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Reenactment of the Dewey-Berry feud in Rawlins County, Kansas

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Date: 1904

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: FK2.R1 .77 *1-2

Unit ID: 222528

Summary: These two photographs show a reenactment of the Dewey-Berry feud in Rawlins County, Kansas. The gunfight started when Chauncey Dewey and several cowboys rode across the Cheyenne and Rawlins county line on June 3, 1903, to take possession of a water tank belonging to the Dewey Cattle Company. The tank was on the Alpheus Berry farm which was located six miles west of the Dewey ranch. After the shooting stopped, Daniel, Alpheus, and Burchard Berry had been killed. Beach and Roy Berry were both wounded. Chancey Dewey, Clyde Wilson and William McBride were arrested and brought to trial in Norton County. The defendants claimed self-defense after they reported the Berrys fired first. Dewey, Wilson and McBride were found innocent after several people testified that the Berrys had a history of shooting at people.

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Title (Main title): Reenactment of the Dewey-Berry feud in Rawlins County, Kansas

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