The True West January 2016 issue published a photo of John Slaughter and several of his cowboys. Which one was his foreman at the San Bernardino Ranch?
Old West photograph collector Robert G. McCubbin says: “Allen Erwin, in his biography of Slaughter, identifies ‘Jim Pursley’ as ‘Foreman,’ standing left.”
Not much is known about Pursley, although he apparently owned a ranch outfit in the mid-1880s.
Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015.
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