James Jordan to present a program on “Buckskin Joe”

first_imgJames JordanSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — On Monday, September 22, James Jordan, editor of the Wellington Daily News, and former editor of the Arkansas City Traveler, will present the program “Buckskin Joe”.  Jordan will share tales and true stories of one of South Central Kansas’s early settlers and interesting characters to the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society members and guests at the Good Taste Chinese Buffet meeting room, 1311 E. 16th, Wellington.The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.; the meal at 5:30 p.m..When James Jordan attended a story-telling seminar, he knew his next step was to find a character to portray.Jordan enjoyed reading old newspapers, so when he read about E.J. Hoyt, better known as Buckskin Joe, he knew he had found his character.“I kept seeing his ads,” Jordan said, “and I got to studying them a little bit. His ads were always really funny.”“Buckskin Joe was a person of many talents,” Jordan said, adding that he was a Canadian citizen who fought in the Civil War and that earned him citizenship and a land grant. And the land grant brought him to Kansas and the Arkansas City area.“Buckskin Joe was one of the original settlers to found Arkansas City in 1870” Jordan said, “He settled on the Walnut River, two miles from where the city was founded.”Jordan said that Buckskin Joe worked as an Indian scout, performed in a circus, and later traveled in Wild West Shows with Pawnee Bill.Jordan said that among Buckskin Joe’s many interests were his grocery store in Arkansas City, and his gymnasium, where he practiced gymnastics. Jordan added that Buckskin Joe walked a tight rope across the main street in Arkansas City in the 1880’s.“The Museum at Ark City actually has his balancing pole,” Jordan said.“He was also a self-taught musician,” Jordan said, adding that he called himself a professor of music, claimed he could play 17 instruments, and started the Arkansas City Municipal Band, one of the oldest bands in the state that has continuously operated.According to the June 26, 1878 Arkansas City Traveler newspaper, Buckskin Joe and his band were to spend July 4, 1878 in Wellington “to give the people of that burg a taste of good music.”“He also was heavily into gold mining and seemed to have a knack for finding it,” Jordan said, “he made a fortune in the Colorado gold mines, and claimed to have found gold near Arkansas City, but said it was too small of an amount to be mined.”Jordan said that after about 1880 he spent his summers in Colorado mining gold and his winters in Kansas teaching music.  Then about 1900, he moved to California, where he lived until he died in 1918.“He was just an amazing character,” Jordan said.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more