Zoe Agnes Stratton was a 22-year-old school teacher when famed lawman Bill Tilghman came-a-courtin’. Despite the difference in ages—he was 48—the two fell in love and married in 1903.
They had three children before Bill was killed in a gunfight in Cromwell, OK in 1924. Zoe went into mourning—and then got to work, burnishing her late husband’s reputation.
Mrs. Tilghman wrote Marshal of the Last Frontier in 1949, a bio of Bill that tended to leave out any negative facts. And until her 1964 death, she offered pungent critiques of anything written about Tilghman.