EST.

2008





News Bits

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

  • New - WWHA Saddlebag, 01/25

  • New - WWHA Fireside Stories, 01/02

  • Awards -Nominate Your 2021 Favorites

  • Article - Juanita Martinez - Mrs. Pat Garrett

  • New - WWHA Journal Indexes


WWHA Journal

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 regularly by the WWHA Saddlebag, available to view and download from this web site.


Join the WWHA

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!


Information and Resources

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.


Contact the WWHA

Have a question about an article, an event, your membership? Feel free to ask.


WWHA NEWS BITS

WWHA Saddlebag
The January 25 2022 edition of the WWHA Saddlebag newsletter is available now for reading and downloading. Be sure to return often for the latest Saddlebag news!

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 from Donna Harrell, WWHA Board Member and descendent of the Younger family, "Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang, the Bandit Kings of Missouri. Their Legend Will Never Die." View it on our Fireside Stories page.

Nominate Your 2021 Favorites
We are pleased to announce the 2021 WWHA Awards Program. These awards are intended to recognize and honor those who in 2021 have contributed the most to research, writing and service to the history of the Wild West. Nominations are due by April 15, 2022. Click here for details!

Juanita Martinez - Mrs. Pat Garrett by William A. Mills
A special contribution for the WWHA website
"She was born Juanita Martinez. About 1879, at the young age of nineteen, she was married to Patrick Floyd Jarvis Garrett (1850-1908), the man who later became the legendary sheriff who shot Billy the Kid in
July 1881..." Read or download the full article at our Information and Resources section.

WWHA Journal 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. WWHA Journal indexes for 2019 and 2020 are posted now in our Information and Resources section.


WWHA Journal & Saddlebag

In the December 2021 edition of the WWHA Journal

  • Shooting Accidents: How Does This Happen? - Jim Dunham

  • Breakout at Yuma: The Story of the Gates Uprising - David Grasse

  • The Mystery-Filled Life & Death of Lawman John Dossett - Jim Fulbright

  • From Pulpit to Prison - The Bizarre Odyssey of Elmer Fay - Rick Miller

  • And much more in this and in every issue!

Sample articles are available in our Information and Resources section.
Miss an issue? Use the WWHA Journal Back Issues inquiry form



WWHA Saddlebag
January 25 2022 Edition

Supplement to the WWHA Journal
Free PDF download!
Read online or save
(2.8 MB file)


Previous Newsletters

WWHA Saddlebag January 17 2022

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag January 11 2022

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag January 06 2022

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag January 05 2022

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag December 29 2021

2+ 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.

WWHA Saddlebag
Earlier Editions

Supplement to the WWHA Journal
Free PDF download -- Read online or save

WWHA Saddlebag January 17 2022

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag January 11 2022

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag January 06 2022

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag January 05 2022

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag December 29 2021

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag December 21 2021

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag December 06 2021

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag November 19 2021

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag October 2021

2+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag March 2021

9+ MB download

WWHA Saddlebag September 2020

12+ MB download

Wild West History Association

Fireside Stories

Real People - Real Places - Real History

"Jesse James and The James-Younger Gang. The Bandit Kings of Missouri. Their Legend Will Never Die."

Donna Harrell, WWHA Board Member and descendent of the Younger family, tells the story of the notorious James-Younger gang.

Jesse and Frank James - sons of a Baptist minister and successful farmer with a Master’s degree. Cole, Jim, John and Bob Younger – sons of a politically active, land and business owner. These young men with promising futures became outlaws as a result of their family’s experiences during an extremely violent Border War between Kansas and Missouri in the 1850’s, thru the Civil War and the resulting Reconstruction era that lasted into the 1870’s.

From the February, 1866 first daylight peacetime bank robbery in Liberty, Missouri to the September, 1881 Blue Cut, Missouri train robbery, the James-Younger gang robbed banks, trains and stages from Virginia to Kansas, Minnesota to Texas. They were accused of many other robberies all across the country.

Jesse James’ 1882 murder by gang member Bob Ford was reported around the country. There were lying-in-state events in St. Joseph and Kearney, Missouri. Thousands of people (family, friends and enemies) viewed his body. No one questioned that it was Jesse but people didn’t believe their hero could be killed so easily. For years a few old men claimed that they were the “real” Jesse. Even today there are many families who claim their ancestor was the “real” Jesse James and that history is wrong.

Movies, books, songs, and rivers of newspaper ink tell the story of these men. The last surviving gang member died in 1916, but their legend will never die.

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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


Join Now!

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



Donate to the WWHA

Whether it is $10, $25, $50, $75, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more, your contribution to the Wild West History Association helps to continue the research and study of this important part of American history.

Donate to the WWHA - Enter any amount


Online payments are via PayPal. A PayPal membership is not required.

Prefer postal? Print this form, fill it out, and mail it with your payment to the specified address.

Membership renewal notices go out two weeks prior to expiration.
You will find your expiration date on the address label of your Journal.


Information and Resources

Each document is in PDF format unless specified otherwise.

Articles of Interest

Juanita Martinez - Mrs. Pat Garrett by William A. Mills
A special contribution for the WWHA website
"She was born Juanita Martinez. About 1879, at the young age of nineteen, she was married to Patrick Floyd Jarvis Garrett (1850-1908), the man who later became the legendary sheriff who shot Billy the Kid in
July 1881..." Read or download the full article.

Guidelines and Instructions

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.

WWHA Membership
Join or renew your membership via postal mail

WWHA Journal/Saddlebag
WWHA Journal Back Issues inquiry form
Submit Your Articles to the Journal or Saddlebag
Submit Your Book Reviews to the WWHA Journal
Advertise in the WWHA Journal

Sample Articles

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

Indexes

WWHA Journal/Saddlebag Indexes
2020 Journal Index - Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec WWHA Journal
2019 Journal Index - Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec WWHA Journal
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 Jean Smith, Safford, 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


Contact the WWHA

WWHA Journal Back Issues

Miss a Journal? Maybe not.

We have several back issues of the WWHA Journal available to order.

To see if the Journal you want is available, just fill out the form below and click it off to the Editor. It's all right if you don't remember the month or year -- simply do your best to describe the issue, article or feature and we'll do our best to find it for you!

Journal back issues 2008-2016 are $10 each plus $4.00 s/h to U.S. addresses and $15 each plus $15 s/h to international addresses.

Journal back issues 2017 forward are $15 each plus $4.00 s/h to U.S. addresses and $20 each plus $15 s/h to international addresses.

All Journal issues are subject to availability. Full details on how to order will be included in the response to your inquiry.