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Another of Jane’s stories in her autobiography is that she married a man named Clinton Burke in Texas in 1885. ” Some researchers guess that they actually met later, perhaps in the fall of 1891. Even if the date of their meeting is unclear, Jane definitely was romantically linked with Burke, off and on, for some years. However, there is no evidence that they formally married. It was fairly common and accepted in the Old West for couples to live together in what was called a common-law marriage.
The star of the show, Aulbach related, was Calamity Jane. To the accompaniment of four fiddlers, as the show began, curtains parted to reveal her wearing male clothing. ” Quoted in McLaird’s book, Aulbach continued: A dance was announced. The eight girls were lined up at the end of the long tent. The excess of Beau Brummells wishing to dance made a routine imperative. â•¯. Short tempers! Fights! The crimson silhouettes on the snow attested to this. The bouncers gave much to their manly art. Then inertia.
They note that all of the couriers used in that campaign were named in official documents, and that Jane’s name was not among them. indd 32 6/22/10 11:31:26 AM Riding with the Army 33 Calamity Jane was known for her unconventional ways and was respected by the men on the frontier. As a young girl, she enjoyed hunting, riding horses, and fishing with her father and brothers. Later, she gained a notable reputation as a sharpshooter, worked as an army scout, chewed tobacco, drank alcohol, and wore men’s clothes.