Miss Olive Oatman--Interesting Narrative of her Captivity (News Article) Date: 1856-06-20; Paper: St. Paul Daily Pioneer

Several weeks ago we gave an account (copied from a San Francisco paper) of the rescue of a young white girl, Miss Olive Oatman, from the Mohave Indians. The Los Angeles Star gives the annexed interesting narrative of Miss Oatmans captivity among the Apaches, and subsequently, the Mohaves. It appears that her defenseless situation was entirely respected daring her residence among the Indians. After her release was effected, she traveled on foot three hundred miles, in ten days, to Ft. Yuma, accompanied only by the Indian guide, Francisco three days of which they were entirely without food of any kind : So much interest has been manifested in the story of the captivity of Olive Oatman, that we visited her a few days since, when she gave as an intelligent account of her adventures, which is here embodied. This account we obtained only by asking questions, as her timidity and want of confidence prevented her from giving the details unassisted. Her faculties have been somewhat impaired by her way of life, but her friends assured us that in the short time she had been among them she had made very perceptible improvement.
The Oatmans started from Iowa, in company with the family of Mr. Thompson, with whom they traveled as far as Tucson, in Sonora, where .Mr. T. resolved to lay by, to recruit his cattle and wait for other trains to come up, so as to insure the safety of the road by numbers. But the Oatmans pushed on, impatient to get through, and met their fate on the Gila, about two hundred miles from the Colorado.
Olive is rather a pretty girl, with a skin us fair as most persons who have crossed the plains. Her face is disfigured by tattooed lines on the chin, running obliquely and perpendicularly from her mouth. Her arms were also marked in a similar manner by one straight line on each. The operation consisted in puncturing the skin and rubbing a dye or pulverized charcoal into the wounds.
It was about sunset when the attack was made, which resulted in the capture of herself and her little sister, Mary Ann. Olive was thirteen, and Mary Ann seven years of age. The Indians stripped her of her shoes and nearly all her clothing—her sister had no shoes on in the time—and they started off with the speed of horses in a northerly direction into a mountainous region. They traveled all night without resting. At noon next day they stopped a few minutes to breathe, and then hurried on again till night-fall, when they came into camp. She thinks they traveled a hundred miles. She was barefoot, and the sharp stones Lacerated her feet, and her blood sprinkled the whole distance. Whenever she lagged they would come behind her and beat her, to urge her on. Her sister soon gave out, but being small, the Indians carried her in their arms. The reason of their hurrying so rapidly, was clear lest they might be pursued. The clothes left to her were worn out, and fell from her back in two weeks, and then she matted together the bark of trees, and tied it around her person like the Indians. It was a slight covering, but it did not leave her entirely exposed.
Among these Apaches Olive supposes they remained one year. At any rate, the same kind of season returned as that when she arrived. Time among the Indians is not noted.
If they note it at all it is only by moons. The country was mountainous, and barren of grass or timber. The Indians live in the small valleys.
The girls were treated cruelly by these Indians.  They were over tasked, and when they could not understand what was said to them, they were beaten. There was no timber
or running stream. The only fuel to be had was scattered sage bushes ; and when it rained the water would collect in the holes of the rocks and these two little girls were compelled
to pick all the wood and water from long distances upon their backs. They felt themselves to be  slaves.  The Indians told them they should never see their friends again, and controlled them as much as possible.  There was no snow but they suffered from the cold in the winter. The Mohaves and Apaches were friends, and sometimes visited each other.  It was during one of these visits that the Mohaves learned of these captives, and offered to purchase them. Apaches consented, and received in exchange a few pounds of beads, two horses and
two blankets.  They were ten days traveling, "like horses" as she describes it, to the Mohave villages, barefoot and over a rough mountainous
country, each day stopping a short time at noon to rest.  She thinks they traveled 350 miles in a northwest direction. On this journey they ate nothing until the fourth day, when they received a piece of meat about as large as her hand, and this kept them alive, There was no roots or berries, and they dared not ask the Indians for food.  The Indians would kill such game as came in their way, but they did not offer it to their captives. She describes them as being too lazy to exert themselves to procure food, and only killing such game as chance brought to them. Her days had thus far been dark, and she was almost ready to despair. Not an act of kindness, nor a word of sympathy or hope had been addressed to her by her captors, who treated her and her sister as slaves.
Arrived among the Mohaves, the chief, whom she calls Espanasay, took them into his own family, and they were treated in every respect as his own children. The blankets were given to them for covering; food was divided with them; they were not obliged to labor, but did pretty much as they pleased. Lands were allotted to them, and they were furnished with seeds and raised their own corn, melons and beans as the Indians did.
There is little or no rain on the Colorado, and the Mohaves depend upon the overflow of the river for the irrigation necessary to germinate and ripen their harvests. Sometimes there is no overflow of the river, and much suffering follows. The Indians are too indolent to plant more than will suffice for their actual necessities. Three years ago there was no overflow, and a famine was the consequence. in which many perished. It was in this famine that Olive suffered her greatest grief " Her
little sister, Mary Ann, had endured all her captivity with her. They supposed that they were alone of their family ; they had suffered together the cruelties of the savages ; but they
had not been separated. They could, sympathize and cheer each other in their dreariness, and sometimes they would whisper together a faint hope of future redemption. But now came the trial. The child wasted away by degrees—she knew that she was to die, and talked calmly of death to Olive. She had no disease—but there was no  food—and she wasted miserably in the famine that desolated the tribe. Olive herself was near starving, but the strength of her constitution saved her life. She speaks of the chiefs wife in terms of the warmest gratitude. A mother could not have expressed more kind-hearted sympathy than did this good woman, whose gentle treatment saved her life.
This woman had laid up seeds to plant, and which even the dying groans of her own people could not make her bring out.   When she saw Olives distress, she ground the corn between stones, made a gruel and fed it to her, not reserving any even to herself.
The Mohaves always told her she could go to the white settlements when she pleased, but they dared not go with her, fearing they might be punished for having kept a white woman so long among them, nor did they dare to let it be known that she was among them.  Before the arrival of the Indian messenger charged to release her, she heard of his departure from the fort, by an Indian runner. Her joy was very great, but she forced herself to appear very indifferent, lest the Indians should still retain her. She had little confidence in her sincerity, when they gave her permission to leave them, because they refused to go with her, and they knew she would not go alone. At length, Francisco, the Yuma, arrived with the requisition from Capt, Burke for her delivery. The packet was examined by the Indians, but no one understood it. It was put into her hands to explain. It was written in a bold, round hand, the letters being a third of an inch long. It was the first word of English she had seen for five long, weary years, and she could not restrain her emotion. The cold chill of Indian reserve seemed to melt away, and she saw before her mind the old home scenes, and happy voices seemed to welcome her return. She readily deciphered the meaning of that rescript, and communicated it to the assembled Indians.
Accompanying it were six pounds of white beads, four blankets, and some other trinkets, to be given in exchange. These were accepted and the chief told her that she was at liberty to depart for her friends. Many of the Indians, however, objected to her going, fearing they would be punished as her captors. The chiefs wife, the kind woman who saved her life in the famine, cried a day and a night as if she were losing her own child, and then gave her up.
With the guide she started for the fort with a light heart on foot as usual.

Date: 1867-03-09; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner Hardyville Feb 24, 1867
Again is our town thrown into excitement by the murder of one of our follow townsmen and brother Pioneers. On Friday morning last, as the workmen on the Toll Road at Union Pass, sixteen miles from here, were going to work,  they discovered, the tracks of an Indian, who had evidently but just crossed the road. Mr Thomas McCall, who was in charge of tile work, alone, and with nothing but a pistol, started over the hills to follow the Indian, He was gone for some time, and the party started out to look for him, thinking something had befallen him, or he would have returned. On traveling about two miles they came upon a body, pierced with arrows and stripped of clothing. It would seem that the Indians purposely made the tracks across the road to draw their enemies into ambush, as there was evidence of a large party of them.
The night before, they had made a raid into San Francisco District and killed two in mules, and captured one horse,  which they had with them, and which was found dead near McCall's body, it having been shot probably by McCall in his defense.
Mr. McCall was one of the oldest settlers here, having come here in the spring of 1861; was an honest, upright and fearless man, universally esteemed by all who knew him, and his untimely fate is to be deeply mourned. The arrows prove the Indians to have been Pah-Utes. We had been fearing trouble, as the red devils last week held a barbecue at Cottonwood Island over a couple of horses they killed there, and their trucks were discovered a few miles above here, along the river. These Pah-Utes must be exterminated, and to do that the war must be carried to their homes. Their head quarters are on the Muddy. They come down to Callville and El Dorado Canon, and are there " good Indians,"—dash across the river, massacre a few of our citizens, then back with their blood and booty, to be  "good Indian" again.
Now it seems to me to be a wrong policy for any one to treat any of them as good Indians. I am told that Pah-Utes are, and have been of late, hanging around the troops at the Canon, receiving bread, instead of lead, as they should. They no doubt are very friendly there, and it is possible they may (those who go boldly about) be innocent of the commission of the depredations, but they are Pah-Utes, and of course have intercourse with the tribe, and gather items for other so act upon. And they cloak tho real offenders.
The only true way is to abolish this system, every where practiced too much, of recognizing any friendly Pah-Utes, Wallapais, or Apaches.   It may seem harsh to some, but it is mercy to struggling civilization, to put to the death all and every of the red dogs, at all  times and under any circumstances, until the last one is colonized in the happy hunting ground .
A party is now out to bury McCall, and to find the body of a stranger, who left here, solitary and alone, for Prescott, from the fact that his horse was found near Union pass by McCall the day before he was killed. The man was subsequently heard of at the Toll Gate, all right, but his horse it here.
The stage arrived yesterday morning with B.H. Coit, passenger, who has arrived with the purpose of working his mine, the Pride of the Pines, in Waba Yuma District, By the stage we have news that a company of cavalry will arrive at Mohave next week, whose business it will be to look to these fiends the Pah-Utes and Wallapais, and it is fair to presume that our troubles with them on the road will soon end. The stage will soon run through to Prescott, so say the mall contractors, who appear to be earnest and active men.
Letter from Mohave County,
Mohave City, Arizona, Jan. 18. 1870.
Dean Miner: I would like to write you a lengthy correspondence, made up of important facts regarding; the prosperity of Mohave County, but, alack ! like the Dutchman's horse at the foot of the hill, we "ish dare," and there is no use trying to make believe we ain't. The progress of Mohave county, the post two years, would use trying to discover. The why ol this is probably owing greatly to the fact that she possesses no fertile valleys, for homes for the emigrant, and her climate, in summer, is just the thing to make every one that can, get up and git, for your cool retreat, where corn and potatoe patches can he had for the claiming. But, then, Lo is responsible for a great deal that has not been done as well as for much that has been done. But for his successful efforts to keep every miner out or the Sacramento District, and to do which they have killed half the number that have undertaken to work these mines,   Mohave county would
make a fair showing with any county in the Territory. For that there are rich ores in that District is a proved fact. And, again, we have been robbed of a portion of our territory that bids fair to become, very speedily. rich and populous,—I refer to the portion of Mohave given to Nevada.
Mr. Otis recently came down Iroin El Dorado Canyon with 350 pounds of bullion, demonstrating that the mines there pay well. He has had to discontinue for want of wood. The company has been embarrassed all the fall by the difficulty in procuring wood. They are now determined upon the adoption of some plan by which they can procure the wood they, want, and work their mill incessantly.
Capt. John Moss, and a large party of prospectors are now out in the Clarke District, and Judging from a lot of samples brought here for shipment to San Francisco for assay, that is a rich district. The ore seems rich in chloride, and sulphurets of silver.
Professor Palmer, of Nevada, after an examination of the mines, says that it is the richest silver district he has ever seen. Prominent San Francisco capitalists have become interested, and Moss says they mean work.
This will be the point of supply for the district, nt present; eventually, Cottonwood Island will be, as tho district is accessible from there, at a distance of forty miles.
Capt. Moss informs me that the district is about sixty miles northwest of this place.
A lot of your citizens, thirty-one in number, headed by Mr. Philip Richardson, made a raid on Messrs. Todd & Davis Saturday lost. They got twenty days' supply, and struck camp in Sacramento Valley. After that is consumed, and preparations made they will lay in a three months' supply and march on a big prospect, towards tho Little Colorado.
Judge Todd and J. R. Porter left here last week for San Francisco, and will probably bring up in Washington.
Weather cold, River low, and steamboats scarce.
A. E. D.
Date: 1870-02-05; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner

Date: 1872-11-30; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner Hardyville Destroyed by Fire

A letter from Ehrenberg, of date November 22d, informs us that the steamer Cocopah had just arrived there, with news of the burning of Hardyville. The village was one of the oldest in Northern Arizona, and the seat of justice for Mohave county. It consisted of a series  of adobe buildings, several of which were roofed with shingles. The loss will not fall far short of $150,000, Wm. H. Hardy and Samuel Todd are, undoubtedly, the heaviest losers.

