Description

Cliff Ragan was a horse thief by trade, but also a friend to the author’s grandfather, A. A. Brierly who was Inyo County, California undersheriff from 1913 to 1915. A. A. Brierly met Cliff when Cliff was arrested for horse stealing in Inyo County in 1914. Cliff served three terms in San Quentin, two terms in Nevada State Penitentiary, one term in Idaho State Penitentiary, and enumerable time in county jails. Cliff’s horse stealing exploits occurred in Madera, Fresno, San Joaquin, Inyo, Kern, among other California Counties; and in Nevada and Idaho. Born in 1870, Cliff first went to prison at age 16 for horse stealing. This book traces Cliff’s life based on prison records, court files, first hand stories by A. A. Brierly, newspaper articles, and other sources. The book also tells the story of finding Cliff’s resting place, and chronicles the research efforts of the author. This edition is the black and white photo issue.