Wilson

C.G. Wilson Collection

C.G. Wilson Collection, 1920s-1950s
3 folders
Location: 0143
Accession #: 72.02

Introduction

C.G. “Buckshot” Wilson created a scrapbook named “Western Memories,” for which he wrote requests to such persons as G.W. Lillie, Frank Eaton, Lucille Mulhall, and Robert Lindneux for letters and photographs to be included in the book. He elaborately designed each page, paginated the poems, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera into a cohesive book documenting the personalities he treasured. There are also several poems about western culture, persons, the Dust Bowl, and rodeo.

Biography

“Western Memories,” arrangement of verse written biographies, and illustrations, originating from the elements of inspiration, color and action, which will ever spot-light the great spirit of Oklahoma.

It’s Big Show Country, where the famous ranches of Pawnee Bill, the Miller Brothers, and Mulhall, produced more original western show talent than any other area on the face of the earth. Such match-less performers as Jose Barrera “Mexican Joe,” the lasso genius of the western show arena. Fabulous Lucille Mulhall, the world’s most exciting steer roper, and “Old Red,” one of the best in the annals of great roping horses. The God made Cattle Trail and the Devil made Dust Bowl, along with many other subjects featuring this panorama drama of Oklahoma.

I dedicate “Western memories” to those gracious ones who inspired me to compile it; Gordon W. Lillie “Pawnee Bill,” and the lovely Lucille Mulhall, somewhere on that “High Range of Western Stars” where the show will ever go on.

– From the “Introduction” of “Western Memories,” C.G. Wilson’s Scrapbook.

This collection contains a scrapbook compiled by C. G. “Buckshot” Wilson. The book contains photographs, letters, and poems concerning several subjects including: Pawnee Bill, G.W. Lillie, C. G. “Buckshot” Wilson, Jose Barrera, “Mexican Joe,” Lucille Mulhall, the Miller Brothers’ 101 Ranch, Robert Lindneux, the Cattle Trail, the Dust Bowl, the Sidney rodeo, Frank Eaton, “Pistol Pete,” and Emmett Dalton.

Personal Names:
Barrera, José, d. 1949
Dalton, Emmett
Eaton, Frank, b. 1860
Lillie, Gordon W. (Gordon William), 1860-1942
Lindneux, Robert
Mexican Joe, d. 1949
Mulhall, Lucille, 1885-1940
Pawnee Bill, 1860-1942
Wilson, C.G.

Subject Headings:
101 Ranch Historic District (Okla.)
Cattle trail drives
Cimarron River
Cowboys
Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939.
Great Depression
Pawnee Bill’s Old Town and Indian Trading Post (Pawnee, Okla.)
Photographs
Poetry
Railroad

This collection was accessioned in 1972. The scope and content note was written by librarian Karen Spilman in February 2003. The current finding aid was written and posted online by archivist/librarian Laura Anne Heller in November 2009.

The collection is open for research. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.

