BAHM to host Frank Eaton 'Pistol Pete': The man and the legend

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 April 16, BAHM Coordinator Jo Crabtree said this week.

The program will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the museum, located on the fifth floor of City Hall, 401 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.

BAHM is a family friendly facility where admission is free and donations are always welcome. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 918-338-4294.

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