlebag

In the June 2021 edition of the WWHA Journal

  • Patrick Coghlan: The Man From Clonakilty - Paul O'Brien

  • Harrison Hamer - Texas Ranger - John Boessenecker

  • John Clum's Mysterious Stagecoach Ride - C. Gilbert Storms

  • "I Know I Will Go to Hell" - Roger Myers

  • An Epidemic of Violent Train Robberies: Indian & Oklahoma Territories 1882-1906 - Lonnie Underhill

  • And much more in this and in every issue!

Sample articles are available in our Information and Resources section.

WWHA Saddlebag
March 2021 Edition

Supplement to the WWHA Journal
Free PDF download!
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WWHA Saddlebag September 2020

12+ MB download

WWHA Journal and Saddlebag Indexes

Locate your favorite WWHA Journal and Saddlebag articles or see what you've been missing. Our Journal and Saddlebag indexes display full years and selected months of content listings for your research and reading enjoyment. Available in our Information and Resources section.

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Real People - Real Places - Real History

"The Gunfighter"
The Western movie gunfight was a staple of every “Gunsmoke” episode and “Have Gun Will Travel” and almost all of the so called “adult” Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. A basic premise was that the code of the West was that the Lawman or “Good Guy” had to let the bad guy draw first and then beat him to the draw and end the fight with one accurate shot. With the one exception of when “Wild Bill” Hickok faced off against Davis Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, the typical TV or movie shootout is not a part of Frontier history. Jim Dunham, Director of Special Projects and Historian for the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia and current president of The Wild West History Association explains what the real gunfighter and shootouts were like.

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Additional Fireside Stories videos:

"Who Killed Morgan Earp?"
Many of the Cow Boy contingent in Cochise County, Arizona, were considered candidates for "who pulled the trigger" that fateful night in Tombstone's Campbell & Hatch Pool Room. Finally, in December 2020, historian Roy B. Young located an article in a remote newspaper from 1893 that told the true and factual story of the murderer's identity.

"Myths and Truths in the John Wesley Hardin Legend"
This video by John Wesley Hardin aficionado Kurt House summarizes some of the myths and truths of what has become the legend of "The Baddest Man in Texas."

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As a WWHA member you will receive:

Four WWHA Journals Annually
Published quarterly, containing the latest research, informative articles, authentic photographs, book reviews, and much more defining "the good, the bad, and the ugly" in the Wild West.

An Invitation to the WWHA Roundup
A four-day event, held each summer in a historically significant town or city. Perhaps, the highlight of your WWHA membership is the opportunity to register and attend the Roundup! This premier event includes a welcoming reception, author, historian, researcher, and collector presentations, vendors selling new and scarce out-of-print, first edition books & pamphlets, Old West collectibles, art, and ephemera. Plus, silent and live auctions, breakout sessions, organized and guided field trips to historic sites and museums, and the prestigious WWHA Roundup Awards Banquet! It's the perfect time for you to share your Wild West interests with fellow Wild West enthusiasts.

  • PLUS a free mailing of pre-Roundup news

  • PLUS a free copy of the Roundup program, whether you attend or not

  • PLUS a special post-Roundup newsletter featuring award winners, photos and stories of Roundup events and activities

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WWHA US Membership

If you live in the United States, then this is what you want for new membership or renewal:

US Individual - 1 Year $75.00 USD

US Individual - 2 Years $125.00 USD

US Individual - 3 Years $175.00 USD

US Family Plan - 1 Year $90.00 USD*

US Family Plan - 2 Years $160.00 USD*

US Family Plan - 3 Years $215.00 USD*

RENEW US Indiv - 1 Year $75.00 USD

RENEW US Indiv - 2 Years $125.00 USD

RENEW US Indiv - 3 Years $175.00 USD

RENEW US Fam - 1 Year $90.00 USD*

*Family plans include primary member and immediate family - only one copy of the WWHA Journal per mailing

WWHA Gunfighter Membership

Gunfighter is the highest WWHA membership available, created for those who strongly believe in WWHA and want to help it continue to achieve its goals. The higher dues are a contribution to help assure that all members can continue to enjoy WWHA.

