Thursday , 26 April 2018

Stuart J’s Lens: Randy Farmer’s Work is Historical; So is His Knowledge of `Curly Bill’

By Stuart J. Pearlman, TSB Staff

He always had an interest in writing but had no idea how personal it would become.

Randy Farmer and I serve together on the board of the Collin County Historical Society. While my own interest in the history of our area is sincere, Farmer’s goes much deeper. His North Texas roots date back to the mid 1800’s and he can call some rather nefarious characters his kin.

During Farmer’s quest to better understand his lineage, he made discoveries that inspired eight years of research and the ultimate publication of a book chronicling the life of William Brocius, or “Curly Bill” as he became known. Brocius was a known killer and thief who grew up practically next door to McKinney in Fannin County and made his name in Texas and Arizona. Of particular note, Curly Bill was reportedly a key character in the legends of Wyatt Earp and the Earp brothers.

Not without intrigue of his own, Farmer suspects there are those, particularly in Tombstone Ariz., trying to discredit his book about Curly Bill.

Listen in as Farmer recounts his quest to unravel the story of Curly Bill and how he came upon this personal adventure in the first place. It’s kinda like watching an old episode of Death Valley Days!

If you are interested in purchasing “Curly Bill” you can find it through the Collin County Historical Society website. You can also click here to send an email directly to Randy.

“Curly Bill:” Horse Thief, Cattle Dealer, Murderer, Lawman 1858-1909

By Randolph W. Farmer

Westernlore Press

ISBN 978-0-87026-803-8

Stuart J’s Lens provides the opportunity to get to know some of the more interesting people and personalities in and around McKinney. If you think you have a story to tell, or know someone that does, send me an email at and tell me all about it.

About the Author

Stuart J. Pearlman is a Marketing and Communications Consultant living in McKinney. His video column, Stuart J’s Lens can be seen weekly on Follow Stuart on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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