Seventy-seven years later Samuel Thomas Privett Jr., better known as "Booger Red," has a headstone on his gravesite in Miami's Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery.
For a quarter of a century he was known to thousands as the greatest master of outlaw horses in America.
Kim Horn, Miami's cemetery manager, told those present Tuesday at the headstone dedication that Booger Red's final words to his children as he was dying are on his headstone. He said, "Always be honest for it pays in the long run. Have all the fun you can while you live for when you are dead, you are a long time dead."
She said a couple of months after she took over at the cemetery in going through the cards of people buried at the cemetery, she came across a card with the name "Booger Red."
That name stuck in Horn's mind and when Jim Lanning, a retired Air Force colonel and pastor from Texas, and his wife came in asking for Booger Red's gravesite, she pulled out the card and discovered it had no headstone.
He went back home and told his fellow historian, Jerry Bullock that the gravesite didn't have a headstone. "We'd been talking about Booger Red, who I had first become interested in when researching the stories on Texas cowboys in the Library of Congress," Lanning said.
"The best story was the one on Molly Privett."
After reading her story, Lanning realized that two of the Privett daughters lived in San Angelo, Texas.
"As I talked to one of her (Molly's) daughters she said for me to take a footlocker with old postcards and other information with me. Today, everything in that footlocker is in the Rodeo Hall of Fame in the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City," he said.
But first he gave that information to Charlsie Poe, who wrote the book entitled, "World Champion Cowboy - Booger Red."
Bullock said, "Thanks to Jerry J. Herrmann, Miami News-Record, Kim Horn, Lonnie Stogsdill of Green Country Monument, and the several Miamians who responded with interest to our request for assistance 'Booger Red' we are dedicating his headstone in the Miami GAR Cemetery today."
Booger Red was born in Williamson County Texas in 1864, and started breaking horses at the young age of 12.
He got his nickname because at 13 he had a firecracker explode in his face and kids in the wagon on the way to the doctor said, "Boy Red sure looks like a booger."
By age 15 both of his parents had died. He married Molly Frances Webb in 1895.
In addition to bronc busting, Booger Red and his wife started their own traveling wild west show with their six children. Later he became part of other wild west shows, including the Miller 101 Ranch Show.
After selling his wild west business, he bought a farm by Quapaw near Devil's Promenade.
He died on March 1924 of Bright's Disease with his children at his side.
In 1975, he was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Booger Red's Saloon in the Fort Worth Stock Yards is named after Booger Red.
Lanning said their next order of business is to visit Fairmont Cemetery in San Angelo, Texas to see if Molly and two of her daughters have headstones on their gravesites.
Privett's grave will be one of the famous people buried at the GAR Cemetery people will be able to visit on Thursday's historical tour at the cemetery, which runs from 5:30-8 p.m., starting at the gazebo.
Horn said attendees will receive the new walking tour brochure that details information about some of the memorable people who are buried in GAR Cemetery along with a map marking each gravesite location. In addition, located at each marker will be display boards containing photos, past newspaper articles, and historical summaries for each person.
Attendees can do a walking tour at their own pace or the American Legion will be onsite with their van if people would like to be driven to each grave.
"A unique twist will be that at some of the locations, family members, friends, or community members will be at the grave to talk about that individual," Horn said.