Date: 1873-04-26; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner From Hardyville and Wallapai. Shooting of Capt. Charles Atchison Mining News, &C

The mail wagon from Hardyville and way points, arrived here Thursday evening, in charge of Mr. Calvin White. By it we  received letters from which the following is taken:
Mohave city is not behind our mining towns. On Saturday night, the 19th inst. a man by the name of Joseph Spearing shot Capt. Charles Atchison. It appears that Spearing and the Captain had some words about a bottle of whiskey, and that the Capt. then closed his store and afterward opened it to let a man out. At the time he opened Spearing and others were near the house, and they again had some words, Spearing talking pretty rough. Spearing drew his shooter and pointed it at the Capt., who advanced toward him and wanted to know what he meant by drawing a pistol on him. Spearing replied that he could not run him, and the Capt. replied that he did not want to run him, but he wanted to run his own house. The Capt. then went back into the house, got his pistol and started for the door, cocking it as he went, while Spearing remained in the same position with cocked pistol in his hand. As the Captain rearched the door, Spearing shot and hit him the ball catching a little above the right nipple and lodging in the back part of his shoulder, where it still remains. He still lives and there is some hope of his recovery; the ball will be cut out tomorrow. Spearing was arrested, waived an eximation and was committed and taken to Cerbat. The affair has cast quite a gloom over the community, as the Capt. was universally liked and looked upon as one of our very best citizens. He never would have harmed anybody. Mining matters here are looking better than ever. the mill is running nicely on "Keystone" ore and the venture has proved a success. Yesterday the 21st the assistant engineer, Lindsay caught his arm in some portion of the machinery and broke it.

Weekly Arizona Miner  1874-09-11
Andrew Stein, who drives the mail wagon on the Hardyville route, arrived in Prescott about noon to-day.
Among our letters is the following from Wm. B. Hardy, Esq., giving the news — good and bad — from Mohave County:
Again we are called upon to chronicle one of those terrible homicides that have become so prevalent in our county of late. Last Saturday morning, A. J. Mathews (alias Shorty the mule skinner), was shot and instantly killed near Cerbat, at what is known as the milk ranch. No evidence was brought out at the inquest that would convict or Implicate any one.   
James Smith, the keeper of the station, is suspected and will be examined to-day. One McKinney, who has run away, is also suspected. When it is all summed up and sifted over, it will be disclosed that there was a big drunk and two or three parties, including Mathews, took a hand in a shooting scrape, with the fatal result above mentioned. A drove of about one hundred horses, principally tine brood mares, passed this place hunting a location. They came from Idaho, via St. Thomas and Stone's Ferry, and will probably stop in this county. Still another drove of about one hundred head of horses has just crossed the Colorado river at Hardyville and are bound for the Prescott country. These horses are represented as being very fine stock. A herd of five hundred head of cattle will soon cross the river and locate on the Cottonwood, in this county. Several large flocks of sheep are expected to arrive during the fall.   Let them come.
The Keystone mine looks well.
About three months since one Constantia Brice was missing and fears were entertained of his safety, and a notice, was sent to the MINER. Until last week nothing further was heard from him, when parties coming in from the Cedar district found his saddle-bags and papers; this led to further search, which was made on last Saturday. His remains were found in a cave, about six miles north of Coyote station. The remains of his horse were also found near by, in a decomposed state. The saddle had not been taken off the horse.The conclusion arrived at was, that the horse was sick and Mr. Rice, tried to get him in until he became exhausted, and died for want of water.

From Mohave County—Mrs J. H. Behan and her two children. Mrs John C. Potts and her two children, Wm H. Hardy and Wm.
Cory, arrived here yesterday evening, from Mohave county.  Mr Hardy thinks of taking a trip south. Mr Cory will start back tomorrow. These gentlemen look and talk as if they felt that their county had seen its darkest days.
Letters brought by the mail inform us that the smelting furnace at Cerbat was operating beautifully on "concentrations" from Capt. Welbourn's Krom machine at Mineral Park.
Mr. Caldwell Wright, clerk of the court, informs us that there were, for trial, 9 civil cases and a heavy criminal calendar.
Sunday last, two Mexicans,—pronounced enemies,—met in the woods back of Cerbat, and had a beautiful fight. One of them had his nose bitten off; the other received a dangerous wound, from a pistol-shot. Mr. Cory thinks it impossible for the one who was shot to live. We have been unable to learn the names of these Mexicans, and hope that some of our correspondents will send them to us.
Date: 1874-10-09; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner

Homicide Between Mineral Park and Pioche
Robert Williams came into Mineral park May 3rd, from Pioche and reported to Judge Haskell that he had shot and killed a man named John McCarty on April 30th, fifty miles from Mineral Park on the Pioche Road and asked to have an examination. The following facts were proven by two witnesses upon examination. William and McCarty joined the Company this side of Pioche. There were several others of the party, and from the commencement of the journey, Williams and McCarty disagreed, the latter frequently using abusive language to the former and upon several occasions threatened his life. The difficulty finally culminated by McCarty attempting to kill Williams with an axe. Williams  at first ran and was closely pursued, but watching his opportunity he drew a revolver and killed his assailant. McCarty was formerly a soldier, but deserted several years ago from Camp Mohave, taking with him the Quarter Master's horse. After a careful examination of the case, Judge Haskell decided it to be justifiable homicide and discharged the prisoner.
Date: 1875-05-07; Paper: Weekly Arizona Miner

Col. Hodge at Mineral Park, June, 8th 1876
Editor Miner :Since my arrival here, on my way from Yuma to Prescott, I have gathered a few items which maybe of interest to your readers. Emigrants and stock have been coining into the Territory from California, crowding the Colorado at Hardyville quite freely and much In excess of last year. W. H. Hardy, Esq., Informs mo that there have already been crossed some 30.000 sheep, 5,000 horses and 3,000 cattle, and that from all accounts there will be at the lowest estimate 150,000 sheep, 12,000 cattle and 8,000 horses brought In on this route during the year. The emigration he estimates at 1,500 at least, in place of 700 last year. The sum total will make quite an addition to the population and to the personal property of the Territory. The Colorado river is front 8 to 10 foot above low water mark, and is now rising from 4 to 6 inches in 24 hours. It is Court week, but Judge Tweed had not arrived on the 6th instead, but is expected every day. There are some important cases on the calendar, which attract much interest and which will be closely contested.
    A. K. Davis and family have returned from California, as well as several others well known in this county, among which are Messes. McCrackin and Owen, large owners in and  discoverers of the McCrackin Mine.
    Judge Pitzer, from Pioche, Nevada, is at Cerbat  and several eminent Attorneys are dully expected from California, who are engaged on some of the cases before this term of Court.
    The Probate Court, Judge Weber, has been in session a portion of the week  and much important business transacted. Many of the mines are producing well, but at present them is a serious hitch between the mines of the Keystone and the superintendent or the owners, but it is to be hoped that matters will soon be amicably arranged,
    Messrs. Breon &  Spear, I am informed, have leased the Mineral Park mill and the Keystone mine. The mill is now running on custom ore, and doing veil. Quite a number of small
lots of ore have been crushed from different mines the past two months with gratifying results. I have not been able to obtain full statistics, but give a few obtained  from  parties In interest
    Five tons from the Index, gave an average yield of $236 per ton.This mine is owned by Haas & Co, and is one mile  East of town.  Eight tons from the Mocking Bird situated three miles northeast of Cerbat, gave an average of $700 per ton.This ore belonged to Messrs. Miley, Riley and Upton. Nineteen tons of ore from the Cupel near Stockton,  belonging to  Messrs., Cory & Potts and others, gave an average of $330 per ton. Fifteen tons of second class ore, from the Metalle Accident, owned, by J. C. Christie, gave an average of $400  per  ton and his first class ore shipped to San Francisco, netted him over $1,000 per ton.  Mr., Christie has gone to the Centennial, and takes some fine specimens and some bullion with him.  A small lot from the Laporte, close by town and owned by Davison & Co., gave $534 per ton.  Seven and a half tons of  Empire, at Chloride, gave an average of $310 per ton. This mine is owned by W. H.  Raymond. One ton from the Sunday School, close by Empire, gave $191 per ton also owned  by Mr. Raymond.  
    Twenty  tons from the Shoulter mine, in the Hualpai mountains, gave $350 per ton. Several other lots have been worked which I have no returns from. A large amount of Keystone
and Hackberry South has been worked, giving an  average of $200 per ton.
    The Hackberry mill is running successfully and turning out much beautiful, bullion .985 fine. The mine is, as I am informed by a gentlemen just in from them, looking exceedingly well.
Mr. Hardy has let another contract on his big tunnel running to the Fairfield, the first claim West of the Keystone, and which is progressing finely. Some  40 tons of splendid ore are
now on the dump of the Lone Star which will go away up.
    Mr. Patterson is just in from the Salt Mountains, north of Stone's ferrys and has on this trip, over seven tons of salt. He reports a large number of emigrants and stock coming in by
the way of Stone's ferry from Nevada and California,
Hoping to meet Prescott friends soon
I am yours, etc. H.G. Hodge

May 18, 1877
    Court opened up on the 7th instant, Judge Tweed presiding, with fifty two cases on the  docket. Representatives from every part of county were present, having either been summoned to attend as jurors, or else being interested in some of the numerous mining suits. The Sandy sent the largest delegation, among which were quite a number who came for the purpose of making an honest penny by some of the many sinful games in which ye festive miner is wont to indulge.
    The school building was extemporized as Court House, and several times before the opening of the court, the venerable Judge could have been seen in front of the entrance hammering on the triangle, to remind the boys that it was time to cash their chips and come to "court" Many sorrowful tales were told, such as having sprained ankles, being sick, etc., in order to get excused from serving on the jury. One robust individual asserted that he was afflicted with heart disease and could not stand the confinement in the jury room.
    In the case of the Territory against W. A. Mix, for assault with intent to commit murder, the Grand Jury ignored the bill. The same vs. James W. Hass, same charge, a true bill was found, and on trial a verdict of guilty of assault only was rendered. 
    The five stamp mill is running on a limited supply of ore from the Keystone and Star Mines, These mines are working a very small force of men, and as a consequence things will look very lonely after the adjournment of Court on Saturday evening.
    Some of the Yavapai lawyers left on Friday, and Judge Tweed expected to be finish up the business so as to adjourn Court, The Grand Jury occupied the Judge's apartment during their deliberations, and at me of their sittings some cuss, without fear of the majesty of the law, "froozo" on to the Judge's meerschaum pipe.   All inquiries after the missing article failed to discover its whereabouts. During the afternoon of the next day a Petit Jury was quartered in the same rooms, and in order to get even with the Grand Jury some one of the immaculate twelve had to prance off with his Honor's blankets.
    The roadway through the Juniper mountains is filled with loose rocks, which makes it very annoying to travelers. The county authorities would confer a benefit on the traveling public if they would employ some one to put it in repair.
    Game of all kinds, such as deer, antelope, etc., is very plentiful on the plains between Cross Mountain and the Juniper Range.
    The farmers in Williamson Valley are busily engaged in planting corn.   A much larger quantity will be put in this season than has ever before been planted in that section. All through Walnut Valley evidence of increased activity is visible, and the farmers expect to reap a large harvest this year. It will not be long now until all these fertile mountain valleys will be teaming with a large population.   Here are large tracts of land only waiting for the husbandman to tickle them with the plow when they will reward him with an abundant harvest. Parties going to Mineral Park or vicinity will do well to provide themselves with grain for their animals, sufficient for one night, before they get to the Willows, as the crops at the station were almost an entire failure last year, and as a consequence no grain can be obtained until they get to another station at the mouth of the canyon, four miles east of' the Park.
    There is also no water at the Tanks, and canteens will have to be filled at the Cottonwoods. The parties who started to dig a well at the Tanks sunk it about twenty five feet, when they found the rock so hard , that they abandoned the place in disgust, after having placed a broken whisky bottle in the bottom of the well, evidently as a sign that the thirsty traveler need not for anything to drink in that locality.
    All along the route the Miner is highly spoken of as a live and interesting local paper, fully up to the requirements of the times, and generally commended for the course it has taken relative to all matters effecting the interests of the Territory and each particular section.    X-CENTRICK.

