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August 21, 2012 by Bill

“Kill a Wobbly who insults you, and get honored at the Elks Club.”

Two weeks before Utah executed Joe Hill, another IWW member, Ray (or Roy) J. HortonĀ  was murdered in Salt Lake City — shot on the street, frontier-justice style, for the crime of mouthing off to a hotheaded old gunfighter who had once been a deputy under Sheriff Bat Masterson in Dodge City, Kansas.

The story is told briefly, too briefly, in the book, and is now ably reprised, and with some additional and welcome detail, on the Web page of the Standard-Examiner of Ogden, Utah. The blog post is headlined: “In 1915, kill a Wobbly who insults you, and get honored at the Elks Club.” It’s written by Doug Gibson, the paper’s editorial page editor, and well worth reading.

Also, it should be noted that back in 1991, the nonprofit Joe Hill Organizing Committee put a marker on Horton’s grave. He’s buried in Salt Lake in Mount Olivet Cemetery, plot S_49_1. The Salt Lake-based Committee is already organizing a commemoration of the centenary of Hill’s Nov. 1915 execution.

2 Responses to ““Kill a Wobbly who insults you, and get honored at the Elks Club.””

  1. Alan Meyer says:

    Outstanding, Doug!

  2. RudiZink says:

    Good goin’, Doug!

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