|Death: ||Apr. 22, 1908|
Joint owner with Fred Oakes of the Gold Seal Saloon and restaurant in Skidoo. Joe was also owned several claims in the area. Well known for his temper and hard drinking ways that earned him the nickname of "Hootch Simpson" He was a barroom brawler and once had part of his nose shot off. I also thought he was good with the sixshooter and often waved it around once drunk. On April 19, 1908 Easter Sunday. Joe after one of his binges went to the establisment of Jim Arnold, The Skidoo Trading Company he went over to the Southern California Bank Counter and demanded the princely sum of $20.00. Joe was disarmed in an altercation with others in the store. Contable Henry Seller went to get a warrant so he could be taken to the county jail. Hootch was then placed under the care of his partner Fred Oakes. where he promptly fell asleep in the back of the Gold Seal Saloon. Fred went off to tend work and Joe awoke found his gun and vowed revenge on Jim Arnold. He returned to the scene of the crime and shot Arnold severing the spinal artery causing him to bleed to death after a period of time.
Joe was happy with himself for the crime outraging the citizens of Skidoo. A lynch mob formed and removed Hootch from the local holding cell. The next morning the body of Joe Simpson was found hanging from a telephone pole. The next day the body was rehung for the benifit of Newspaper Photographers. (You can find this picture easily on the internet but I chose not to include it here). Once time for burial the people did not want to bury Joe next to Jim in the new cemetery (Jim Arnold was the first burial) so Joe's casket was dumped down an abandoned mine shaft. Later the town doctor suspecting Joe's anger due to syphillus removed his head to examin the brain. His head has changed hands many times over history. The body was believed to have been removed from its burial location and lost later on.
Created by: steven campbell
Record added: Mar 24, 2008
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