By Dan L. Thrapp
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He died there on November 30, 1947. Francis Rudolph Sieber was born February 22, 1862. '' Andrew William Sieber, the last child of this union of whom I have found record, was born on May 11, 1870, at Pittsburgh. A carpenter by trade, he eventually made his way west and lived for sixty years or more at Cascade, Montana, where he died on December 23, 1954. Page 10 usually drawn by four, five, or six horses of a distinctive breed that was also called Conestoga. In the fall it was not unusual to see fifty to one hundred such wagons each day, en route to Philadelphia, hauling the fresh produce for which Lancaster was renowned.
There was still plenty of wilderness for those who could see it. Many boys ran winter trap lines, catching muskrats, mink, raccoons, skunks, and even weasels and selling the skins to neighborhood women, who used them as powder puffs for their babies. Al recalled his Minnesota youth as a time of happiness and hard work, but the thing he remembered most distinctly, judging from his rare letters, was the cold of wintertime, although he was to engage in many an Indian campaign in the supposedly benign climate of Arizona and find himself more miserable from snow and chill temperatures than he had ever been in the north country, and in this respect he did not differ from other men.
Marchman of the Rutherford B. Hayes Memorial Library at Fremont, Ohio, lent me copies of that institution's vast collection of Crook documents. Thanks and appreciation should also go to Walter A. Richards, Page x Burbank, California, without whose hospitality and generosity this project would have had a much slower start; Leroy Middleton of Phoenix, who pleasantly shared his recollections of Sieber and the Apache Kid story; Thad Frazier, Roosevelt, Arizona, who did the same with reference to Al's last weeks; Mrs.