This is only a Caddo story in a round about way, but that is often the case with people and history. I had read that Tandy Folsom led a “life of crime” before becoming a deputy. That seemed to be the story behind several of the early lawmen. Either they saw the error of their ways or they just decided to get paid for carrying a gun.
Denison Daily News
January 18, 1878
The Cattle Thief Folsom
Unsuccessful Attempt by Friends to Secure His Escape
Deputy Sheriff Person returned Thursday morning from Dallas with Tandy Folsom, a prisoner. As we already sated in a former issue, Folsom had sold to Harry Johnson of the City Market, six head of beeves and had received the price stipulated. It was soon discovered, however, that the beeves were stolen and that their rightful owner was Mr. Durant of Durant’s Station, I. T. Folsom had left the city before the theft was discovered on the H. & T. C. train. Johnson followed him to McKinney, but on his arrival at that place he found that Folsom had left. Johnson then returned to this city where he was met by the marsh with the good news that Folsom was then in jail at Dallas and his partner, Taylor, in the jail at this place. It seems that Hartwick had been watching these two fellows for some time, being satisfied that the cattle brought by them to this city at various times and sold to the butchers were stolen, but the proper proof was lacking. Learning of the theft he at once arrested Taylor who had assisted in driving the cattle to this town and telegraphed to Sheriff Moon in Dallas to arrest Folsom if in that city. The answer soon came back, “we have the bird”.
Person had a very nice job put up on himself, but though a young man he has a pretty old head on his shoulders and was not to be caught so easily. It seems that Folsom had some friends in Dallas who were determined to make an effort for his release. One of these friends told Person that he was a deputy U. S. Marshal and had been following Folsom in order to arrest him and as Folsom was now arrested he proffered his services in escorting him to this town. Person declined to accept his assistance, but the man, who gave his name as Finney to Person, insisted upon being one of the escorts.
When train time came, Sheriff Moon and two deputies kindly escorted him and his charge to the depot to prevent any attempt at release. At the deport Person noticed Finney and several others and notified Sheriff Moon of his suspicions that they were intent upon the release of Folsom. Finney was at once arrested and taken to the Dallas jail on the charge of carrying deadly weapons and also of representing himself as an officer. The balance of the gang made their escape. To Sheriff Moon, Finney gave his name as Johnson.
Deputy Sheriff Person speaks in the highest terms of Sheriff Moon and his deputies, who rendered him all possible assistance cheerfully. The trial of Folsom and Taylor will take place today before Judge Kirk.