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Bartlesville Public Library to host Frank Eaton 'Pistol Pete': The man and

Posted: July 19, 2019

The Bartlesville Area History Museum Education Coordinator Betty Keim will present

an educational program examining the life of, “Frank Eaton, a.k.a. Pistol Pete, the man

and the Legend" on August 1, BAHM Coordinator Jo Crabtree said this week.

The program will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bartlesville Public Library, on

the 2nd floor meeting room A -located at 600 S. Johnstone Ave.

“After witnessing the murder of his father in Kansas at the age of eight years old, Frank

Eaton’s life was forever shaped by the experience. He vowed to hunt down and kill the

six men who took his father’s life, all them former Civil War Confederates, who served

with Quantrill’s Raiders and became known as ‘Southern ‘Regulators,'" Crabtree said.

Eaton eventually moved to Indian Territory and visited Fort Gibson to learn more

about handling guns, where commanding officer John J. Coppinger is said to have

given him a marksmanship badge, along with the nickname of "Pistol Pete" for his skill

"He lived a long and colorful life, earning a reputation as a 'fast gun' with many talents

and life experiences, one of which was earning the attention of a group of students who

saw him leading Stillwater’s Armistice Day parade in 1923. Looking for a new mascot for

their team, they approached him about becoming the model for their new mascot and he

agreed.” Crabtree said.

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