Monday, November 9, 2015

RIP Calamity

Calamity Jane has now died at age 52 from the effects of alcoholism.Very sad life. Very hard life. She was a combination of drunk, wanderer, liar mixed with a very compassionate woman who would give people her last dime and take care of people who were sick and poor when no one else did. She blew 100 chances because of her drinking. Was just looking at photos and there are some "legendary" type quotes attributed to her, but this one the author included which he wrote she had said when people did the 1880s version of an intervention about her drinking.

I'm about 2/3rds the way through the book and now she is dead and buried (next to Wild Bill Hickok) which was HER choice, not his. According to the book, his friends did it as a joke (they were paying for her funeral) because he did not care for her and she was somewhat obsessed with him. Now we're into the building of the legend and people who claimed to be her offspring/relatives.

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