The unabridged history of the Longrider Cowboys MC
In 1845, Caleb Cushing, an American political leader traveled to the mysterious kingdom of China where he met with the Emperor, Tao-Kwang, Great Hotchot of the Chinese Grand Lodge, for diplomatic and trade relations. Caleb Cushing had a close associate who was also an American political leader in West Virginia. The associate was known as Ephraim Bee. When Caleb spoke to the Emperor of China, he mentioned great things about Ephraim. The Emperor was so impressed with the life of Ephraim he told Caleb he was going to give Ephraim a commission authorizing him to extend the work and influence of the ancient and honorable order of E Clampus Vitus. The Emperor summoned several servants who arrived with a golden stretcher. The servants lowered the stretcher at the feet of the Emperor and Caleb. On the stretcher laid a small wooden box. The Emperor leaned down and carefully picked up the box gently opening it. In the box was a beautifully detailed shot glass. The Emperor held up the shot glass and told Caleb that this glass was passed down in his royal family from generation to generation. Once a man from the royal family is chosen as the Emperor of China the shot glass would be used in a traditional toast acknowledging him as the Emperor. The Emperor went on to tell Caleb the commission he was giving to his friend Ephraim was of extreme importance. Important enough to give the shot glass over to Caleb to pass down to Ephraim. The Emperor then filled the glass with his finest whiskey and drank from it. The Emperor filled the glass once more and handed it to Caleb. In honor Caleb consumed the fine whiskey from the crystal glass. The Emperor placed the glass carefully back into the box and told Caleb the next person to drink from this glass had to be Ephraim in order to honor the word and commission of E Clampus Vitus.
On his trip back, Caleb guarded the shot glass with his life. Many people inquired as to what was in the box but Caleb did not speak a word. When he returned he explained to Ephraim in detail what had transpired while he was in China. After hearing this Ephraim stood up proudly and told Caleb he would not dishonor the Emperor of China or his new commission of the ancient and honorable E Clampus Vitus. In honor Ephraim then drank his finest whiskey from this glass with pride.
As the years passed E Clampus Vitus grew larger and larger. Ephraim proudly displayed the shot glass to his Clamper brothers. Several of the brothers of E Clampus Vitus toasted with this glass for great accomplishments and celebrations. As Ephraim Bee grew older he became close friends with a brother Clamper known as Joe Zumwalt. Eventually Zumwalt had plans on bringing the ancient and honorable order of E Clampus Vitus commission to the State of California. Ephraim Bee gave Joe the symbolic glass to take with him to California. Joe then headed to California on horseback with his good friend and brother Clamper W. C. Wright on March 9th, 1849.
On their journey to California they stopped in many taverns along the way. While they were in the taverns Joe would proudly display and tell the story of his symbolic shot glass. During the travels one man gave specific attention to the glass. This thief, now known as Nicholas Thiebalt, waited for an opportunity to take the glass away from Joe. One night while in a tavern after proudly displaying the glass, Joe placed it on the bar and looked away losing sight of it. Thiebalt seized this opportunity and he took the glass then quietly slipped away into the night. When Joe turned and noticed the glass was missing he searched the tavern and its patrons for the glass but nothing was found. He then summoned assistance from the local sheriff Henry Plummer. After Joe explained to Plummer the story of the glass and what it looked like, Plummer organized a search party to find the thief and the shot glass. While Plummer was on the road he found the lone cowboy, Thiebalt, riding on the outskirts of town. When Plummer inquired of Thiebalt where he was going Thiebalt attempted to flee. Plummer drew out his gun and shot Thiebalt dead. Plummer found the shot glass on Thiebalt and left his body lying on the side of the road. The following day Plummer told Joe the thief and the glass were never found. Joe felt the glass was lost forever and realized it would never be found. Years later it was determined that Henry Plummer was a crooked, murderous sheriff and was eventually strung up by his citizens in 1864.
Several years later Henry Plummer’s son, Joseph Bryan Plummer, became an owner of a local tavern. While he was going through his father’s belongings he found the beautiful shot glass. J. B. Plummer took the shot glass and displayed it in his bar. As the years passed an elderly W. C. Wright came into the tavern to have a drink. As he was enjoying his drink he looked up and noticed the familiar looking shot glass. Wright inquired to Plummer about the shot glass and Plummer explained to Wright he had found it in his deceased father’s belongings. Wright then put two and two together and realized it was the stolen shot glass. Wright explained to Plummer the true history of the glass. Without hesitation Plummer gave the shot glass back to Wright. It was now back in the hands of the ancient and honorable order of E Clampus Vitus.
Since Joe Zumwalt had long since passed away Wright took the glass and hid it within his ranch home and did not brag about it to any outsiders. The only time the glass was shown was to trustworthy, good-standing brethren of E Clampus Vitus. Once Wright passed away the shot glass was passed down to his son, Jacob Wright, who was an avid cowboy and Clamper living on the ranch where he was raised. During his time as a cowboy a great invention was made, the motorcycle. Jacob loved this invention and felt the motorcycle was not as temperamental as his horses. Jacob eventually purchased several motorcycles for himself and his ranch hands for errands on the ranch. Jacob called his crew the Longrider Cowboys. Eventually Jacob had a daughter by the name of Gladys Wright. Once Jacob passed away the glass was handed down to Gladys who proudly displayed it on her cupboard for many years.
When she became old, she happened to be browsing through the internet for Clamper websites. She happened upon a Longrider Cowboys Motorcycle Club website. With great interest she learned all about the new Longrider Cowboys. She then contacted the Clamper club and told them the story of the shot glass. Feeling that it needed to get back into the hands of the clampers, Gladys proudly gave the glass back to them where it is now being used for traditional toasts to all new members of the Longrider Cowboys Motorcycle club.
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