Ike Clanton
American pioneer
Ike Clanton
Joseph Isaac Clanton (1847 – June 1, 1887) was born in Callaway County, Missouri. He is best known for being a member of group of outlaw Cowboys that had ongoing conflicts with lawmen Wyatt, Virgil, Morgan Earp and Wyatt's friend Doc Holliday. The Clantons repeatedly threatened the Earps because they interfered with the Cowboys' illegal activities. On October 26, 1881, Ike was present at the Gunfight at the O.K.
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Jeff Guinn's 'The Last Gunfight' Is Better than 'Cowboys and Aliens' by a Long ... - PopMatters
Google News - over 5 years
In Wyatt Earp's version, he was out for the glory of the capture of men wanted for a stage heist, and thus cut a deal with Ike Clanton and a few others to play Judas for a cut of the reward money. Ike got drunk on a trip to town a while later,
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The last gunfight - Monmouth Daily Review Atlas
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Behan and Ike Clanton tried repeatedly to have the Earps put on trial for murder, but failed. That left the Cowboys only one way out — to assassinate the head of the family, Virgil Earp. The judge letting the assassins go free on the basis of
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Civil War column: Conducting war genealogy research - The Newark Advocate
Google News - over 5 years
He joined the Ike Clanton Clan and spread fear throughout the region. Wyatt Earp, Sheriff of Tombstone, eventually killed Curly Bill, but not before he had become a legend. There are many legends relating to Curly Bill Brocius, some true and some
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He also starred in the western “Tombstone” as Ike Clanton. Michelle Rodriguez – Michelle Rodriguez plays a sympathetic military fighter in the “Avatar” actors. Her character starts off following orders but soon moves on to Jake's side in the upcoming
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Wyatt Earp reenactment in Monmouth coming soon - Monmouth Daily Review Atlas
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According to Wyatt Earp's testimony when he and the other Earps were on trial for murder, the hostilities started when he approached Ike Clanton and Frank McLaury to catch a couple cattle thieves for a $3000 reward. Under the terms of their agreement,
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Doctor Who: The Gunfighters – DVD Review - Monsters and Critics.com
Google News - over 5 years
This case of mistaken identity will have the Doctor and his companions on a course for an appointment at the OK Corral with Wyatt Earp (John Alderson) and Ike Clanton (William Hurndell). The Gunfighters may be one of those cases where its reputation
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Wyatt Earl comes back to life in the Creek - Our Colorado News
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Wyatt and Virgil held various law enforcement positions that put them in conflict with Billy Claiborne, brothers Billy and Ike Clanton, and brothers Tom and Frank McLaury, who threatened to kill the Earps. In 1880, Wyatt's younger brothers,
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My Apologies To All You Theists and Atheists! - Tucson Citizen
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For example, yesterday my crew and I were in Tombstone doing on-camera interviews with Wyatt Earp, Ike Clanton, and several others from the 1880′s. This morning we interviewed a VIP at the Tucson Museum of Art. That said, I've been mostly crippled for
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What we know and what we don't about O.K. Corral - Ventura County Star
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For those who might not have paid attention in history class, the incident was a 30-second gunfight between Wyatt Earp, his brothers Virgil and Morgan, and their friend Doc Holliday as they went to arrest Ike Clanton, his brother Billy,
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Top lawmen - Kansas.com
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In 1881, he and his two brothers, Virgil and Morgan, and John Henry "Doc" Holliday shot it out with Ike Clanton's gang in the gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Ariz. Holiday, who had once defended Earp in a saloon against cowboys who aimed to
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New epitaphs for dead in OK Corral shoot-out - NewsOK.com
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Most historians agree that Ike Clanton was the fight's chief instigator. He had been drinking the night before and into the morning, and was going around town threatening to kill the Earps the next time he saw them. Virgil Earp arrested Ike on Oct. 26,
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Wyatt Earp tends to unfinished business - White Mountain Independent
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Ike Clanton posted bail for the prisoners and they were released. When Frank McLaury heard of Stilwell's arrest, he rode into town, confronted Morgan Earp on the sidewalk and challenged him to step out on the street where Ike and others were standing
