EAST, NETTIE - Cochise County, Arizona | NETTIE EAST - Arizona Gravestone Photos

Nettie EAST

Calvary Cemetery
Cochise County,

Nettie - 1866 - 1931
James - 1853 - 1930

He was born in Illinois and moved to Texas at the age of 16 where he worked as a cowboy on several ranches. He moved on to Kansas and Nebraska where he fought Indians and Mexican bandits. He accompanied a group of men from the Texas Panhandle in pursuit of Billy the Kid and with Pat Garrett tracked Billy to Stinking Springs where Charlie Bowdre and Tom O'Folliard were killed and Billy was captured.

James was elected sheriff of Oldman County Texas. Here he helped Pat Garrett's Home Rangers in their tracking of outlaws. His territory included the wild town of Tascosa, TX where he stopped a gun battle after four men were killed and two wounded. In another incident, East killed a gambler in a shootout at one of the local Tascosa bars.

He opened a detective agency in Amarillo then moved to Douglas, AZ. Here East was a city marshal, chief of police and a city judge. East became friends with John Horton Slaughter and when Slaughter died on February 16, 1922, East was one of the pallbearers.

Contributed on 3/5/09 by goldwing.traveler
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Record #: 66131

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Submitted: 3/5/09 • Approved: 3/7/09 • Last Updated: 3/23/18 • R66131-G66130-S3

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