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In Tombstone, Henry Hooker is giving shelter to the sick "Doc Holliday":

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But how did the Earps and Henry Hooker know each other?

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When we first see the Earps it is 1879 and the Gunfight at the OK Corral does not actually take place until 1881. So the movie takes place over a couple of years which is plenty of time for them to get to know each other.

Henry Hooker was a prosperous rancher in Arizona at the time having been there since 1867. He would have had a vested interest in maintaining law and order and would have made an effort to get to know the town marshal

Hooker, who was referred by the honorary title of "Colonel Hooker", arrived in the Arizona Territory with the profits from his turkey venture in 1867. He built up a cattle operation supplying beef to the military. He brought 10,000 Texas Longhorns from Texas in 1872

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