A western outlaw.  Frank James was born Alexander Franklin James in January 10, 1843 in Kearney, Missouri to a baptist minister. He was the first of four children. Frank self taught himself after getting interesting in his late father's sizable library, he wanted to pursue in education but political events influenced James's lifestyle. He joined the Missouri State Guard fighting for the confederacy. While in the Guard he injured himself and had to come back home but by the age of nineteen James joined William Quantrill's Raiders, a group of Southern sympathizers from Missouri who used hit-and-run tactics to attack abolitionist "Jayhawkers" in Kansas. During the next 12 years Frank, Jesse James(brother) and Cole Younger committed many robberies involving banks, trains and stagecoaches. In his final years, James returned to the James Farm, giving tours. He died on February 18, 1915, aged 72 years old. He left behind his wife Annie Ralston James and one son.

Heck Thomas

Henry Andrew (Heck) Thomas was one of the Wild West's most effective lawmen, apprehending dozens of notorious outlaws including members of the Doolin, Dalton, and Sam Bass Gangs. Thomas was born in Athens Georgia on January 3, 1850 to Lovick and Martha Thomas. Educated in Atlanta, he took on the nickname "Heck" at early age. His parents wanted him to become a Methodists minister but Heck had other ideas. It was for his Uncle Edward that Heck served as a courier at the front of the fighting in Virginia when he was just 12 years old. Heck married his cousin, Isabelle Gray and soon began a family. During his tenure years of being an Atlanta police officer, he began his career gaining fame as a fearless fighter having been wounded in one of the city's race riots. He then moved his family to Galveston, Texas where he then began working as a railroad guard for the Texas Express Company. Thomas then appointed a U.S Deputy Marshal in 1886, moving his family to Fort Smith, Arkansas, Heck worked under infamous Isaac Parker. Heck would earn a reputation for being one of the most efficient deputies working the landless land of Indian territory. His career was soaring but his marriage was floundering. Just two years after accepting the position of U.S Deputy Marshal, Isabelle Thomas had become weary of his long absences she then divorced him and returned to Georgia with their five children. In 1902, Thomas moved to Lawton, Oklahoma where he would serve as the Police Chief for the next seven years. After a heart attack in 1909, finally he retired from law enforcement at the age of 59. Three years later on August 15, 1912, he died of Bright;s disease. Henry "Heck" Thomas was buried at High land Cemetery in Lawton, Oklahoma where his grave remains today.

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