Dean Bostian, Social Studies teacher at Union High School, is directing performances of the play, Tombstone Trial: The Iowa Connection. The play depicts the murder trial of Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday. The men were brought before the law after the shootout at the O.K. Corral, during which the Earp Brothers from Pella fought and killed the McLaury Brothers from Belle Plaine. The trial/hearing was presided over by Wells Spicer, who grew up in Tipton, Iowa. Both Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday had wives from Iowa as well.
Tombstone Trial features actors from Pella and Belle Plaine, with one former Belle Plaine resident also in the cast—Bostian’s sister Jane, who now teaches in the Wapello School District. Both Bostians grew up in Belle Plaine and still have family in the area.
The show will be presented in Belle Plaine at the Longfellow Auditorium on Saturday, October 21 at 2 PM. In addition to his directorial duties, Bostian also plays the part of Lyttleton Price, the lawyer Joseph Isaac Clanton and Will McLaury (who also grew up in Belle Plaine) hired to bring charges against the Earp Brothers and Holliday. The play is sponsored by the Pella Historical Society and Museums, Pella, and the Wallace Winkie Foundation, Belle Plaine.