C.G. Wilson Collection, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Box/Folder # Accession # Description
1/1 72.02.001 Photocopied article, “Pawnee Bill: ‘Little Giant of Oklahoma,’ by G.L. Savage. Old West, Fall 1966, p. 54-56.
72.02.002 Collage photograph by C.G. “Buckshot” Wilson with scrapbook title, “Western Memories,” images of boots, buffalo, Western & rodeo culture. 8×11 in. on black & yellow construction paper.
72.02.003 Tinted collage photograph “Western Memories” by C.G. “Buckshot” Wilson. “Around the ‘Cowboy Hall of Fame’.” Images include Emmett Dalton, Lucille Mulhall, “Mexican Joe,” Frank Eaton, “Old Red,” and Pawnee Bill. 8×11 in. photographic paper.
72.02.004 “Introduction.” C.G. Wilson, Enid, Oklahoma. 8×11 in. on black & yellow construction paper.
72.02.005 “Contents.” 8×11 in. on black & yellow construction paper.
72.02.006 “At the Ranch.” Dedicated to C.G. Wilson by “Pawnee Bill.” 8×11 in. photographic paper.
72.02.007 Tinted photograph of four men in rocking chairs on a porch. Date 1939 handwritten in bottom corner. 8×11 in. photographic paper.
72.02.008 (2) “The Western Showman.” Poem about Gordon W. Lillie. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma – 1938. 8×11 in. on black, red, & yellow construction paper.
72.02.009 Correspondence from G.W. Lillie to C.G. Wilson. Indian Trading Post, Pawnee, Okla., May 30, 1930. Attached to 72.02.011.
72.02.010 Tinted photograph, “’Pawnee Bill’ and ‘Buffalo Bill’ signing show contract.” 5.5×6.5 in. photographic paper. Attached to 72.02.011.
72.02.011 Tinted photograph of Pawnee Bill. “G.W. Lillie” on horse “Dandy.” 8×11 in. photographic paper. Attached to reverse side is 72.02.009 & 72.02.010.
72.02.012 Photocopied correspondence from G.W. Lillie to C.G. Wilson, Indian Trading Post, Pawnee, Okla., June 30, 1939.
72.02.013 Correspondence from G.W. Lillie to C.G. Wilson, Indian Trading Post, Pawnee, Okla., July 30, 1940. 8×11 in. photographic paper.
72.02.014 (3) “Jose Barrera – Mexican Joe.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma – 1938. 8×10 in. on black & white construction paper. Includes photograph of Wilson watching Mexican Joe. 3×3 in. photographic paper.
72.02.015 Photocopy of correspondence from Jose Barrera as “Mexican Joe” to C.G. Wilson, Indian Trading Post, Pawnee, Okla., October 16, 1938. 8×10 in.
72.02.016 “The Roper.” Poem by G.W. Lillie & C.G. Wilson, 1939. Printed with signed photograph of Jose Barrera. 8×11 in. photographic paper.
72.02.017 “Arabia Temple Activity Association presents Annual Shrine Circus.” Sam Houston Coliseum, November 21-26, 1938. Photograph of “’Mexican Joe’ Barrera.” 8×10 in. photographic paper.
72.02.018 Tinted photograph of Jose Barrera as “Mexican Joe.” 8×11 in. photographic paper. Attached to reverse side is 72.02.019.
72.02.019 Correspondence from Mary Barrera to C.G. Wilson, Indian Trading Post, Pawnee, Okla., Nov. 11, 1940. Attached to reverse side of 72.02.018.
72.02.020 Side 1: Poem about Lucille Mulhall. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma – 1939. 8×11 in. on photographic paper & red construction paper. Attached is a tinted photograph, “Lucille Mulhall, Steer-roping at Cheyenne Frontier Days.” 6.5×3.5 in. photographic paper.
Side 2: Five photographs. 1. Mulhall Ranch. 2. “The daring youthful Lucille.” 3. “I take a snapshot of Lucille as we leave the Ranch for the ‘Labor Day Rodeo’ at Guthrie, 1940.” 4. Small picture of a horse. 5. Photograph of Mulhall’s Last Lariat. All attached to 8×11 in. on black, white, & yellow construction paper.
72.02.021 Tinted photograph of Lucille Mulhall 8×11 in. photographic paper. Three photographs and an envelope attached to reverse side. 1. “Lucille and C.G.” 2. “Lucille.” 3. “Lucille and Charley.” Envelope addressed to C.G. Wilson, from Mulhall, OK, on Nov. 20, 1940.
72.02.022 Correspondence from “Lu” [possible Lucille Mulhall” with partial date 1940. Letter is torn and missing the top edge.
