Publication: The Ripley Review, Publishers, 1937, Ripley, Oklahoma
First edition. 8vo. Signed by Billy McGinty. Pictorial wrappers, 108 (2) pp., illustrated. Autobiography, as told to Glenn L. Eyler, of an old-time cowboy and broncho rider who worked on ranches in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, and Kansas. A scarce firsthand account of cattle drives and ranching in Oklahoma. Has information on some outlaws such as Tulsa Jack Blake and Arkansas Tom Jones. William M. McGinty also rode with Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders in the Spanish American War. He was a very early cowboy in movies, filming a bronc busting act for Paris World's Fair in 1889. McGinty's Cowboy Band was the first western string band broadcast in the U.S. when they played for KFRU radio station in 1925. Includes a chapter on his experiences as deputy sheriff in Clifton, Arizona, in the 1890's. Six Guns 1406: "Has information on Tulsa Jack Blake and other Oklahoma outlaws..." A rather scarce item these days, particularly signed, as this one is. McGinty has penned his name at the bottom of a portrait of him breaking a horse preceding the title page. Light wear to the fore-edges, else a near fine copy.
Inventory Number: 49050