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Thomas Matthew "Dick" Arbuckle
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Birth: 1843, USA
Death: Jun. 19, 1878
New Mexico, USA

Thomas M. Arbuckle

Bio: Dick was the oldest son of James Alexander Arbuckle and Amanda Hunkel. He was a part of the Wild West and he and some of his brothers were known as the Arbuckle outlaws. Article from "STAR" Issue 3182, Page 3, June 19, 1878 "A Social Gathering in New Mexico - A social gathering which took place the other evening at the little town of Ciruelita, near Fort Union, New Mexico, was rendered far from enjoyable by an absence of good taste and decorum on the part of one or two of those present on the occasion. It seems from the account given of the affair by the Cimarron News and Press that in the afternoon there had been a "chicken fight: in the town, at which a difference of opinion arose between a man known as Dick Arbuckle and another man named Curley. In the evening there was a "bronco dance", at which, unfortunately, Messrs Arbuckle and Curley renewed their quarrel. Arbuckle was to blame in the first instance; for he playfully fired a shot from a revolver at Curley, while the latter was dancing, which paralyzed his right arm. As the shot did not take effect on Curley's legs, he might still have continued to dance, but that a second shot disabled his left hand and caused him to drop his pistol. While he was stooping to recover the weapon, a third shot, fired by Arbuckle, passed through his body and disabled him entirely. A man named Texas Jim at this juncture drew his pistol and "put three holes through Arbuckle in quick succession, which finished him." Texas Jim, not satisfied with this result, "kept on firing at the company indiscriminately with a pistol in each hand, until he had emptied both pistols." When the excitement had cooled down a little it was found that four persons had been killed outright and nine wounded, among them one woman. Curley, moreover, was not expected to recover from the effect of Arbuckle's shots. Texas Jim was arrested by Sheriff Robinson and taken to Mora, where he was lodged in gaol. The same night, however, he and the rest of the prisoners "broke gaol" and made their escape.

-- Find A Grave contributor Carole Arbuckle Marlow
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  James Alexander Arbuckle (1815 - 1861)
  Amanda Arbuckle Hunkel Miller (1829 - 1886)
  Thomas Matthew Arbuckle (1843 - 1878)
  George Davis Arbuckle (1848 - 1925)*
  Scott Arbuckle (1855 - 1882)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Created by: Scott Braddy
Record added: Feb 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33661876
Thomas Matthew Dick Arbuckle
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Thomas Matthew Dick Arbuckle
Added by: Scott Braddy
Thomas Matthew Dick Arbuckle
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 Added: Oct. 26, 2016
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