Sheridan educator and Civil War historian Tyson Emborg has completed six months of research finding local veterans from that war with a Sheridan connection, burial sites in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery and other anecdotal, interesting histories.
The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the watershed event of that great war, is next week, July 1-3, 1863. The Sheridan Press (and its predecessors) provided Emborg with a source of history via obituaries to cross-check the veterans’ service, before and after the Civil War.
It’s good reading. Emborg has written a guest column about the men (and one woman) and provides a list of more than 70 names. One notable entry is, Edward A. Whitney, infantry enlistee with Company C., 52nd Massachusetts Volunteers. Whitney’s ongoing philanthropy in Sheridan has enriched local students with a college education for several generations. The new Whitney Education Center at Sheridan College is named in his honor.
The Press will publish Emborg’s column and lists, Wednesday, July 3. Look for it.
The Cowboy Joe Club Golf Tournament, which rolls through Sheridan at The Powder Horn every spring, raised more than $13,500 for more than 350 student-athletes enrolled at the University of Wyoming.
There were 53 sponsors (including The Sheridan Press) and 88 players in the recent tournament. This is a series of friendly golf tournaments that are held throughout Wyoming to support the Cowboys.
Ejections from major league baseball games — as well as bona fide “characters” — have always been a part of the sport’s fabric. One worthy of recall was George “Frenchy” Bordagaray. He played 11 seasons as an outfielder for six teams and retired as a .283 lifetime hitter. He also drove umpires and managers nuts with his antics.
Once, he was thrown out of a game for spitting at an umpire and was fined $500 by the league office. That was big money in 1939.
Asked by reporters about the heavy fine, Bordagaray replied, “It was more than I expectorated.”
The able-bodied young man walks into the local welfare office to pick up his check. He marches up to the counter and says, “Hi. You know, I just hate drawing welfare. I’d really rather have a job. I don’t like taking advantage of the system — getting something for nothing.”
The clerk behind the counter says, “Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a wealthy man who wants a chauffeur and bodyguard for his beautiful, 21-year-old daughter. You’ll have to drive her around in his Mercedes-Benz CL. He will supply all of your clothes. Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You’ll also be expected to escort the daughter on all her holiday trips.
The guy, just plain wide-eyed, says, “You’re kiddin’ me!”
The clerk replies, “Yeah, well — you started it.”