Frank eaton was known as pistol pete, a nickname he acquired at the age of fifteen when he. Pistol pete, veteran of the old west by eaton, frank pistol pete. The inspiration for the pistol pete character was frank eaton, an oklahoma lawman. The recollections and personal photos of gunfighter and lawman frank pistol pete eaton by eva gillhouse. Eaton made several television appearances including the danny williams, tom paxton, and prissy thomas shows.
Neighborly love by eaton, frank and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. The book does not talk about it, but when he was old, he was around oklahoma state some, and the kids got to liking him. Frank eaton was born in 1860 in hartford, connecticut. Eva gillhouse the name pistol pete was given to a 15yearold boy for his shooting prowess. Frank boardman pistol pete eaton was an american author, cowboy, scout, indian fighter, and deputy u. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers. Sep 07, 2010 footage taken from home movies of pistol pete frank eaton, filmed at his home in perkins, oklahoma. The legend of pistol pete frank eaton historic home. Most of the book, however, appears to be fictional. Marshall who claimed to have killed 11 men with the colt. With today being osu homecoming, frank eaton, better known as pistol pete, is a timely topic. Everything you want to know about pistol pete sportsextra. His first, was an autobiography titled veteran of the old west. In 1868, the eaton family joined the rush to kansas homesteading eight miles west of carbondale, in osage county.
My friend and partner, eva gillhouse, wrote this book. Gibson, ok a cavalry fort, to learn more about handling a gun. The legend of pistol pete francis boardman eaton was born on october 26, 1860, in hartford, connecticut. Pistol pete eaton fastest draw in indian territory. Frank eaton aka pistol pete look for one of his 2 books. Frank boardman pistol pete eaton was a cowboy, indian fighter, u. The amazing true experiences of a famous cowboy and indian fighter. Aug 11, 2011 pistol pete frank eaton s exploits, featured in the november 2010 issue of distinctly oklahoma magazine, are the stuff of legend. In 1875, when he was 15, he learned the whereabouts of his fathers killers. This story is about his experiences as a cowboy, scout, indian fighter, trail rider and deputy united states marshall. The eaton home served as the residence of frank and anna eaton from 1929 until 1958. I am sharing his story with permission from david sasser of oklahoma territorial plaza, perkins, oklahoma, where frank eatons home which is today a museum is located. Perkins resident, frank pistol pete eaton 18601958, was a colorful character out of the old west cowboy, scout, deputy u.
Marshal, author, and living model for the oklahoma state university cowboy. The book consists of a series of stories about events in franks life in roughly chronological order. The fact that eaton had the foresight to know that his adventures would stand the test of time, and that he took the timeenergy to enlist eva gillhouse to record his antics, makes eatons story worth reading. Pistol pete, which tells a tale of his life as a deputy united states marshal and cowboy. Find pistol pete veteran of the old west 0934188017 by eaton, frank. Eaton s biography, pistol pete, veteran of the old west, includes an introductory note by eaton. Much of the story of his deputization appears to be fictional, however. Dec 06, 2010 open library is an initiative of the internet archive, a 501c3 nonprofit, building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. The autobiography of frank pistol pete eaton, a onetime cowboy, scout, indian fighter, trail rider, and deputy united states marshall frank eaton died at his home in perkins, oklahoma, at the age of 98.
I bought this kindle edition and found it to be an excellent edition. Frank boardman pistol pete eaton was a c owboy, indian fighter, u. Eaton that is a history of fort smith and isaac parker. Frank eaton wrote two books that exemplify the life of a veteran of the old west. The pistol pete mascot costume features traditional cowboy attire and a headpiece resembling frank eaton. The true story of kill or be killed in the real old west. He claimed he killed 11 men in fair gunfights, including five who had murdered his father. I own an old hardcover copy of this book, but wanted to read it again while on vacation. Frank pistol pete eaton and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at.
