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you had a lot to say on this issue on both sides. and that's how fox reports this saturday april 11th. 2015. thanks for watching. strange inheritance starts right now. see you back here next saturday. now now. >> a farmer with a unusual hobby, a huge collection. >> anybody that collects >> anybody who collects 150 tractors that makes you excentric. >> he a treasure trove of valuable americana or a heard of white elephants. >> dad you are running out of room. where are you going to put them all?
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jamie: i am jamie colby, i am just pulling into toly to -- lemars iowa, a short distance from sioux city. learning about a very "strange inheritance"." >> i am roma lancaster after my dad passed away we knew that there would be a lot of things that would have to be sort out and gone through on the farm. >> roma's father, gabe hawkins has deep roots in this part of iowa more than a century. >> my father's ancestors immigrated to the united states in the late 1800s they moved westward with the expansion of the railroad, my grandfather my dad's father, albert hawkins farmed just south much here about a mile. jamie: be abe grew up, as a young
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farmer in 1950s he found a tractor rusting in the weeds it sparks his imagination. >> the 1929 d is the with track or that delonged to my grandfather, that got my dad into collecting when he restored that tractor that originally belonged to his father. jamie: as the farm grows to over 500 acres of corn, soybeans and his family prospers, hawkins picks out the next vintage tractor to buy and restore and the next, and the next, including this one a minneapolis poemineral --moline. jamie: how old is this one? >> 1944. >> incredible. jamie: i meet bruce brock. a fellow history buff, he and dave within way back.
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>> i was proud to be his friend. he was a good businessman, a good father, a good husband a great neighbor,e. jamie: i know coin collecting and cars but with trackers? >> these are reputation of the past that farmers and pharmaceuticallies, and -- farm, families and farm relations enjoy looking at. jamie: tractors are part of iowa's history in 1892down froehlich invented the gas power tractor in a tiny village about 300 miles east of here, it helps america become a agricultural giant. even though none of dave a 4 children tills the soil like he dhe shares his passion for tractors with his grandson alex. >> i can remember as young as 4 years old riding in the combine
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with my grandpa taking napping at floor. >> pretty soon the sheds are filled with old tractors in various states of repair, more than a hundred. jamie: did mom ever say no more tractors? >> not really, but i remember dad called the withtors his -- tractors his savings account to justify it. the joke became, dad are you ever going to stop? >> no, family vacations become cross country tractor hunts. would you say he was eccentric. >> he was a savvy businessman. >> over the years grandpa probably put a hundred thousand,
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not over a quarter million into his collection. >> it was not about the money it was a passion and a love, something he wanted to do, he did not get into collecting heavily until he had the money to help us go to college and make sure we got the education we wanted. jamie: born of hardy iowa farmer stock, dave seems as indifferent different truckable -- as those tractors but in summer of 2011, his 73-year-old body grinds to a halt. >> he never complained, he was sick for a few days, we did not know what was wrong with him. ought opy is-- autopsy results came back, we found out he had cancer, it is sad, my dad is gone. sorry. >> it was more than just a
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shock. it was i life changing blow. >> he went to the same church from the day he was born until the day he died. he was baptized and had his funeral in the same small kupri church, it was -- country church it was important that we all knew that legacy and continued that on. jamie: at first life on the farm continues as before. dave's son-in-law, alex's dad farms the acreage. alex tends the tractors but soon the loss of their patriarch sends ripples of change, dai-ichi widow jude -- dave's widow judy moved into town. >>e. did that surprise you? >> no. jamie: dave's absence creates a crisis sparking strong disagreement went the family, should they hang on to his
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collection or sell it and close out his savings account? >> at the time of his death how prepared was he for you to take on the huge obligation? >> i wish we would have had just a couple of days to ask him some questions that would have helped us make sure we made the decisions that were how he wished for them to be made. the more people involved the harder that decision becomes you have to know there were some bumpy roads that we traveld there. >> that is next. >> now our "strange inheritance" quiz question. which luxury car company got its start manufactureing tractors? cadillac? lamb bauer
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newlywed and his wife buy the house and move in. a bold move, by the young man who has the best shot of keeping the hawkins tradition of family farming alive alec said, his grandma made the house buying easy for a first time buyer isn't that what grandmas are for. jamie: did he is give you a good deal. >> yes a family deed. jamie: dave hawk hawk in's collection of tractors. >> i don't think it was easy for anyone. we did go through that, where you know we were not all agreeing. number one toughest decision was can we keep the collection or do we have to sell part of it? financially, and time wise, there was nobody that could do what dad had done. jamie: did he tell you before he