Mineral Park  July 12,1877, Editor Miner:
    It now seems that it matters not how much we complain, or what ! grounds we have for complaint, we are not to have any better mail facilities; that matters are bound to go from bad to worse. Now it seems that a gentleman unacquainted with, the country has contracted to carry the mail from Aubrey to Mineral Park for $1,750 per year. This is quite enough to know about the whole matter; we will have a mail as this contract could not sub let for less than $5,000 per year. As for the mails up the river we hear that the steamers have refused to carry any more and the contractor refuses to carry mails for this place, so we are without mails and if we cannot get all that is due we had better have none. The fact that a postmaster has a right to sort and throw out, or a contractor refuse to carry only a part is in itself quite enough to call for an investigation by the department. But months pass away and no notice is taken of our complaints. We say if men will put in low bids, compel them to fill to the letter, show lenity and soon we will have a new deal.
    Immigration continues to move along the dusty roads, with jaded and worn out stock. I certainly pity these immigrants to be caught on the desert in the late hot weather. Only think of trying to haul a wagon with a wore out team through the sands of Soda Lake, when the mercury indicates 125° in the shade and never drop below 110 ° at night, and  when the thermometer is exposed to the sun it crawls up to 145 degrees. Then to think that several large bands of sheep are being driven or attempted to be brought Across. The loss 35 is great not one out of five reaches the Territory alive, yet they are now at the Colorado river crossing, but the owners have a sorry tale to tell. Sheep are of but little value in California, and not too high in Arizona; I hear of good flocks being offered at one dollar to two dollars per head.
    We have already had a fine shower of rain and expect more. We hope for a spell of moist weather.
Arizona Weekly Journal Miner

The people of Mohave county are in hopes that the new mail contractors will get increased service and the line extended to the S. P. R. R. early in the spring and we are certain that this will he done if the railroad company gets their matters fixed up so as to commence laying rails towards the Needles this winter.
The mail route from Hardyville to Prescott seems to have been let to the old Telegraph Stage Company and we may see a competing line of stages running from some point on the S. P. R. R. via Hardyville and Mineral Park to Prescott before next spring.
If a tri-weekly could be established on this route so as to get us a good healthy opposition to the present via Ehrenberg, the people of Northern Arizona would be quite well satisfied. I learn from parties just in from Hardyville that the Colorado River is very low and it was with great difficulty that the Steamer Colorado got to Hardyville on her last trip up on the 13th, inst. Cold north winds prevail and many prophecy a dry winter and extreme low water for a long time to come.
Date: 1877-01-05; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner

Trains of immigrants with large herds of fine stock continue to arrive from the north. I hear of a drove of six hundred head of cattle between this place and Stone's Ferry. Some of the immigrants estimate the number moving towards Arizona this winter to be less than ten thousand head, a portion have already arrived. Yesterday three man arrived from Kern County. California and report that large lots of stock will be driven in the spring from that section of California.
One lot of 30.000 sheep have already started besides large lots of cattle and burras soon to start. Good stock ranges will soon be scarce in Arizona as not less than twenty ranches have been located in Mohave County during the past six months and all well stocked with cattle, but few sheep or horses stop in Mohave County.  W.
Date: 1877-01-05; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner

Mohave County Booming. an Oaklander in Luck

Geo. W. Pinkham,of Oakland, California some three years since invented a few hundred dollars in Mohave County training properly, and a short time since came out to see what his investments amounted to.
After a sojourn in Prescott for a few days he proceeded to Mineral Park, near which place his mining property in located, for the purpose of satisfying himself as to whether his investment was worth anything or not, when to his astonishment he found that the few hundred dollars which he had risked a few years since, had placed him in possession of a fortune. One of the mines which his investment secured for him, the Lone Star, alone, is said to be worth a million dollars, of which he is now the sole owner, having purchased a half interest owned by his partner, Mr. Bud Grounds.
The Lone Star lead, with the north and south extensions, covers 4500 feet. Immediately on the center of the discovery claim, a shaft has been sunk on the had 220 feet deep. The dip of the lode is about 45 degrees, and the walls four feet apart, carrying ore that averages $100 to the ton, while occasional bodies of ore is struck that runs into the thousands. At a depth of 100 feet from the surface a drift has been run in on the ledge southeast 150 feet, and opposite, another running northwest 100 feet, showing the ledge to be equaly as large and rich at the end of each drift. Again, at the 200 foot level, another drift has been run in 100 feet, the ore comparing with the drifts at the 100 foot level.
In the main shaft 220 feet from the surface, the richest silver ore we have ever seen, is now being taken out. About 80 pounds of this ore taken from the mine by Mr. Pinkham, himself, presents the appearance of a mass of rock having been tied tcgether with silver wire, and to guess at its value would be simply ridiculous. It is worth thouands to the ton. From the shafts and drifts that have been opened, exposing a great body of ore, calculations have been made with a view of not over-estimating, and it is found that there is in sight, $556.000. Mr. T. Sturz, a mining engineer, is now busy making a map of the mine, inclining the extensions in both directions from the original discovery.
It is the intention of Mr. Pinkham, who has so unexpectedly found himself in possession of this wonderful mining property, to order a ten-stamp mill immediately upon his arrival in San Francisco and send it forward to be put up at the Park, and if things move as it is hoped they may, in ninety days, the whistle of the new mill for the reduction of the Lone Star ores, will summon the workmen to their labors. Apart from the Lone Star property, Mr. Pinkham has ten other claims known to be very Valuable. With a mill to crash the ores from these mining properties, which he is about to develop on a business like basis, we predict that Mohave County will be yielding at least a half million annually, more than hertofore.
Date: 1879-10-17; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner
Date: 1889-03-20; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner
A young man named Larkin of Kingman, while going to Mineral Park, last Saturday evening, with three companions, to  attend a dance, met with a serious and dangerous accident. One of the party had a six-shooter in his pocket, which fell out and was discharged, the bullet entering Larkin's hip, ranging upwards and lodging against his spine. He was sent to San Francisco yesterday for treatment

Nov 23 1889 The White Hills Road
Work Has Just Begun At Kingman With Great  Activity.
    Yesterday the first work on the Sacramento valley railroad was begun at Kingman in Mohave with Dr. Thoodore B. Comstock of Los Angeles in charge as chief engineer. Mr. Comstock is also vice president of the company which is building the  road. The new road will run from Kingman to White Hill, both in Mohave county, a distrance of about 54 miles.
Construction will actually begin at McConnico Junction, four miles west of Kingman, but under arrangments with the Santa Fe Pacific company, the southern terminus of the road will be Kingman. The heaviest grade on the road not exceed 1.85 per cent. The road will pass through one of the richest mining sectopns pf Arizona. Out from Kingman it will strike first the Union Pass Road, near to which are the Ewing mining properties, and some other ten or a dozen mines, then the Cerbet mines, Todd Basin and  Mineral Park properties, all of which will be tributary to the road. It will then traverse the Chloide district, in which there are a large number of valuable minos, all more or less developed, many of them already on a paying basis. Leaving the Chloride district the road will take in the mining properties on the west side of the Sacramento valley, now called the Klondike region otherwise known as Gracey's camp. Beyond that is El Dorado Canyon and then White Hills, the northern terminus of the road. It is possible that following the completion of the road, it may be extended as far west as the Colorado river, passing near the Senator mines, Gold Basin and Temple Bar properties. The future will, however, determine that. The contracts, which have been let, call for the completion of the road as far as Chloride by June 1,1899, and to White Hills by October 1,1899.

Sheriff Potts was called to Needles this morning to arrest Wiliam Sweeny for an assault on a Mohave Indian, below Fort Mohave. It appears that Sweeny had number of hogs running at large on the river bottom, and these hogs were in the habit of getting into the gardens of the Mohave Indian, and this morning the Indians set their dogs on the hogs to drive them a way. Sweeny got out his shot gun and shot several of the dogs, and when the Indian protested, Sweeny clubbed the aborigne unmercifully with the barrel of the gun, breaking one arm and otherwise injuring the poor fellow. A squaw caste to the assistance of the Indian during the fracas, and she also received rough handling. Dr. Reese set the broken arm. Sweeny was arrested and brought to Kingman and lodged in jail The Indian is in the hospital.—Mohave Miner.
Date: 1896-06-24; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner

Kingman, Arizona, Feb. 9 1897
The Indian trailers and deputy sheriffs started before daylight on the trail of the train robber who escaped after holding up a train at Nelson last night. It is Supposed that
the trailers will have no trouble running down the robber The idenity of the robber killed by Messenger A. O. Sumners is stlll unknown He was a cowboy. The mail olerh insists that there several robbers, but the engineer and flreman saw only one after the shooting by the messenger. The robber secured nothing but a few registered  packages and letters from the mail car the through pouches being unmolested.

Prescott Morning Courier
Matt Samsky, a miner, died at Gold Road last Thursday and was brought to Kingman the following day, or interment. His death was caused by pneumonia. Deceased was a Slav by birth, 36 years of age and was a newcomer in Mohave County. His family, consisting of a wife and eight children, joined him a short time ago from New Mexico. He was a member of the A.O.U.W. and like the prudent man he carried a $2,500 insurance policy in that organization, in consequence of which he leaves the family a little money with which to continue the battle of life.

Tuscon Daily Citizen
Indians Dying Of Civilization.
KINGMAN, Az,, Jan. 23.—Unless the Government adopts at once stringent preventive measures the once great Mojave tribe of Indians will be wiped from the face of the earth by the scourge of consumption.
The Mojaves, to the number of about 3000, dwell along the Colorado River north of The Needles, most of them on the reservation, although they scatter through the country on both the Arizona and California sides.
When the Mojave Indians adopted the white man's mode of living and his wearing apparel their retrogression began, and from a race that was physically perfect the Mojaves degenerated to a tribe of Indians, who are dying by wholesale from the ravages of tuberculosis and its attendant evils.
The Mojaves are by birth and mode of living very susceptible to this disease. they have a very small chest development and in their lungs the terms find an inviting habitat. During the winter months who families. come of whom may have consumption sleep in small single-room mud houses, with no ventilation other than the fireplace. They are unclean in their habits of cooking, eating and drinking. During the winter they never bathe while In summer they bathe too much remaining In the Colorado river nearly all day. They are not regular with their meals, and nearly always eat and drink too much. This causes derangements of the stomach, preventing the proper assimilation of food, producing emaciation and anemia, which are followed by consumption among those predisposed to It.
The Mojaves are  a peaceful agricultural people, and almost entirely self-supporting, the Government rarely being called upon to aid them.
At the reservation agency steps are being taken to gradually get the Mojaves back to their former mode of living. It Is believed that once they readopt their dwellings of brush, which the attendant better ventilation, a long step will be taken toward the stoppage of the plague, which Is exterminating them. Then, too, It Is Intended to persuade the Indians to do away with the use of heavy clothing, a habit which they never knew until the white settler taught them to clothe their nakedness. Athletic sports will he taught them and In every way possible will the doctrine of fresh air be Impressed upon the tribe, in the hope of preventing the further spread of the disease and what now seems to be Inevitable extinction
April 6 1903 Killings In Arizona
    Cowboy Pianoist and Young Miner were Killed by Man who is Wanted In California,
Kingman, Ariz....April 5.-News .has just reached Kinsman of the killing of Charles Blakey, Known as the "Cowboy Pianist." and Roy Winchester, a young- miner, on the trail forty miles
north of Kingman, by James McKenney. Nothing Is definitely known of the murder, but It is thought that McKenney, who Is wanted for the killing of Wm L. Wynn at Porterville, Cal-,
last July, mistook the men for officers and laid in wait for them on the trail Blakey was shot In the breast and Winchester in the back with buckshot.
After the shootjng McKennev went to a ranch and compeiled the rancher to shoe two horses for him, and then rode away.
    The rancher failed io report the killing until three days after the occurrence  A sheriff's posse is now in pursuit of; McKenney. Gov. Brodie has been asked to send out rangers In
pursuit, as It is thought McKenney has gone south into the "Bad Man's Land" of Yuma County, where it is almost impossible for a posse to go without safety.

