This is an expert from local Medora author, Rolff Sletten’s book, Medora: Boom, Bust, and Resurrection. It goes into detail on the shooting of Cowboy, Riley Luffsey.
The sheriff responded by sending a posse which has been variously described as including from three to twenty men.
“The actual number matters little in light of the posse’s feeble response. Unfortunately the sheriff put his much weaker brother, Henry Harmon, in charge of the posse. Harmon and his posse boarded the westbound train in Mandan. When they arrived in Little Missouri (the depot had not yet been built in Medora), they confronted the three hunters and told O’Donald he was under arrest. O’Donald, Wannigan, and Luffsey simply laughed at the timid deputy and rode away.
The three hunters rode west from the Little Missouri depot until they reached a spot about three-fourths of a mile straight west of today’s Little Missouri River bridge. there they encountered the Marquis de Mores and four of his employees.
Who fired first will never be known with certainty, as both sides adamantly blamed the other. But when the smoke drifted away, William Riley Luffsey, the twenty-four-year-old buffalo hunter from Missouri, was forever dead.”
Learn more about Medora’s spooky history during the 2nd Annual Wild West Fright Fest on October 27 and 28. Get more details here.
The man who was known in the Badlands as “Hell Roaring Bill Jones” was actually named “Patrick McCue”.
He had come from Ireland where, apparently, he had become embroiled in an argument with an uncle. The argument quickly deteriorated into an altercation and in very short order the unfortunate uncle had been battered senseless. Whether or not he ever woke from his slumbers is unclear but “Bill” quickly adopted his new name and packed for the New World.
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Schafer Stories: as told by Randy Hatzenbuhler – TRMF President
- Met the Schafers in 1988
- Became President of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation in 1997
Interviewed June 19, 2017
“I came to Medora because of Rod Tjaden, who was as good of a boss as you could have.
But I stayed and fell in love with Medora because of Harold Schafer.
I remember my very first recollection of Harold.
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“The Most Wonderful Little Woman in the Badlands”
Margaret Barr Roberts was an Irish immigrant who moved to the United States when she was around 11 years old. Her life was one of travel and tragedy.
However, through the struggle and hardship, she remained optimistic; always looking forward, as TR would say, “Doing what she could, with what she had, where she was.”
And of course, she wasn’t alone. In fact, TR himself was there to help her along. READ MORE »
The Holidays are fast approaching! With cookin’ and travelin’ taking up most of your time, it can be purdy tough to find that great gift. Well, we did some figurin’ and found a great way to wrangle that perfect gift!
This here general store has everything you need for the Medora super-fan in your life! From the cuddliest Teddys in all the west, to historic books filled with colorful characters and rich in historical facts, we’ve got what you need this Holiday Season — just take a gander!
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Medora is a town full of fun and beauty — and nothing accentuates that beauty more than the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. In this “Tale of Medora,” we explore what went into the creation of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. From the political leg-work to the final celebration; there is a whole story behind the creation of the TRNP and it’s fascinating! The following is an excerpt taken from Rolf Sletten’s book, “Medora: Boom, Bust, and Resurrection.” Enjoy!
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