72.02.023 Correspondence from Lucille Mulhall to Buckshot Wilson on Oct. 22, 1940.
72.02.024 Envelope for the above correspondence, postmarked Oct. 23, 1940.
72.02.025 (5) “Old Red.” Poem about Lucille Mulhall’s horse. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma – 1939. 8×11 in. on black & white construction paper.
72.02.026 Tinted photograph of Mulhall Ranch sign and horse. Written on reverse side: “’Old Red,’ Lucille Mulhall’s Great Roping Horse, 29 Years Old When this picture was taken, 1939. Photo by Wilson.” 8×11 in. photographic paper.
72.02.027 (6) “Trails West.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma – 1941. 8×11 in. on black & white construction paper.
72.02.028 Tinted photograph of horses. 8×11 in. photographic paper.
72.02.029 Microform photocopy of “Two Fatally Hurt In Accident Near Home.” Photograph of Lucille Mulhall. 8×11 in. paper.
72.02.030 (7) “The Cimarron.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma – 1939. 8×11 in. on black & yellow construction paper.
72.02.031 Articles. A. “Car Robbers Are caught in Act; Officer Kills 2: Detective Surprises 4 at East Leavenworth – Joseph and Frank Scotch Dead.” September 24, 1924. B. “Box Car Robber Was Killed By Officers: Burlington Men Say They Caught Andrew Long in Job in South Park. Fired At Two Others. Railroad Agents Declare One More May Have Been Hit – Dead Man Was an Ex-Convict From Missouri Prison.” October 26, 1925. Photograph of a train. Articles and photograph glued to white & black construction paper.
72.02.032 (7 ½) “The Peacemaker’s Prayer.” Poem. C.G. “Buckshot” Wilson. St. Joseph, Mo. – 1924. Photograph of a train. Cut-out of a pistol. Clipart of a bullet. 8×11 in. on white construction paper.
72.02.033 (8) “Miller’s 101.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma. – 1939. 8×11 in. on black & yellow construction paper.
72.02.034 “The Finest Saddle in the World.” Wyeth HDW & Mfg. Co. Advertisement.
72.02.035 (9) “The Cowboy.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma. – 1939. 8×11 in. on black & white construction paper.
72.02.036 Tinted photograph of rodeo performer flying off a bronc. 8×11 in. photographic paper. Also attached is a b&w 2×3 in. photograph of a bronc wreck. Attached on reverse side is a postcard from S. Downey of O’Neill Photos to Mr. Wilson, Dec. 1, 1939.
72.02.037 (10) “Robert Lindneux.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma. – 1939. 8×11 in. on black, yellow, & white construction paper.
72.02.038 Tinted and edited photograph of cowboys roping horses. Signed “Sincerely Robert Lindneux, June 15th, 1943.” 8×11 in. photographic paper.
1/2 72.02.039 (11) “The Cattle Trail.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma. – 1939. 8×11 in. on black, yellow, & white construction paper.
72.02.040 Correspondence from Robert Lindneux to C.G. Wilson, October 29, 1942.
72.02.041 Photograph of a painting, “Death The Victor” by Robert Lindneux.” 7.5×9.5 in. photographic paper. On reverse side correspondence from Lindneux to Wilson, August 8, 1942, and poem by Wilson, “Death the Victor.” All attached to white construction paper.
72.02.042 Who’s Who In America, Volume 25, 1948-1949. Proof of biographical sketch for Robert Ottokar Lindneux.”
72.02.043 Tinted photograph of cowboy on a cattle drive of long-horn steers. 8×11 in. photographic paper. Writing on reverse side dated April 22, 1950.
72.02.044 Photograph of Frank Eaton as “Pistol Pete” on 7.5×9.x in. b&w photographic paper. Hand written correspondence written on reverse side from Frank Eaton “Pistol Pete” to Buckshot Wilson, Perkins, OK. Photograph is from McConkay Studio, Enid, Oklahoma, Sept. 16, 1943.
72.02.045 Newspaper articles. 1. “Largest Herd of Longhorns Is In Oklahoma,” The Daily Oklahoman, Sunday, June 12, 1955. 2. “Cattle Drive: Many Herds on Trail,” n.d. Attached to recycled memo pad cover.
72.02.046 (12) “The Dust Bowl.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma. – 1937. 8×11 in. on black & white construction paper.