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Slain from famous shootout getting new epitaphs - The Associated Press
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Most historians agree that Ike Clanton was the fight's chief instigator. He had been drinking the night before and into the morning, and was going around town threatening to kill the Earps the next time he saw them. Virgil Earp arrested Ike on Oct. 26,
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A Glorified Nobody - Tucson Weekly
Google News - almost 6 years
But his critical flaw might've been his temper, which, in Guinn's telling, played as much of a role in instigating the fight as Ike Clanton's epic big mouth did. Ike spent the morning of Oct. 26 making threats as he hunted for Doc Holliday
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THE LAST GUNFIGHT - AmmoLand.com (press release) (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Iconic heroes like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Ike Clanton, Bat Masterson, Daniel Boone, David (not Davy) Crockett, and Buffalo Bill Cody populate Guinn's vivid account, and he reveals surprising new things about each of them
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ESSAY; Fancy Meeting You Here
NYTimes - almost 10 years
A short while ago, a ripping yarn called ''Grim Legion: Edgar Allan Poe at West Point'' came across my desk. Published by Bewildering Press, a relatively new firm that specializes in ''speculative'' writing, ''Grim Legion'' recounts the rousing adventures of the future author of ''The Fall of the House of Usher'' shortly before he was expelled from
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Their Political Tombstone
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EXACTLY 125 years ago today, about 2:40 p.m., three lawmen -- Marshal Virgil Earp and his brothers Wyatt and Morgan -- and their friend Doc Holliday walked down Fremont Street, today Highway 80, in the silver-mining boom town of Tombstone, Ariz., and into a lot behind the O.K. Corral to confront four ''cow-boys'' (as cattle thieves were then
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NYTimes - about 11 years
A few months ago, a friend whose iconoclastic, unpredictable behavior I usually hold in high esteem handed me a book entitled ''A Navajo Legacy: The Life and Teachings of John Holiday.'' Apparently, he expected me to read it, despite the fact that I am not really a Navajo medicine man autobiography kind of guy. Flummoxed but gracious, I took the
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Lyle Bettger, 88, Film Villain In Westerns and Noir Dramas
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Lyle Bettger, a character actor who became one of the movies' most recognizable villains in the 1950's and 60's, died on Sept. 24 at the home of his son Lyle in Atascadero, Calif. He was 88 and lived in Paia, Hawaii. Mr. Bettger was best known for portraying ruthless types who were nonetheless imbued with sly charm in the westerns and film noir
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The Nation; At the O.K. Corral, They Mythed
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ONE hundred sixteen years ago last Monday, at about 2:47 in the afternoon, Virgil, Wyatt and Morgan Earp, accompanied by a young, tubercular dentist-gambler from Georgia named John Henry (Doc) Holliday, turned left off Fremont Street (now Highway 80) in the sprawling silver-boom camp of Tombstone, Ariz., and into a vacant lot in back of the O. K.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ike Clanton
    FORTIES
  • 1887
    Age 40
    Ike Clanton and his brother Phineas were charged with cattle-rustling and pursued by detective Jonas V. Brighton. On June 1, 1887, at Jim Wilson's Ranch on Eagle Creek, south of Springerville, Arizona, Phin Clanton surrendered, but Ike resisted and was shot dead.
    More Details Hide Details A reporter who corresponded with Brighton in late June 1887 relayed Brighton's story about the arrest and shooting: A conflicting source stated that his body was left where it fell for several days until nearby Mormon ranchers buried him in an unmarked grave in the Mormon cemetery southeast of Eagar, Arizona on what is today called "The 26 Bar Ranch". In late June 1996 a Clanton family descendant, Terry “Ike” Clanton, along with former Citadel professor and grave expert James A. Browning, searched the area near Eagle Creek in what is now Greenlee County, Arizona, where Ike was reportedly buried. They quickly discovered a shallow grave under a large tree that they believe contains the remains of Ike Clanton. Since their discovery, Terry has unsuccessfully tried to interest Tombstone city officials in exhuming the remains and re-interring them in Tombstone’s famous Boot Hill graveyard.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1882
    Age 35
    Wyatt never located Ike, although they killed three other outlaw Cowboys, and the Earps and Holliday left the Arizona Territory in late April, 1882.