Rush to Mohave County A New Gold Excitement
J. H. Jack, the Bisbee lumber merchant and owner of the new opera house in the Copper Queen camp, was here this morning en route from San Francisco to his home and business office In the town at the mouth of Tombstone canyon. Mr. Jack observed, during the twenty minutes wall at the depot, that there was a big rush out of San Francisco and towns south as far as San Diego to Mohave county. Arizona, and Kingman was having a boom on this account.
M. Jack said that the strike was made only three miles south of Kingman, a Mr. Curley, a Denver mining man, having made the discovery in great reefs of what was supposed to be granite which carried from $10 to $100 In gold per ton. With the co-operation of other Denver men Curley bought the ground from G. C. Davis for a large sum.
As soon as the find became known in Kingman parties hustled out to make locations and these locators were followed by men from the many camps in Mohave county. Parties are arriving from as far east as New Mexico. Further strikes. Mr. Jack says, have been made and the country is taken up for miles around the original location bought by Curley et aj;
Denver men say the find is better than Cripple Creek or even the great blanket deposits In South Africa. Mr. Jack said that from all that he could gather en route through California was in line with the above. He added that Kingman, the Mohave county, seat, which Is on the Santa Fe road, will be a mining center if the excitement continues.
There are several Kingman men here, notably James Twigs and Judge L. O. Cowan among the number and they have lived long enough in Mohave to know about every crook and corner therein. Judge Cowan was seen this morning: and all be could say about the excitement was what he had gleaned from the two Kingman weeklies; which are liberal in exploiting the new Eldorado, Judge Cowan said he has been, over the country a number of times. No one had ever given much thought to the section which is now alive with prospectors.
The characteristics are broken foot-hills on the west side of the Wallapai mountain range. The country was been covered with a volcanic flow, but in places the volcanic matter has eroded away, leaving sections of the primary formation exposed. Gold is found in quarts and massive spar dykes cutting the country through.
It is said $20,000,000 lies exposed to the first parties locating, and on the surface.
Date: 1903-08-14; Paper: Tucson Daily Citizen

Prescott Morning Courier
John Granfield, who had resided in Mohave county for thirty years, died in Kingman a few days ago.
Bryon Sherman, who had resided in Northern Arizona for 30 years, died at Kingman September 10. He was in the saw mill and stock business in this county at one time.
Man by the Name of Ogden Is Said to, Have Committed the Deed with Colt's  Revolver.
    W. R. Lake, the Boise timberman who resides at 119 State street, yesterday received by mail the details of the assassination of his brother Tom Lake,  at  Kingman,  Ariz.,  on  January 15
    Another brother. Frank Lake, a mining man of Park City, Utah, went to Kingman last week to look into the matter. He found  that on the evening of January 15 Tom Lake, superintendent of a mine a short distance from Kingman, was driving into the city in company with a man by the name ot Holland. They were overtaken and passed by a rig driven by E. Ogden, who stopped his team a short distance ahead and dismounted.
    When Lake's team approached, Ogden called upon him to halt, and ordered Holland to get out of the wagon, as he intended to kill Lake. Holland refused to dismount, whereupon Ogden shot Lake twice with a Colt's revolver, both shots inflicting mortal wounds.
    Ogden was arrested and at the preliminary hearing before Probate Judge Brown at Kingman was bound over to the district court without bail to answer the charge of murder in the first degree.
    At the preliminary Osden put up no defense, and Lake's brother in Boise Is absolutely In the dark as to the causes which led up to the tragedy. He believes, however, that the murder was the result of labor troubles.
    Tom Lake was formerly a. shift boss in one of Senator Clark's mines at Butte. He went to Kingman to take the superintendency of one of Clark's copper properties there. He was about 36 years old, and leaves considerable property.  

C. C. Leigh Faints and is Carried Unconscious to the Scaffold. Has Relatives in California.
Kingman Arizona Jan 18 1907 Associated Press
C.C. Leigh was hanged to day in the jail yard here for the murder of Jennie Beauters, a woman of the half world, at Gold Road, on September 1905. As he was being led to the scaffold, he suddenly weakened and fell against the sharp edge of one of the jail cells a great gush being cut in his head and rendering him partially unconscious.
The officers carried him to the scaffold and held him up while adjusting the noose and cap. His neck was broken by the drop Leigh is said to have relatives in Visilla California.

July 11, 1908
Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Murphy are building a new residence near their lodging house on South Front Street.

C. J. Hutchison, general manager of the Expansion Gold Mining Company reports that fifteen thousand gallons of water is now being produced by their water shaft and well at the mines.

Fire At Chloride.
Thursday evening, about eight o'clock, Hre broke out in the City Hall, at Chloride, and in an incredibly short space of time the Hre fiend was sweeping through the block of buildings between the hall and the Metropole hotel. A slight breeze carried the fIames away from the south side of the street and saved that part of the town. The breeze changed to the northwest before the fiames reached the hotel, which accounts for the saving of that structure. The buildings destroyed were as follows: City Hall, owned by Alfred Conkey; barber shop, owner unknown; Meredith's saloon building, owned by D. F. Meredith; Charley Suey's restraurant, owned by Alfred Conkey; a vacant building; Hubert Meara's saloon. Nearly all contents of the buildings were saved, but the loss on buildings amounts to about fifteen thousand dollars. The fire originated in a gasoline tank, used in lighting the hall.    The pipe leading from the tank was observed to be leak-
ing and the gas was shut off from the distributing pipes until the leak could be repaired. The exhaust of the gas holder was opened to allow the escape of pressure and some one brought a lighted candle into the room causing an explosion that set fire to the building. The buildings burned like tinder and the destruction was complete in less than an hour.
The people of Chloride are energetic and it is believed that more substantial buildings will be shortly erected over the burnt district.
Mohave County Miner. (Mineral Park, Ariz..) , May 22, 1909

Joseph Beckley, Desperado, Captured.
Last Monday morning, near Topock, A. F. Harris, J. P. Gideon, deputy sheriffs, and two Wallapai Indians, Policeman Jack and Deaf Bob, came upon Joseph Beckley lying down peacefully under a bridtre. He made no resistence when the officers ordered "Hands up," but quietly submitted to arrest. He was at once taken to Topock, where deputy Harris boarded a freight train and brought the much wanted man to the county jail.
The chase alter Beckley began at Chloride Tuesday night of last week, but after one day of hot chase the officers returned and the work of trailing the man down was takpn up by Kingman officers. They took the man's trail Thursday and never left it until they overtook him as above stated. The Indian trailers with the part state that it was one of the hardest trials to keep they ever undertook to follow. The fugitive tried ever dodge known to the professional to throw the men off his track, going up almost perpendicular cliffs, doubling back, in and out of boulder strewn canyons, but all to no purpose. In covering the distance between Chloride and Topock the man must have traveled fully one hundred and fifty miles, and that with practically nothing to eat during the seven days of flight. Heckley had no idea that there was any one on his trail after the second day and when the officers told him they had followed every foot of his route from the Burns ranch to the place where they found him, he said, "Gentlemen, I take my hat off to you; I had no idea any one could have followed my trail."
It will be remembered that Beckley shot and terribly wounded Bob. Caldwell, at Chloride, a week ago last Tuesday, when that man tried to prevent Beckley from shooting John Ware and W. H. Hall. Caldwell is improving somewhat and it is the opinion of the doctors that he will get well. Beckley is to have his hearing on the charge at Chloride today.
Mohave County Miner. (Mineral Park, Ariz..) , May 1, 1909

Wallapai and Chemehuevis Indians have been holding a big pow-wow at the village in Kingman this week, at which the deaths of many Wallapais have been lamented. The recent suicide of Look-Up Dick seems to have stirred up the Indians, the aged scout having been about the last of the brothers of the late chief Sherum and Charley. The Indians were of the impression that a warrant had been served on the Indian, and that he was to be prosecuted for stealing ties, but the court record shows that he was simply served with process to appear  as a witness in other causes. The Indians will keep up their memorial services for some days, but intend later in the year to have a Big Cry to propitiate the God of Wrath from future troubles that may be in store for members of the tribe.
Mohave County Miner  April 27, 1912

Cerbat School House Burned.
Last Wednesday night the school building at Cerbat caught fire about ten o'clock and was entirely destroyed. Three men were occupying the building at the time, having gone there somewhat under the influence of liquor. They had gone to sleep, but it is thought that they had left a candle burning and the candle either had fallen to  the floor or had been overturned by one of the men, and when awakened the place was in flames. One of the men seized George Luckton and threw him through the window, probably saving him from a horrible death. As it was Luckton was so badly burned that he had to be brought to the hospital at Kingman, suffering from severe burns on his feet and body. It is not thought that his injuries will be permanent. The building is quite a loss to the district and it is probable that an inquiry will be made into the responsibility for the fire.
Mohave County Miner  April 27, 1912

George Miller who was committed to the state insane asylum last week died at that institution a few days ago.
Mohave County Miner April 6, 1912

Archie Monroe a well known miner of the Cerbat section was declared insane by the probate department of the Superior Court late last week and he was taken to Phenix by Sheriff Gideon and deputy A F Harris last Sunday. The poor follow had suicidal tendencies and had he not been restrained it is probable that he would have killed himself
The Mohave County Miner June 1 1912

The merchants of Kingman are making an effort to effect the capture of one Chang Him a Chinese restaurant keeper who conducted a restaurant at Stockton Hill and other places in the county Him came to Kingman about a month ago and departed to parts unknown leaving behind a large number of mourning creditors Chang Him is an Americanized Chinaman and secured the confidence of the merchants by his amiable ways and pleasing smile. He dresses well and would pass for one of the mandarin class.
Mohave County Miner April 12, 1912

Last Monday morning Gaddis Perry Company received an order for two coffins from the Grand Canyon Lime and Cement company and undertaker VanMarter made the shipment Inquiry developed the fact that two Mexicans had been killed at the lime Quarry by an explosion of both giant and black powder aarly in the morning. The bodies of tho two victims were horribly mutilated. The man was one of the Quarry workers and was close to the powder when the explosion took place His body was literally torn to pieces. The other a boy of twelve was carrying a bucket of water some distance away and was knocked down by the force of the explosion and every bone in his body broken Death in each case was instantanious. How the powder was exploded is unknown but the theory s that sparks from the lime kiln stacks may have fallen into some black powder which in turn exploded the giant powder.
Mohave County Miner April 12, 1912

Chester Lawrence Hero
According to Chester Lawrence's tale of the Lawrence Graves trip into the Grand Canyon of the Colorado river north of Peach Springs as published in last Sundays Los Angeles Examiner that author was and is yet one of the greatest heros of modern time That the and Mr Graves braved the heat of that awful inferno where his gasoline boiler at a temperature of 130 degrees in the shade and no shade and the rubber tires of the machine became so soft and sticky that the great boulders over which they drove clung to them so tenaciously that they had to use a crow bar to pry them loose And had it not been for the good in the Colorado river they would not have been able to get enough water to satisfy their thirst so great w as it after their trip through that region of half baked rocks and cliffs that reared their heads so far into the heavens that only the heat from the great orb of day was able to penetrate the awful depth. With the gasoline seething and boiling and is suing pungent and malodorous smells from the carb rator and the suns rays refracting from the great canyons walls and keeping a constant focus on the little machine and its heroic ex plorers it really is a worlds wonder that they live to tell the tale Strong man as he was it is said that Lawrence really went over the awful desolation of the place and his own unhappy plight But nevertheless he was a hero even if it was only an Examiner here and the people that read that great journal will one and all know that to gtt the news its reporters will even go to the brink of that warm region to be first on the scene and if it is not just as hot as the average minds picture it a vivid imagination can swell it to the right degree. But contrary to Chester Lawrence the hero of the tale the heat in the Grand Canyon is seldom above one hundred degrees there need be no suffering for food or water unless the write themselves down as chumps and they need not he under an evil smelling machine unless they like that kind of a situation as there is en eight room house at the point where they reached the canyon. Any person driving into the canjon should know full well that with a road that had not been traveled for many years at least two days should be taken for the trip and if they did not provide themselves with food they were sure to go hungry And also contrary to to this tale the road to the canyon was traveled for more than two years by a daily stage and thousands of people visited it at the Diamond Canyon point among which were the greatest scientists of all the ages and of all countries With these few exceptions Mr Lawrence is entitled to the Carnegie hero medal and the automobile association of America should see that he is put up to the board that hands out these shields to the suffering heroes of our land
Mohave County Miner June 15, 1912

Kingman public school building is now too small to accomodate the children that the census of the marshal discloses It is the intention of the trustees to call an election in September to vote bonds for the extension of school facilities or the sale of the present building and the removal of the school to a site that will offer greater advantages to the children School children should have playground facilities and and it is up to the people to provide it. Anyway the trustees should line things up so that no time be lost after the new law becomes operative and get the matter of the bond issue ready to go to the people at the earliest convenience. The tangle in the trustee matter should be straightened out before that time as no bond buyers would touch a bond that was not regular.
Mohave County Miner June 15, 1912

Mohave County School Census
County Superintendent of Schools Charles Metcalfe has just compiled the census of school children in the county and finds that the total number of children of school age is 503 as follows
District No 2 Gold Road 41
District No 3 Hackberry 41
District No 4 Kingman 210
District No 5 Whitney 21
District No 6 Sandy 34
District No 7 Signal 25
District No 9 Littlefield 44
District No10 Moccasin 12
District No 11 Chloride 43
District No 13 Haviland 21
District No 15 Golconda 23
District No 16 Oatman 48
The Mohave County Miner July 13, 1912