72.02.047 Tinted photograph of broken windmill. 8×11 in. photographic paper. Writing on reverse side: “In the ‘Dust Bowl.’ Photo by Wilson, 1937.”
72.02.048 (13) “Satan’s Wildcat.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma. – 1939. 8×11 in. on black & white construction paper.
72.02.049 Humorous cartoon tinted on 8×11 in. cardstock paper. Illustrator not identified.
72.02.050 (14) “The Old Kitchen Stove.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma. – 1939. 8×11 in. on black, yellow, & white construction paper.
72.02.051 Tinted photograph of old-time wood-burning stove. 8×11 in. photographic paper. Attached on reverse side photograph of boy and woman. “Mary Elizabeth Wilson and her son Buckshot. Mound City, Missouri, September 15th, 1901.” Photograph is b&w, 5.5×7 in. photographic paper.
72.02.052 (15) “The Sidney Rodeo.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Published. Iowa’s Championship 16th Annual Rodeo, Sidney, August 15-18, 1939. 8×11 in. on yellow & black construction paper.
72.02.053 (15 ½) “The Rodeo Wild Bull Rider.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma. – 1939. Attached is a cropped photograph of bull-rider, Iowa’s Championship Rodeo. 8×11 in. on black & white construction paper.
72.02.054 (16) “Frank Eaton ‘Pistol Pete.’” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma. – 1939. 8×11 in. on white & black construction paper.
72.02.055 Tinted photograph of Frank Eaton as Pistol Pete. 8×11 in. photographic paper. Attached on reverse side are 2 articles. 1. “Pistol Pete, Whose Weapon Had 11 Notches, Dies at 97,” n.d. 2. “’Buckshot’ Wilson Visits Frank Eaton,” by Olive Hayes, Perkins, Payne County, Oklahoma, May 15, 1952. Also attached are two cards, both mailed to Buckshot Wilson from Frank Eaton, postmarked May 9, 1942, and Nov. 9, 1951.
72.02.056 “(Frank ‘Pistol Pete’ Eaton’s) closing high-lights, expressing his western eloquence to his old pard C.G. ‘Buckshot’ Wilson.” 8×11 in. on yellow construction paper. Attached on reverse side is handwritten note: “Bar Triangle. So long Pard May the dust never Blow on your Drives and may you always hit an export Market. Frank Eaton, Pistol Pete, Perkins, OK.”
72.02.057 (17) “Emmett Dalton.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma. – 1940. 8×11 in. on white & black construction paper.
72.02.058 Tinted photograph of Emmett Dalton. 8×11 in. photographic paper. Attached to reverse side is 72.02.059.
72.02.059 Correspondence from G.W. Lillie to C.G. Wilson, Indian Trading Post, Pawnee, Okla., July 30, 1940. Attached to 72.02.058.
72.02.060 (18) “The Shooting Three.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. 8×11 in. on white construction paper with bull’s eye clipart.
72.02.061 Tinted photograph of three rifles leaning against each other, labeled 1, 2, 3. 8×11 in. photographic paper. On reverse side is a reprint of the poem, “The Shooting Three.” 8×11 in. on construction paper.
72.02.062 (19) “Trail of the Great Spirits.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma – 1939. 8×11 in. on black, yellow, & white construction paper.
72.02.063 Tinted photograph of country road. 8×11 in. photographic paper. On reverse side is attached a small map of area between Enid and Woodward. Handwritten date, 1939.
72.02.064 (19) “The Spirits of Oklahoma.” Poem. C.G. Wilson. Enid, Oklahoma – 1941. 8×11 in. on black, yellow, & white construction paper.
72.02.065 Tinted photograph of lone horse on hillside. 8×10 in. photographic paper. Attached to 8×11 in. yellow construction paper with C.G. “Buckshot” Wilson stamp on it.
72.02.066 “This certifies that C.G. ‘Buckshot’ Wilson is a member of the honorary Old Time Cherokee Strip Cow Punchers Association.” n.d. Envelope attached to reverse side from B.G. Woodruff addressed to Buckshot Wilson, postmarked Nov. 12, 1951.
1/3 72.02 Scrapbook album [emptied, pages are listed above], leather cover with lettering “Western Memories.”