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"WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" The Page 14. Thursday, June 3, 2004 This house located on Second Street is owned by Jake and FIo Jacobs. The house was built in the 1940s by Claude Sackett who ran the power plant across the street. The first cabin built in Sundance was also located in this spot. The house had to be moved in order to remove the tree roots that caved in the basement. Black Hills NFAB elects officers Tom Blair of Deadwood (SD) has been elected chairman of the board of the Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board (NFAB). Board members chose Blair to head the Board for its sec- ond year. Campground owner Blair will share responsibilities with archeologist and historian Bob Kloss who was elected vice~ chairman in a meeting held Wednesday, May 19 in Rapid City. Blair, representing developed recreation, is a career U.S. Army veteran and has served as Deadwood's mayor and president of the Deadwood School Board. Blair has 16 years of service with the Dead- wood Fire Department. He has worked with the Rocky Moun- tain Elks Foundation and Ducks Unlimited. Kloss, a retired California State University sociology pro- fessor, has worked as a con- ciliator for organized labor and environmental groups in addi- tion to researching multiculturism, cultural diver- sity, and teaching tolerance. He is a member of the USDA Forest Stewardship Program and designed his home using the latest standards of urban- forest living. Both men have been active participants on the Board. Black Hills Acting Forest Su- pervisor Brad Exton said he is delighted with the election of two committed people whose knowledge and experience will contribute substantively to Board activities. Exton thanked Ed Yelick for his year of service, a year marked by discussions of some of the more difficult is- sues facing the Forest Service, including fire and insects, in- vasive species, the loss of open space, and the beginning of travel management plan- ning. Exton also thanked .John Teupel, Spearfish, who served as vice-chair with Yelick. Exton cited Teupel's leader- ship in helping the Board or- ganize and deal with issues like fuels management and multiple uses of the National Forest. KID from page 1 term bill expire on the 5th of February. I should have sent it to you but was his first visit home in nearly twenty years. He fearing that you might be ab'aV from~ome and not get it in time I forwarded relationship with his sister, Samanna Longal:~ugh it directly to him. The sheriff tells m~'-that you will assist in obtaining a seven years older. During their visit to her home, pardon so that the boy may be restored ~O t~is civil rights." to be extremeb, careful because the local post office was at the On February 4, 1889, Govc nor Thomas Moonlight ~TOte tWO letters, one street and the Pinkerton Detective Agency had set up to Mr. Hunter and the other to Mr. ?dden. informing them that he had within view of Sarnanna's home. They often opened her mail, pardoned Harry Longabaugh and asked Mr..Alden to deliver the pardon to dues to Sundance's whereabouts. Mr. Longabaugh in person as he would already be free t:5" the time the pardon reached him. A portion of the pardon reads: "His term of sentence bill expire Feb. 5, 1889; that he is still under 21 years of age, and his behavior has been good since confinement, showing an earnest desire to reform and whereas the sheriff, Clerk of Dist. Court, Ex. Co. & Pros. Attorney- and prr. "nt Co. & Pros. Atts'. and others have this day made application to me to ~ ant unto the said Harry Longabaugh a pardon of said crime of which he stands convicted. "Therefore, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the Territory, of Wyoming, I do hereby grant unto Harry Longabaugh a full and complete pardon of the crime of which he was convicted and hereby restore him to all of his civil rights." As Longabaugh collected whatever possessions he had upon leaving the jail in Sundance, Wyoming, he also took with him what would come to be the famous name of "The Sundance Kid." Little did he know just how far reaching that title would become, nor did that small, quiet western com- munity in the far reaches of northeastern Wyoming. We now find origins of the "Sundance" name ~x~rld-wide in such things as ski resorts, dude ranches, trampolines, boats, resorts, merchandise catalogs, film festivals, TV chan- nels, consulting companies, market place squares, dance studios, solar energy systems, power plants, a~iation compm~ies, Mexican restaurants and even a place called "The Sundmlce Monster House.~ Soon after leaving Sundance, history seems to indicate he hooked up bith Butch Cassidy and they became the leaders of a group of thieves better known as The Wild Bunch. Their gang was prominent in the United States from 1896 to 1901. Together these men were so skilled at escaping the lab" that the American Bankers Association and the Union Pacific Rail- road hired the Pinkerton Det0ctive Agent, to capture them. In 1900 Sundance took up with Ethel (Etta} Place, described as a striking beau~', a refined type, and a real lady. They had their photograph taken together in New York City in 1901, where the- along b5th Butch Cassidy were reported to have gone on quite a spending spree before lea~ng for South America. (Although she is most frequenthl oaIled Erta, her name was actually Ethel). Sundance was described as a ruggedly handsome man, kno~3n to have been an immaculate dresser wearing monogramed shirts with the letters H.L. He was known to be somewhat of a loner and alwavs a gentleman. As their reputation began to catch up x~ith them and pressure from the Pinkerton Agency increased, the three of them are believed to have moved on to Argentina to start a new life. Just before leaving the U.S., The Wild Bunch met in Texas for a good-bye celebration. One of the things they did was to have a picture taken to- gether. This is the photo most often seen today. However, unknown to them, the photographer displayed the photo in his b~ndow where it was seen by a Wells Fargo detective who recognized one of the men. According to Ernst, before the}" left the States, Sundance took his wife, Ethel, home to meet his family in PhoenLx~le and Mont Clare, Pa. This During one of Phoenixville's celebrations, the family of Indian artifacts that were displayed in a store front. The the letters he wrote home are believed to have been destroyed in: the Pinkerton's. The only remaining evidence of his unsigned postcard which he had sent to his sister, Emma, fro~l Louis World's Fair. She is claimed to have disowned him her will and changed the spelling of the family name from Longabough in order to avoid her brother's infamous reputation. The famib, believes Sundance, Ethel and Butch intended to and live as law-abiding citizens. They settled on a ranch in tina, and for about five years were well-h.X'ed and respected by borE. However, the Pinkertons were still reading the family Phoenixville and found their trail again. They sold the ranch in returned to a Iife of crime. It is believed they held up a payroll near in Bolivia on November 4, 1908, and two town of San Vicente, Bolivia. Contrary to the famous movie scene, did not corner the outlaws as they rested for lunch. A local had the brand on the stolen pack mule and ran to ask the mayor and of local armed miners to help. One newspaper reported that a or six armed men tried to capture the bandits. Within an hour a the posse and both bandits were dead, the outlaws by their The two unidentified bodies were buried as unknowns in eters'. Rumors abounded for years that these were the bodies dance Kid and Butch Cassidy. To date this has never been In 1991, Donna and Paul Ernst cooperated with a team researchers to dig up the graves and with DNA testing not one of the bodies was that of Harry Ix)ngabaugh. The bod~ brother ,~as also exhumed for DNA comparisons, however, the proved negative. In a recent visit with Donna Ernst, she with continued research she and her husband both feel they w~e there somewhere. Donna and Paul Ernst have dedicated a large part of their search and documentation of their great-great uncle, They have traveled extensively throughout the West Sundance was said to have been. They have seen every robbery t ited ranches where he worked, and everywhere that ever 'Sundance slept here.' Donna has published a number of books two tiffed "Sundance, My Uncle" and "From Cowboy to written dozens of articles and continues to give a number well. 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