Western Fever: The Life and Times of Gideon Truesdell

Western Fever: The Life and Times of Gideon Truesdell

by Richard C Fritz
Western Fever: The Life and Times of Gideon Truesdell

Western Fever: The Life and Times of Gideon Truesdell

by Richard C Fritz

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Overview

Newspapers of the day described young men with a burning desire to get rich on the frontier as having a bad case of "western fever," and by 1836 Gideon Truesdell had surely caught it. He struggled with life on the frontier until he amassed a million-dollar ($68 million today) fortune in the lumber, agricultural, cattle, and mining businesses. Late in life the Chicago Fire nearly wiped him out, and at the age of sixty-three he started over in Silver City, New Mexico, in one of the roughest towns in the old west. He made a good living in the cattle business, and it was at his son's hotel that the family became acquainted with teenager Henry Antrim, also known as Billy the Kid, who lived with them for five months. Academic scholars agree that the Truesdells knew him well, and that they liked him. When silver was discovered in Tombstone, Arizona, Gideon organized a cattle business that made him affluent. A year later, he died at the age of seventy-one after an accomplished life during a fascinating period of history.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632935359
Publisher: Sunstone Press
Publication date: 05/29/2023
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

In 1980, Richard Fritz wrote a thesis while at the University of Wisconsin that, forty-years later, became the basis of Western Fever: The Life and Times of Gideon Truesdell. He spent most of his career as the owner/operator of bowling centers, was a partner in the Kenosha Redskins semi-pro football team, an Indoor baseball franchise, and as president of Southport Properties.
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