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“The autobiography of Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton, a one–time 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. As a youth, Frank Eaton avenged his father’s death when he was shot in cold blood by the Campseys and Ferbers, former Confederates who called themselves Regulators. Eat “The autobiography of Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton, a one–time 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. As a youth, Frank Eaton avenged his father’s death when he was shot in cold blood by the Campseys and Ferbers, former Confederates who called themselves Regulators. Eaton witnessed his father’s murder in 1868. In the intervening 19 years, Frank finished the job of gunning down the last of his father’s murderers. At the age of 15, the post commander at Fort Gibson. Indian Territory, dubbed Frank Eaton “Pistol Pete” when he out shot everyone at the fort. In 1923, “Pistol Pete” gave permission for Oklahoma A & M College to use his photograph in a design of a college emblem. Today “Pistol Pete” is the model for the “Cowboy” caricature at Oklahoma State University, New Mexico State University. and the University of Wyoming. Frank Eaton, in Pistol Pete–Veteran Of The Old West, tells about the constant struggle between law and crime and the result of crime which in those times ended with a rope or bullet. His memoirs offer a colorful, humorous, violent, and moving picture of law and lawlessness in Indian Territory.”-Print ed.


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“The autobiography of Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton, a one–time 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. As a youth, Frank Eaton avenged his father’s death when he was shot in cold blood by the Campseys and Ferbers, former Confederates who called themselves Regulators. Eat “The autobiography of Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton, a one–time 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. As a youth, Frank Eaton avenged his father’s death when he was shot in cold blood by the Campseys and Ferbers, former Confederates who called themselves Regulators. Eaton witnessed his father’s murder in 1868. In the intervening 19 years, Frank finished the job of gunning down the last of his father’s murderers. At the age of 15, the post commander at Fort Gibson. Indian Territory, dubbed Frank Eaton “Pistol Pete” when he out shot everyone at the fort. In 1923, “Pistol Pete” gave permission for Oklahoma A & M College to use his photograph in a design of a college emblem. Today “Pistol Pete” is the model for the “Cowboy” caricature at Oklahoma State University, New Mexico State University. and the University of Wyoming. Frank Eaton, in Pistol Pete–Veteran Of The Old West, tells about the constant struggle between law and crime and the result of crime which in those times ended with a rope or bullet. His memoirs offer a colorful, humorous, violent, and moving picture of law and lawlessness in Indian Territory.”-Print ed.

30 review for Pistol Pete, Veteran Of The Old West

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bettye McKee

    Friends, this is an excellent book I don't really read westerns, but this was a pleasant exception. Pistol Pete is a significant character in the Bass Reeves trilogy, and I was interested enough to learn more about him. Frank Eaton led a full and interesting life, and he tells his story in such a way that the reader can't wait to see what will happen next. Frank was a cowboy, scout, U.S. Deputy Marshal, and so much else. I was never tempted to skim pages. The only typo I found was one instance of B Friends, this is an excellent book I don't really read westerns, but this was a pleasant exception. Pistol Pete is a significant character in the Bass Reeves trilogy, and I was interested enough to learn more about him. Frank Eaton led a full and interesting life, and he tells his story in such a way that the reader can't wait to see what will happen next. Frank was a cowboy, scout, U.S. Deputy Marshal, and so much else. I was never tempted to skim pages. The only typo I found was one instance of Bartles misspelled as Battles. The wrong spelling of whiskey was used, but so few people are aware of the difference this is not significant

  2. 4 out of 5

    Scott Gastineau

    This book was great for me because I love reading about real old west characters who deserve the moniker of legend, and because most Saturdays in the fall you will find me watching my alma mater, Oklahoma State Cowboys football team. I knew a very vague outline of part of his life before reading it, but honestly his life was even more fascinating than I expected. He led an epic life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hugh Plylar

    Times forgotten I rode over the trails with Frank through the years, slung lead from my six gun with him, carried a Winchester rifle,and made good use of it in a few gun rights with him. No I didn't live back then, but reading his book I became one of the other men who rode the dusty trails along side of him. Very enjoyable reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Olive Warner Library

    The real old west in Oklahoma How shocking! How grim! To be 8 years old and see your Papa shot down before your eyes. Pistol Pete did back in the days when he was a lad named Frank Eaton. A long trail of revenge wove through the book. And yet the book is much much more. A young man growing to be a man of character, whose word is his bond. A boyman whom old and young alike respect, and you will too when you read this amazing autobiography of Pistol Pete.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kirk Arndt

    Excellent record of the recollections of a cowboy and lawman in the Kansas area in the late 1800s Interesting accounts of life on the osage reservation, relations of whites and natives, outlaws and lawmen as well as cowboys and other characters. Some of the gun fights seem exaggerated, yet reality sometimes exceeds fiction and it was a very violent time. Excellent read for those interested in western history.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary Hildenbrand

    Pistol Pete I choose a 5 for this book because it was everything one would expect from the life of a cowboy. Eaton wrote with a homespun matter of fact style that I found very agreeable. Would recommend this book for anyone who is looking for how the West was actually lived. Was very impressed by how violent in part the West was, yet also how respectful cowboys were to one another. A great read that was hard to put down and dad when I reached the end of the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Frank Miller

    Great Story Formatted for easy reading. Likely true. Full of exciting adventures and narrow escapes. A fair description of unprivileged hard scrabble country life in those times and even 60-70 years later for some.

  8. 4 out of 5

    FRANCES A. DAVIS

    Pistol Pete Wonderful read. Loved it. He lived a very interesting life. Think I will go back and read it again! Thanks

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rob Rains

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    Dave Stull

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    Dwane Collard

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    Greg O'Byrne

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    Ann Weaver

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    Caleb Deck

  18. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Sneider

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    Chet Millstead

  21. 4 out of 5

    Justin Eisenhour

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    Jim Friedemann

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    T Roberts

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    John R.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gilbert Greene

  26. 5 out of 5

    William Cole

  27. 4 out of 5

    MR NEIL EVANS

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jay Boehs

  29. 4 out of 5

    Raymond S Webb

  30. 4 out of 5

    Charles Arlt

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