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Harold Dellinger – Jesse James pop-Historian

Harold Dellinger has died.

Harold Dellinger-pop-Historian
Harold Dellinger

Harold was Jesse James’ pop-historian.

Most people don’t know Harold Dellinger. Among the Jesse James community, Harold was an officer and active participant in the James-Younger Gang, the William Clarke Quantrill Society, and the Friends of James Farm. Those are the people who knew Harold best.

There is another group of people who knew Harold Dellinger on a much different level. Harold was known to them as a pop-historian. That is, Harold was one who appreciated history so much that he rose to a level of authority although he was not trained officially as a historian.  For many, Harold was their introduction to the popular history of Jesse James and the Civil War. Only those close to Harold knew his interest in Jesse James began simply enough when Harold was a young parole officer in Kansas City.

In 2007, Harold published his book JESSE JAMES, The Best Writings on the Notorious Outlaw and His Gang. The book served as an excellent introduction to Jesse James for newcomers to the subject. For the knowledgeable already, the book offered an indispensable addition to one’s library shelf of Jesse James books.

In recent years, Harold produced some YouTube videos, as the Quantrill Society visited obscure historic sites connected to Jesse James and the Civil War.

Harold’s visit with the Quantrill Society to the historic residence of Judge Luther Mason prompted Stray Leaves to initiate an inquiry into the ancestry and kinship of Judge Luther Mason. Not surprisingly, the research revealed Judge Mason is kin to Frank and Jesse James, as well as to other notables of the Civil War era.  While their kinship as half 5th cousins is somewhat distant and indistinguishable in the period, the tug and pull of their shared genetics now remains known and unmistakable, revealing new history to come.

The James-Younger Gang issued the following condolence:

Harold Dellinger condolence
Condolence from the James-Younger Gang

“We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Harold Dellinger and send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and associates. Our historical community has lost a valued member. Harold will be remembered fondly for his kindness and willingness to help fellow historians.

“We had the pleasure of having Harold as a guest speaker at our 2015 conference in Kearney, Missouri. He gave us a wonderful presentation on Jim Cummins then joined us for our banquet where he mingled with new and old acquaintances.

“He will be greatly missed.”

 

On behalf of the Quantrill Society, President Cyndy Taylor had this to say:

“The William Clarke Quantrill Society is still reeling from this blow–Harold was fine one day, before Higginsville, and gone the next.

His daughter, Laura, told me today that there would be a visitation on June 14 from 4-7pm with a eulogy at 6 pm during that time, at Passantino Funeral Home in Kansas City, Missouri. The obituary will be coming any day now, as the family is still putting it together. He will be buried at Lancaster, Missouri where his parents are buried.

“Harold was president of the WCQS for 10 yrs. or more, and good friend /assistant to Don Hale. He belonged to a number of historical organizations.

“To say ‘We miss him’ is the understatement! He was on our ‘frequent contact’ list; all of us, especially the board members, talked to him and asked questions of him sometimes weekly.

“In sorrow,

“Cindy Taylor

“WCQS pres.”

 

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Harold was scheduled to participate in Confederate Memorial Day events in Higginsville, Missouri. When he failed to appear, members of the Quantrill Society checked his residence, where Harold was found deceased.

R.I.P., friend  of Jesse James and Stray Leaves.

Condolences accepted in Comments below.

UPDATE:  Obituary, Funeral, & Intenmet

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Tuesday June 30th, 2020

Stray Leaves

Here's some colorful video history on George Morgan Chinn, a grandson of Frank James' cohort John Pendleton "Black Jack" Chinn. Whenever I drive from Danville to Midway or Lexington, Ky, I pass the ruins of Chinn's Cave House.
Here also are a couple of testimonials about George, also colorful, from the files of the James Preservation Trust.
#1- "I remember George very well. He was my late father's cousin and we do have his linage through the Morgan's, dating back to John Morgan in 1778. He was a really smart fellow and funny. His [Ed.: grand] father was Jack Chinn. I have a picture of him with William Jennings Bryan, Dicky Brant, and Frank James (Brother of Jesse) seated in a buggy hitched to the only grey horse that won the Kentucky Derby. Jack was fined five dollars for speeding in a horse-drawn vehicle. He paid ten dollars and told them to keep the change because he was going out of town (Harrodsburg, Ky) the same speed he came in. My dad had a lot of these old family tales."
And #2 - "hi I knew him personally. He has a lot of historical books at the Fort Harrod Museum. He also published one about Brooklyn or the Palisades area of Jessamine and Mercer Counties. His wife's nickname was Cotton because of her white hair. They were both feisty. I lived and grew up on five acres that attached to the Chinn land. It was at 5555 Lexington Rd in Mercer county. The Chinn mansion was in a hairpin curve...'Chinn curve.'
"We had hunters and trespassers that would go on the property and we would have to call the Chinns to have them removed.
"My grandfather grew up and ran with Jack Chinn. Jack had a moonshine still in a cave across the ky river from the mansion. He would take a boat across to the cave.
Mr. George Chinn was a historian and you can look for his books on google. Or contact the Fort Harrod in Harrodsburg or the local library. Sorry, that is all I have except I know George had a daughter."
George Morgan Chinn also was a director of the Kentucky Historical Society and editor of their publication "The Register." He authored several books, including "Kentucky: Settlement and Statehood, 1750-1800," still in print, "The Encyclopedia of Hand Arms," and the five-volume work "The Machine Gun."
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Thursday June 25th, 2020