Shot Through the Brain and Lives
A twelve-year-old Indian boy was accidently shot in the head Monday afternoon by a young companion, the weapon being a 22 caliber pump gun. The little fellows had been out shooting at marks and had as they supposed  exhausted their supply of cartridges. They mounted their horses and were galloping along the railroad track near the Y the one carrying the gun still pumping it to see if it was really empty or that there was some obstruction in the magazine. As he pumped he kept pulling the trigger. Soon there was a report from the gun and the Indian boy ahead fell from his horse shot through the head. The shooter thinking the boy dead ran his horse to town and told the story to the boys mother. The officers were informed of the tragedy and went to the scene of the shooting. They found the body lying on the ground unconscious with a bullet hole in his head above the right ear. Drs Cowie and Tilton were called and dressed the wound doing all that was possible for the injured boy. Later the boy showed signs of returning consciousness and appeared to be suffering great pain. Mr Shell of the Indian school was informed of the boys condition and Tuesday he took him to the Indian school at Valentine From reports received it is probable that the injured boy will recover although at the present time the right side of the body appears to be in a paralyzed condition. Should he get well it will be one of the most interesting cases in medical history as it is evident that the bullet penetrated both hemispheres of the brain
The Mohave County Miner July 27, 1912

The boy locally known as Johnnie Powse who was shot by a companion nearly a month ago is getting along nicely at the Indian School at Valentine where he was taken the day after the shooting. The little fellow had been shot through the head the bullet entering on the right side above the ear and passing so it is thought through the brain and lodging in the left side of the skull. The right arm is paralyzed and the right leg is partly paralyzed The boy is able to sit up and recognizes everybody but appears to be unable to talk. It is the intention to take him to Los Angeles and have an X Ray examination made of the head to ascertain the feasibility of removing the bullet and possibly restore him to normal health. The government defrays the expense of treatment the lad being a student at the school.
The Mohave County Miner August 17, 1912

Dr. A. L. Tilton is in receipt of a letter from Charles Shell who is in Los Angeles In which the information is conveyed that the Powse boy who was shot by a companion more than a month ago was operated on and the bullet located on the right side of the head two Inches back of the right eye. The bullet was too deep to take chances on removal but it was found that a pus sac had formed which was considered the cause of the paralysis on the right side. The skull was trephined and the boy appeared to be doing nicely although there is only a slight hope for his ultimate recovery. The bullet from a twenty two caliber rifle entered the head above the right ear. The boy has been unable to talk since the accident but has been cheerful and only suffered pain apparently part of the time.
The Mohave County Miner August 24, 1912

Charles Goodrich known all over the coast as the Banana Kid is reported to have been sentenced to twenty years in the penitentiary for the killing of a barkeeper at Bakersfield some time ago. The Kid is well known in Kingman having been a sport around town during the days when gambling was a licensed industry of the territory.
The Mohave County Miner October 19, 1912

Mrs Minnie Silka is in jail as a result of a family row the other morning. The Saikas have been running a chili and tamala place on Beale street and the two had been boozing to some extent when a row over the action of the woman resulted in the man being slashed across the hand with a big butcher knife. The wound was dressed by Dr Bucher who found that the tendons in the back of the hind had been severed destroying the use of several of the fingers Saika made complaint before the Justice of the Peace and the woman was arrested and at the hearing was bound over to the Superior Court. The couple were driven out of Goldroad and Chloride by the officers on account of their drinking and fighting habits.
Mohave County Miner December 7, 1912

Attempted Murder at Goldroad
Last Sunday evening at Goldroad a light took place between Jim Cazzula and Joe Alios in which Alios got the worst of the mixup Raging with anger Alios went into the street and returned with a sharp edged rock with which he struck Cazzola on the headcrushing His skull and driving splinters of bone into the brain. Bystanders prevented Alios from further injuring Cazzola and although terribly injured lie continued to walk around for some time complaining that he was badly injured Dr Bucher was sent for and went to Goldroad where he found the injured man suffering great pain but still conscious. The splintered bones of the skull were removed and the skull raised from its pressure on the brain. So large was the opening that the pulsations of the brain could be clearly seen through the aperture.
Alios was arrested by deputy sheriff George Ayers and taken to Kingman whet e he is now in jail awaiting the outcome of Jazzolas injuries.
Cazzola is getting along remarkably well and Dr. Bucher has hopes of his recovery. It is probably one of the most remarkable cases in the annals of medical practice the crushing in of the frontal bones of the head and the puncturing of the brain and the patient remaining conscious at all times.
Mohave County Miner December 7, 1912

Sheriff Gideon is looking after one Arturo Munoz who is wanted for trying to kill a countryman of his at or near Signal a week ago. The men had quarreled and Munoz took a shot at the other fellow while he was getting out of the way. The bullet lodged in the cantle of the saddle but did no damage. It will be remembered that Munoz tried to kill his wife and her relatives last winter the wife dying sometime after in child birth Munoz is only about twenty years of age but he is a bad one just the same.
The Mohave County Miner December 14, 1912

J F McConnell a miner working in the shaft of a properly operated by A T Cornish at Chloride fell from the timbers into the bottom of the shaft Tuesday afternoon last and fractured his leg near the ankle He had put in a round of holes in the bottom of the shaft and after loading spit the fuses and than climbed up the ladder to a point where he could pull up the shooting ladder While doing this he slipped and fell back into the shaft. The other workmen succeeded in getting him out of the shaft before the shots went off He was brought to Kingman and Dr Whiteside reduced the fracture the unfortunate man later being taken to Los Angeles by Mr Cornish.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 25, 1913

A young fellow giving the name of Jimmie Joe Brown was arrested at Kingman Thursday last on a charge of attempting to pass a fictitious check The check was drawn on the Citizens Bank Flagstaff by Mitchell McBride and Co Seligman A wire from Mr McBride stated that no such check was drawn by him The face of the check when compared with the handwriting of the prisoner shows that the work was done by him
The check was for 42.50$ and the man tried to pass it at a number of places but the fact that McBride  was well known along the railroad evidently prevented it being worked off
Mohave County Miner Jan. 25, 1913

J F McConnell a miner working in the shaft of a properly operated by A T Cornish at Chloride fell from the timbers into the bottom of the shaft Tuesday afternoon last and fractured his leg near the ankle He had put in a round of holes in the bottom of the shaft and after loading spit the fuses and than climbed up the ladder to a point where he could pull up the shooting ladder While doing this he slipped and fell back into the shaft
The other workmen succeeded in getting him out of the shaft before the shots went off He was brought to Kingman and Dr Whiteside reduced the fracture the unfortunate man later being taken to Los Angeles by Mr Cornish.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 25, 1913

Deputy Sheriff A F Harris who went to Los Angeles to search for a Mexican who is said to be the real murderer of the man found in Spears Lake a year ago wires from that city today that he has the man in charge and will be home tomorrow The conflicting stories told of this murder make it rather difficult to ascertain the true story of the murder but it would appear from subsequent events that Bustaraento the man arrested in Los Angeles is the one that tired the shot and beat the head of the Mexican Jiminez to a pulp After the murder Bustamentoand another Mexican gathered up the effects of themurdered man and sold them where ever they could find a sale The fellow who was in camp with Bustamento and Jiminez is now in jail here being held as an accessory
Mohave County Miner Feb. 22, 1913

Sheriff Gideon was called to Hackberry last Wednesday by the report that a Mexican had been shot He found that instead of having been shot the Mexican Had been stabbed in the side by an Indian named  Russell Russell is one of the largest Indians in the Wallapai tribe and it is supposed that the cutting  resulted from a drunken orgie A warrant is to be issued for the Indian who lied to the Big Sandy country.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 11, 1913

Last Sunday evening under sheriff J C Lane and deputy A F Harris arrested one Wiley Houten an escaped convict from the Nevada penitentiary The man had been drinking and by an act peculiar to the man was recognized by Mr Lane who took from him a revolver The man was a powerful fellow and Mr Lane believing that he would have a poor show in
an encounter with him looked up deputy Harris and the two men made the arrest When he realized that he was in the clutches of the law Houten made quite a fight to get away but the officers soon had him as meek as a lamb After being taken to the Sheriffs office to be searched he acknowledged that he was the right man.
The Nevada authorities were informed and Thursday a member of the state police arrived to take the fugitive back Capt Donnelly captain of the guard went on to Phenix with requisition returning last night and going on to Carson City with their prisoner Houten was serving a life sentence for the murder of a police officer at National Nevada two years ago The murder is said to have been a most cowardly deed Houten at one time worked at White Hills and at Globe
Mohave County Miner Jan. 11, 1913

Golden Wedding
Last Monday evening a large number of the relatives friends and acquaintances of Mr Mrs J F Moore assembled at their home to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage The evening was spent in good cheer reminiscences of the days gone by Thursday evening friends arranged for a public function at Elks Opera House where the Batchelors Band played good music to enliven the occasion Addresses were delivered by Anson H Smith Rev C W Deming F R Andreas Phyllis Nellie and Alice Smith sang a trio and then on behalf of many friends Mrs Moore was presented with a purse of 503 in gold and the whole assemblage wished them a hundred more years of happy married life F P Andreas was the prima mover in the affair and deserves credit for its success. Mr Moore was born in Kentucky eighty one years ago was wedded to Margaret S Logan fifty years last Monday evening The couple spent nearly all of their life on the frontier where Mr Moore engaged in farming and mining They came to this county a years ago having acquired mining interests in the Weaver district.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 11, 1913

Last spring a Mexican was murdered near Spears lake and the body thrown into the water It was found soon after and from the examination made by the coroner it was found that the man had been shot to death A few days ago the details of the killing was ufolded to the sheriff and county attorney and it is probable the murdrer will soon be in the grip of the law.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 1, 1913

Burglar Shot
A man giving the name of T A Stephens was shot and seriously wounded while attempting to burglarize the store  of the Chloride Store company last Tuesday night During the night Joe Prisk who was sleeping in the store building heard some one entering the place and when an entry had been effected called upon the intruder to halt Instead of complying the man ran toward the door and Prisk fired the charge of bird shot taking effect in the legs and side of the intruder He placed the man under arrest and then did all he could to alliviate his guttering The fellow was taken to Kingman and placed in the hospital He was fairly peppered with the shot but it is probable that a big silver watch lie carried in his vest pocket saved him from a more serious injury the shot penetrating the heavy case
To effect an entrance the man had broken a heavy padlock that was placed on the door twisting it off with a steel chisel formed into a jimmy.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 15, 1913

Sheriff Gideon returned from Florence a few days ago where he left Jimmie Joe Brown at the penitentiary on an indeterminate sentence of from one to fourteen years for attempting to pass worthless checks Brown confessed to the crime and got the lowest sentence possible
Mohave County Miner Feb. 22, 1913

A Mexican goat herder was so badly Injured by a freight train at Kingman station Wednesday evening that he died on the operating table a short time after the accident. The fellow had come in from the camp and spent the evening in convivial company and then tried to cross the track when a freight train was being cut at the Fourth street crossing. He was crawling under the cars when the train pulled up and he was caught beneath the wheel.s His right leg was crushed above the knee the left leg near the ankle and the left arm badly smashed. The poor fellow was taken from the rails and hurried to the office of Dr Cowie where he and Dr Whiteside did everything possible to save his life. Nothing has been learned of his place of nativity or that he had relatives in this country.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 22, 1913

T A Stephens who was shot last week by Joe Prisk while attempting to burglarize the store of the Chloride Store company had a hearing this week and entered a plea of guilty. He stated to the court that he got all that was coming to him He appears to be suffering but slightly from the wound inflicted by the heavy charge of bird shot.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 22, 1913

Glen Catterall who was convicted of embezzling money orders from the Gardena California postoffice was sentenced to one year in the Los Angeles county jail a few days ago Catterall resided in Kingman about  a year going to California to take a position in the postoffice at Gardena. The young fellow had been arrested on various charges in California resuiting from the leading of a fast life.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 22, 1913

The storm that passed over Mohave county this week was one of the greatest in thirty years the big snow storm of March 1884 only surpassing it. At that time two feet of snow fell in the valleys and many feet in the mountains It was reported at the time that four feet of snow fell on the Cerbat range and six feet in Vallanal mountains A number of adobe buildings in Mineral Park were wrecked and thre members of the Steen family were killed by the destruction of their home by the storm. Mr and Mrs Steen and their oldest daughter Nelllie The other two children were miraculously saved Alum wash and the Empire wash at Chloride ran big streams of water far into the valley all the following summer. At the present time it is reported that there is better than four feet of snow on Wallapai mountains and nearly two feet fell on the Cedar divide near the Red Tanks Many parts of the valleys are a quagmire and it will be several weeks before they dry up again. Mining in the higher mountains for the first time in years has been considered almost impossible
Mohave County Miner March 1, 1913