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passed. >> we talked about it but he never made a decision. >> dave's widow judy, asked the kids to come to a decision, it is not easy. >> how do you come to an agreement, which each party has a different idea of what is right or wrong to please 5 parties is a tough tough decision to have to come to grips with. >> amid that family discord tammy's son alec spends nights and weekends keeping his grandpa's precious tractors from deteriorating. >> there are a lot of expenses to keep them up am to keep the collection, and not up keep it in my opinion was not an option. jamie: dave hawkins pride and
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joy was becoming a soar point. >> i just had a full-time job graduated from college just got married, maybe they did not realize how much time, work and money it would take. jamie: alex thinks it beo could add up more than $10,000 a year. >> there is too 67 of a financial -- too much of a financial and time commitment that we were not able to exercise we did not expect alex to exercise we then made the decision to sell the items. jamie: the family disies fam decides the best way through that open call auction. and they keep it lockal -- local, they hired their dad's
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friend bruce brock. >> i know that he made them proud. and i think that was important. jamie: what did the family tell you about how much they wanted to generate from the sale. >> they done tell us anything they just trusted to us bring them home as many net dollars as we could. jamie: it is not that simple, they made a discovery after their father died. one that could affect their bottom line. and their father's legacy. from beyond the grave dave hawkins is guiding his family on how to handle their "strange inheritance." that is next. >> another quiz question for you. how many acres could a farmer till in a day with a horse-drawn plow? the answer when we return. this is good, mom. "good"? (chuckles) it's delicious! and this new kibble blend is so healthy. thank you. no,
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>> the answer is b, 1 to 3 acres. jamie: after months of discussion dave hawk in's heirs have come to a painful conclusion, time to auction off his life long collection of tractors but one more family member weighs, in dave. >> it was discovered, that he had a handwritten list of tractors he wished for us to save. jamie: going back to 1920s are cream of dave a crop. and must stay in the family, their dad's list gets them thinking, what else should they keep off the auction block?
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they each make their own list. >> it had to be gadly intervention when we got together for a family meet, nobody had picked wanting the same item. >> at first roma is undecided. >> i would think yes, i should keep a tractor and next day you know what it is only metal my memories of being with dad are unvaluable to me. jamie: in the end he is cannot resist keeping two bright green deers -- john deeres. >> he asked if i wanted to drive it. >> brakes are purpose. >> your lever. jamie: he is gentleman enough to coach this city girl on the basics like how you turn the darch thing on. i'm going to start it up, i see
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a key. there you go. >> perfect. jamie: they don't have nothing like this in new york. >> nothing like this. >> nothing. >> i think everyone would get out of the way. jamie: unbelievable experience, thank you. >> my pleasure. jamie: that was exciting. hard to imagine that hawkins heirs onh to wrangle more than 100 of these to get ready for auction. >> they worked through the winter ahead of that sale date getting tractors ready. >> a lot of sweat, a lot of tears, a lot of laughter. jamie: auctioneer bruce brock knows that key is getting as many motivated bidders to the
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farm on auction day. jamie: the night before, did you get a good night's sleep. >> very little, we're intrusted in just a few hours bring to fruition a life time of collecting and sacrifice that the families had gone through it was a big day for us, we have had planned right down to the most mine out detail. -- mine out detail. jamie: except one. >> the day of the auction is started on the rocky side. >> that is next. there's nothing more romantic than a spontaneous moment. so why pause to take a pill? and why stop what you're doing to find a bathroom? with cialis for daily use, you don't have to plan around either. it's the only daily tablet approved to treat erectile dysfunction so you can be ready anytime the moment is right. plus cialis treats the frustrating urinary symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently, day or night. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions
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to be raised, it starts to pour buckets. you within through this preparation, and the sky opens up what was it like? >> disappointing it might hamper the crowd. but you can't wish away rain if you are a farmer. >> dad would sing a song you are my sunshine to all of us a lot when we were small that morning on the way over here, i ran into town got us 4 yellow roses. jamie: then the clouds part. >> after it stopped raining i took them yellow rose to my mother and my sisters. and said you know dad will be our sunshine. so we carried our yellow roses he was our sunshine.
