Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 27, 1976 · Page 40
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ito |:.;me luam i-ree Press, Friday. February 27, 1S76 - C Killed in a gunfiqht Four-to-one odds foo much for Charlie Brown 'Keillor's noli-: The following tack of the head; one aboul an is an excerpt from a soon-to-be- inch from the left nipple and published book "Historic Silver City - The Story of the 0«vlices."i I .'Hi Mildmia Adams The body of Charlie Brown has lain mouldering in ils grave since 1885. Located high on the Squaw Creek slope of the French John hill, it is isolated and almost forgotten. · Most of Ihe old-time buckeroos. who ran wild horses and gathered cattle in Ihe area. have long since ridden over Ihe greal divide. S It was generally known by :j several persons thai the grave j was near "the elbow" in (he j'; French John roao!, but few knew :·:. the exact location. Brown had B died with his boots on in a :··; "shooting fracas." wilh Ihe odds ;j!| four lo one Gun bailies were ;·: common when Ihe Owyhee area ·:·: was young, and holsters and six- ':·: guns were worn as every day A apparel. ; :'j Jnhn Ward, an early day |:j: sheepman in Owyhee County |{i and eastern Oregon, was a £ friend of Charlie Brown. He was ::j! among those who contended that .··:: Diown was innocent of the crime $j of which he was accused. :§ The details of this cong troversial drama of the old West Swere debated by old-timers for j;years. Some maintained that jjBrown was an average fellow. ·Squick on the draw, but not Slocking for trouble. Others '^classed him as a desperado. .-:· There were dark rumors of a gcard game at The Hocks, in ijjwhich Brown had not only won :j|alt the money of his assailants. :§bul also a quitclaim deed or Iwo j-ilo their ranches as well. In the gcross-fire of opinions, there i-ivere those who believed that JBrown had certain knowledge of ·Decent activities of the four men. jjjhat ihey preferred to have ··jnown only to themselves. S Be that as it may. Charlie jiUrown went down fighting, with jijeven bullet wounds in his body. Ijlong the lonely French John goad. S-The following is le'ien from ifhe files of the Owyhee Avalanche: t v ". JIV .., : * Marchil.lSSS coming out a little to the left of Ihe backbone, one entering the corner of the right shoulder and coming out under Ihe left arm. one entering about an inch below and lo tne left of (he last described shot and coming out under the left arm about three inches (o (he left of Ihe las! shot ; there were also two flesh wounds, hut of no consequence. Any of the five first described were mortal. He had a con- versalion with Lon Mclntyre who told him that Maysonholder. Hall. Ninemier and himself were looking for a buckbnarri and harness that Brown had stolen from Maysonholder. and Ninemier was hunting for a horse that Smith had stolen. He said they were tracking the buckboard on the morning of the 12th down the hill near Ihe French John road. when Drown raised up and (hey (old him lo throw up his hands. When Brown commenced shooting and fired (wice before they could gel their guns ready lo shool. they then all shot as fasl as they could. The body of Brown was buried about 20 feet from where it was found. Charles Craig was sworn and testified lo a conversation he had with Hall about the shooting, who told him substantially what Mclnlyre told Gales. Marion Pliilpot was sworn and testified that he had a conversation with Ninemier about Ihe shooting, who !o!d him !ha! the firsl thing ihey did was lo level their guns on Brown and told him to throw up his hands. and that instead of throwing up his hands he commenced shooting, and (hen they turned loose on Brown and stalled shooting. He said Brown firsl laid down and then got up. These were the only witnesses introduced by the prosecution: Smith who was with Brown before the shooting could not be found, having crossed Snake Iliver the next day after Ihe shooting. Following is the substance of the slalemenl of A . J . Maysonholder. one of Ihe parlies to. the v shooting. which was of jrown was shot and killed on the J2lh. about 40 miles northwest of Silver'City; and about five miles ffom Sands Ranch on Jump Sreek."by A.J. Mayson holder. Wiomas Hall. Lon Mclnlyre and jjj.K. Ninemier. f: We have not been able to learn tjie particulars of the shooting, itfhich will doubtless appear at [he preliminary examination fjjiday. The parties who did the footing came in on Sunday and delivered themselves to the ijfieriff. The deceased was j§iown throughout eastern Qfegbn as a desperado, and $ieri under the influence of tjjjuqr-. was regarded as a Dangerous man. He-was buried Whin 20 feet of where he was Wled by the citizens of that section of the country. 