Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Noah Armstrong]
“I knew Tom Ketchum when I saw him and while I was not too familiar with the details of his scrapes I have heard that he wasn't as bad as he was painted and that he was driven to some of the dark deeds which he was said to have committed.
“I attend the Rangers' Reunion in Dallas every year and am among the oldest. Last year I met one of the old boys of our company. I thought he had gone on but we were happy to meet and he gave me the words to a favorite old song, “The Key Hole in the Door”. We used to sing it on the range and it was considered a little off color then, but not in these modern times.
“My love for the open range was what sent me out this far from town to build my home, and my exposure to cold and the lack of shelter on the range made me resolve to die in a good house, so I built this big house of my own native rock here at the foot of Robinson Park, where the chill of winter never hurts very much.
“I still have my old buffalo skinning knife and the tie pin I am wearing is made of an arrow head nearly as old as I am. One of the jewelers in Coleman mounted it for me in this beautiful gold mounting.
“My pipe I still light with this chandelier. Just strike this old piece of file against my flint and this