He was looking for a revolver to purchase.
You are free to speculate as to the reason why: Possibly, he was about to travel westward, into lands where Indian raids still occurred and when outlaws still robbed trains, banks and stagecoaches.
Possibly, he was desperate for money himself and planned to rob a train or a bank or a stagecoach.
Possibly, he knew that the husband of a woman he recently had seduced had sworn to kill him and wanted a handgun with which to defend himself .... or, conversely, he was bound and determined to shoot the man who had seduced his wife.
Possibly, he simply wished to have a sidearm with him on a hunting excursion with friends into the northern woodlands of Minnesota.
You are free to speculate.
For those unaware, the Colt Manufacturing Company since opening its doors for business in 1855 has maintained one of the best record-keeping systems in the industry for initial tracking of its firearms. For a fee, Colt will produce a letter providing specific details about a weapon's nomenclature, as well as the date when it left the Connecticut factory and its shipping destination.
For those unfamiliar with Minnesota, it only had become a state in 1858. Golcher was here from the beginnings of Minnesota territory and, today, his rifles are highly sought-after collectibles. I have none of his work, but I do have a shotgun made by his father in Philadelphia.
Although it is not really relevant to this story, it might be a curiosity factor to those interested in seemingly inexplicable coincidences that Golcher eventually left Saint Paul and moved on to open another gun shop in where, of all places, but San Francisco, California. (Get it? The name of this blog.) Whatever .... Golcher's departure led to Burkhard's arrival as owner of the Saint Paul business.
I have it. I have this Colt Lightning and I have a factory letter documenting it -- serial number 65911 -- to authenticate its original provenance.
And, it is now only about ten miles from the location of the gun shop which once existed in Saint Paul and to which it was originally shipped from the Colt factory in Connecticut. That will be part two of this tale, which will appear on the anniversary of the Lightning's original shipping date -- June 28.
Legs, looks and lyrics .... when class was real .... pardon the expletive, but this performance is so damn much better than the often vulgar, overly tattooed, desperate-for-attention twerking stage acts of today.
I heard this song on the radio a few days ago and checked it out on YouTube. I do recall hearing it now and then in the past, but the name of the group, The Three Degrees, is not present among my memories. However, I noticed the name, James Last, in the background as the band accompanying the singers in the video. I have been in nightclubs where his band was performing, and knew he died just a few weeks ago in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he had a home.