Kingman and Good Roads
As an illustration of the stand that Kingman business men and in fact every man in the town is taking in the good roads movement we are herewith publishing the list of contributions to the cause of sending Mr Parker to Washington and Indianapolis to boost for the northern Highway and also to pay up the balance that remained unpaid of the entertainment of visitors at the recent session of the good roads people in Kingman
John Boyle Jr 20. 00 Gaddis Perry Co 20 .00 I M George 20. 00 Lovin Withers Co 20. 00
Arizona Stores Co 20. 00 Thomas Devine 20. 00 Brunswick Hotel 20 .00 H H Watkins 20 .00
Arizona Central Bank 20. 00 Citizens Bank 15 .00 Tarr McComb 20. 00 Holstein Co 20. 00
George H Sullivan 10. 00 John Kravania 10 .00 Nickell Co 10 .00 Power Plant 15. 00
Judge Krook 10. 00 Jesse Tarr 10. 00 George A Bonelli 15. 00 R B Wright 10. 00
Bill Yee 5. 00 S T Elliott 10 .00 W T McNelly 5. 00 H P Haskin 5. 00
J C Maddux 5. 00 L M Teale 5. 00 J W Morgan 5. 00 Buck Russ 5. 00
Aubrey Inv Co 20.00 City Ice Plant 20. 00 Charles Metcalfe 5. 00 A Ericson 5 .00
C A Patterson 5. 00 O E Walker 2 .50 Mohave County Miner 5. 00 Dr A L Tilton 5 .00
Dr A M Cowie 5. 00 Dr J R Whiteside 5. 00 C R Van Marter 2 .50 See Wo Co 2 .50
S D Stewart 2 .50 W H Marsh 5 .00 Hoffman & Co. 5. 00 Barney Glasgow 2. 50
Frank VanMarter 2 .50 J A Ellis 2. 50 Sumner Beecher 10. 00 P McCardell 5 .00
Gruninger Son 5 .00 Charles Granger 2 .50 E M Carrow 5. 00 G R Franklin 2 .50
D N Stewart 5 .00 E L Yule 5 .00 Frank L Hunt 2. 50 J H Baker 5.00
L Hoffman 5 .00P
R H Blakely 2. 50 P Mcintosh 2. 50 Total  522 .50
Mohave County Miner March 1, 1913

Kingman House Destroyed by Fire
Yesterday evening about 430 the alarm of fire was given that the Kingman House was on fire and immediately men and boys were hard at work stringing hose and forming bucket brigades to suppress the fire that was eating its way through the big wooden structure at the corner of Front and Third streets From the first the task was hopeless as the fire ran through the building with incredible rapidity. Every effort was then made to save the adjoining buildings and with the good work done and the fact that the wind was from the north the other buildings did not even get a scorching.
The Kingman House covered the ground between Front street to the alley 125 feet In the rear of the building  was the kitchen and it was in this place that the fire broke out.
Mrs Junji the proorieter was at work in the kitchen and was badly burned in attempting to save her effects The loss will be about 10000$ covered by insurance of about 4500$
Mohave County Miner March 8, 1913

The Mader Boat Found
This week Paul Mader son of Wesley Mader the placer miner who has been lost since the first of the year passed through Kingman on his way to Needles from which point he will continue the search for  his father Today Frank M Barnes is on his way to the vicinity of the Mader placer mines and intends to go down the river by boat and will make a thorough search for Mader alive or dead On his recent trip down the river he found an overturned boat apparently new near the mouth of Jumbo wash where Sandy Harris and a party of prospectors were at work Harris had seen nothing of Mader nor had he observed the boat which was stuck on a sand bar some distance below his camp All the men along the river have been notified and a diligent search will be made for the missing man. Mader went from St Louis by way of St Thomas to the placer mines on the river and about the first of the  year wrote his wife that he intended to start home in a few days since which time nothing has been  heard of him.
The Mohave County Miner March 15 1913

J J Carmichael a man aged about 40 years tried to commit suicide in a building on the alley in the rear of the Brunswick last Wednesday morning. He slashed his neck horribly with a razor but failed to reach the jugular vein He was found in a mass of blood a few minutes after the attempt and rushed to the county  hospital where the doctors stopped the flow of blood and sewed up the wound. The man had been drinking and was thought to have become despondent. He is said to have been an old sport and when the gambling  went out in the state had to turn to hard work
The Mohave County Miner March 22 1913

H Marley Nay was arrested last Thursday at Chloride by our officers on complaint from Richfield Utah What the charge is we have been unable to learn and the prisoner is being held pendiug the arrival of officers from that place
The Mohave County Miner May 3 1913

Bold Hold Up Men
Last Saturday morning about three oclock the saloon in the Bad Lands at Goldroad was held up by two men armed with gloomy looking shooting irons. The men came into the place and lined the habitues up against the wall and compalled the manager of the place Dave Boon to open the safe and hand over the contents. The amount secured by the robbers was stated to have been 1400$
After warning the people and waiving their guns around on the crowd the men passed out of the place and disappeared. It is said that there were eigtiteen men in the place at the time of the advent of the robbers but as the fellows contented themselves with the looting of the strong box of the saloon none of them lost their coin A poker game was running at the tme and one of the players slipped two gold twenties into his pile of checks where they would not be seen and rejoiced at his foresight when the game was over. After tracing up many clues the arrest of Ed Bell Ralph Sylvester and Minnie Gardner was decided upon and Sheriff Harris brought them to Kingman Tuesday last and lodged them in the county jail Their hearing has been set for next Thursday at Kingman. Bell is the man that beat up the woman in Kingman some months ago but who was acquitted an his trial. Sylvester at one time was a barkeeper in the saloon that was robbed  and is said to have known of the amount of money kept there. The woman has been living with Sylvester
and may be his wife The two are said to be hop heads but they are unknown to the writer
The Mohave County Miner May 17 1913

Every day now witnesses automobiles from the east and west passing through Kingman even though some of them have to ship their machines across the uncompleted portion of the national highway. This will soon be obviated and cars will be able to run through on their own power from Kingman to Needles The expense of maintaining a car has to be met each day and the people of Kingman are realizing just what a great automobile road will mean to them when it is in shape to accomodate travel The cars that have gone through here have no complaints to make although they have found some soft road near Ludlow California From Kingman as far east as Holbrook vory good roads have been found and east of that place to Albuquerque the roads are passable Everybody must realize that road building across the three states in this direction lias but just commenced and that when it is really ready for travel they will appreciate the efforts of the people to make travel as comfortable as possible.
The Mohave County Miner May 17 1913

Yesterday morning four big cars arrived in Kingman from Los Angeles containing Mrs H A Beals Mr and Mrs F F Shippey, Charles Shippey jr, Charles Shippey sr, and wife of New York City Mrs E R Lacey of Cincinnati Ohio. Mr and Mrs C W Kimberley and Mrs W A Morehouse of Los Angeles and Miss Anna Fox of San Francisco. The cars were a Fiat two Locomobiles and a Chalmers. The party had some troubles in California but were quite enthusiastic over their trip so far They are  taking their time across country and will visit all places of interest along the route. The trip will be made  to the Atlantic seaboard by the entire party
The Mohave County Miner May 17 1913

For the Needles Bridge
This week the California legislature passed the bill appropriating the sum of 25000$ for a bridge at Topock. The Arizona legislature already passed a measure appropriating 25000 for like purpose. It is intended to have the government also provide a like sum to complete the work. A bridge across the Colorado river at some point near Needles is a necessity and when the matter is placed before congress it is sure to have speedy attention. With the building of the bridge and the completion of the roads to that point a route will be provided for travel second to none in the United States
The Mohave County Miner May 17 1913

Ben Penberthy at one time miner in this county was arrested yesterday on charge of selling whiskey to Indians Penberthy was injured in mine cave some years ago and since that time has been a cripple Although able to do some work prefers to bum his way and has added selling whiskey to Indians to his other bad habits. He will have hearing before the Commissioner this after noon
The Mohave County Miner July 19, 1913

A Mexican slashed a countryman at Crozier last week and then took to the woods since when he has made himself invisible to the officers. The injured man had his wounds dressed in Kingman and sent to the railroad general hospital in Los Angeles where it is reported he has since died. The cutting took place over the wife of the knife wielder.
The Mohave County Miner July 19, 1913

Deputy C S Marshall B Anderson Tuesday morning last arrested J F Johnson at Frisco camp and brought him to Kingman on a charge of  sending obscene matter through the mails. Johnson had mailed a letter before Parker to a young woman at Tulsa Okla containing indescent proposals. This letter fell into hands other than that intended and the matter was turned over to the postoffise department Johnson was taken before U S Commissioner Smith who held him to the U S grand jury in the sum of 500$.  Johnson is a boy aged about 20 years and comes of good parents
The Mohave County Miner July 19, 1913

This week the Sheriffs office arrested S D Myers at Chloride on a charge of sending threatening letters through the mails and threatening to injure a number of people When arrested Myers was armed with a rifle and an automatic six shooter. He was brought to Kingman and lodged in jail and his sanity will be inquired into. Should he be adjudged sane he will be tried on several charges.
The Mohave County Miner July 19, 1913

S D Myers was adjudged insane by Judge Perkins at the hearing last Saturday and Sheriff Gideon took the unfortunate man to the aslum at Phoenix Monday. In looking over
Myers cabin at Chloride fully one hundred empty bottles that had contained bromo seltzer were found while they were also in evidence all over the grounds surrounding the house. He stated that he had been addicted to the habit over sixteen years. While it is possible that this dope habit may have affected his mind it is also  apparent that he has been mentally off for years. It is said that prior to coming to this county Myers killed a man in the southern part of the state for which he did time in the pen although he claims that he did not kill the man but only wounded him in a duel
The Mohave County Miner Aug 2, 1913

Shot Three Men
Last Saturday evening about 11 oclock Neal Broaded shot and serious ly wounded Joe Marks and James Keyes and slightly wounded Orville White in the Depot Saloon. The shooting was done by a pump shotgun three shots being fired. The details of the shooting as we have learned was that during the evening Marks and Broaded engaged in a game of stud poker in a back room of the saloon. Broaded lost and having been drinking concluded that Marks had cleaned him by dishonest means. Leaving the siloon he went to other places and filled up with more booze and then went to his cabin on the south side of the railroad and secured the shotgun returning to the Depot saloon. Marks was still in the back room talking to some men and as soon as Broaded appeared he commenced firing. The first shot apparently struck Keyes who as sitting in a chair the charge going through his right arm tearing out the muscles and into his back above the kidneys. A few of the shot also struck Marks who was trying to get away. As Marks went through the door Broaded fired again the shot striking Marks in the shoulder grazing his back and tearing a large piece of flesh from his hip. The muscles of his right arm were also torn away Marks fell to the floor but got to his feet and ran toward the front door of the saloon. Broaded again firing at him but the charge of shot struck the front door a few of them striking Orville White in the leg and hip. Quite a number of men were in the place at the time but fortunately none other were in the line of fire. Broaded gave himself up to deputy Sheriff J C Laue and the injured men were immediately put under care of physicians Keyes was hurried to the Santa Fe hospital in Los Angeles and Marks to the local hospital Sunday  evening Marks was sent to Los Angeles where it is understood he is getting along all right and will probably  recover if blood poison does not intervene. Broaded is in jail and will have a hearing sometime next week it being understood that witnesses will be able to appear at that time. Marks only recently came in from the Frisco camp where he had been working as a miner. He is said to be a quiet fellow and not addicted to gambling. Keyes just happened to drop into the place after the game was over and was talking with some of the boys when Broaded crazed with drink came in and turned loose on the crowd.
The Mohave County Miner Aug. 30,  1913

A man by the name of Schultz has been arrested in Los Angeles on a charge of embezzling funds of the Ranchers Trust company A requisition has been issued by the governor and the man will be brought to Holbrook for a hearing. The arrest is said to have grown out of the misappropriation of the funds of the  corporation that took in so many of the big stockmen of the five northern Arizona counties
The Mohave County Miner Nov. 8, 1913

Near Murder
Last Saturday night at Oatman a miner named William Onson made a murderous assault upon Dan Haskin with a knife inflicting a terrible wound From what can be learned Onson had been drinking and tried to assault the barkeeper in the Health Office saloon. He was ejected from the place and within a short time went into the saloon and tendered apologies for his previous bad action. Haskin was seated at a table playing a friendly game of cards and as he was getting up from the table Onson threw his arm around his head and drove a pocket knife into his neck. Haskin broke loose from the man and ran toward the bar and the man ran to the door and was later apprehended by an officer, Dr Francis was called in and found the wound to be over two inches deep and three and three-quarters long the knife having barely missed the carotid artery.
Mr Haskin is said to be getting along nicely and will eventually recover although all the leaders of the left arm were severed Onson is in jail and will have his hearing at Oatman next Thursday.
The Mohave County Miner Nov. 29, 1913

