Chunk Colbert’s Deadly Grudge

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Chunk Colbert tried to take on the wrong man in Clay Allison.

On January 7, 1874 the two men sat down for a friendly meal at the Clifton House in Colfax County, New Mexico.  Chunk nursed a grudge; Allison had beaten up his uncle a few years before.  Colbert went for his gun, but caught it on the table.  Allison took his time and put a bullet in Chunk’s head. Asked about having a meal with Colbert, Clay said, “I didn’t want to send a man to hell on an empty stomach.”

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.