Saturday, November 27, 2010

Did Boos and Moss ride the ride across Missouri?

Doraine Bennett a follower posed an interesting question that I just discovered since I haven't been checking my "Dashboard" carefully enough. The following is our correspondence:

Hi Doraine,

I just opened my blog and discovered a question you had sent a LONG time ago. I'm sorry I missed it. I didn't realize it was there. I thought I had things set up so I'd be notified by e-mail if I got any comments:

Here is your question:
Do I have this straight? Moss and Boos "passed through" Cameron "on cars." It's not specifically stated, but it's questionable that they were with the Corps when they went through Hamilton. My supposition is that they took the train in St. Joseph, headed to Laclede where they met Henry Lucas. Is that what you think?

Here are my thoughts:
To be honest, I skipped over the Cameron newspaper account of "passing through on cars". Nor had I worked out how Boos, Kennedy and Moss traveled though I suspected they might have leap-frogging across Missouri via train. I need to go back and read the articles more carefully. I think your deduction is right and I thank you for your sharp eye. Your supposition would solve some questions I've had....

1) Why didn't Boos write more about the trip through Missouri? The articles he wrote for the Missoulian come to a dead stop at about the Nebraska-Missouri border but we know he was at Forest Park when the Corps made their triumphant entry into St. Louis. I now think it's because he rode across a great deal of Missouri on a train. Your theory fits this.

I know for certain that Boos rode ahead by train clear back in Wyoming through a Newcastle, Wyoming article I found. Perhaps he did this other places as well.

Here are some other thoughts:
Sunday = 18th of July - Corps rode from St. Joseph to Hamilton - Cameron is just before Hamilton
Monday = 19th of July - Corps rode from Hamilton, MO to Laclede
"Henry V. Lucas rode out to Laclede on Wednesday [July 21] to tender Lieut. Moss the hospitality of the St. Louis wheelmen."
[This would mean Moss and Boos waited two days while Lucas rode the train to meet them? Hmmm.... Don't know what to think. Why would they not keep riding and have Lucas meet them at some point closer to St. Louis?]

Notice at the beginning of the Missouri leg: "E.H. Boos, of the associated press accompanies the party [Holt County Sentinel, July 23]" St. Joseph Herald [July 18] also mentions Boos. Then there is the quote you mention-

"The soldiers are colored and are in charge of Lieut. J.A. Moss, a white man, who went through here on the cars Sunday evening, accompanied by E.H. Boos, a representative of the Associated Press. The only white man in the crowd in Cameron was Lieut. J.M. Kennedy, surgeon.
- Cameron Daily Observer [Cameron, MO], July 19, 1897

The Brookfield Gazette, in Missouri, reports..."the company numbered twenty--Lieut. James A. Moss, Surgeon J.M. Kennedy and eighteen privates...." No mention of Boos. The Hamiltonian [Hamilton, MO] tells us, "a representative of the Associated Press E.H. Boos" but then, The St. Louis Post Dispatch [July 23, 1897] says: "Lieut. Moss and Surgeon Kennedy are the only white men in the corps"--this article written before they reach St. Louis.

"They are in charge of Lieut. J.A. Moss, a white man who went east by train Sunday night."
- Hamilton News-Graphic, July 22, 1897

"The Twenty-fifth Infantry Bicycle corps camped at Laclede Monday evening and passed through Brookfield Tuesday morning. The company numbered twenty--Lieut. James A. Moss, Surgeon J.M. Kennedy and eighteen privates...."
Brookfield Gazette, July 24, 1897

"James A. Moss...with twenty-three men, including James M. Kennedy, the surgeon, all on bicycles, arrived here last Thursday afternoon [July 22]Lieutenant Moss and Edward H. Boos official reporter of the bicycle corps made the NEWS a pleasant visit during their brief stay in Louisiana."
- Pike County News- Louisiana, MO, July 29, 1897

"Lieutenant Moss and Surgeon Kennedy came in ahead of the corps and made straight for the office of the Pike County Press to get hold of a L.A.W. map."


"Lieut. Moss, with Lieut. Kennedy and Mr. Boos, rode five wheel lengths in front of the corps that followed after in platoons of fours."
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch [St. Louis, MO] Sunday morning, July 25, 1897

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