Francis Boardman Eaton was born October 26, 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut, and at eight years old he moved with his family to Twin Mounds, Kansas to homestead. Shortly after their relocation, Eaton witnessed his father’s murder. He practiced his shooting, and at the age of 15 engaged in gunfights to avenge his father’s murder. Eaton served as a deputy U.S. Marshall in Indian Territory under the “hanging judge,” Judge Isaac C. Parker. At 29 he joined the land rush to Oklahoma Territory. Eaton served as the model for OSU's mascot “Pistol Pete”. He settled near Perkins where he served as sheriff and later became a blacksmith. He lived there until his death on April 8, 1958. Eaton was known as “Pistol Pete,” a nickname he acquired at the age of 15 when he out shot United States cavalry men in a contest at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. After seeing Eaton ride a horse in the 1923 Armistice Day parade in Stillwater, a group of Oklahoma A & M College students decided that Eaton as “Pistol Pete” would be a more suitable mascot than their current Tiger. They felt that “Pistol Pete” represented the old west and the spirit of Oklahoma. However, it was not until 1958 that “Pistol Pete” was adopted as the school’s mascot. The familiar caricature of “Pistol Pete” was officially sanctioned in 1984 by Oklahoma State University as a licensed symbol.