By Amos Jay Cummings
In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a adorned Civil warfare veteran and journalist for the hot York solar newspaper, set out on a westward trip aboard the newly accomplished transcontinental railroad. For a while, miners, settlers, and marketers had already been heading west to make their fortunes, and Cummings made the journey partially to work out what the entire fuss was once approximately. in the course of his six-month excursion from Kansas to California, Cummings despatched awesome and interesting debts of the yank West again to his readers in ny. ;Collected during this quantity for the 1st time are Cummings's photos of a land and its collection of characters in contrast to something again East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the hot Mexican sheep magnate who took Denver by way of typhoon, and extra prominently the Mormon prophet Brigham younger and his nineteenth spouse, Ann Eliza younger, who was once submitting for divorce on the time of Cummings's arrival. ;Although this day he's almost unknown, in the course of his lifetime Cummings was once essentially the most well-known newspapermen within the usa, partly due to tales like those. entire with a biographical cartoon and ancient creation, A outstanding interest is an stress-free learn for anyone drawn to the yankee West within the latter 1/2 the 19th century.
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A September 23, 1899, clipping from an unknown newspaper says he had suffered a broken leg. A second clipping (September 26, 1899) adds more information: Cummings was injured in a bicycle wreck while in the mountains of Pennsylvania a month earlier. Perhaps he was back to Honesdale in the Pocono Mountains, where he had lived as a youngster. A third clipping (January 4, 1900) says he was confined 43 Amos Jay Cummings and His Journey across America to bed with a severe cold. I suspect it was not a cold at all, but the broken leg.
In 1877 he wrote a lengthy article on the Loomis family gang, a multigeneration band of outlaws who terrorized a wide swath of central New York State in the mid-1800s. Cummings also attended the national political party conventions in 1880, 1884, and 1888, covering them for the Sun. 25 Image not available Cummings, probably from the New York Sun, ca. 1884. The drawing, labeled “A mos J. Cummings , The Worker ,” was published with the fol lowing text: “A mong the working journalists of New York few stand more deservedly higher than A mos J.
Three years later Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and 647 men of the Seventh Cavalry lost the Battle of Little Bighorn. Eight years later in 1881 in the Territory of New Mexico, Sheriff Pat Garrett plugged Billy 49 Amos Jay Cummings and His Journey across America A wagon train crossing the facing Great Plains. (Young, Wife Number 19, 120) the Kid. In 1882, Jesse James went to his final rest in the state of Missouri at the hands of his new partners, Bob and Charlie Ford. In 1873 much of the Wild West was still wild and rugged.