Schedule permitting, pistol pete appears at other special events birthday parties, wedding receptions, etc. Pistol pete is the athletics mascot of oklahoma state university. Frank later penned a couple of books about his life and recollections of life in the oklahoma territory. The autobiography of frank pistol pete eaton, a onetime cowboy, scout, indian fighter, trail rider, and deputy unite. Pistol pete is played this year by michael callahan, a journalism student from missoula, montana. It is written by a friend and partner of frank pistol pete eaton, eva gillhouse. Francis boardman pistol pete eaton 18601958 find a. Nov 11, 2009 theres also a third book titled hell on the border, which was written by a frank l. Stock image the true story of kill or be killed in the real old west. Pistol pete, veteran of the old west ebook by frank pistol pete. The chicago tribune called the book an exciting genuine bit of americana. Pistol pete is a full time student and appears at numerous osu athletic and department events.
I have more than 25 basketball titles and over 2,000. The announcer goes on to say that the nmsu aggies have had this mascot since it was created in 1923 from a reallife rooting tooting old west gunfighter, frank pistol pete eaton. Pistol pete, gunslinger and fatheravengercenturies after hamlet but decades before inigo montoya, an american boy set out to avenge the death of his father. Frank eaton, pistol pete in the late 1860s, 8 yr old. Frank pistol pete eaton truly is an unforgettable character. Veteran of the old west 97812585317 by eaton, frank. Frank eaton, pistol pete in the late 1860s, 8 yr old eaton witnessed six men kill his father. The prose are what you would expect from a cowboy reciting stories, however the details are amazing. But before setting off on his mission to avenge his fathers death, he decided to visit ft.
Little kid watches as 6 men gun down his father in cold blood. Frank eaton historic home frank pistol pete eaton homestead. Eaton served as the model for osus mascot pistol pete. Pistol pete eaton fastest draw in indian territory legends of america frank boardman pistol pete eaton october 1860 april was an american author, cowboy, scout, indian fighter, and deputy u. Home the frank eaton collection guides at oklahoma state. Pistol pete, veteran of the old west and over one million other books are available for amazon kindle. Eaton is the official mascot of oklahoma state university. He settled near perkins, oklahoma where he served as sheriff and later became a. Pistol pete, veteran of the old west by frank pistol pete eaton. Eaton was born on october 26, 1860, in hartford, connecticut and when he was eight years old, he moved with his family to a homestead in twin mounds, kansas.
Jan 20, 2008 the title of the book is that boy packs the truest and fastest guns in the territory. Frank eaton led a full and interesting life, and he tells his story in such a way that the reader cant wait to see what will happen next. The ballad of songbirds and snakes from the author that brought you the hunger games, reenter the world of panem again sixtyfour years before the events of the original series. Founded in 1997, has become a leading book price comparison site. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction.
Pistol pete veteran of the old west 0934188017 by eaton, frank. I suspect a couple of the old western writers used frank eatons stories as plot ideas for their movies. Frank boardman pistol pete eaton october 26, 1860 april 8, 1958 was a scout, indian. Sep 30, 2011 frank eaton aka pistol pete look for one of his 2 books. Born in hartford, connecticut on october 26, 1860, frank boardman moved with his family to twin mounds, osage county, kansas, about thirtyeight miles southwest of lawrence, at a place called rock springs. Frank pistol pete eaton published by createspace independent publishing platform 2014. Great grandson of, frank pistol pete eaton my great grandfather, francis boardman eaton was born on october 26, 1860, in hartford, connecticut. Im guessing by the middle initial that it wasnt written by frank pistol pete eaton, but im wondering if it wasnt written by one of his sons. Perhaps youve heard of him, his picture is the mascot of the oklahoma state cowboy. Frank eaton aka pistol pete this is his story as told by him to another person to write down. Pistol pete is a significant character in the bass reeves trilogy, and i was interested enough to learn more about him. Veteran of the old west by eaton, frank from amazons fiction books store.591 802 336 1147 1508 881 606 409 1601 1296 1050 784 993 843 1048 298 226 893 423 1315 1393 169 1272 1175 791 1308 981 1263 833 976 1292 146 1373 1552 1448 8 190 371 1290 951 116 504 1471