As a Gunfighter you will receive all benefits of regular membership and will be recognized as a patron of WWHA with:

  • A WWHA Gunfighter pin

  • A WWHA Gunfighter member certificate, suitable for framing

  • Your name listed as a Gunfighter once a year in the WWHA Journal every year you are a Gunfighter

  • A WWHA RoundUp name badge, identifying you as a Gunfighter

  • An exclusive Gunfighter reception at the WWHA Roundup

  • A "Gunfighter only" luncheon at the WWHA Roundup

  • A special Gunfighter session at the WWHA Roundup

  • And last, but not least, the appreciation of the organization for your generous contribution

Become a Gunfighter:

Gunfighter (per couple) - 1 Year $250.00 USD

Gunfighter (per couple) - 2 Years $475.00 USD

Gunfighter (per couple) - 3 Years $675.00 USD

RENEW Gunfighter - 1 Year $250.00 USD

WWHA International Membership

If you live outside of the US, then you want this for new membership or renewal:

Int'l Individual - 1 Year $100.00 USD

Int'l Individual - 2 Years $175.00 USD

Int'l Individual - 3 Years $250.00 USD

RENEW Int'l Indiv - 1 Yr $100.00 USD

RENEW Int'l Indiv - 2 Yr $175.00 USD

RENEW Int'l Indiv - 3 Yr $250.00 USD

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Information and Resources

Guidelines on how to submit articles and book reviews for the WWHA Journal and Saddlebag, information on WWHA Journal advertising opportunities, sample WWHA Journal Articles and other items of interest to read and download. Each article is in PDF format unless specified otherwise.

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WWHA Journal Sample Articles
WWHA Journal, December 2019 - "The Truth About the Chisholm Cattle Trail: Beyond the Legend" by Gary & Margaret Kraisinger
WWHA Journal, September 2019 - "Johnny Ringo's One Dollar Inheritance" by Wayne Sanderson
WWHA Journal, September 2018 - "Adventures in Wonderland: Identifying Old West Photos" by Daniel Buck
WWHA Journal, September 2017 - "The Wild Bunch on the High Seas" by Mark Mszanski
WWHA Journal, September 2016 - "Billy the Kid Death Scene: Reviewing Ballistic Evidence" by James A. Bailey and Margaret B. Bailey
WWHA Journal, March 2016 - "The Killing of Charlie Storms by Luke Short" by Peter Brand

WWHA Journal/Saddlebag Indexes
2018 Journal Index - Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec WWHA Journal
2017 Journal Index - Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec WWHA Journal
2016 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2016
2015 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2015
2014 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2014
2013 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2013
2012 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2012
2011 Journal Index - Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec WWHA Journal / Saddlebag
2010 Journal Index - Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec WWHA Journal / Jan, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec Saddlebag
2009 Journal Index - Feb, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec WWHA Journal / Jan, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec Saddlebag
2008 Journal Index - Feb, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec WWHA Journal / Jan, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec Saddlebag

About the WWHA

Focus & Goals: The Wild West History Association is dedicated to providing publications and forums for the enlightenment and enjoyment of its members, facilitating and encouraging research, study, writing, presentation, and preservation of the history and lore of the people, events, and places that made the American West "wild" in the last half of the nineteenth century.... the lawmen, outlaws, gunfighters, rustlers, vigilantes, feuds, shady ladies, saloons, cowtowns, and mining camps.... along with recognizing and honoring those individuals and institutions that make significant contributions to the knowledge and preservation of Wild West history and lore.

On New Year's Day, 2008, the National Association for Outlaw and Lawmen History (NOLA), formed in 1974, and the Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association (WOLA), founded in 1990, united in the formation of the world's primary Wild West history organization, the Wild West History Association (WWHA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

A love of the history and lore of the Wild West is something people around the world share. WWHA gives us the opportunity to learn, to share what we know, and to enjoy the fellowship of others with similar interests. When WWHA members get together, there is no lull in the conversation!

We are fortunate to have as members many of the great historians and authors in this field of interest. However, EVERYONE who is interested in the Wild West, as defined in our Focus and Goals, should be a member of WWHA. The Wild West History Association welcomes you.

WWHA Board of Directors

President Jim Dunham, Cartersville, GA

First Vice-President Roy B. Young, Apache, OK

Second Vice-President Marshall Trimble, Scottsdale, AZ

Secretary Elizabeth Weathers, Springdale, AR

Treasurer Ron Woggon, Tucson, AZ

Past President Pam Potter, Solvang, CA

Past Treasurer Herb Marsh, Lincoln, NM

Dr. James Bailey, Bailey, NC

Alan Blanchette

Donna Harrell, Phoenix, AZ

Kurt House

Bill Hunter

Paul Marquez, Lakewood, CO

Ruth McWhirter, Collierville, TN

Carroll Moore

Charlotte Steele

Michael Wallis

WWHA Advisory Board

Daniel Buck
Dr. Paul Hutton
Ed Kirby
Ron Ligon
Rick Miller
Frederick Nolan
Bill and Karen O'Neal
Chuck Parsons
Bob Pulcipher
Barclay Prindle

WWHA Advisory Board Emeritus

Robert K. DeArment
Robert McCubbin
Leon Metz

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