John was quite a colorful character, it is said he had several run ins with Pancho Villa over a saloon he owned on the Mexico side of the Rio Grande, Pancho Villa and his men kicked Johns butt and threw him over to the Texas side at least 3 times but he wouldn't give up, finally he wrote to the Mexican President and explained his situation and the President was planning to compensate him for his lost land but as John was on his way to pick up the money, the president was overthrown and that was the last John saw of his bar and his money.
John went on to become a singing cowboy in the rodeo, one afternoon he saw a beautiful woman in the audience and sung his wedding proposal to her, she had never seen him before in her life but he impressed her so much with his song that she said yes.
John married Emily (Emma) Jane Lemmon born May 16, 1885 in DeKalb, Texas. They had one daughter, Mary Edna Nix born August 24, 1918 in Middleothian, Texas.
John lost everything during the depression and went to work for the railroad, he later laid the steel foundations for the Hanford Project in Richland, Washington.
Johns comments on the first moonwalk in 1969 were "You know this is all bullshit but it's amazing what they can do with moving pictures these days." And while watching "the life and times of Judge Roy Bean" he said "that's not what Roy Bean was like at all, and why'd they make a movie about him anyway? He wasn't anybody special, he was just trying to make a living like the rest of us." so we gathered he had crossed pathes with Roy Bean.
John always seemed to be on the run from something, he was always looking over his shoulder, he would never talk about it but I'm sure he must have killed someone in his younger days.
He didn't trust banks after the depression he kept all hs money in the mattress, and in picture frames. I believe he owed an oil well in Texas before the depression.
John died on April 7, 1979 in Kennewick, Washington of old age he was 96 and is buried in Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Kennewick, Washington next to his only daughter.
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