Jane Little Botkin

Researching Wyoming’s Boedekers, Truth or Legend?

By Jane Little Botkin / August 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

A famous quote best describes the written lore of Lawman Hank Boedeker: “When confronted with the truth or the legend, print the legend.” Though not much is in print about Henry E. Boedeker, during the 1950s, campfire stories embellished tales of well-known past residents including Marshal Boedeker to impress visiting dudes at ranches across western…

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3-7-77, On the Anniversary of Frank Little’s Murder

By Jane Little Botkin / July 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

3-7-77. The only clue attached to Frank Little’s corpse swinging on a hemp rope from a Milwaukee Railroad trestle in Butte, Montana, on August 1, 1917. A Bureau of Intelligence agent in charge noted that the pasteboard placard warned the dimensions of a grave: 3-feet wide, 7-feet deep, and 77-inches long. If so, the warning pinned…

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The Bisbee Deportation: An Ugly History That Has Not Been Rewritten

By Jane Little Botkin / July 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

Tomorrow, July 12, is the 102nd anniversary of the infamous Bisbee Deportation. This horrendous action of Americans taking illegal action against other Americans will be memorialized in Bisbee, Arizona, with a host of speakers. Historians will try to explain the illogical hatred and misplaced patriotism of individuals responsible for the deportation, locals will bring to life the…

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Home from the Western Writers of America Conference

By Jane Little Botkin / June 24, 2019 / 0 Comments

Home from the Western Writers of America Conference. For my friends and family who have no idea what this entails–most of you, let me explain briefly! This is the premiere organization that supports Western authors (all stripes), historians, screen-play writers, song writers, poets, and by extension, producers and actors who benefit from the work that the writers…

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In Remembrance of the Ludlow Massacre, 1914

By Jane Little Botkin / April 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

I found that Frank Little, subject of my first book Frank Little and the IWW: The Blood That Stained an American Family, often spoke of Ludlow in his last years. His final words regarding the Colorado coal miners’ tent colony were on July 20, 1917, during a fiery speech at Finn Hall in Butte, Montana. Immigrant women…

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Growing up with ASARCO, EL Paso, TX

By Jane Little Botkin / February 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

The University of Oklahoma Press recently released a new book that certainly caught my attention. Copper Stain, by Elaine Hampton and Cynthia C. Ontiveros, should be an excellent read. I was raised on El Paso’s northeast side but moved near ASARCO (the west side) after I turned 18. The smelter’s community plays a small role in my book Frank…

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Jane Street and the Rebel Maids: Sex, Syndicalism, and Denver’s Capitol Hill

By Jane Little Botkin / February 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Moving along quickly on my new book, that is what I can tell you. Hence my absence from the blog! This is what I can share with you: In the course of my research for writing Frank Little and the IWW: The Blood That Stained an American Family, I came across Jane Street, a “feisty, little housemaid” who uniquely…

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Anniversary of the Everett Massacre

By Jane Little Botkin / November 5, 2018 / 0 Comments

Today is the anniversary of a horrific incident (which seems too mild of a word to use), where innocent men lost their lives at the hands of vigilantes who disagreed idealogically. The Everett Massacre reminds us Americans how we have a capacity to turn thoughtless, ugly, really, when it comes to our divisions. Today, we still have not…

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La Bruja de Calle Piedmont

By Jane Little Botkin / October 31, 2018 / 0 Comments

This morning I had one of those rare moments, reveries really, when I was back in El Paso. Perhaps it’s because today is Halloween, or because I am working on Jane Street family anecdotes, threshing the chaff from tiny story-seeds. I recalled sitting in Dr. John O. West’s American folklore class at the University of…

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The Bindle Stiff

By Jane Little Botkin / October 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

When I was a kid at Halloween in El Paso, Texas, I often resorted to the easiest costume I could put together, short of cutting two holes in a white sheet and trick-or-treating as a ghost. While many of my peers often dressed as beatniks, my friends and I would dress as hoboes. Easy. Ragged…

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