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Jesse James Photo Exhibit at Newton County, Arkansas Library
Posted by: Evelyn Flood (ID *****2743) Date: August 03, 2005 at 01:11:41
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I sure do miss you folks on the U.S. Outlaw Forum.
Baby sitting that website of mine is getting to me. I have lost personal contact with nearly all my friends. Couldn't stand it any longer so thought I would write this up for all to read. Gotta get out and kick up my boot heels and ride my old Nissan down to see you soon.
Will scan the photo that went with this story and put it on my website on page one under:
"Jesse James Photo Exhibit at Newton County, Arkansas Library".
That way you can see the photo that came along with the article my good, good friend, Glynda.
Keep in mind, I don't get my Times Newspaper until after things have happened there. This is dated June 23, 2005.
By Jeff Dezort, Editor of Newton County Times
Jasper...The Newton County Library has opened its new addition and it is hosting a visiting photography exhibit that is open to the public all this week and through the Buffalo River Elk Festival in Jasper.
Reggie Ann Walker-Wyatt of Shreveport, La., is presenting about half of her collection in the show entitled "A Photograhic Journey, the Back Road of Jesse James." The photographs were collected by Walker-Wyatt as she researched legendary outlaw Jesse James.
Besides photos she has taken of buildings, places, and some of the people she has encountered during her travels, the exhibit includes copies of historic photos, newspaper articles and other artifacts pertaining to the story of Jesse James.
Walker-Wyatt, who has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, traveled over nine states for five years gathering information, taking photos and interviewing people who had creditable stories about the legendary outlaw.
Walker-Wyatt believes in a theory that there were two Jesse Jameses. Her information is being preserved in a proposed trilogy of books focusing on the controversy. The first book, "Chasing Rivers, Trains and Jesse James," has already been published and the author is working on the second volume.
In 2002 Walker-Wyatt visited Joe Vaughn of Deer, who related his story that his grandfather was Frank James. That information became the sixth chapter of the novel. Walker-Wyatt said she is looking forward to meeting with Vaughn again while she is in Jasper with the photography exhibit.
A photo of Vaughn's grandfather is part of this exhibit. Vaughn was a curcuit rider and surveyor in 1885 and the photo is believed to be taken later. Other local photos of interest include the Buffalo River and the Snow Cemetery. Walker-Wyatt visited Alum Cove during her current trip and took several photos of the area to be included in her next book.
"I am always looking for new information, a new piece to the puzzle," Walker-Wyatt said. She enjoys meeting people and is willing to share information if it will help people fill in spaces in their own family history.
One fact she said she found out was that is was not uncommon after the Civil War for men to take on several aliases. She said some men reared more than one family.
While she says she has some Jesse James history in her own family, she maintains that she has nothing to prove. "I do enjoy the mystery of the story."
Apparently many other people do as well.
Her book will be available during the Elk Festival. A book signing event at the library has been set for Thursday, June 23.
The photography exhibit can be seen at the library from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.
(end of article)
Since Joe Vaughn was a circuit rider and surveyor in 1885, one could perhaps check the Newton County Court records for the year 1885 for a signature of Joe Vaughn.
Also he married Nancy Richison (Richardson) on 22 Aug 1886 and he may have signed the marriage license. Newton County, Arkansas Marriage Book B, page 247.

Story will be on page one at bottom under
"Jesse James Photo Exhibit and Newton County Library"

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