Saturday, September 5, 2009

Slim-Jim Foster


I've been debating if I should post Slim but finally decided, why not? For those who know Skagway history, this might be interesting. Slim is one of 2 (as far as my story is concerned) of Soapy's sidekicks. He was also known as J.H., W.E., W.F., and probably many other aliases. Slim probably wasn't half this dorky in life, but his name alone inspired me to portray him this way.

4 comments:

Jeff Smith said...

Ah yes, W. E. “Slim-Jim” Foster, a Soap Gang steerer in Skaguay. his first name has often been mistakenly recorded as “Jim” due to his handle, “Slim-Jim.” Foster was one of the men who led miner John Stewart down the alley beside Soapy's saloon in Skaguay to a three-card monte game in which Foster grabbed Stewart’s gold sack and ran with it. Once arrested after Soapy's death, he was placed in a room with other main members of the gang. Fearing for his life at the hands of a blood thirsty mob outside, Foster escaped by crashing out a second story window where he was nearly hanged by vigilantes. At trial, he was fined $1,000 and sentenced to a year in prison with an additional six months for assaulting Stewart.

Jeff Smith said...

Started thinking (hard for me), have you considered publishing the Klondike Story into book form?

Averyl Veliz said...

The big idea is to have something out by December, and we'll take if from there...

Jeff Smith said...

FANTASTIC! Keep us fans posted.