Frontier history, memoirs and government secrets unveiled |

Frontier history, memoirs and government secrets unveiled

Once again the book shelf is groaning under the weight of recently published books by local authors. Here’s a quick look at the new selections.

“The Bastard Who Shot Roman Nose,” by Roy G. Brubacher. Dorrance Pub. Co. $12, 64 pgs.

Roy Brubacher is a retired education administrator and native of Colorado who lives in Parachute.

The story, based on historic fact, revolves around Jim UpJohn, a boy who traveled West with his adopted father and at 16 became a scout for the Army.

On Sept. 17, 1868, in eastern Colorado near the present town of Wray, a party of 51 soldiers from Fort Wallace, Kan., was attacked by a force of 600 Cheyenne Indians led by the famous Indian chief Roman Nose, who fought the incursion of whites in western Kansas, northeastern Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska.

As the Battle of Beecher Island raged, Roman Nose joined the fray and was killed by UpJohn.

After serving as an Army scout, UpJohn scouted for the wagon trains traveling West on the Chisholm Trail. In 1876, he went to work for the Army again, this time with Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer as a scout for the 7th Cavalry. On June 25 of that year, at age 24, he died along with Custer and 200 of his men in the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

The book is available through Dorrance Publishing, 1-800-788-7654 or on

“Rollicking Recollections” by Leonard Gill. Illustrated by Jack Niswanger. Trafford Publishing. $13.95, 150 pgs.

In the second installment of his memoirs, Len Gill, now of Glenwood Springs, continues the story of his coming of age in Kenya, East Africa. In “Rollicking Recollections,” which takes place during the 1940s, we learn about Len’s school years and his short-lived stint at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

As Len grows up so does his sense of fun and responsibility. He also falls in love for the first time.

“Hesitant steps toward youthful romance were met with mild disappointment and an arrogant belief that girls were of little value beyond being useful targets for pranks,” he wrote.

“Rollicking Recollections” concludes with what will be the foundation of his third book, “Military Musings,” with the beginnings of the bloody Mau Mau rebellion that drew him and thousands of Kenyans into the battle.

“Rollicking Reflections” is available in Glenwood Springs at Through the Looking Glass and Booktrain book stores.

“All New Government Secrets: More of What You Need to Know,” by Nick Isenberg, Nancy S. Garasica and Phyllis Schomaker. Publications International Ltd. $5.95, 96 pgs.

Glenwood Springs author and freelance reporter Nick Isenberg unveils information the government would probably like to keep secret, such as how to stay out of jail, Peace Corps drop outs, and the Defense Department’s secret weapon, the National Enquirer.

Other interesting facts include Medicare loopholes, government waste, vote-counting problems, tax savings and a lot more.


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