|"Uncle" Jim Roberts|
But perhaps his greatest antithesis to the iconic image of the "Hollywood gunfighter" was Roberts' ironic relationship with horses. He developed a reputation for breeding some very fine ones, yet he would never ride one himself. So when one summoned the sheriff, instead of bolting in on a sweating steed, Roberts would mosey-up on his mule! (*1)
He was a man of few words. "Jim never did say much," one old-timer related, "and when he was angry, he didn't say anything." (*1)
"He always returned your greeting. Question him, though, and he would shut up like a clam," another said. (*1)
To the local law-abiders, he was fondly known as "Uncle Jim."
Appearances aside, Roberts was a highly respected and lethal gunfighter who kept some of the rawest of Arizona's frontier mining towns in lawful order.