Chalkley Beeson

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Chalkley McArtor Beeson
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Chalkley Beeson, Dodge City, Kansas
Born (1848-04-24)April 24, 1848
Salem, Ohio, USA
Died August 8, 1912(1912-08-08) (aged 64)
Dodge City, Kansas, USA
Other names Chalk
Occupation Hunting Party Guide
Cattle Rancher
Musician
Saloon Owner
Sheriff of Dodge City
Ford County state representative (1903-1908)
Known for Owner of Long Branch Saloon
Spouse(s) Ida Gause
Children Otero Beeson
Merritt Beeson

Chalkley McArtor "Chalk" Beeson (April 24, 1848 – August 8, 1912) was a well known businessman, lawman, and cattleman, but was best known for his ownership of the famous Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas.

Biography[edit]

Originally from Salem, Ohio, Beeson was the seventh born child of Samuel and Martha Beeson. The family moved to Iowa, and at 19 Beeson left home, moving to Denver, Colorado. He worked, for a time, as a guide to buffalo hunters, with his clients including Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia, Phil Sheridan, and George Custer.

By the mid-1870s he was living in Dodge City, Kansas, becoming involved in many citizen organizations, and becoming wealthy in the cattle business. He married Ida Gause on July 17, 1876. He later, in 1878, became an owner of the Long Branch Saloon with partner William Harris, which led to his becoming associated with noted lawmen, outlaws, and gunmen of the time, to include Luke Short, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, James Masterson and Ed Masterson, Charlie Bassett and others. Under Beeson's leadership, the Long Branch Saloon boasted a 5-piece orchestra and Beeson also formed the Dodge City Cowboy Band which still exists today.

Beeson was sheriff for two terms, from 1892-'96, during which he helped defuse a confrontation by convincing a group of cowboys led by noted gunman Clay Allison to leave town. Pinkerton Detective Charlie Siringo, who at the time was a young cowboy, witnessed the event and later wrote an account of the event, discounting a claim later made by Wyatt Earp that he had "backed Allison down".

Beeson served for two terms as the Ford County sheriff, serving from 1892 to 1896.[1] His most notable accomplishment while serving as sheriff was when he and Deputy US Marshal, Tom Hueston,[2] killed Doolin Dalton gang member Oliver "Ol" Yantis, on November 30, 1892. Deputy Marshal Hueston was later killed during the Battle of Ingalls, a shootout between US Marshals and other members of the gang. Beeson was later twice elected to the State Legislature. He has been said to have been one of the most respected members of Dodge City during its wildest times.

Beeson represented Ford County in the Kansas State legislature four times: 1903, 1905, 1907, and a special session in 1908.[1] Beeson died on August 12, 1912. His wife, Ida, lived until June 15, 1928.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Elsey, Connelley William. A standard history of Kansas and Kansans 3. 
  2. ^ Deputy US Marshal Tom Hueston - Officer Down Memorial Page

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