Yesterday County Attorney C W Herndon Court Reporter Hettie M Klein accompanied by Deputy Sheriff A P Harris and J C Lane with William Onson as prisoner went out to Goldroad where the preliminary  examination of Onson was held. Onson is charged with an assult with a knife on Dan Haskin at Oatman on the evening of November 30. After hearing the evidence Justice of the Peace Werden held Onson to answer the charge of assault to murder before the Superior Court Onson plead as defense that Haskin had struck him and that he had the right to kill him for it. Haskin who was terribly cut in the muscles of the neck is slowly recovering although it is doubtful if he ever regains the full use of his arm
The Mohave County Miner Dec 6,  1913

Last Monday afternoon Sheriff J P Gideon and deputy sheriff A F Harris departed to Florence having in custody William Onsun and Neil Broaded who were sentenced to not less than four nor more than ten years and not less than five nor more than ten respectively. Broaded had plead guilty to assault to kill and Onson had been found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon Onson is said o be a bad one while Broaded is only bad when filled with booze. If by any chance Broaded would cut out the booze it it probable he would be pardoned within a year or so. Under the  influence of liquor he is careless of life and dangerous to be at large. If he fails to reform in this regard he is better off in the pen than at large. Onson has a bad record so it is said it mattering little to him whether he is drunk or sober when the devil prompts him to commit a devilish act.
The Mohave County Miner Dec 20,  1913

PHOENIX. March 5.—By a vote of ten to one, Mohave county last week voted $100,000 worth of bonds  for, the purpose of building a road from Nelson west of the Colorado river, about 100 miles. Information to the effect has been received by Senator Henry Lovin.
There is already a fair road most of the way from Nelson to the river.
Senator Lovin estimates that about $50,000 will be spent on that highway and the remainder will be expended on other roads in, Mohave county.
Date: 1913-03-06; Paper: Tucson Daily Citizen

Mrs. Kean St.Charles has announced herself as a candidate for County School Superintendent before the democratic voters of the county. Mrs.St. Charles came to Mohave county when a child and has lived here ever since. She has the ability lo give the schools of the county the proper attention and if elected will make an excellent officer.
Mohave County Miner June 6, 1914

Mrs. L. J. Lassell announces herself as a candidate for the office of County School Superintendent of this county, asking the suffrage of the democratic electors. Mrs. Lassell has been a resident of this county many years, and although heretofore not a voter has always alligned herself with the democratic party. During the Clovelan-d administration she was appointed postmistress of a large town in Illinois She is capable, painstaking and conscientious in all her duties and if elected lo this office will give the people an excellent administration.
Mohave County Miner June 6, 1914

This week announcements for ofllce appear in the MINER and the men placing themselves before the people are so well known that it seems presumptuous in us to add anything to the knowledge of the voter. But we feel that it is a duty of the editor to either endorse or reject a candidate, if in his judgment he is fit or unfit. While we have only words of commendation for the candidates so far presenting themselves, there are so many that it is up to the voters to make their selections for the offices without fear of making a mistake in the selection of any of them.
J. S. Withers, present chairman of the board of supervisors, presents his candidacy for the same office. When a man can serve the people in the capacity of supervisor and can face his constituants for a second term he either has unlimited confidence in himself or else he has made good, and from what one may hear on every side it is to be admitted that Sara Withers has made good. No matter how we may have differed with the board of supervisors we take our hat off to them as the only board that has ever done things in Mohave county. O. E. Walker is a candidate for supervisor.
Mr. Walker is a resident of Kingman and onn of the best men in the county He came to Arizona in 1800 and in this state he married and reared his family. He followed mining, stockraising and farming for many years in both Yavapai and Mohave counties. Should be be elected to this office the people will have an able, honest and conscientious administration of county affairs. L. M. Teale is a candidate to succeed himself in the office of Clerk of the Superior Court of this county. Lon Teale has  filled the office of Probate Judge of this county as well as that of Clerk of the Superior Court, with honor and credit. He has a host of friends that will stay with him through the campaign, and through life, for that matter.
Charles Metcalfe announces that he is in the field to succeed himself as County Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Metcalfe has held this position the past three years and has at all times given entire satisfaction. Prior to being elected to this position he was Probate Judge, which office he filled with honor and credit, and which, if he will continue to fill with credit to the people.
W. E. Moroney presents himself before the democratic constituency for the office of member of the House of Representatives.  Mr. Moroney is known to all the people of this county as a man learned in the law, an honest, conscientious worker for the good  of the people. He would be just the man to represent this county in our law making body.
W. B Stephens is again making the race for supervisor ot this county and his many friends are backing him to win. For our years Mr. Stephens was a member of the board of supervisors of this county and served with credit to himself and his constituency. He is of the opinion that the Big Sandy country should be represented on the board and is making the race in the interest of that section. Mr. Stephens is one of the most successful of the cattle growers and ranchers of the Sandy country and has a host of friends wherever he is known. And Bill is one campaigner, as his rivals for the office will learn when the campaign is over, and if elected he will make a good officer for the whole people.
Tom Devine is again in the race for County Treasurer of this county. During the past three years Tom Devine has handled nearly a million dollars of the people's money and every penny of this big sum has been ac counted for. Tom is one of the progressive men of the county, big hearted and generous, always to the fore when the good of the community is to be conserved, and one of the most dependable businessmen in the state.
J. P. Gideon is a candidate to succeed himself as Sheriff of Mohave county. For more than twenty years Joe Gideon has served as an officer of this county, sometime as deputy sheriff and under sheriff, but during the past three years as Sheriff. He has been a good officer and a faithful friend. Wherever he is known he has a host of warm personal friends that will stay with him through the campaign. If again elected he will continue to administer the office as of old and to do his duty as he sees it.
Albert Hoffman announces himself as a candidate for the office of Treasurer. Mr. Hoffman has been a resident of Kingman the past eight or ten years and is well known to nearly all the people of Mohave county. He has been head salesman of Gaddis & Perry company many years and has been one of the moat faithful and trusted employes of that firm. He is capable, honest and conscientious and will, if elected, give the people an administration of the office that will be to their best interests.
Jack Lane, one of the old time miners of this county, announces his candidacy for the office of Sheriff. During the past three years Mr. Lane has been under sheriff in the office of the sheriff and has made a most competent official. Possibly no other man in the county has so many frieeds among the miners as Jack Lane. He has worked in nearly all the camps of not only this state, but Colorado, Nevada, California and Utah. If he is elected
he will give the people a splendid administration of the office. Mohave County Miner June 13 1914

Hundreds of Indians have come to Kingman to take part in the Fourth of July festivities. Among these Indians are representatives from the Mohave, Moqui and Chemehuevis tribes. A great pow-wow is to be held during the day and may extend into tomorrow. These gatherings of the Indians are quite interesting and many people come here to see them.
Mohave County Miner July 4, 1914

Collamore & Son, of Little Rock, Ark., who have the contract for the erection of the new courthouse, will soon begin active work on the building. The contractors will have to remove the old building some distance to the west before grading can be commenced. Mr. Collamore is here and is getting things in shape for active work. This firm is one of the largest building concerns in the west and the supervisors in accepting their bid did a stroke of business that will be to the advantage of the county.
Mohave County Miner July 4, 1914

A man named Wilson was arrested at Sweeny, on the Colorado river, yesterday, and brought to Kingman on a charge of cruelty to animals. It is said that the man caught up some wild burros and hoppled them with grass rope. The poor animals soon had the skin worn off with the hopples and the screw flies got in the wounds. The animals to escape the pain caused by the maggots tore the flesh from their legs until nothing but the sinew and bone was left below the knee. Three of the animals were in such an awful plight that the officer ordered that they be killed to put them out of their misery. A jack that was somewhat wilder than the rest had his nostrils sewed up with copper wire, thrown down and branded and then terribly beaten to make him stand on his feet. If the allegations are true a term at hard labor would be the only remedy for such a brute.
Mohave County Miner July 18, 1914

J. B. Wilson, the young fellow who was brought from the Colorado river, last week, charged with cruelty to animals, was tried before Justice of the Peace Smith and a jury, Monday last, and found guilty. He was sentenced to six months in jail. Witnesses testified to most inhuman treatment of the animals by Wilson. Four burros had the flesh almost entirely stripped from their legs from hoof to knee, and one stud burro had its nose sewed up with copper wire to make him docile. The story told by witnesses showed Wilson to have been guilty of the most wanton cruelty to these poor dumb brutes
Mohave County Miner July 25, 1914

In coming from a party given by Mrs. H. H. Shuck, at the Gold Reed mine, last Thursday evening, the wagon driven by Henry Hand overturned on a heavy grade and Mrs. Wetsler, who was riding with him, was severely injured. Just how bad the good woman's injuries are could not be learned yesterday. The road between Oatman and the mine is over heavy grades and in the night time it is quite dangerous to travel.
Mohave County Miner July 25, 1914

John Fitzpatrick was brought down from Hackberry the first of the week and lodged in the county jail on a charge of beating up a colored woman of the red light district. In court Fitzpatrick told substantially the same story as that told by the woman and did not think it other than the right thing to do to beat up one of these women whenever he saw fit. Fitzpatrick is the man that shot and killed James Stevenson, superintendent of the Goldroad mine, at that place in September, 1905. He was acquitted by a jury of the charge
Mohave County Miner July 25, 1914

This week the announcement of Telly Bland, of Owen, Arizona, appears in the Miner. Mr. Blanld seeks the nomination of supervisor on the Democratic ticket. During the past twenty years Mr. Bland has been farmer and cattleman in the Big Sandy county and recently sold his cattle holdings to the Stephens-Lovin partnership. He has been one of the  county's best citizens, honest, capable and industrious. If elected to the office to which he aspires Mohove county will have a most capable man looking after its growing business
Mohave County Miner Aug 1, 1914

Yesterday work was begun on the new courthouse, contractor Collamore getting timbers ready to begin moving the present structure about  fifty feet to the west, the new building taking up the prevent location. Work is to be rushed and the building housed in before cold weather comes on.
Mohave County Miner Aug 8, 1914

W. A. Robinson is announced this week as a candidate for the office of Sheriff on the democratic ticket before the primaries next month. Mr. Robinson has been a resident of this county the past twenty years or more, having worked in the mines of nearly every camp from White Hills to the Tom Reed. He is a good fellowand has a host of friends among the miners of the county, and has all the qualifications that go to make the officer.
Mohave County Miner Aug 8, 1914

Ross. H. Blakely is a candidate for the office of County Attorney of this county, on the republican ticket. Ross Blakely was reared in Mohave county and is widely known, and has a host of friends. That he is qualified to fill the position be seeks goes without saying and that he would make an energetic and capable official can well be vouched for by those having legal dealings with him.
Mohave County Miner Aug 8, 1914

After repeated urging Dr. W. H. Bucher has consented to become the candidate of the republican party for State  Senator for Mohave county. Dr. Bucher is an able and conscientious man and would make a worthy representative of all the people in the State's law making body if elected to that office.
Mohave County Miner Aug 15, 1914

The Automobile Club of Southern California have begun the erection of the Old Trails signs. Four thousand of these signs have been prepared and will be put in place as fast as possible. A truck will be started out today, the first sign being erected in Los Angeles, and then signing will be carried through from that city to Kansas City. The people of southern California have seen the necessity of erecting signs along their part of the route and have entered into contract with all the counties of Arizona and New Mexico to cover the roads of these states with the Old Trails road signs. Mohave county has already signed the greater part of her roads and only a few new signs will be put in place.
Mohave County Miner Aug 15, 1914

George Chappell met with a serious accident Thursday evening, while unloading a carload of horses. He had opened the door of the car and had his arm in the opening when some cars were shunted down against this car, closing the door with a terrific slam and holding Chappell's arm as in a vice. By the use of a brakestick the door was opened and the injured arm liberated. He was hurried to a surgeon and it was found that the arm was bruised and the flesh torn from elbow to wrist. The injury is such that it will be some time before he will be able to resume his occupation as teamster.
Mohave County Miner Aug 15, 1914

