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Burton Mossman
Birth: Apr. 30, 1867
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 5, 1956
New Mexico, USA

In New Mexico he became superintendent for the Aztec Cattle Company better known as the Hash Knife outfit. This large holding company ran 60,000 cattle. The Hash outfit was going bankrupt because of the rustling. Mossman fired 52 of the 84 cowboys as suspected of being or helping the rustlers. In 1901 Arizona raised a force was called the Arizona Rangers and their first Captain was Burt Mossman. During Mossman's year and a half tenure the Arizona Rangers brought in 125 bandits and only killed one of the law breakers. Also, only one Ranger lost his life. The Arizona Rangers were effective partly due to the good relationship with the Rurales - the Mexican enforcement force. Neither side bothered with formalities and the border did not provide a sanctuary. Burt's last capture prior to resigning was the capture of Augustine Chacon. Chacon was becoming a local folk hero, he was a vicious killer claiming 52 dead. Because Chacon was illusive, Mossman enlisted the help of Burt Alvord and Billy Stiles. Alvord was a one time lawman turned outlaw. The meeting took place with Mossman posing as a fugitive, but Chacon was wary, his hand was never far from his gun and he did not let anyone get behind him. In the morning homemade cigarettes were passed around and Mossman saw his chance. He let his cigarette go out, reached for a burning stick re-lit his smoke and as he tossed the stick back into the fire, his right hand drew his gun and covered Chacon. Chacon was hanged in Solomonville, AZ. He was wild, restless and quick tempered, but respected by all who worked with him. 
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  Burton Charles Mossman (1906 - 1943)*
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Mount Washington Cemetery
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
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