(Received December 27,
John "Jack" O'Hara — Legendary Lawman from South Dakota
I'm the cemetery foreman for the RoseHill Cemetery in Spearfish, South
Dakota and I'm just seeking info on a supposed infamous lawman from the
Spearfish or Deadwood area named (according to our
"Jack" O'Hara. Any additional info about this man would sure be nice to
part of the cemetery's records.
My records indicate that John "Jack"
O'Hara (31 years old) lived between ?/?/1853 and 2/14/1884 when his
life was taken by horse thieves. There are two other younger
girls buried in his plot as well; Hattie O'Hara (6 yrs. old) lived
between 5/22/1874 and 2/16/1880 and Maude O'Hara (3 yrs. old) who lived
between 11/16/1877 and 2/18/1880. Another thing that is interesting is
all of their dates of death. Could John have died in 1880 or the girls
in 1884 and they were all murdered besides their mother whom we have no
records of, or is it just a bizarre coincidence? The only conclusion i
can come to is that one of their records is wrong and they were all
murdered (except for the mother) or the girls died of disease and John
was later murdered? Any info. that would be helpfull would sure be
— RoseHill Cemetery Foreman — Spearfish, SD.
P.S. They probably lived in the Deadwood, Spearfish, Lead, or Sturgis
area(s) of South Dakota. I found a New York Times article via
Google.com on John "Jack" O'Hara, it reads as follows:
DESPERATE FIGHT WITH
DEADWOOD, Dakota, Feb. 15.-Information was received here a few days ago
that an attempt would be made by cowboys to rescue Jesse Pruden,
arrested for horse stealing at Miles City, Montana, and en route for
Deadwood. A party left Spearfish to assist the officer having Pruden in
charge. On arriving at Stoneville, 75 miles north of Deadwood,
yesterday, the posse was attacked by cowboys, and a man named O'Hara
was killed and Fred Willard was wounded. One cowboy named Cunningham
was killed. Another, whose name is unknown, was wounded and captured.
The cowboys then fled. A party is now being organized at Spearhead to
pursue the outlaws.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 16, 1884
© THE NEW YORK TIMES