WILLIAM F. "BUFFALO BILL" CODY - DOCUMENT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: LOUISA (MRS. WILLIAM F. 'BUFFALLO BILL" CODY) CODY - HFSID 280867
Sale Price $1,700.00
WILLIAM FREDERICK "BUFFALO BILL" CODY and LOUISA M. CODY
Extremely rare document signed by William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody and his wife Louisa Cody. They signed a $1,000 interest note on a mortgage on their winter home, Scout's Rest Ranch in North Platte, Nebraska. Documents signed by both William Cody and his wife of over 50 years are incredibly rare and highly desirable!
Document signed "Louisa M Cody" and "William F. Cody". Red and black ink notations in unknown hand and purple ink stamps on front and verso. 1 page, 4¼x2. Interest note no. 4 on a $25,000 loan from Sept. 14, 1911. The Codys signed this document promising to pay Arthur McNamara $1,000 at Omaha State Bank by Sept. 14, 1913. It's stamped paid on Sept. 19, 1913 at the First National Bank in North Platte, Nebraska on verso. Lightly toned and creased. Stamp on front touches Louisa's signature. Show-through from stamp on verso, which touches both signatures. Folded once vertically and twice horizontally. Pinholes near top edge. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by two items: 1) Document signed secretarially for William and Louisa Cody in pencil eight times and on docket in black ink once. 1 page, 8¼x11¼. Sept. 14, 1911. $25,000 first mortgage bond for Scout's Rest Ranch in Lincoln, Nebraska, payable to Arthur McNamara at Omaha National Bank on Sept. 14, 1916. This document came with eight printed interest coupons of $1,000 each, dated at six month intervals, on September and March, between 1911 and 1914. One has been cut off, and all but one of the remainder are marked "paid". Lightly toned and creased. Light tears at left edge and right edge. Light nicks at right edge. Irregular edges. Lightly discolored in center of document. Folded thrice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. 2) Typed letter of transmittal on letterhead of James M. Hamilton, Manufacturer and Dealer in Builders' Mill Work and Packing Boxes, Chester, Pennsylvania. 1 page, 8¼x5½. Oct. 3, 1913.In full: "Friend Lillie, Enclosed you will find coupon I told Miss Letherbury to send with my letter of a few days ago, but she forgot to put it in. I have a letter from Mr. Mooney also, acknowledging receipt of check. Yours Truly." "Lillie" is probably Gordon W. "Pawnee Bill" Lillie, who co-managed Bill's Wild West and Pawnee Bill's Far East with William Cody from 1908 to 1913. Lightly toned and creased. Pencil notations on verso (no show-through). Light nicks at top and bottom edges. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. William Cody began living at Scout's Rest Ranch in North Platte, Nebraska in 1886. It served as his home during the winter and featured a large barn for the housing animals used in his Wild West. It still stands today as a part of Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. WILLIAM FREDERICK CODY (1846-1917) earned the name Buffalo Bill" for killing thousands of buffalo as a hired hunter in 1867 and 1868. Cody had begun his Wild West career herding cattle at age nine. Five years later, he became the Pony Express' youngest rider. Throughout the Civil War, Cody worked as a government scout, extracting from life and the West all it had to offer. His western notoriety grew with his adventures, including those during the Sioux War, in which he purportedly fought a duel with Chief Yellow Hand. Cody's theatrical career was launched that same year with his re-enactments of such Indian battles. By 1883, he formed his first Wild West spectacle, becoming a master showman who toured internationally until 1903. In 1893, his Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World show hit its high point during the Columbian Exposition and World's Fair in Chicago. The Wild West, which featured thrilling "battles" between cowboys and Indians and amazing shooting demonstrations by Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, drew six million paid customers during its five-month run and exceeded $1,000,000 in profits. LOUISA M. CODY was married to William Cody until from 1866 until his death in 1917.
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