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Howk Believed Quantrill Was AKA J. M. Bedichek
Posted by: Betty Dorsett Duke (ID *****2917) Date: May 28, 2008 at 22:27:47
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Glynda made two very interesting posts on the U. S. Outlaws Forum regarding Hawk saying that Quantrill faked his death and assumed the alias of James Madison Bedichek. James Madison Bedichek moved to Blevins around 1884. The links to Glynda's posts are located below:

Any of the following information enclosed in quotation marks is my copyrighted material, but I cannot cite the source due to forum rules. However, anyone who wishes to quote it may email me and I will tell you the source:

"J. Frank Dalton seemed to have inside information about Jesse James’ comrades. During an interview with author Henry J. Walker he said, “Quantrill didn’t die as history reports but escaped to Texas and taught school under the name of Bedichek.” Professor B. E. Bedeczek as Quantrill is said to have been a member of the 13-man Inner Sanctum of the Knights of the Golden Circle, better known as the KGC. (Bedeczek is a variant spelling of Bedichek.)"
"James M. Bedichek was related to Jesse James, just as the real James L. Courtney was. The James M. Bedichek connection to Blevins, Texas provides an important piece of the puzzle in proving my great-grandfather’s true identity. Why would James Madison Bedichek choose Blevins, Texas as the place to raise his family out of all the places in the United States? Could it be because Jesse James and his other Confederate comrades lived there? If James Madison Bedichek was also known as Prof. B. E. Bedeczek it offers yet another connection between my great-grandfather and the KGC.
Floyd Mann, professional treasure and owner of Knights of the Golden Circle Home Page, lists the thirteen Inner Circle members as follows: “Quantrill; Jesse James; Frank James; Gen. Nathan B. Forrest; John Patterson (allegedly Jefferson Davis' alias); Bud Dalton; George Payne; Prof. B.E. Bedeczek; Lewis Dalton; George Baxter, Coleman Younger, Gen. J.O. Shelby and Jack (Brac) Miller.
As members of the Inner Sanctum died, they were replaced up to 1916."
I once believed that Howk never told the truth when it came to anything associated with Jesse James, but my research has changed my mind. I now believe Howk did know a lot and I have an explanation as to how he knew, but because of this forum's rules I cannot cite the source here. (Email me at
"What is so very intriguing about Dalton and Hawk's story is that Bedichek's descendants also heard that either he or his brother, F. A. Bedichek, was really Quantrill.
It is known fact that J. M. Bedichek, after losing many low paying school teacher jobs, was in Texas in 1885 and was a prosperous school owner and master. His last known teaching position was in Postville, Iowa. During a Memorial Day program a Methodist minister asked him to give a tribute to the ‘gray’ [The Confederacy]. Mrs. Bedichek advised him not to accept, but he said, "If I can't say what I think here I'll go where I can." So he gave the tribute. James M. Bedichek eloquently ended his speech by saying, ‘While you are laying flower upon flower, wreath upon wreath upon the graves of Grant and Mead, drop one flower upon the graves of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.’ The house went into an uproar. There were cries of ‘Traitor! Traitor!’ He was soon out of a job and apparently knew exactly where he would be welcomed and could prosper -- he hightailed it to the same tiny community in Texas where my great-grandfather lived.
Records indicate Bedichek did not arrive in Buttermilk (Blevins), Texas until around 1884, but it is known that his family was not with him for the year preceding their arrival in Texas. And when they did join him they arrived in style by train rather than the cheaper over land route to a new home and school in Buttermilk, and just a short while later the acclaimed Bedichek Learning Institute was built in Eddy." (Email for source) It doesn't take too much thought to figure out how Bedichek raised the money.
"James Madison Bedichek's son, Roy Bedichek was a famous Texas folk lorist and was closely associated with famous writers Walter Prescott Webb and J. Frank Dobie. All three men were closely associated with President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Many of you have heard of the Victorio Peak treasure in New Mexico. My great-grandfather's sons and J. M. Bedichek and his son Roy later moved to New Mexico. Dobie is famous for his treasure tales. I think he heard many of them from Roy Bedichek who knew first hand information.

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