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    On Saturday, March 18, 1882, Morgan Earp was killed by a shot through a door window facing a dark alley while playing billiards at Hatch's Saloon in Tombstone.
    More Details Hide Details Wyatt was shot at and missed. Wyatt Earp concluded that he could not rely on civil justice and decided to take matters into his own hands. He concluded that only way to deal with Morgan's murderers was to kill them. Deputy U.S. Marshal Wyatt Earp led a federal posse that escorted Virgil Earp to the railroad, bound for his parent's home in Colton, California. Wyatt shot and killed Frank Stilwell, who was lying in wait at the Tucson, Arizona rail yard. A few days later Wyatt gathered a larger posse and set out on a vendetta, determined to mete out justice that had evaded him.
  • 1881
    Age 34
    Ike Clanton was implicated in the attempted assassination of Virgil Earp on December 30, 1881, but other Cowboys provided an alibi and he was released.
    More Details Hide Details Six years later Clanton was killed attempting to flee when he was shot by a lawman seeking to arrest him for cattle-rustling. Born in Callaway County, Missouri, Joseph Isaac "Ike" Clanton was one of seven children of Newman Haynes Clanton, (1816–1881) and his wife Mariah Sexton (Kelso) Clanton. His father worked at times as a day laborer, a gold miner, a farmer, and by the late 1870s, a cattleman in Arizona Territory.
    Clanton was later accused, along with his brother Phin Clanton and friend Pony Diehl, of attempting to kill Virgil Earp on December 30, 1881, a shooting which left Virgil with a crippled left arm.
    More Details Hide Details Though Ike's hat was found at the scene where the ambushers waited, a number of associates stood up for him, saying that he had been in Contention that night, and the case was dismissed for lack of evidence.
    Ike Clanton had told others that Doc Holliday, Virgil Earp, Wyatt Earp, and Morgan Earp had all confided in him that they had actually been involved in the Benson stage robbery. On October 25, 1881, whilst Ike Clanton was in Tombstone, drunk and very loud, Holliday accused him of lying about the Benson stagecoach robbery.
    More Details Hide Details Tombstone City Marshal Virgil Earp intervened and threatened to arrest both Doc and Ike if they did not stop arguing, and Holliday went home. After the confrontation with Ike Clanton, Wyatt Earp took Holliday back to his boarding house at Camillus Sidney "Buck" Fly's Lodging House to sleep off his drinking, then went home and to bed. Tombstone Marshal Virgil Earp played cards with Ike Clanton, Tom McLaury, Cochise County Sheriff Johnny Behan and a fifth man (unknown to Ike and to history), until morning. At about dawn on October 26, the card game broke up and Behan and Virgil Earp went home to bed. Ike Clanton testified later that he saw Virgil take his six-shooter out of his lap and stick it in his pants when the game ended. Not having rented a room, Tom McLaury and Ike Clanton had no place to go. Shortly after 8:00 am barkeeper E. F. Boyle spoke to Ike Clanton, who had been drinking all night, in front of the telegraph office. Boyle encouraged him to get some sleep, but Ike insisted he would not go to bed. Boyle later testified he noticed Ike was armed and covered his gun for him, recalling that Ike told him "'As soon as the Earps and Doc Holliday showed themselves on the street, the ball would open—that they would have to fight'... I went down to Wyatt Earp's house and told him that Ike Clanton had threatened that when him and his brothers and Doc Holliday showed themselves on the street that the ball would open."
