Today in Masonic History

Today in Masonic History William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody is born in 1846.

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody was an American frontiersman and entertainer.

Cody was born just outside of Le Claire, Iowa. At the age of 7 Cody’s family moved to the Kansas territory. At the time in the territory the issue of slavery was constantly being argued. Cody’s father was firmly on the anti-slavery side. One night Cody’s father gave a speech against slavery and a member of the crowd jumped up and stabbed him twice, this contributed to Cody’s father death by the time Cody was 11.

At the age of 11, Cody took a job with a freight carrier as a “boy extra”. It was his job to ride up and down the wagon train delivering messages.

In 1860, at the age of 14, Cody headed west in search of gold. On his way west he met an agent of the pony express and got a job with them. At first building corrals and fences and eventually as a rider.

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