Ham Bell, Ford County Sheriff, Dodge City Mayor,
longest living Old West U.S. Marshal, 1939. Photograph taken on top of
Boot Hill, Dodge City.
Ham B. Bell
On his use of guns
Dodge City Daily Globe, January 14, 1931
Ham Bell says the idea that he never drew
a gun on a man when he was sheriff here in the early days is all wrong. He
never shot a man, he says, and that was mainly because he was always
careful to draw his gun in plenty of time before the other man drew his.
"If I'd never drawn a gun," he says, "I wouldn't have lived a
(Ford County Historical Society, Inc.)