President Jim Dunham, Cartersville, GA
Growing up in the 1950s I was greatly influenced by the Western radio dramas and later television "Oaters" that dominated TV in the 60s. I determined to follow in the footsteps of my artist mother and get a college art education. In 1961 in enrolled as an Art Major at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO.
I continued my love of Cowboys and Indians through reading and by taking every history and anthropology course that dealt with the American West. I also got hooked by theatre and acted in over a dozen plays at the University between 1962 and 1966. I also put together a program about fast and fancy gun handling tricks from both history and the movies and spoke to a bunch of service clubs and church groups about my hobby.
In 1967 I was hired by 20th Century Fox Film Corporation in Hollywood to perform in their studio tour stunt show and to teach movie stars the finer points of fast draw and gun spinning. When Westerns went out of vogue I took my act on the banquet speaking circuit and to the tourist business in Colorado and later Arizona.
I was offered a job with the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, while it was still in the planning stages. I started in April of 2001 and immediately went to work on interpreting the art and writing labels.
A year ago my wife, Suzanne accepted the position of Senior Vice President of Intergraded Broadband Systems (IBBS) in Cartersville and we moved here and I cut my commute by a hundred miles a day. After five years my enthusiasm has not waned a bit and I still love everything about the Old Wild West as much as when I stood in front of the TV and tried to outdraw Gunsmoke's Matt Dillon. By the way I did beat him.
First Vice-President Roy B. Young, Apache, OK
Roy is married to the former Charlotte Brown. They reside in Apache, Oklahoma.
They have three married sons:
John Faron and Chrisie Young and their sons Cole, Ryan, and Evan
Brian Evan and Kristy Young and their sons Jackson, Brady, and Griffin
Roy Brent and Amy Young and their daughter Lillian and son Lucas
Roy is a graduate of Southeast High School and Oklahoma Christian University, both in Oklahoma City. He did his graduate work at Oklahoma State University.
He is a retired minister with Churches of Christ, the last 23 in Apache, Oklahoma.
A former high school history teacher, Roy has authored numerous books, many of which deal with the outlaw-lawman history of the American West, especially Wyatt Earp and Tombstone characters and events. His most recent book is A Wyatt Earp Anthology: Long May His Story Be Told, co-authored with Gary Roberts and Casey Tefertiller.
He served three years as president of the Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association as well as ten years on their board of directors. For four years he served as editor of the association’s quarterly and newsletter. He also served three years as president of Oklahombres, an organization dedicated to the history of lawmen and outlaws of Oklahoma and the twin territories.
He is editor of the Journal of the Wild West History Association, a position he has twice held since the formation of the organization in 2008.
Roy is the recipient of the 2013 WWHA “Lifetime Contributions” Award, presented at the Boise Roundup.
Second Vice-President Marshall Trimble, Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona State Historian
Marshall Trimble grew up in a small town on storied Route 66 during the years following World War II. He’s been called the “Will Rogers of Arizona.” appearing frequently as a good will ambassador for his native state. He can deliver anything from a serious history lecture to a cowboy-folk music concert with his guitar. Official state historian Marshall Trimble is the author of more than 20 books on Arizona.
He’s answered questions for more than 20 years about the Old West from readers all over the world in True West Magazine’s popular column, “Ask the Marshall.”
Recently he’s appeared on national television documentaries on the Old West including Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News TV’s “Legends and Lies: Into the West”; American Heroes Channel’s “Blood Feuds: The Pleasant Valley War” and the Smithsonian Channel’s “Mummies Alive: The Gunfighter.”
A former Marine, in 2004 he was inducted into the Arizona Veteran’s Hall of Fame.
In 2004 he received “Medal of Honor” from the National Daughters of the American Revolution for “Leadership, Trustworthiness, Service, and Patriotism.”
In 2007, the Arizona Office of Tourism honored him with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his many years of service to his native state. During Arizona’s Centennial he was honored as one of “Arizona’s Most Inspiring Leaders.”
He was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2011.
In 2012 he was selected for the U.S. State Department’s “Cowboy Hall of Fame Tour,” a goodwill trip to Kyrgyzstan to visit our troops and share American cowboy and rodeo culture with the people of that country.