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This 1879 map from the US War Dept. shows the extent of the 10,000 acres rancho of Drury Woodson James. The rancho reached from Paso de Robles to Chalome. The map also identifies the probable route DWJ took through the Palonio Pass and past the Salt Springs during the drought of 1863-64 when he drove 5,000 head of cattle from Paso to Lake Tulare to save and preserve the bulk of his wealth. ... See MoreSee Less

This 1879 map from the US War Dept. shows the extent of the 10,000 acres rancho of Drury Woodson James. The rancho reached from Paso de Robles to Chalome. The map also identifies the probable route DWJ took through the Palonio Pass and past the Salt Springs during the drought of 1863-64 when he drove 5,000 head of cattle from Paso to Lake Tulare to save and preserve the bulk of his wealth.

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Wednesday June 17th, 2020

Stray Leaves

When this image of Drury Woodson James and wife Louisa Dunn, an uncle & aunt of Frank & Jesse James, went into auction of the Wilbur Zink Collection in 2013, I was skeptical about its authenticity. Previously, the only known images of DWJ were of him in his later years. Recently, I was contacted by a 3rd great-grandniece of DWJ's business partner Daniel Drew "D.D." Blackburn. She provides us with family history that connects the James-Blackburn families to Bradley & Rulofson, the photographer of the image. William Herman Rulofson was the spouse of Mary Jane Morgan. Morgan is a niece of D.D. Blackburn and a 2nd great-grandaunt of our informant. Rulofson also photographed DWJ's political mentor Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford University. In San Francisco, Bradley & Rulofson was the premier photographer of actors, writers, musicians, socialites, politicos, and Indians of early California. ... See MoreSee Less

When this image of Drury Woodson James and wife Louisa Dunn, an uncle & aunt of Frank & Jesse James, went into auction of the Wilbur Zink Collection in 2013, I was skeptical about its authenticity. Previously, the only known images of DWJ were of him in his later years. Recently, I was contacted by a 3rd great-grandniece of  DWJs business partner Daniel Drew D.D. Blackburn. She provides us with family history that connects the James-Blackburn families to Bradley & Rulofson, the photographer of the image. William Herman Rulofson was the spouse of Mary Jane Morgan. Morgan is a niece of D.D. Blackburn and a 2nd great-grandaunt of our informant. Rulofson also photographed DWJs political mentor Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford University. In San Francisco, Bradley & Rulofson was the premier photographer of actors, writers, musicians, socialites, politicos, and Indians of early California.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Tuesday June 16th, 2020

Stray Leaves

We’re sorry to learn of the surprising and untimely passing of Kurt Leslie James 1952-2020 in Kansas. Kurt was the embodiment of the complex character found in many of the James family. A lawyer and lover of poodles, “He was an avid golfer, animal lover, a great storyteller, a gambling man, and one that loved the theater, art, the blues, live music, fine food and traveling.” Like many James, controversy attached to him, too. Kurt is descended from his 4th great grandparents John M. James & Mary “Polly” Poor through his 2nd great grandparents Robert Woodson James & Mary Elizabeth Deal. ... See MoreSee Less

We’re sorry to learn of the surprising and untimely passing of Kurt Leslie James 1952-2020 in Kansas. Kurt was the embodiment of the complex character found in many of the James family. A lawyer and lover of poodles, “He was an avid golfer, animal lover, a great storyteller, a gambling man, and one that loved the theater, art, the blues, live music, fine food and traveling.” Like many James, controversy attached to him, too. Kurt is descended from his 4th great grandparents John M. James & Mary “Polly” Poor through his 2nd great grandparents Robert Woodson James & Mary Elizabeth Deal.

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