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Page 2C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press May 24, 2017 W SULLIVAN Aron Michael "Mike" Sullivan, charismatic and loving father, grandfa- ther and brother passed away sud- denly at the Cen- tral Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, TX on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the age of 62 years old. Mike was born to Weldon Edward and Jeft Lane (Van Houten) Sullivan in Henrietta, Texas on January 11, 1955. He is survived by his son Aron Michael Sullivan II, his daughter Michelle King and her husband Ted; his grandchildren Brooklynn and Thomas as well as his brother David Sullivan and his wife Carol. Last year, Mike retired from Xerox after 36 years of service. He was a talented technician who worked as a Xerox repair expert at many of Austin's schools and state buildings. He had a passion for DIY projects, electronics, and was a self-taught skilled woodworker. He was an accomplished handyman, putting his skills to the test by single handedly constructing a wrap- around porch onto his home. If Mike found interest in any topic, whether it be computers, cultural relativism, historical events, or repair work, he would research everything to the finest detail until he was an expert. His sense of humor did not reflect his age which made him a wonderful friend, Dad, and Papa. If he taught his children anything, it was to be independent, how to substitute humor for awkward situations, and to never underestimate the power of a random fact. Mike belonged to a poker group for over 25 years. He diligently met his friends every Monday for a friendly game and furthered his comaradarie by sharing the open road on their Harley's. He played guitar and even tried to teach his granddaughter a few times. He enjoyed reading "The Lord of the Rings" stories and was so excited with the films brought the adventures to life. Mike enjoyed sharing his passion for the Dallas Cowboy with his kids and taught them what it takes to be real fans. Join us in celebrating the remarkable life of Mike Sullivan, beginning with a time of visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. followed immediately with a funeral service at 2 p.m. at Harrell Funeral Home 1715 Kirby, in Kyle Texas. Please visit www. Harrellfuneralhomes. com to share a fond memory, photograph, or condolence with Mike's family on his online memorial site. COMMUNITY BRIEFS for registration or details. This summer, Hays CISD will once again offer the week-long Children's Theatre Camp at Lehman The Men's Group High School. The at Buda United camp runs June 12- Methodist Church 17, capped offwith conducts various a play performance fundraisers each on June 17 in which year, such as the the campers are the Buda UMC Pumpkin stars. Please contact Patch, to raise money Marissa.meek@ for local youth. This for year the men's group registration or details, was able to award The deadline has been 13 scholarships to extended to June 15. graduating high PleasecontactMarissa. schoolseniors. Bartee Haile Continued from pg. 1 C at being passed over for the permanent post, Bill Johnson refused until the stranger bounced him around the office. Stag- gering into the street, he vowed to get even. To the uninformed, Marshal Stoudenmire looked to be unarmed when, in fact, he was a walking arsenal. A coat he wore year-round con- cealed two six-shooters in leather-lined hip pockets arid a snub-nosed pistol tucked in his belt. Stoudenmire was ready for trouble, and trouble was not long in coming. His first weekend in El Paso, he had to go for his guns not once but twice. On Friday afternoon, a crowd of angry Mexicans crossed the Rio Grande from Juarez to retrieve the bodies of two mur- dered countrymen. An obliging constable, who offered assistance, was confronted by a pair of troublemakers, John Hale and George Campbell. Cu~'mgthe lawman for helping the foreigners, Hale shoved a gun in his ribs and pulled the trigger sending a slug through both lungs. At that instant, Stoudenmire cut loose. He first shot went wild striking an innocent bystander, a Mexican that died the next day. Hale caught the second bullet squarely in the forehead, when he peeked around a pillar. The third finished off Campbell, already wounded twice by the dy- ing constable. By Sunday night, ex- marshal Johnson had mustered the courage to make good on his threat. He hid behind a pile of bricks and emptied a shotgun at Stoudenmire and his pal Cummings. Incredibly Johnson missed both men, who calmly gunned him down. Following the back-to- back bloodlettings, hard- cases left town in droves. E1 Pasoans enjoyed months of law and order, a rare commodity in the frontier community, but just beneath the tranquil surface a volatile feud was brewing. The Manning broth- ers held a grudge against the quick-draw marshal for killing Hale, longtime foreman of their family ranch. Stoudenmire, on the other hand, suspected the Mannings of encour- aging his dead predeces- sor's clumsy ambush. Spoiled by his initial success, the marshal went into a tailspin that alien- ated his many admirers. Drinking himself into a sullen stupor most nights, Stoudenmire roamed the streets shooting at any- thing that moved. And, as if his binges were not bad enough, he openly cheated on his long suf- fering wife, a detestable habit condemned by the townspeople. In February 1882, Stoudenmire's sidekick Cummings was shot to death in a saloon owned Spoiled by his initial success, the marshal went into a tailspin that alienated his many admirers. Drinking himself into a sullen stupor most nights, Stoudenmire roamed the streets shooting at anything that moved. by the Mannings. After weeks of worrying that a private war might erupt at any moment, a group of private citizens begged the antagonists to bury the hatchet. Stoudenmire and the Manning clan reluctantly signed a truce that only postponed the inevitable. Meanwhile, Stouden: mire was forced to resign as marshal because of his drinking. He checked into a New Mexico sani- tarium to dry out, but his hand shook so badly he could not write his name. A companion had to sign the register for him. Not long after Stouden- mire returned to E1 Paso, the feud heated up again. Third parties arranged another peace talk, but a fight broke out before the meeting even started. Beating the over-the- hill gunslinger to the draw, Dec Manning fired first and the slug ripped through Stoudenmire's right arm and into his chest. Manning shot a second time, but papers in a shirt pocket deflected the bullet. A dazed Stoudenmire pulled his snub-nosed pistol and wounded Dec in the arm. Manning grabbed him in a bear hug just as brother Jim arrived six-gun in hand. Two shots rang out, and Dallas Stoudenmire col- lapsed with a fatal wound to the back" of the head. In his murderous frenzy, Dec Manning did not realize his opponent was dead. Grabbing Stoudenmire's own gun, he pistol-whipped the corpse until restrained by the new marshal. He stood there wishing Stoudenmire would come back to life so he could kill him all over again. Read all about Spindle- top, Mexia, Roarin'Ranger and Bloody Borger in "Texas Boomtowns: A History of Blood and Oil." Order autographed copies from the author for $28.80 at or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393. 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