Also in 2012 he was presented the "President's Silver Star Award" from the Wild West History Association for his "Distinguished and unselfish service on behalf of of western history."
In 2015 True West Magazine named him their “Westerner of the Year.”
His book, Arizona: Outlaws and Lawmen, was released in 2015. His latest is Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales, 2018.
Secretary Elizabeth Weathers, Springdale, AR
Elizabeth Earp Weathers is a native of Springdale, AR and attended the University of Arkansas. She is a retired owner of an Independent Insurance agency.
She is a recipient of the Charlotte Patterson Insurance Woman of the Year award for the state of Arkansas. She is past pres. Of Altrusa International of Fayetteville, AR, and current Foundation board member. She was past pres. of United Way Foundation board and was a board member of Arts Center of the Ozarks for several years. She is active in the First United Methodist Church.
She and her husband Sam have 2 children and 4 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Her primary interest is in Wyatt Earp.
Treasurer Ron Woggon, Tucson, AZ
Ron Woggon has been the treasurer of the Wild West History Association since 2015. He is also a member of the Cochise County Corral of Westerners and helps coordinate the WWHA mini-conference at the Tombstone Territorial Rendezvous. Ron has given talks on his research at the annual meeting of the Arizona Historical Society, the Corral of Westerners, and at the WWHA mini-conference in Tombstone. He is currently researching the life of Arizona’s Outlaw Judge, James C. Burnett. Ron joined the WWHA in 2009, after retiring from a 35-year career in mathematics education. He lives with his wife, Ching Chiu (“Julie”), in Tucson, Arizona.
Past President Pam Potter, Solvang, CA
Pam Potter is a native Californian with a B.A. in sociology. She was a member of WOLA and on the board of NOLA as well as on the steering committee regarding the merge of the two organizations into WWHA. She has been a member of the Single Action Shooting Society and Western Writers of America.
Pam has written for True West, Wild West, The WWHA Journal and been a talking head on Television productions about Western history.
Pam first became interested in Western history when she learned her great grandmother was the sister of Tom and Frank McLaury who were killed at the gunfight near the OK Corral.
Past Treasurer Herb Marsh, Lincoln, NM
When I first set foot in Lincoln, NM, I knew I was hooked. The history there just drew me in. I made many history friends as a result of Lincoln (and Billy the Kid), including many members of WWHA.
I have a deep interest in the old west and the Civil War. Collecting what I can of old west and civil war memorabilia is also a passion. Two terms as president of the Lincoln County Historical Society gave me an even deeper appreciation of the history and mystique of the place. When a recent attempt was made to dig up the Kid in Fort Sumner, I served as co-counsel in the case to keep that from happening, and happy to say it was a successful effort.
My career was spent as a lawyer and judge in Texas. Since retirement, I now live in Lincoln and continue to absorb the history.
It was a pleasure to serve on the Board and as Treasurer of such a tremendous organization.
Dr. James Bailey, Bailey, NC
He attended the WWHA Roundup in Golden, Colorado, in 2014, and joined the Wild West History Association. While living in Mankato, Minnesota, in 2006, he attended the annual reenactment of the 1876 raid on the First National Bank in Northfield. Afterwards, he read that the Northfield Historical Society Museum had a skeleton that allegedly belonged to one of the Northfield robbers. This began his research of the Northfield Raid and the James-Younger Gang. He conducts research in the area of applied forensics as well as uses forensic techniques to reexamine historic western cases. Also, he is a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and his forensic research includes: firearms, tool marks, and methods of identification. He has published in the Wild West History Association Journal in addition to academic and forensic science journals. He retired in 2009 as professor emeritus from Minnesota State University Mankato. He and his wife, Margaret, currently live in Bailey, North Carolina.
I am a native Californian, born and raised. My interest with the Old West started when I was a little kid and my father first introduced me to it. It was after reading Triggernometry by Eugene Cunningham that the early interest really took off. It was mainly because Cunningham had such a poor opinion of the Earps, and I wanted to find out more. To this day, my favorite focus is still the Southwest and the Earps. Besides being an avid collector of Western books and memorabilia, I work at a art gallery/framing store where we frame art for collectors, museums and the general public. I also enjoy fishing and the outdoors. I have been a member of WWHA since its beginning coming over from WOLA.
