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  • In memoriam - Bob DeArment

  • Welcome to Our New Web Site

  • 2021 WWHA Roundup Rescheduled

  • 2021 WWHA Awards Program

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.

About the WWHA

Why we are and who we are. The principles and principals of the Wild West History Association.

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In memoriam - Bob DeArment
WWHA has lost another great friend, historian/author Bob DeArment, who died this past Saturday in Sylvania, Ohio, his longtime home. Just a few weeks ago Bob sent a tribute of Leon Metz to be published in the March WWHA Journal. Now, I am asking for tributes and memories of Bob to be included in the same issue, with both men's pictures to appear on the front cover. Last week you were notified that we are extending the deadline for the Leon Metz tributes and now we will extend the deadline further to include tributes to Bob. Please send any tributes/memories and related photos to Roy Young, Journal editor, at:, no later than February 5th; photos should be sent as e-mail attachments and not within the text. Everyone is invited to participate; the editor reserves the right to edit any submissions to fit the available print space. Below is Bob's obituary:

Robert Kendall "Bob" DeArment

Robert Kendall "Bob" DeArment, longtime resident of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away after a short illness and a life fully lived on January 16, 2021. Born on August 29, 1925 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to Madeleine Young Mullen, later Madeleine DeArment and Andrew Joseph Mullen, he reached the age of 95 before succumbing to an illness. He was beloved by many as an intelligent, humorous, patriotic man of integrity who cared deeply for others.

The list of Bob DeArment's accomplishments and contributions to the world during his near century of living is lengthy. After a successful career with Champion Spark Plug Co. in Toledo where he retired as the Director of Distribution, he embarked on a second career as a historian and author. An acclaimed expert in the history of the lawmen and outlaws of the Old West, Robert DeArment published over twenty books and numerous magazine articles. He was considered a dean by his colleagues and fellow historians, many of whom became his very close friends over the years. His last two years were devoted to his final project, a three-volume study revealing the untold story of horse thievery and its importance to the history of the United States.

Robert DeArment impacted many lives in many ways, from his combat service in the 63rd Infantry Division in World War II to his encouragement of aspiring authors. His years of research added tremendously to our pool of knowledge and understanding of Old West history, and the two volumes of his personal memoirs passed down to his family precious gems about life in the United States from the 1920's to the 2000's. An exceptional story-teller with a phenomenally sharp memory to the end, he generously shared his war experiences with younger generations and contributed them to the Smithsonian archives.

The lives most impacted by his, of course, belong to the love of his life, his surviving spouse of 70 years, Rose Marie DeArment, his family and many friends. Memories of his long and productive life comfort his 4 surviving children, Rosemary Walter (Marvin and grandson Corbin) of Anacortes Island, Washington, Paul DeArment of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Joan DeArment Hall (Skip) of Flint, Texas, and Diana Theiss (Richard and son Patrick) of Sylvania, Ohio; as well as his 7 grandchildren, Sara Johnson, Melanie Ash, Amanda McDonald, Hunter Hall, Robert Andrew Hall, Robert Lee DeArment and Sophia DeArment Kotok. He lived long enough to welcome a third generation of descendants, 7 great-grandchildren, Luke, Nora, Cole and Hayley Johnson, Aisla McDonald and Cameron and Mason Hall.

Bob DeArment always felt fortunate; lucky to have survived his combat service, to have married into the large, wonderful Nowakowski family and to have produced a healthy, loving family of his own. He felt lucky in the longevity which enabled him to form so many good friendships over the years, travel extensively and have the time to achieve so much through rewarding work. As a realist who chose positivity and optimism, he would attribute the blessings of his life to "the luck of the DeArments." Online condolences to

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!

2021 WWHA Roundup Rescheduled
Plans are developing for the rescheduled 2021 Roundup in Fort Smith, AK. The dates are July 14-17, 2021. Details will be posted on this site as they become available.

2021 WWHA Awards Program
We are pleased to announce the 2021 WWHA Awards Program. These awards are intended to recognize and honor those who have contributed the most to research, writing and service to the history of the Wild West. Nominations are open now. View the nomination guidelines here.

WWHA Journal & Saddlebag

In the December 2020 edition of the WWHA Journal

  • Who Killed Morgan Earp? "The Atrocious Assassins" - Roy B. Young

  • "Relatively Speaking" - Dr. Jeff Broome

  • "Historian Interview" - Linda Wommack

  • Ben Sippy: Tombstone City Marshal, Career Criminal - Part Two - Peter Brand

  • Hickok's 1865 Fatal Shot Replicated - Dr. James Bailey, Kurt House

  • And much more in this and in every issue!

Sample articles are available in our Information and Resources section.

WWHA Saddlebag
September 2020 Edition

Supplement to the WWHA Journal
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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.

Join the WWHA

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 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

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

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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.

WWHA Membership
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WWHA Journal/Saddlebag
Submit Your Articles to the Journal or Saddlebag
Submit Your Book Reviews to the WWHA Journal
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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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