James T. Webb
Revised 20 June 2001c
James Webb came to the Billings
area about 1896. He was a livestock inspector for David Pratt and large cattle
companies. He also had participated in some spectacular manhunts and had
arrested Sam Ackerman and J. McCoy (armed horse thieves) on Indian land. He was
shot by William C. Bickford on March 24th, 1908, while arresting him
for stealing horses. His funeral was held in the Coliseum Rink, and attended by
about 2,500 persons. Posses were set up to catch the killer, and found him
hiding in a Sheep-Wagon.
Extensive details about the posse and Webb are available at the Billings library.
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