Donna Harrell, Phoenix, AZ
Donna (Rose) Harrell was born in Clay County, Missouri and is a descendant of the Younger family. For over forty years she has studied the lives of the James and Younger brothers as well as the Civil War in Missouri. As a member of WWHA, Donna has written articles on the Russellville Bank Robbery (2012), Kitt and Emma (Younger) Rose (2016), Missouri train robber, “Quail Hunter” John Kennedy (2017), the Marlow Brothers of Texas (2018) and the pursuit of the James-Younger gang by the Pinkerton Detective Agency (2019). Donna has given presentations on the Marlow brothers at the 2017 Roundup and on the James-Younger gang vs the Pinkerton Detective Agency at the 2018 Roundup. She was president of The James-Younger Gang organization from 2002 – 2004 and prior to that was on their board of directors. Donna’s interest in the old west has branched out to Arizona history. She is an active speaker and participant in the Tombstone Territory Rendezvous (TTR). Donna, her husband Madison and their son Louis live in Phoenix, Arizona.
Kurt, a Texan, has been involved in many history related organizations including Past President of TGCA, Director of NBSSCA, Director, Colt Collectors Association where he has also been Editor for 10 years, Benefactor of NRA, Director of Former Texas Ranger Foundation, has published over one hundred scientific articles and 6 books on natural history, western history, anthropology and collecting. He personally founded the American Fan Collectors Association (1980) and published the newsletter for 6 years, is an Honorary Lifetime Member #1 and elected to Hall of Fame in 2004. He is a member of various collecting associations and professional societies and continues to do research and publish in his fields of interest.
Paul Marquez, Lakewood, CO
As a child of the 1970s, I grew up listening to radio a lot, Old Country Western Music was my preference, a couple of my favorite artists were John Denver and Marty Robbins. It was Marty Robbins Gunfighters Ballads along with that picture on the cover of his album that enticed me to the Old West outlaws. I knew right then and there I was part of it all, I played both roles during those Cowboy and Indian battles my brothers and I recreated, I was an Apache Indian sometimes, running and jumping off high places with no shirt on, but most times I was the Lone Star Cowboy galloping across the West with my make believe horse. I grew up in the west side of Denver, Colorado, a city kid with Kodachrome-like dreams living in the country, nowhere did want to go more than Wyoming, I was fortunate, I spent a lot of time up there. “Welcome to Big, Wet, Wonderful, Windy Wyoming” my father would state while re-wording the big welcome sign as we crossed the state line on our way north for our vacations, it is where my brothers and I learned the full experience of what freedom really is, for we were shackled by the rules and covenants of the city, thus giving more reason to live by the Code of the West.
But Wyoming is not where my family’s from; they’re mostly from New Mexico. Based on many stories I’ve listened to from my grandparents handed down through generations, my family’s history in the Land of Enchantment proved connected to more important events and infamous people of the Wild West. As my research continues, I’m finding more incredible links to all these people and places, and I can’t wait to share them all with you.
Ruth McWhirter, Collierville, TN
My name is Lily Ruth McWhirter. I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and now reside in Collierville, Tennessee, a town just east of Memphis. I attended the University of Tennessee, my major being history. My husband and I have four daughters and seven grandchildren.
As a young adult my interest in history began to zero in on the Old West, and particularly outlaws. Saloons of the Old West have also captured my interest, ever since I learned I had a great uncle who owned and managed one in Hagerman, Idaho.
Another of my passions is archeology, mainly the Southeast part of our country. I work on a volunteer basis at the University of Memphis in the department of Earth Sciences. I've done field work, lab work, record keeping and other. The one phase I enjoy most is "hands on" research of ancient pottery.
I exercise regularly, play a lot of golf (I'm President of my ladies golf group) and like vacations. Last but not least I'm a huge fan of University of Memphis basketball.
WWHA Advisory Board
Dr. Paul Hutton
Bill and Karen O'Neal
WWHA Advisory Board Emeritus
Robert K. DeArment