Does someone have access to programs that can search
newspaper archives ? I don't have any specific dates.
I have a ancestor named Fred M. Hans, aka, "Lone Star" who had a very interesting and colorful career between 1876 as a scout for the Army during the Indian wars and until 1923 when he was crushed in an elevator in the World Herald newspaper bldg. He was also a detective and or Special Agent for the railroads in NE and Iowa. He wrote a book titled "The Great Sioux Nation" published in 1907. I am aware that many newspaper articles have been published about his career but i don't have any access to them. The articles may have been published in any paper in any town, he traveled a lot on the job, including the western plains states and the Rocky Mtn states prior to statehood.
I am wanting to collect as many articles or other information as i can to verify or correlate accounts of his "claims to fame".
his obit is attached for your reference--
Sincerely grateful for your assistance and any articles
Dan in Oregon
Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota), Wednesday, April 18, 1923--
"FAMOUS OLD INDIAN SCOUT DIES IN CRASH
"Lone Star" Fred Hans dies with boots on, but in elevator accident
PROBE CUSTER FIGHT
Said to have induced Sitting Bull and others to return to Reservation
Omaha, Neb., April 18, 1923-
Fighting, smiling, gray-haired old "Lone Star" Fred M. Hans, Indian fighter, frontier scout and last of the real two-gun "cross-armed draw" experts, met death here last night with "his boots on" as he so often desired. But death did not come to him on the field of battle where he had often faced death nor on the wings of a bullet. He was crushed to death in an elevator shaft at the Omaha World Herald plant, where he was night watchman. "Lone Star" was caught by the elevator when he attempted to move the control elevator from the outside and the lift suddenly started upward. The old veteran tried to leap into it but his feet which had so often leaped on the back of mustangs had lost.
"Lone Star" began his career as a plainsman at the age of 16 when he left home to search for a brother kidnapped by Sioux Indians.
In Powder River fight.
"Lone Star" broke into fame first in 1876 in the "hole-in-the-wall"need newspaper articles country, Powder River, Wyo., when single-handed he shot and killed Shacknasty Jim and his two fellow bandits. It was "Lone Star's" hammer- fanning that won the unequal fight.
Other high spots in Hans life were: shot and killed two stagecoach bandits, April 12, 1877, near Valentine, Neb.
Shot five Indians in a battle of the Little Missouri near the Black Hills, Aug. 21, 1877 saving the lives of a party of 20 prospectors. Killed 11 Indians with Twelve shots, using both guns, hammer fanning in the battle of Wounded Knee in So Dakota in 1890.
At Sitting Bull's death.
Killed bandit at Ainsworth, Nebraska, in 1878, Shot and killed a bandit at Fremont, Neb., in 1897. Was official War Department investigator of Custer's massacre and followed Sitting Bull 600 miles on horse-back inducing him and his band to return to the reservation.
Was present at Sitting Bull's death.
Was chief scout master for General Phil Sheridan for several years.
Was chief special agent for the Northwestern railroad for years.
"I was never beaten on the draw", he often declared.
Until a month ago Hans wore a scalp lock 18 inches long, which he kept curled under a scull cap as he sat around in the Herald editorial rooms at night, often displaying his skill with his two guns to reporters and visitors.
"No one is after it now" he exclaimed when he ordered his lock cut off.
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