8fThe 'persons who surrendered e all well and favorably known this section of the country, here they have resided for ars We will give fuller ac- unts of the shooting in our nexl UC. The Killing iif Charles llrown Preliminary Kxaminalion March 2X.l8S.i- Andy Maysonholder. Thomas ill. Lon 'Mclnlyre and R.K. nemier. who came into town the-. 151h and surrendered emseives to the sheriff for the ling",nf one Charles Brown, id a oreliminarv examination thfc 21st "before J.H. ckersham. There were no witnesses to the oiling, other than '(he fendants themselves, unless it is a man by the name of nith. who was with the ceased up to the lime the noting commenced, but who I gan to run and never slopped i til he reached Sommcrcamp's r nch. some distance from the one of the affray. The prosecution introduced I -ee witnesses, one to prove the d alh of Drown, and the others testily as to statement made defendants to them after the rating. ...V. Gates, the first witness · (he people, t e s t i f i e d in listancethal he was called on. the 12th by H.K. Ninemier to sisl i.v Ihe burying of Browr,: it he 1 and others reached the iw in 'the French John roaJ oul sundown on that day. oul a (juarter of a mile off the n id he found Ihe body of 8 own: thai he was appointed l llwse with him 10 examine body. He firsl examined a (' It's pistol that he found about fi ir inches from Brnun's rignl h id. found four empty shells jn ii found one pocket knife anil i letters in his pocket, found '·en wounds on the body: one ·ering over the right eye and ninK mil at (he base of Ihe tft eof ;· one 'entering over the i'U' and coming out at ilic stanliallj the. same, so far as the shooting was concerned. ' ' Maysonholder said: I gol acquainled with Brown in Jordan Valley, Oregon, in (he summer of 1694. 1 bought 23 head of horses from him. paid $200 down and Ihe balance w a s to be paid in one month. Before the time expired (he sheriff of Baker County. Ore.. J.F. Locke, came and took the horses away from me and also Iried to arrest Brown, who fired one shot at the officers and escaped. After the officers left he came Dack lo my place and told me he wished to slay there unlil spring, and thai he would refund me Ihe money I had paid him as soon as he could get work. He was there all winter until the robbery of Goodyear, when I lold him that 1 did not want him lo stop around my place any longer. He then borrowed a horse from me to go lo Succor Creek to get work. The next day he came back about 4 o'clock, p.m. and about an hour and a half later Smith came. That evening after dark they wanted my buckboard and harness lo lake Brown's things about Iwo and a half miles (o Snmmercamp's summer ranch. said ihey would bring it back next day. On the nexl day about 4:30 p.m. o'clock. Ninemier came lo my place looking for Smith to whom he had loaned a horse to come lo my place. \\e lold him thai Smith had tried lo Irade his horse off to Hall, lie then asked us lo go with " him to Som- mcrc.imp's summer ranch lo gel his horse. Aboul dusk we started and went up there, and found thai the buckboard. men and horses were gone. It being too dark lo follow (hem wo wenl back to my house and remained overnight. When morning came we took the (rack of (he buck- hoard through Ihe hills, down Succor Creek and across on Ihe French John road. lo about two miles from the ranch of John McMahon. which we followed into ,1 gulch anil found the men and horses gone. We tcmained there unlil sunrfriK n when Brown and Smith came and hitched on to the buckboard. We did not Ihnk we could lake them there wilhoul gelling hurl or hurling Ihem. They then started down toward the French John road, and we took around through the hilts lo get ahead of them. We got beyond where the (,'hrisman road leaves the French John road and waited for them, hul Ihey turned off at Ihe Chrisman rn.id We went in the Hocks anil remained ;ill nighl. Aboul half pasl one in Ihe morning we heard Ihe Uicklmard P 3 - 1 *- In ^ morning we arose nnrl Mlnvftl them In the bend in the French iCnflllnurdnnC-ll) Audrey Ward and Tom Johnson of Nyssa and Walt Adams of Homedale stand by the standstone monument they erected in memory of Charlie Brown, March 27,1967. French John" Carrey and bride Mary Blackweli were married in 1879. Carrey engineered and built the first road from Boise to Jordan Valley, Ore., in the early 1870s. It was along Carrey's "French John" road that Brown was killed. Granville Givens, an oldtime Owyhee County cowboy, points in the direction of Charlie Brown's grave. NAMPA CALDWELL COMPUTE PjUNTDK S PltOFESSIMUL SOD* WORK Foe t9n ond Donwttk Cori · 24 Hour Tow S«r»k« FARWELL AUTO BODY SHOP 211M UN. J4., (MP · tU Ui-1411 4N fern hi.. 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