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HEY, Student Filmmakers…Stash us some Jesse James

Sadly, no young people ever have produced a film history or biography of Jesse James or his cohorts for their age group as these young people have done. In this video, young filmmakers honor a victim of the James gang. Joseph Lee Heywood was killed in the James Gang’s raid on his Northfield bank.

Liquid Source: Our Family Tree

This video animation presents a stunning new way to view the development of our James family and its migration routes into the heartland of America. The video outlines the central river routes and tributaries, located in the heartland center of America. The waterways appear in purple like a family tree.

U.S. waterway in purple as migration routes of the James family tree

Play out the video. Then look at our James family beginning in the East in Virginia. From there you can follow their migration along the Ohio River West into the Mississippi River, up the Missouri River, back down the Mississippi into the deep South, then westward along the Red River into Texas and other tributaries in Oklahoma. These areas became the central population centers established and occupied by our core lines of the James family. Our James family is manifested and represented as the lifeblood of America itself.

Assembly Required: Using True Jesse James Pics in a Fiction Book ???

Sarah Alves-Bruchet is a French fiction writer. She is writing a fiction book about Jesse James. Sarah queried the Leaf Blower about attaching authentic images of Jesse to her fiction story. You may want to visit her Facebook page and provide your own advice for Sarah. The advice of the Leaf Blower to Sarah appears here:

Bonjour, Sarah,

As an author, I understand the principles of fiction writing and what is required to write a good story. However, please understand the principles of the James family.

The James family has been besieged for over 130 years by false history, conspirators, treasure hunters, and disreputable authenticators of historic artifacts. All of these continuously distort the factual history and identity of Jesse James and the James family. For that reason alone, a fictional story about Jesse James is of no interest to us.

There is only one fiction book that merits the respect and support of the James family. The book is The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Ron Hansen. The James family supports this book due to its abundant reliance upon factual history. The book also tells a story narrative that is true to fact. No other fiction book about Jesse James has come close to this high standard.

I find your intention to comingle a fiction story with true photographic images of Jesse James confounding. If your story is fiction, so too should be your images. If your images are true, your story also should be true to fact. You will find more false images of Jesse James on the internet than you will find authentic ones.

Copyright law in America states any historic photo over 75 years old is in the public domain and can be used freely by anyone. What cannot be done is to attach a false identity to a true one. To do so is a fraud.

No one, including the James family, has the right to stand in the way of an author’s creative expression. Good luck to you and your project. I will alert our subscribers to your Facebook page. Perhaps they will give you additional insight.

Best regards,


Final Take: Die, and be funny about it

Will people be laughing when they read your obituary? Or, will you only leave them crying? You have a choice.

“Thomas (Tomm) WJ Mulligan of Nashua has passed away at home in his recliner as he had threatened to for years…Tomm had spent the last few years lovingly caring for his wife, Iris, who has advanced dementia. He will be remembered by all who knew him, Except Iris of course. Everyone else though.”

OBITUARY of Thomas Mulligan


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Tuesday October 19th, 2021
Stray Leaves Daily

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Tuesday October 19th, 2021
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☞Today in Old-West History — On today’s date 119 years ago, Sunday, October 19, 1902, notorious Old-West outlaw & fiddle player James Hardin “Uncle Jim” Younger (1848-1902) met his earthly demise at the age of 54 when he committed suicide by gunshot whilst on parole at Saint Paul, Minnesota.

☞Requiéscant In Pace, Jim Younger.

☞Jim Younger was one of the central figures of a band of the most desperate outlaws the Old West ever knew — the infamous James-Younger Gang, which was formed by Jim’s brother Cole Younger along with Frank & Jesse James.

☞Jim Younger joined the Confederate Army during the War Between the States (1861-1865) & served with Quantrill’s Raiders. In 1864, he was captured by Union troops & was imprisoned until the end of the War.

☞After the War, Younger worked on various ranches until he joined the James-Younger Gang in 1873. When his brother John was killed at Roscoe, Missouri in 1874, Jim left the gang & went out west where he worked on a ranch in San Luis Obispo, California.

☞In 1876, Jim returned to the gang, & on September 7 he participated in a bank robbery that became known as the Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. During that robbery he was shot & captured. The James brothers escaped, but Cole, Jim, & Bob Younger were shot up by a posse, arrested, & sentenced to long terms in the state penitentiary at Stillwater, Minnesota, where they were afforded celebrity status.

☞Jim Younger’s fiddle was one of the few possessions that he was allowed to have with him in prison, & he played it often. As time passed, Jim noticed that a little bird would appear most every day in the window of his jail cell. It seemed as though the bird came to listen whenever Jim played his fiddle. Jim was lonely & he befriended the bird which he named “Swipsy.” The bird would fly into the prison cell & Jim would always try to have crumbs to feed Swipsy. One day, a fellow prisoner killed the little bird just for spite. Jim then painted a picture of Swipsy on the back of his violin to remember his little feathered friend.

☞In 1898, the prison warden allowed the prisoners to throw a Christmas party at his own home, with Cole Younger portraying Santa Claus & Jim Younger playing his fiddle.

☞Paroled in 1901, Jim became engaged to his long-time lover Alix Mueller; however, because of the terms of his parole he couldn’t marry her.

☞On October 19, 1902, after a failed attempt to sell tombstones & then insurance, Jim Younger locked himself in his room, wrote a suicide note to Alix, picked up his revolver, & blew his brains out.

☞In 2013, Jim Younger’s fiddle, which was played by him at the famous 1898 Christmas party at Stillwater Prison, was sold at a Dallas, Texas auction for over $11,000.

☞The left-hand photograph depicts the image of Swipsy the Bird that Jim Younger painted on the back of his fiddle. The right-hand photograph depicts an undated studio portrait of Jim Younger.
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Tuesday October 5th, 2021
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For Drury Woodson James, founder of Paso Robles, CA., and all his descendants, PASO ROBLES FOUNDERS’ DAY 2021. See MoreSee Less