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>> all right here we go, 9,000 -- >> once the bidding starts it is clear that dave hawkins is not only one obsessed with the big machines. >> was it a sell out? >> was a sell out we were hoping to get 600 people, and we were almost double that. >> bidders as far from canada and mexico. 1936 john deere sold $2,000. 46 sold 3,000. 49 sold 600. 51 oliver, sold, 8,000 dollars. 58 john deere 730 diesel, told, 20 thousand dollars. >> tractors are valuable to people. >> yes, they are emotionally and financially. jamie: the dedication to dave hawk inmemory pays off auction
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nets $400,000 for his heirs he is still taking care of his family. >> his one child still in college, my oldest child graduated from college i was very excited to be able to use that money to help them with their college debt. jamie: dave who hated debt would be proud, but it could have been more, if you add up value of the 23 tractors that stay in the hawk ingsinsfamily, more than $18 $180,000 dollars. >> it is bitter sweet there was a couple i would have liked to have kept. >> i just feel bad for alex. going out to all of the empty sheds. >> alec hopes that sheds won't be empty forever.
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>> as i get older and get my own collection going maybe i'll have the same problem in 50 years. >> remember that 29 john deere one that belonged to alex's great grandfather the very first one that dave rescued from the junk pile. this is it. >> this is it. jamie: in his will, dave hawkins set that one act side for alex. perhaps it will be seed that grows into another grand collection just like his grandpa's. >> living here on the farm, is good. you always get to walk somewhat in his got footsteps day in and day out. people that grew up on farms it is your life style. you breathe and die farming. >> i can't help but notice alex's pride not just in that
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machine or a "strange inheritance" that turned out to be quite valuable. but rather in the way of life, that links him to those who came before him on this land, and determination of dave hawkins hairs to keep his legacying it. for at least one more generation. we learn one other story about dave hawkins from his family, he never spent time with his tractors without having one of his children or grandchildren alongside. a positive person. that is how they described him so positive, he would answer the phone, good morning whether it was morning or night. and after he passed they had t-shirts made that said good morning with graphs on the sleeve -- gramps on the sleeve, i am jamie colby remember, you can't take it with you. >> do you have a "strange inheritance" story you would
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like to share with us? we would love to hear it. sense me an, nail e-mail or go to ourer website. >> victors in battle of little bighorn, welcome an outsider in. >> once they trusted him they would share things with him. >> he paints their port rats and get -- portraits and gets inside scoop on custer's last stance. >> she is convinced it worth millions but will anyone buy it. >> was he an artist or just someone who documented a side of history?
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jamie: i am jamie colby, i am outside of great falls montana. it is steeped in native american history, that is the connection between montana and its native american culture that brought me here to learn about a "strange inheritance," right here, hollywood, and back again. >> i am sandy solomon in 2 now 6, my -- 2006 my friend passed away and left mes entire estate. the inheritance is an obligation. jamie: a huge collection of paintings, drawings, photographs. that she inherited from david
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humphreys miller. >> these are my dearest friends. >> his people and the subject of his art work are survivors of most indian battle of all-time, the battle of little bighorn. june 1876. i have come to montana to learn more about miller and the "strange inheritance" he lift, brad hamlet is a gallery owner and fifth generation montana n . >> the life work of david humphreys miller was to find, and paint the survivors of the battle of the little bighorn.
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jamie: miller is born in 1918, and raised in ohio, his parents are artists they teach him to paint, at 16, he is obsessed with history in particular the battle of little bighorn he requests his parents to allow limb to travel alone to western plains and 7 out the native american survivors of the battle. >> david went on a unique journey, why do you think he did? >> he believed that some of these people were still alive. >> his parents trusted him david had to promise when it was time to come home and go to also he would. jamie: in 1935, with his parents parent's coup, and $100, he heads out. >> this is the first photo you can see how young he was. jamie: he has a sketch pad and
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pencils and he is drawing. why do you think they trusted him? >> he was aloofing individual. -- a loving individual, he slipped into their life style. >> miller came at the right time he was young they knew he was not working for the government. and because of that, he earned their trust. and once they trusted him they would share things with him. >> this is white cow bull, he is a famous indian, they were friends. jamie: they were talking about a battle 6 decades before, and recounts the indian they the man they called long hair, then white bull said
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his shot may have changed battle. >> the officer fell into little bighorn, they retrieved him and then turned and went up the hill and that seemed to change the whole tide of the battle from attack to retreat. jamie: did this young artist solve a 60-year-old mystery? who killed custer? >> david travels back and forth between south dakota and ohio, and learns 13 tribal languages and is adopted by a sioux warrior, he draws dozens of sketches and portraits of indians from numerous tribes, many confirm white bull's story. >> this is the indian side of the steer what they said happened that day you better pay attention to 2 because they were there.
