Love Overcomes All

Rowdy Joe Lowe ended up with a woman hurt in his gunfight.

Competing saloon owners Red Beard and Rowdy Joe Lowe (photo) took their enmity to a new level on October 27, 1873, in Delano, KS. The two opened fire on one another in a running shootout that eventually led to Beard’s death.

During the incident, Red had shot a saloon girl named Annie Franklin (sometimes called Molly), wounding her severely but not fatally. Soon after, Lowe moved to Texas, ditched his wife, and took up with Annie “Molly” Franklin.  Obviously, she didn’t blame Rowdy Joe for her past injuries.

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