Five years ago The James-Younger Gang acknowledged Professor Cathy
Jackson of Norfolk State University, awarding her the Milton Perry Award for her research and writing about Jesse James’ treatment in the press in the past 125 years.
This coming Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 9 pm EST, Cathy will appear on the Travel Channel’s program Mysteries at the Museum. Cathy says, “I am discussing the outlaw’s legend to highlight one of James’ gun holsters, which is housed at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, D.C. The museum is well-known to lovers of real-life crime dramas as the site where John Walsh’s America’s Most Wanted is filmed.”
We’re looking forward to seeing Cathy. We’re particularly interested to see how Cathy is treated by the program, since the James Preservation Trust formerly had raised issues about the authenticity of a firearm at the Crime Museum purported to have belonged to Jesse James, that had been on loan from a source known for making questionable claims.
Our confidence rests with Cathy. Make a date to watch her.
THE HISTORIANS’ HISTORIAN – DISAPPEARING RESEARCHERS & HISTORIANS . . . Dalton family historian and book reviewer for Stray Leaves, Nancy B. Samuelson, alerts us to the passing of historian, genealogist, and researcher Joanne Chiles Eakin.
While not generally recognized by the history reading public, Eakin is widely respected among professional historians and genealogists for her focus on topics relating to the Civil War in Missouri.
Books authored by Joanne C. Eakin include the following: Frank James Surrenders Himself October 5, 1882 Battle of Lone Jack, August 16, 1862 The Battle of Independence: 11 August 1862 Battle at Blackwater River: Milford, Johnson County, Missouri on December 19, 1861: including a list of 736 captured The Little Gods: Union Provost Marshals in Missouri 1861 – 1865 The Making of a Missouri Rebel: John P. Webb, 1832-1913 Opening the Western Frontier, Rev. Thomas Johnson & the Shawnee Indian Mission Tears and Turmoil – Order Number 11 Warren Welch Remembers: A Civil War Guerrilla from Jackson County, Missouri Recollections of Quantrill’s Guerrillas: As told by A.J. Walker of Weatherford, Texas to Victor E. Martin in 1910
THIS JUST IN FROM AUTHOR MARLEY BRANT . . . I enjoyed the article about Joan Olmsted Oates. Especially interesting to me is that my maiden name is Olmstead (some members of the family use Olmsted). It was a surprise to have a shirt-tail relation to the James family, unknown after all my years of research into the Younger and James families.