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jamie: for young miller, his journey of discovery was a right of passage what indians might call a vision quest. setting him on a unique career path after serving in world war ii he heads to hollywood studios are turning out westerns establishes himself as a leading consultant to directors looking to cast native americans in their film. david works on dozens of westerns including tomahawk, and how the west was won. and the tv series daniel boone. his wife gets him to write a book about his experience. in 1470s -- 1970s david and jan move to rancho santa fe, that is where they meet sandy
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solomon and become good friends what was it like walking into his home. >> i have seen people walk in the front door, and tears down their face, they were captured by that wall. jamie: they feature 72 of david's many paintings and drawings of indian warrior from the battle of little bighorn in 1990 david is diagnosed with lung cancer and dies two years later, his ashes are scattered in black hills of south dakota, sandy helps her friend jan sort through his esstaitz, es-- estate. in 2003. jan, who has no children of her own, tells sand that's when the time comes she wants to leave the estate to her.
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but it came with one condition she must protect david a legacy. >> there was no wobbles to do it. and -- no one else to do it i fell there was a mission an obligation. jamie: 3 years later that time comes and sandy is in for a big surprise. >> i was not allowed in. by then jan was gone. >> that is next. >> but first our "strange inheritance" quiz question, which of these western films grossed highest at the box office? "true grit," dances with wolves or "rango"? tipated? .yea dulcolax tablets can cause cramps but not phillips. it has magnesium and works more naturally than stimulant laxatives. for gentle cramp free relief of occasional constipation that works! mmm mmm live the regular life.
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>> it is b dances with wolves, starring kevin costner. grosses 420 million worldwide. >> there was no wobbles to do it. and i fell that there was an obligation,. jamie: in 2 thousand 3 sandy -- in 2003, sandy is promised a "strange inheritance," includeing portraits of the survivors of the battle of little bighorn the work of hum
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-- miller, 3 years past in january 2006,. >> she died in her sleep the night before, i was told that sheriff had been there and they locked door. jamie: county of san diego said that jan died without a valid will, it takes a year but a court rules that sandy is jan's legal heir. she spends months sorting through david a art work, photographs and artifacts and clearing it out of the house. she sells for $1.9 million in the nick of time. >> firefighters have been working. >> jamie: after the sale, a wildfire swipes through the area and burns the house to the ground if she did not move quickly the collect could have been lost to the flames. >> these were in an album that
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david had in his desk he looked at all of the time, nobody knew that album was there. and -- >> how did you know? >> jan showed it to me. jamie: how much did you think your inheritance was worth? >> i had no idea, things were not valued, and artifacts cannot be sold they have to be donated. they have eagle have -- eagle feathers on them. >> she is flabbergasted when a probate court appraise are said otherwise. jamie: what did they tell you. >> it was worth $20,000 the entire collection. jamie: on what basis? >> they done believe there was any value they were interested in silver, and pots and pans. jamie: no val out the art work? sandy makes it her quest to prove the aparadal is wrong.
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>> i september kaying, but you have to see this -- you have to see this. >> this 2007 she is put in touch with a montana rancher state senator, and gallery owner who agrees with her brad hamlet. how did you find out about this collection? >> i got a call from a friend, who mentioned david humphreys miller i read that book, i thought it did a lot to resolve that happened at the battle. i was more intrigued when i found out there was sketches from life he did. he caught their soul, a moment in time that nobody else was bothering to do. that was one reasons that it is valuable. jamie: they start working with a new appraiser barbara stone a former museum curator who started her own art consulting firm in denver, declares the
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collect worth a heck of a lot more than $20,000. >> 3 million 500,000. jamie: and the story of one girl trying to get our attention in that rare film footage next on "strange inheritance." >> a quiz question for you which movie star never acted in a hollywood western?
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>> the answer is a, cary grant.
