The Resource The Johnson-Sims feud : Romeo and Juliet, West Texas style, Bill O'Neal

The Johnson-Sims feud : Romeo and Juliet, West Texas style, Bill O'Neal

Label
The Johnson-Sims feud : Romeo and Juliet, West Texas style
Title
The Johnson-Sims feud
Title remainder
Romeo and Juliet, West Texas style
Statement of responsibility
Bill O'Neal
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the early 1900s, two families in Scurry and Kent counties in West Texas united in a marriage of fourteen-year-old Gladys Johnson to twenty-one-year-old Ed Sims. Billy Johnson, the father, set up Gladys and Ed on a ranch, and the young couple had two daughters. But Gladys was headstrong and willful, and Ed drank too much, and both sought affection outside their marriage. A nasty divorce ensued, and Gladys moved with her girls to her father's luxurious ranch house, where she soon fell in love with famed Texas Ranger Frank Hamer. When Ed tried to take his daughters for a prearranged Christmas visit in 1916, Gladys and her brother Sid shot him dead on the Snyder square teeming with shoppers. One of the best lawyers in West Texas, Judge Cullen Higgins (son of the old feudist Pink Higgins) managed to win acquittal for both Gladys and Sid. In the tradition of Texas feudists since the 1840s, the Sims family sought revenge. Sims' son-in-law, Gee McMeans, led an attack in Sweetwater and shot Billy Johnson's bodyguard, Frank Hamer, twice, while Gladys--by now Mrs. Hamer--fired at another assassin. Hamer shot back, killed McMeans, and was no-billed on the spot by a grand jury watching the shootout through a window. An attempt against Billy Johnson failed, but a three-man team shotgunned the widely respected Cullen Higgins. Texas Rangers and other lawmen caught one of the assassins, extracted a confession, and then prompted his "suicide" in a Sweetwater jail cell
Member of
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
976.4/731
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F392.S4
LC item number
O54 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
A.C. Greene Series
Series volume
no. 9
Label
The Johnson-Sims feud : Romeo and Juliet, West Texas style, Bill O'Neal
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction to a blood feud -- Billy Johnson, cattle baron -- Dave Sims, cattle baron -- Gladys and Ed -- E.C. Sims vs. Gladys Sims -- Storm clouds -- Tragedy in Snyder -- The search for revenge -- Assassination and retribution -- Aftermath and redemption -- Rest in peace
Control code
ocn727944819
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 208 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781574413489
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b25358960
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)727944819
  • ebsco1283109026

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