Mason Henry Gang
Back in the 1860s, there was a California gang of outlaws called the Mason Henry Gang. They killed Republicans as a hobby because they were unhappy with the way American President Abraham Lincoln was running things. The gang was run by John Mason and Jim Henry. They thought about using John Jim as a gang name, but, went with Mason Henry instead.
After killing three men on November 14, 1864, John and Jim high-tailed it to Ducor, California, which, they discovered, didn't exist until 1885, so, they hid out in this field. Fortunately for them, the White River was nearby and they stashed their horses in the river bed out of sight. The only drawback to the field they hid in, other than having to lie flat all day without a hat, was that it was kind of cool at night and they couldn't light a fire to keep warm. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District had a restriction on wood-burning fires.
An article in the Stockton Daily Independent about the November murders stated, "They did not appear to be influenced by motives of plunder, but solely by malice against Republicans. They have both for several months been around Gilroy and on Wednesday last, were seen near South San Juan. It is to be hoped they will not long escape their just deserts. They are of the worst species of the guerrilla, as cruel as Apaches, and as fanatical as crusaders.”
Eventually, John and Jim made their way to the California coast and raised more hell.
Somewhere South of Ducor, California 2012
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