Joined Feb 22 2009
I've been a Doctor, a Santa Fe Trader which paid a whole lot better, an Army Surgeon during the Mexican War, a saloon/hotel owner in Council Grove, Kansas and world traveler!
Born Joseph J Girard, second son of a SE Missouri merchant I attended medical school at Transylvania Univ. in Kentucky. In medical practice with Dr. John Sappington in Arrow Rock, Mo. I saw other Dr's making big profits in the Santa Fe trade and used my family mercantile connections to join the trade. A friend from Univ. was a Maj. in the 7th Inf. Reg't. and asked me to become the Regimental Surgeon during the war with Mexico. Upon returning to Mo. I re-entered the Santa Fe trade. In 1860 with the prospect for war looming, I sold my trade firm and purchased a hotel and saloon in Council Grove, Kansas Territory. Having friends on both sides and having been to war once, I decided to move out of the center of the center of the western conflict and operate an establishment that welcomed all travelers and where politics were not allowed.
The business prospered and in 1870, I sold out and commenced a world tour. I visited South America, Europe, and the Orient. In 1875 I returned to the US as Dr. Robert Butcher, it being wise not to be found as a Mr. Girard. Since then, I have been touring the West, practicing some medicine as needed, dealing cards and enjoying the company of many interesting people.