Wyoming's Territorial Sheriffs

Wyoming's Territorial Sheriffs

Wyoming's Territorial Sheriffs

By Ann Gorzalka

Outlaws’ names are remembered and recorded, but little is known or written of the men who were faced with upholding the law. Wyoming’s territorial sheriffs were courageous and handy with a gun and rope.

Nathaniel Boswell, T. Jeff Carr, and Jim Rankin were brave and colorful. Frank Canton lived on both sides of the law. Joseph Young was called a coward. Bill Jaycox left town without an explanation.

The majority of the men who enforced the law were average citizens who carried out the routine duties of office. Some served in a time of high adventure; some were not as brave as others; some drank too much; and others were escaping shadowy pasts; some rose to the occasion when faced with adversity. Others arranged to be out of town. As Gorzalka chronicles the life of each of the fifty-five sheriffs in Wyoming’s territorial days—their successes, failures, and motivation—the stories combine to create the era’s history. Includes photos of most of the sheriffs.

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Wyoming's Territorial Sheriffs

Wyoming's Territorial Sheriffs

By Ann Gorzalka

"Ann Gorzalka has not only preserved the history of law enforcement of the Wyoming territory, but by her massive research, her keen insights and judiciousness the reader will learn much about territorial Wyoming in general. She has placed all of us interested in Wyoming history perpetually in her debt."
•• Gene M. Gressley, old west historian & author

Ann Gorzalka

Ann Gorzalka

Ann Williams Gorzalka’s roots are deep in Wyoming dating back to the late 1800s when her Uncle Louis (Happy) Williams came to the Gillette area on a cattle drive up from Texas. Liking what he saw, Williams returned to Texas and brought his mother and siblings back to Wyoming where they homesteaded near Rozet.

Gorzalka retired from a long career with Sheridan County and since then has published scores of articles in national and area magazines. She has two previous: books: The Saddlemakers of Sheridan, Wyoming, which profiles nationally known saddlemakers and their leather art, and a wild game cookbook, Game in Good Taste.

Golzalka spent years researching the men who served as sheriffs in Wyoming Territory. She was able to find information and photos of each of the men, though some were challenging.

Gorzalka is a member of Western Writers of American and Wyoming Writers, and is always working on another writing project.