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>> what make one artist's work worth millions and another next to nothing? this includes indians from the battle of little bighorn. a california court valued atlanta $20 $1,000, the heir -- 20,000 the heir launches on a quest to prove them wrong. >> you made your own investment. not just your time but in the frames, how much was that. >> cost is about 50,000. but i felt we had to do it to show value of it. jamie: you are now financially invested in it as well as
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emotionally. >> there will never be another collection like this in the market. jamie: the collection provides a direct link to their past. here is a shot of a girl pranceing in the background of this footage shot in late 1920s. here is that little >> and here is that little girl now. >> thank you for coming by.o s i wanted to show you something. >> 90-year-old girdy heavy runner of the black foot nation. as she walked through the exhibit, she recognizes the elders from her own childhood. >> this man here i want to talk to you about juniper.hood >> juniper old person. >> juniper old person. he was a prominent man on the reservation where i grew up.on, he was an indian judge. a he took care of all the children. anybody that didn't keep the tim curfew, you had to see old judge
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old person. he was very strict.ut >> without him we wouldn't have not the native american side of the story. >> should that come into play in appraising sandy solomon's strange inheritance? yes yes, says art praiser barbara stone. >> was he an artist or just someone whod documented a a s side ofe is history? >> he is an absolutely. when youomet can produce something like this with your hands, tist. that's an artist.ted >> so who is interested in a s sho collection like this? >> this should go to a university, a museum that can share it with the american his public. >> why? >> because ofc the historic d t background. because he has captured the essence of the individual.hey >> which sounds descriptive lie like they're very nice pictures of people who were interesting, but how do you gopp about yourrais appraisal? >> when you look at a painting, al you are going to look at k
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uniqueness. this is one of a kind. it's not a reproduction. >> do you see a sign with the >> r year 1939? >> right. m >> this must be the name of the subject. possibly his signature? >> it is. >> really?natu >> asre someone who studies and as evaluates an and appraises native american art were you you very excited about this ction? collection? >> yes i was excited, but when you start doing the appraisal, ve you must be objective.r it doesn't matter if i love this piece. how much is it worth?he >> keep in mind, the court ed appraiser in california ar dismissedt miller's art as nearly worthless when it valued the total collection at $20,000. >> and your value would be?lion >> $3,500,000. >> when someone hears that there was another appraisal for less a they'll question which one is right. >> they might. what you have to have though is not just a straight omeo
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appraiser. you tha have to have someone that knows the material.woul that's one of my fields. >> it suggests each pabting might be worth tens of thousandshat of dollars. that's true it's great news for >> sandy solomon.hing >> which do you think is ou correct? >> get one.range that's next on strange inheritance.
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hollywood consultant for just a few thousand dollars. in 2007 a second appraiser with an expertise in western art tags the value of this strange inheritance at $3.5 million. seven years later even though there have been no takers, barbara stone stands by her estimate. so who is right? >> why hasn't the collection sold? >> number one, the desire that it all stays together and that puts limits on it. >> she's giving up getting some money for it by selling it piecemeal? was that a good decision? >> she's very good friends with the millers, and she is simply acting for them. they would have wanted it all to go to one place. >> montana gallery owner brad hamlet does try to market the collection to museums and universities to no avail. >> they have no money. we need to find an individual that will purchase the collection and then they can
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gift it and there it will be for everybody to look at in the future. >> you think that the beneficiary of this collection will get their price? >> i think they will. they have to hold fast. >> and maybe for a while longer. >> so be it says sandy solomon who insists the real bottom line of her strange inhartance has less to do with money than an obligation to honor david humphries miller's legacy. that's the promise she says she made to his widow for benefactor jan miller and it's a promise she vows to fulfill. >> what do you think she's saying to you? >> she's telling me just to keep going. keep on keeping on. >> there are many questions about the battle of little big horn that may never be answered. even the slightest details were hotly debated from the start. let me give you an example. david miller's native american sources they all agreed the
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battle started at noon with the sun directly overhead, but officials' military accounts said it started around 3:00 p.m. that's a three-hour discrepancy. miller did some research, and he figured out the problem back in 1876 was there were still no uniform time zones across the u.s. cities and states. they all had different time standards. so even though the seventh cavalry was 1500 miles west of chicago it was fighting the battle of little big horn on chicago time. one detail that is agreed on is that the battle was quick, and it was bloody taking such little time that one native american witness said it lasted only as long as it takes a hungry man to eat a meal. i'm jamie colby for "strange inheritance." thanks for joining us. remember, you can't take it with
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