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The University of North Texas Press, a publisher affiliated with the university, has released several titles recently. To order, call 1-800-826-8911 or visit www.tamu.edu/upress.

 

He Rode With Butch and Sundance: The Story of Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan

By Mark T. Smokov
464 pages, $29.95

We love our outlaws, and so does author Mark T. Smokov, who poured time and research into demystifying Harvey Logan. Logan is known best, though, as “Kid Curry” — a colorful member of the Wild Bunch. Smokov strives to achieve the definitive biography of this outlaw, who started out rustling cattle and ended up robbing trains.

What has been romanticized in Western films and novels looks like a hard and unforgiving life of living on the margins. Harvey lived on the edge as a member of the gang including famous outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sun­dance Kid, George “Flatnose” Currie, Elzy Lay, Ben “the Tall Texan” Kilpatrick and Will Carver.

Smokov challenges some beliefs about the outlaw, including presenting conclusive evidence about whether Kid Curry was the “unknown bandit” who killed himself after robbing a train in Colorado in 1904.

Smokov has written articles on Kid Curry and other Western outlaws. He’s written for the journals of the Wild West History Association, the National Association for Outlaw and Lawmen History and the Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association, Wild West magazine and the Tombstone Epitaph. He lives in Seattle.

 

Texas Ranger John B. Jones and the Frontier Battalion, 1874-1881

By Rick Miller
432 pages, $29.95

The Texas Rangers have attracted many a historian and writer. Former Denton Police Chief Rick Miller is one of few writers to have researched and written an overall history of the Texas Frontier Battalion of the 19th century — the outfit that eventually became the Texas Rangers.

Miller has published John B. Jones, a book that focuses both on Jones, the unlikely, frail Confederate veteran who was the first leader of the Frontier Battalion of 1874.

Jones first led the battalion as a group that would defend settlers from repeated Indian raids that swept from the north of Mexico and into the frontier counties. Established during the unsettled time of Reconstruction, Jones had to guide the battalion to act in quasi-military and law enforcement capacities.

To lay out the story of the scrappy battalion and its clever leader, Miller relies mostly on primary documents — including the letters and papers of the various actors in the battalion’s drama. Miller delves into Jones’ personal life and reveals the leader’s acumen for making sound policy.

Miller lives in Harker Heights.

 

Tips, Tools & Techniques
to Care for Antiques, Collectibles and
Other Treasures

By Georgia Kemp Caraway
169 pages, $14.95

Preserving collectibles and antiques doesn’t have to be a mystery, and Denton historian and antiques specialist Georgia Kemp Caraway has made it easier with a book about caring for special mementos, be they paper, ceramic, wood or metal.

Caraway serves up some useful trivia, too: Crushed pecans can be used to conceal white rings on wood furniture. Inspect a pottery vase under a black light to find out if it has been broken and repaired. Put a water-damaged Bible in the freezer to dry out the damage.

Tips, Tools & Techniques is organized in alphabetical order to help casual and serious antique buffs and collectors clean and preserve common collectibles and antiques, including metal advertising signs, glassware, clothing and jewelry. The book includes tips on getting good deals at auctions as well as important dates that help readers authenticate objects — or help them to at least ask pertinent questions.

Caraway was the executive director of the Denton County Museums for 14 years. She has appeared on Antiques Roadshow and teaches classes on antiques and collectibles.

 

The Deadliest Outlaws:
The Ketchum Gang and the Wild Bunch, Second Edition

By Jeffrey Burton
560 pages, $24.95

The University of North Texas Press is taking orders for the second edition of Jeffrey Burton’s The Deadliest Outlaws, which is soon to be available in paperback.

Burton tells the story of Tom Ketchum, train robber and frontier scoundrel, who was hanged in 1901.

Burton tells the story of an unfortunate orphan who grew up to deal in killing, stealing and creating a feared gang of outlaws bent on lifting wealth from vulnerable frontier travelers.

Burton has devoted more than 40 years to studying Ketchum and his fearsome gang. He mined unpublished sources, family records, personal reminiscences, trial transcripts and other court papers.

Burton lives and works in England.

— Lucinda Breeding

 


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