Chalkley "Chalk" Beeson, Sheriff of Dodge City

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Chalkley McArtor Beeson

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: New Waterford, Columbiana, OH, United States
Death: August 9, 1912 (64)
Dodge City, Ford, KS, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Beeson and Martha Beeson
Husband of Ida M. Beeson
Father of Merritt L. Beeson; Claude L Beeson and Otero Gause Beeson
Brother of Byron Allen Beeson; Wilson Bruce Beeson; Ann Elizabeth Walden; Rachel Weatherly; Susan McKibben and 6 others

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About Chalkley "Chalk" Beeson, Sheriff of Dodge City

Chalkley McArtor "Chalk" Beeson (April 24, 1848 – August 8, 1912) was a well known businessman, lawman, and cattleman, but was best known for his ownership of the famous Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas.


Originally from Salem, Ohio, Beeson was the seventh born child of Samuel and Martha Beeson. The family moved to Iowa, and at 19 Beeson left home, moving to Denver, Colorado. He worked, for a time, as a guide to buffalo hunters, with his clients including Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia, Phil Sheridan, and George Custer.

By the mid-1870s he was living in Dodge City, Kansas, becoming involved in many citizen organizations, and becoming wealthy in the cattle business. He married Ida Gause on July 17, 1876. He later, in 1878, became an owner of the Long Branch Saloon with partner William Harris, which led to his becoming associated with noted lawmen, outlaws, and gunmen of the time, to include Luke Short, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, James Masterson and Ed Masterson, Charlie Bassett and others. Under Beeson's leadership, the Long Branch Saloon boasted a 5-piece orchestra and Beeson also formed the Dodge City Cowboy Band which still exists today.

Beeson was sheriff for two terms, from 1892-'96, during which he helped defuse a confrontation by convincing a group of cowboys led by noted gunman Clay Allison to leave town. Pinkerton Detective Charlie Siringo, who at the time was a young cowboy, witnessed the event and later wrote an account of the event, discounting a claim later made by Wyatt Earp that he had "backed Allison down".

Beeson served for two terms as the Ford County sheriff, serving from 1892 to 1896. His most notable accomplishment while serving as sheriff was when he and Deputy US Marshal, Tom Hueston, killed Doolin Dalton gang member Oliver "Ol" Yantis, on November 30, 1892. Deputy Marshal Hueston was later killed during the Battle of Ingalls, a shootout between US Marshals and other members of the gang. Beeson was later twice elected to the State Legislature. He has been said to have been one of the most respected members of Dodge City during its wildest times.

Beeson represented Ford County in the Kansas State legislature four times: 1903, 1905, 1907, and a special session in 1908. Beeson died on August 12, 1912. His wife, Ida, lived until June 15, 1928.

Chalkley (Chalk) Beeson, seventh child of Sameul and Martha Beeson was born in Salem, Ohio. When he was 19 years old, he left home and moved to Denver, Colorado in 1868. While playing in an orchestra there, he met the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia and agreed to guide him, General Phil Sheridan and General George Custer on a buffalo hunt near Kit Carson, Colorado. Chalk and his wife, Ida Gause (m Jul 17,1876) made their home 2 miles South of Dodge City where Chalk ranched. He organized the Dodge City Cowboy Band in 1878. They played in the Benjamin Harrison Parade in Washington, D.C. March 4, 1889. Chalk was one of the original owners of the world famous Long Branch Saloon along with his partner William Harris from 1878 to 1883. He served as Ford County Sheriff for two terms, 1892-1896 and twice elected to the Kansas State Legislature. Chalk died from injuries substained from an accident while on horseback.

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Chalkley "Chalk" Beeson, Sheriff of Dodge City's Timeline

April 4, 1848
New Waterford, Columbiana, OH, United States
December 29, 1878
Age 30
Dodge City, Ford, KS, United States
Age 32
Kansas, United States
September 3, 1890
Age 42
Kansas, United States
August 9, 1912
Age 64
Dodge City, Ford, KS, United States