    On August 12, 1881, Old Man Clanton and six other men were herding stolen cattle sold to him by Curly Bill through Gualadupe Canyon near the Mexican border.
    More Details Hide Details Around dawn, they were ambushed by Mexicans dispatched by Commandant Felipe Neri in what became known as the Guadalupe Canyon Massacre. Old Man Clanton and five other men were killed in the ambush.
    On the morning of June 9, 1881, they were drinking in an Allen Street saloon when Clanton insulted McCann.
    More Details Hide Details McCann slapped Clanton, who left and fetched his pistol. McCann did the same and the two met on the street in front of the Wells, Fargo's and Co. office. They had already drawn their weapons when Tombstone Marshal Virgil Earp stepped between them, preventing a shooting. The Clanton Ranch grew into a successful enterprise. During his testimony after the shootout at the O.K. Corral, Ike Clanton claimed to have raised and purchased about 700 head of cattle during the past year, and the Clanton ranch was one of the most profitable cattle ranches in that part of the country. However, the Clantons never registered a brand in either Cochise County or Pima County which was required to legally raise cattle. The Clantons were reputed to be among a group of outlaw Cowboys who crossed the border into Mexico where they stole cattle and re-sold them to the hungry miners in Cochise County. Curly Bill Brocius, Tom and Frank McLaury bought and sold stolen cattle to Old Man Clanton, among others. The Mexican government at the time placed high tariffs on goods transported across the border, making smuggling a profitable enterprise.
    In the summer of 1881, Clanton got into an argument with gambler "Denny" McCann.
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    Wyatt later said that on June 2, 1881 he offered the Wells, Fargo & Co. reward money and more to Ike Clanton if he would provide information leading to the capture or death of the stage robbers.
    More Details Hide Details According to Wyatt, the plan was foiled when the three suspects, Leonard, Head and Crane, were killed in unrelated incidents.
    After he was passed over by Johnny Behan for the position of undersheriff, Wyatt thought he might beat him in the next Cochise County election. He thought catching the March 15, 1881 robbers of the Benson Stage (in which the driver and a passenger were killed) would help him win the sheriff's office.
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    Ike Clanton's notoriety is based largely on his conflict with Wyatt Earp and Wyatt's friend Doc Holliday. The Earps and the Clantons had political, personal, and legal differences and the animosity between them grew throughout 1881.
    More Details Hide Details The Cowboys supported incumbent Sheriff Charles Shibell while the Earps supported his opponent Bob Paul in the November 1880 election. Ike Clanton repeatedly boasted in public, drank heavily, and had a quick temper. He was well known for talking too much. In November 1879, shortly after arriving in Tombstone, Wyatt Earp had a horse stolen. More than a year later, probably sometime in December 1880, Wyatt was told the horse was being used near Charleston, and Wyatt and Holliday were forced to ride to the Clanton's ranch near Charleston to await ownership papers in order to legally recover it. According to Wyatt's testimony later, 18-year-old Billy Clanton asked him insolently if he had any more horses to "lose," but he gave the horse up without first being shown the ownership papers, demonstrating to Wyatt that Billy knew to whom the horse belonged. Sheriff Johnny Behan later testified that the incident had angered Ike Clanton. It also angered Wyatt Earp.
    By 1881, however, he was working on his father's ranch at Lewis Springs, about west of Tombstone and from Charleston.
    More Details Hide Details The Clantons and their ranch hands and associates were known as the "Cowboys", and they had a reputation for reckless behavior. They were accused of cattle rustling from across the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as other acts of banditry and murder.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1866
    Age 19
    Clanton's mother died in 1866.
    More Details Hide Details Ike stayed with the family when they moved to Tombstone, Arizona Territory, about 1877 (before Tombstone became a town or even a mining center). At that time, Newman Clanton was living with his sons Phin (or "Fin"), Ike, and Billy. By 1878 Ike was running a small "lunch counter" at the Tombstone Mill site (now Millville on the San Pedro River—not in modern Tombstone).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1847
    Age 0
    Born in 1847.
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