Well I’ll be John Brown. Somebody did a Wikipedia Entry on him. Check it out here.
Of course whoever it is sure has him under a microscope & he’s not coming out of it very well. He/she makes it seem like Joe never did anything right except frame an innocent man. Of course he/she’s got 4 notes/further reading/sources all linked to the same website…TomHorn.com. Maybe Tom’s still got relatives out to prove his innocence even after all these years? It would be a much better article if people would stick to the facts & leave their assumptions/opinions out of it.
The facts are Joe was one of around 21 some-odd kids (holy cow!). Even if they’d been wealthy & all those kids survived to adulthood & had to pay for their own burials…21 kids would’ve put a strain on things. But no…21 kids did not see adulthood. I believe at least one that did see adulthood was then killed by Indians.
Then on top of this they tended to move around a bit. Back in the day when you moved you went on a several weeks or months long camping trip. Plus evidently along the way I think dad dropped some kids off to be educated…then had to go back & get ’em. Little chunks of education here & there is not much of an education.
He was a farmer/ranch hand turned lawman. And he lived & worked in places that weren’t exactly populated & civilized. To volunteer was to beg to be shot & killed. In fact his brother Thomas “Newton” LeFors, another lawman, was shot & killed. So to say he was incompetent…well like I said it would be a much better article if people would stick to the facts & leave their assumptions/opinions out of it.