Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp
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Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp by Ann Kirschner is the definitive biography of a Jewish girl from New York who won the heart of Wyatt Earp.
For nearly fifty years, she was the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp: hero of the O.K. Corral and the most famous lawman of the Old West. Yet Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp has nearly been erased from Western lore. In this fascinating biography, Ann Kirschner, author of the acclaimed Sala's Gift, brings Josephine out of the shadows of history to tell her tale: a spirited and colorful tale of ambition, adventure, self-invention, and devotion. Reflective of America itself, her story brings us from the post–Civil War years to World War II, and from New York to the Arizona Territory to old Hollywood.
In Lady at the O.K. Corral, you’ll learn how this aspiring actress and dancer—a flamboyant, curvaceous Jewish girl with a persistent New York accent—landed in Tombstone, Arizona, and sustained a lifelong partnership with Wyatt Earp, a man of uncommon charisma and complex heroism.
College. Photographs of his cabin at Rampart are in the collection of Candy Waugaman. 100 1,500 dozen precious eggs: Josephine’s sad story of the Egg Man is verified by a contemporary letter written from Rampart on November 1898: “Last night a man who bought 1500 dozen eggs packed in lard to open a restaurant was found unconscious—a suicide. His eggs were too ancient for use and he could not sell them so he grew despondent.” Herbert Heller Papers, Lynn Smith Correspondence and Letters,
shared; it had, after all, been purchased with her parents’ money. Out of affection for young Albert Behan that would last a lifetime, hesitant to leave him with his faithless father, she may have stayed in that house with the child while she took some time to plan. Or she may have moved into one of the local rooming houses or found shelter with Kitty and Harry Jones, or with John and Annie Lewellen, a family who lived nearby. To add to the mystery of where and how she lived, Johnny’s favorite
only to discover that she had chosen poorly. He wooed her with promises of marriage, but she would soon find herself alone in the hostile climate of a frontier boomtown, where a single woman in need of food and shelter could easily find herself working as a prostitute. None of her contemporaries knew why Josephine Marcus came to Tombstone, or why she left. As eyewitnesses died off, it became harder and harder to follow the trail of broken promises and festering secrets. But fascination with
they could not carry their gold dust ashore without assistance.” Despite the horrors of their voyage, the passengers of the Hera were united in “declaring Nome to be the greatest camp on earth.” Many of them were already planning to return in the spring. AS JOSEPHINE STEPPED onto dry land, grateful beyond words to be off the boat, she encountered a city that had a single-minded focus. Seattle was Nome-crazy. The newly formed “Cape Nome Information and Supply Bureau” bombarded pedestrians with
ominous gathering of war clouds over Europe only magnified her diminished personal circumstances. But something always turned up for Josephine. She would live to write Wyatt into one more chapter of the American frontier. IN 1931 THE explorer Lincoln Ellsworth was planning a historic expedition to Antarctica, hoping to complete the first transcontinental flight. An enthusiastic reader of Frontier Marshal and other tales of Tombstone, Ellsworth wanted to give copies of Lake’s book to his entire