Brief account of Calamity Jane's life as a frontierswoman

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Brief account of Calamity Jane's life as a frontierswoman - mMf If GOES IB II MB" Death of the Woman Scout,...
mMf If GOES IB II MB" Death of the Woman Scout, Mining Camp Nurse and Pioneer Character. v Deadwood, Aug. ,' 2. i "Calamity Jano." perhap. tho most noted female character who ever "camo Uowa tho pike," of figured In the life of the iron-tier, died at tho mining camp or Terry Saturday afternoon, after an' Illness lasting some time, though she bad been confined to her bed oiUy a tew days. Sho had been a familiar ugure in the raining camps of the Hills country since 1870 and was probably known by sight by more peopio. than any other pioneer character in the west In the days when Ufa In tho camps was of the order know nas "wild and woolly" Calamity Jane waa In her glory, and to tho day of her death she carrlod aa her passport to tavor messages from the beads of departments of this government acknowledging gratitude for services rendered on the plains and In tae Hills as a scout, an occupation usually reserved for men, but which she performed -with singular bravery and fidelity. She was cle-ver, fearless, daring and could shoot, as readily as she could swear and in both lines sin was proficient, but thero Is many an old timer who remembers when she could also perform the deeds of mercy In a sick room or camp whero women hardly ever vcutured and ladies never. . With all her eccentricities which havo seemed moro pruuounccd as pio neer customs havo passed away sho retained her friends In generous numbers, wbilu she baa for several years divided her tlmo btweeu the mining towns of South Dakota and Montana she was warmly welcomed on her ro-turn here whero she had passed ao much of her life. The real name of "Calamity Jane' was Jane llnrke, her last husband be ing Clinton liurke. She has a marrl ed daughter who lives In North Dako ta and the dead woman spent consld erable of her time tho last remaining years of her lifo traveling about from the Hills to the place where her daugh ter lives and from there to Montana and back again as tho Inclination came over her. In her travels she always rode in tho smoking car and usually carried a box of clgara and sometimes a little liquid for the stomach's sake By her request tho remains will be buried by the pioneers of the lliack Hills beside the resting place of "wild Bill" (Hickok) her former consort, In Mt. Moriah cemetery in Deadwood. ,

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  1. Argus-Leader,
  2. 03 Aug 1903, Mon,
  3. Page 3

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