Texas Jack, Jr. (c.1860 - 1905)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Jack_(South_Africa)

Texas Jack Jr., (1860 appr. to 1905), adopted son of Texas Jack Omohundro, is best known for running a Wild West show and circus where he gave Will Rogers his start as an entertainer.

Not long after the American Civil War, Texas Jack Omohundro found a five year old boy, orphaned when his parents were killed by native Americans. Omohundro cared for him and he took to calling himself Texas Jack Jr., dropping the "Jr." in later years after Omohundro's death in 1880.

Texas Jack became a sharpshooter and rough rider in shows around the world, including South Africa. By 1899 he was in England with a show called "Savage South Africa". A couple of years later he returned to Africa and then started "Texas Jack's Wild West Show & Circus".

In 1902, Will Rogers met Texas Jack, hoping to get some kind of job wrangling the tents or the horses, but when Jack asked him if he could do a rope trick, Rogers obliged and was hired as an entertainer.

Texas Jack died in Kroonstad, South Africa, in 1905. He was survived by his common law wife, Lyle (or Lil) Marr, who was a sharpshooter in his show.

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