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**NOTE: See post #6 for a link to the full Sheriff Baker story - ENJOY**

For those who may be interested - This is a photo of the S&W .357 Magnum that Sheriff Bill Baker carried. Baker resided at the courthouse in Salmon Idaho and was in office from 1957 to his retirement in 1989.

Of course this was the time that old Elmer lived in Salmon and Bill and Elmer were well aquainted.

Not sure if Elmer had something to do with the Sheriff acquiring the .357 but I have a hunch he could have.

One story I was told by Bill's son was the time that a neighbor of Elmer's called the Sheriff complaining that Elmer was going to shoot their dog if it crapped on his yard again. The Sheriff told the neighbor that no crime had been committed but that she should keep the dog out of Elmer's yard because Elmer does what he says he will do.


A few day's later the woman called and told the Sheriff that Elmer had shot the dog......and she demanded something be done immediately.

The Sheriff drove over and spoke to Elmer in the front yard with the neighbor looking on from her yard. He handed Elmer a citation and said...."I know your not going to pay this fine.....but I had to at least show her that I was citing you for shooting her dog."

Sheriff Bill Baker passed away after a battle with cancer in 1995 and is buried on the family ranch south of Salmon.










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Neat story and pics! IIRC, Elmer wrote in "Sixguns" about riding on patrol with the Sheriff's Dept in Salmon. Of course, he recommended the 44spl at that time.
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Cool info and pics, thanks for posting, So would that be a pre-27, or just a .357 Magnum, or what?

Also wondering what was up with the wrecker in the fifth pic, maybe the Chevy prowler was broke down.


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The Sheriff drove over and spoke to Elmer in the front yard with the neighbor looking on from her yard. He handed Elmer a citation and said...."I know your not going to pay this fine.....but I had to at least show her that I was citing you for shooting her dog."
Sounds like the difference between a Peace Officer and a Law Enforcement Officer. I've never lived in a real rural area, but I've heard that folks don't take well to loose dogs running around on their property in general, and they're likely to get SSS'd.
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Do you own the gun now? If so, may we see some more photos of it, and maybe get some details about what it is, when it was manufactured, etc.?

Even if you don't own the gun, yourself, do you know any other details about it?

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The revolver remains in the collection of the Baker family.
Through my hunting partner who was a very close friend of the Sheriff I have become friends with Bill's two sons and have had the pleasure to visit the family ranch up on the hills above the Salmon River.

I wil be heading up to Salmon the last 10 days of September for my annual archery elk hunt and will see if I can more information or maybe get to handle the revolver in person.
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I have attached the full story of Bill Baker for you to enjoy, as written by Bill's grand daughter while still in school several years back. It will explain the photo of Bill next to his patrolcar and the wrecker.
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The gun on his tombstone is a Model 19 or Model 66, or a pre-19 Combat Magnum. Maybe he owned one of those, too.

The real gun seen here, if a .357, has the postwar hammer and smooth rosewood target stocks and a target trigger.

However, it could well be a M-1950 .44 Target. As the sheriff was a pal of Elmer's, that could well be the answer. I'm curious. It'd be interesting to know what abraded the sideplate.

Note the screw at top of sideplate. Probably a pre-Model no. something. 24, or a 27 or 28. Four-inch barrel. My crystal ball needs new batteries; that's the best I can do today.

Why didn't the sheriff cite Elmer's neighbor for allowing a dog free, if they had a leash law, the dog for littering in an unsanitary manner and criminal trespass, and Elmer for firing a gun in town? That should cover all the bases. And show the voters that the sheriff was impartial.

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Notice how Bill's hat is always tilted down on the right side? That's just the way he liked to wear it according to his son.

Bill was a tall guy, around 6'-4" or so hence the inscription "THE TALL MAN" on his head stone.

Although Sheriff Bill Baker identified as a Democrat, these were different times and that label did not put you in the far left.
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Someone above mentioned a Chevy Prowler
Prowler is another nickname for a patrol car, kinda like a police cruiser.
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Bill Baker sounds like a man I would have enjoyed knowing and working with! I understand and appreciate the "presence" that was attributed to him. That's a very real thing, and no doubt served him well.
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Reading through the story of Bill Baker that I posted in the section PISTOL RANGE DEDICATION you will see that Bill was shooting his 1954 Smith and Wesson .44 Special with quick draw sight that was given to him by Elmer Keith.

My guess is that there would be no record of Elmer ordering this revolver directly from S&W, but I suppose it's possible.

I may be able to get some photos of the revolver when I am in Salmon in Sept visiting with the Baker's.
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1954 Smith and Wesson .44 Special with quick draw sight.....My guess is that there would be no record of Elmer ordering this revolver directly from S&W, but I suppose it's possible.
Elmer's first 44spl 4" 1950 Target was shipped directly to him from S&W in April 1951. Another was shipped directly to him in 1955 IIRC. Both guns had his name engraved on sideplate and were sold at his estate auction several years ago. Other guns are known to have been shipped to him by S&W. A factory letter request would likely be the only way to know.
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Will be heading north to Salmon in a week or so and will try to get some photos and additional information regarding the S&W given to Bill Baker by Elmer Keith.
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The revolver looks like a 4" N-Frame. I am wondering if it's a Highway Patrolman.
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Great thread, very interesting. Thanks
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Ah, back in the days when Dems could be conservative and pro gun.
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If the sheriff was as frugal as described,the Chevy is most likely a Biscayne.It was a few trim levels below an Impala,and somewhat lower priced.Our local PD had several of them,back in the day,before switching to Plymouths in 1968.
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Alas those days were not that long ago. Zell Miller was about the last of them.

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Yes, Zell was a gooden'. Years ago, I read his book about learning life's lessons in the Marine Corps.
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Great tale. I was broken in by a sheriff of that mold, who also lived over the jail. His wife was undersheriff and dispatcher. One of his sons was a knothead and the other was my good friend.
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The revolver. If you blow-up the photo you will see the clearance between the the cylinder and breech is far too wide to have recessed charge holes. Not wide enough to be a .45 ACP. It could be a .44 Spl., .38 Spl. (Outdorsman), or even a .45 Colt.
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If you read the story linked in post 5, Baker’s son wrote a poem after his father’s death that referred to his “famous 44” (page 23)
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Here are some additional historical photos for you to enjoy. Still trying to get the information on the sheriff's 44 that Elmer gave to him. Did some looking through the guns with his son Bob while I was in Salmon last week and came across one of his service revolvers which is a 4" Model 19-1 and you can see by the photos that the sheriff "customized" the stocks for his hand.

The .44 is currently in the Salmon museum on display and I am going to get the serial number and order up a letter from Roy as soon as possible.

The .22 Colt pictured was the gun jammed into the sheriff's ribs by the desperate fugitive who hijacked him in the story you read in a previous post on this thread.














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What a great thread! Thank you for sharing and updating it.
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Neat!! Can't wait to hear the results of the letter on the 44!! The Colt is a "Pre-Woodsman". Judging from the diamond grips, probably 1922 or earlier. The model was stamped Woodsman begining ~1927. Someone swapped the barrel to a 4.5" sport (began Sport production in 1933) it would have been a 6 5/8" pencil or medium barrel originally. Skeeter Skelton wrote his first handgun shoot was with his dad's Colt Woodsman Sport around age 6. Glad your friend wasn't shot with it!!! Nice souvenir though.
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