The following Progressive annoucements are out for the state ticket: For governor, Hon. George U. Young; for attorney general, Capt. J. L. B. Alexander, of Phoenix, Ex United States Attorney; for U. S. Senator, Dr. J. B. Nelson, of Mesa; for Corporation Commissioner, Frank P. Moore, Cochise county; Tax Commissioners Frank H. Parker, of Maricopa county and J. E. Suit, Cochise county; for Mine Inspector, J. H. Marcia, Norman M'Kenzie and R. L. Stallings of Cochise county
Mohave County Miner Aug 15, 1914

Alfred Conkey was called from Los Angeles Thursday night by the serious illness of his father Isaac Conkey. Mr.  Conkey, the elder, haa a bad attack of heart trouble, but it is reported that he is rapidly improving. Isaac Conkey is one of the best known of the old time miners of the county and his host of friends will pray for his speedy recovery
Mohave County Miner Aug 22, 1914

The work of removing the old courthouse building to a new site is now about completed. The work of excavating will be begun Monday and it will be only a short time until the new building will commence rearing itself at the head of Fourth street. Mr. Collamore has a force of men in the quarry taking out rock for the facing of the building. This rock is very fine stone and will make the building one of the handsomest structures in the state.
Mohave County Miner Aug 22, 1914

J. B. Wright has taken the contract to excavate for the courthouse foundation, the work to be commenced Monday. It is to be hoped that the board of supervisors will set the building back far enough that it will allow a nice little park in front. A building of this character will be nicely set off by well laid out grounds.
Mohave County Miner Aug 22, 1914

G. H. Bolin, who is seeking a reelection to the office of State Mine Inspector, is to visit this county shortly. Mr. Bolin has made an excellent record and his friends throughout the state are sure to give him the nomination
Mohave County Miner Aug 29, 1914

Frank Garner, at one time a resident of Peach Springs, but now of Dodge City, Kansas, was a Kingman visitor this week. Mr. Garner in the early days owned a cattle ranch in the east part of the county, but sold his herd and went to San Bernardino, where he engaged in farming, later going to Dodge City
Mohave County Miner Aug 29, 1914

Senator Mark Smith expects to be in Mohave county before the primaries. This county has always had a warm spot in the hearts of its people for Mark and he is sure to get a big vote here as advisory candidate for Senator. During the past year he has given close attention to the needs of Mohave county and has been successful in the attainment of appropriation for roads and bridges throughout the state, and especially that for the building of a bridge across the Colorado river at Topock.
Mohave County Miner Aug 29, 1914

Woman Shoots Former Husband.
Mrs. Lillian Augustine was brought in from the Big Sandy county last night and lodged in the county jail, and on the same automobile R. L. Gray, a ranch owner of the Big Sandy, and former husband of the woman, was brought to town for surgical treatment for three dangerous pistol wounds in the shoulder and neck. It would appear that the shooting resulted in the failure of Mrs. Augustine to get possession of two or three minor children. When the couple were divorced several years ago Gray was given absolute control of the children, and it is understood that it was with the intention of starting something that Mrs. Augustine and her husband went to the Sandy a week ago. Gray became aware of the intent of the couple, so it is said, and warned Augustine to get out or something might happen. Augustine came to Kingman and the woman stayed at the ranch. Just how the woman got worked up to attempt the life of the man who was the father of her children, has not been learned, but it is known that she fired five shots at him with an automatic pistol at close range. Three of the shots struck Gray in the right shoulder and neck, the shots being all in a radius of three inches, showing that she was some shooter and that she was shooting to kill. Although badly wounded Gray did not want to come to town, stating that he was not badly hurt. It is the impression of Dr. Bucher, who dressed the wounds, that nothing serious will come of the injuries unless infection sets in. Mrs. Augustine, in the county jail, is unrepentant, stating that she is sorry that her aim was not better. Gray is said to be a quiet fellow, but not one that can be fooled with with impunity. He idolizes the children and under no condition does he propose to give them up, but at the same time is willing that the mother may see them at all seasonable times. Just when the .preliminary examination will come on has not yet been decided by the County Attorney
Mohave County Miner September 5, 1914

Robert Gray who was shot by his former wife last week, is getting along nicely and will recover. Mrs. Augustine, who did the shooting, is said to be very repentant and is hoping for the recovery of the injured man. No date has yet been set for the hearing of the case.
Mohave County Miner September 12, 1914

Attempted Suicide.
One of the most horrible attempts at suicide that has ever come under the observation of the writer occured at Music Mountain last Tuesday afternoon. All the men had gone to work with the exception of Chris Larson, who had just arrived at the camp from Hackberry. He was left alone in the house and when the men came off shift at four o'clock in the afternoon they found him weltering in a mass of blood with his head almost severed from his body. By some chance the jugular vein was not severed, and when found the poor fellow was still conscious. He was put in an automobile and rushed to Kingman where he was placed under the care of physicians and the horrible wound treated and sewed up. It is the opinion of the physicians that he will recover.
Nearly a year ago Larson, who was hoisting engineer at the Nevada Arizona Gold Mines, had his arm caught in the gear of the hoist and it was horribly crushed. While the doctors managed to save the arm it has been practically useless and he has been unable to work. His condition preyed upon his mind and it is thought that lately he has been  somewhat deranged, and it was during an insane moment that he committed the rash act. When asked why he had attempted to end his life he stated that he must have been insane
Mohave County Miner September 26, 1914

Lopeteo, who killed a woman and wounded a Mexican and a pursuing officer, near Clarkdale, a few weeks ago, was killed by a posse at Casa Granda, a few days ago. The fugitive had been constantly on the run since the day of the murder and was fast making his way to Mexico. He had been in the service of the revolutionary party, but it is thought that he was under the ban of the Villa regime.
Mohave County Miner Dec 12, 1914

Some Old Timers These.
Last Tuesday a contest was heard before Anson H. Smith, U. S. Commissioner, in the matter of the homestead entry of J. K. P. Fancher, the Santa Fe Pacific railroad company, owning the big railroad grant, being the contestant. It may not be generally known that the Santa Fe land grant relates back to March, 1872, but it is a fact, and any one locating on an odd section within the grant later than that date will gain no title. Mr. Fancher sought to fix his title prior to 1872, but the witnesses brought forward could only fix it at 1873, at which time several men were residents of the county. It is probable that the place was under occupancy prior to 1872, as it was on a traveled part of a road to the mines, and is even mentioned as far back as 1854 in the report of Lieutenant Humphrys, who located the first railroad along that route. J. P. Gideon, John Boner and others were at the place in 1873, while John McDerwin passed by the spring in 1864 or 1805. These men are all resident in Kingman. Mr. Fancher himself saw the first band of cattle sent into the county from San Luis Obispo county, California, in 1872, when Tom Shipp and George Warren drove their herds across the desert into Mohave county, crossing them on a ferry boat at Hardyville. Mr. Gideon was at Hardyville at the time and was an owner in the ferry. It is a long journey back to 1872, but these men harked back as though it was but yesterday.
Mohave County Miner Dec 12, 1914

Lays Corner Stone.
Last Tuesday, at noon, the greater part of the adult population and all the school children assembled at the courthouse to take part in the laying of the corner stone of the building that is to be the new courthouse for this county. A handsome granite rock had been provided by the board of supervisors and this stone had been handsomely dressed up and will be properly inscribed.
After filling the treasure box with various documents the stone was lifted to its place and set by the masons in charge. W. E. Moroney was the orator of the occasion and he made an able address, reviewing the conditions and progress of the county since the old courthouse was built, and the present need for a better building. Reference was made to the fact that when the old courthouse was built the taxable property of Mohave county only amounted to 1,500,000$, while the present listment of property for tax purposes is 16,000,000$ Other conditions have also changed, every section of the county showing improvement in mining, agriculture and cattle raising. A tribute was paid to the members of the board of supervisors at the time of the building of the old courthouse. These men were J. H. Johnson, now living in Kingman, Samuel Crozier, long since deceased, and J. L. Nelson, of Peach Springs. The courthouse was built at a time when county funds were rather light, and this big wooden structure was erected at a cost of 5,000$. At the present time the building could not be duplicated for less than 10,000$, every class of building material having advanced more than two hundred percent. Mr. Moroney also paid a just tribute to the present board of supervisors, whose effort in behalf of bettering county conditions made the new
courthouse a possibility.
The new building has reached the second floor and within the next ninety days will be in the finishing stages. It will be one of the handsomest structures in the north part of the State. R. W. Lescher, architect, came up from Phoenix to take part in the laying of the corner stone.
Mohave County Miner December 12, 1914

Horse and Auto Collide.
An unusual and peculiar accident occured last Saturday on the Big Sandy, in which an auto driven by Leonard Hoffman and a horse ridden by an Indian met in head on collision. Mr. Hoffman was coming up the road above the Carrow ranch and as he was nosing out around a bend in the road two Indians hove in sight riding their horses at a breakneck gait. One of the horses struck the front of the machine, stove in the radiator, and almost dimolished the front of the machine, and turned a summer sault onto the side of the road, where it fell dead. The Indian was thrown against the top of the machine, breaking the front bows and fell to the ground, practically uninjured. Had the horse struck the machine squarely it is probable that Mr. Hoffman would have been killed, but the contact was at such an angle that the horse was thrown quartering across the auto, falling with such force that it was killed instantly. The Indian said that the animal was unbroken and that he could not control him. The horse was a blooded animal and was thought to have considerable value.
Mohave County Miner December 26, 1914

A man by the name of Callaghan was brought in from Goldroad last Monday by deputy sheriff George B. Ayers, and lodged in the county jail on a charge of attempting to outrage a little girl. Callaghan is said to have been a quiet, well behaved fellow, and the only charitable thing that may be said for his act is that he was insane.
No man could be so degraded or degenerate as to try to defile a child often years unless he was mentally unbalanced. Nevertheless the law must protect the home from these monsters.
Mohave County Miner Dec 19, 1914

The Lastley boys, who have been so seriously ill with typhoid fever at their home in the west part of town, are slowly recovering. The younger boy appears to be gaining rapidly, but the older one is showing but slight betterment in his condition. The mother, who is at the Kingman hospital, is almost recovered from her attack of the same disease. The family has been in poor circumstances, but the kindly efforts of good neighbors has made the world look brighter to them. Mrs. Paul George and others have been untiring in their devotion to the sick ones and deserving of much praise for their splendid self-sacraficing labors in their behalf.
Mohave County Miner Dec 19, 1914

Superior Court Session.
This week the Superior Court of this county tried out several causes in which Judge Krook was disqualified, Judge Sapp, of Navajo county presiding in his place.
The case of F. A. Wright against Mrs. F. A. Wright for divorce was heard and the decree granted. E. S. Clark appeared for plaintiff and Thomas A. Berkebile and E. Elmo Bollinger for defense. Several out of town attorneys were in attendance, but took no active part in the trial. This cause was tried several times prior to this session of
court, but each time resulted in dismissal.
The case of F. A. Wright against the Rankin Process company was heard and plaintiff took a non-suit, not being prepared at this time to introduce all of his testimony.
The case of J. K. P. Fancher against the Rancher Trust company was tried,  Only one of the defendants interested  in the subject of the suit entered appearance. The plaintiff introduced proof and the court gave judgment in his favor. This suit is a relic of the corporation that was to establish a chain of banks throughout the State, and especially in the northern tier of counties, and which was to return a fabulous interest on the investment. A number of cattlemen in this county took stock in the concern, but when it was discovered that commissions of thirty-five per cent was paid an the sale of stock and that the organizers had little or no knowl edge of the subject of banking, the Corporation Commission of the State held them up, but the main ones got away. Judge Sapp departed to Flagstaff Wednesday night, where he will hear some causes in which the local judge is disqualified. Judge Krook departed Wednesday night to Holbrook, where he will hear causes in which Judge Sapp is disqualified.
Mohave County Miner Dec 19, 1914

Ed Swopo Shot.
Report came from Sweeney, on the Colorado river, yesterday morning that Ed Swope, well known in this part of the county, was shot and probably mortally wounded the night before. It was said that the shooting was the result of an attempt to commit suicide, but the officers are of the opinion that the shooting was a deliberate attempt murder. Swope was alive after noon yesterday, but there was not much hope held out for his recovery. A woman was with him at the time of the shooting, and she will be held awaiting an investigation. Swope at one time followed mining, but the past two or three years had been a barkeeper. At Oatman, where he last lived Swope ran a hoisting plant at one of the mines.  So far we have been unable to learn what lead up to the shooting. Deputy Sheriff Harris went to Needles yesterday to make an investigation.  Later: A wire received from Deputy Sheriff Harris, this morning, conveys the information that Swope died at Sweeney last night. A woman is being held under guard until the coroner arrives from Oatman. Rumor has it that Swope was shot by the woman, with whom he had been living, but there is no verification of the rumor, except that the sheriff wires that the case looks bad against her.
Mohave County Miner Dec 19, 1914

Your Taxes In 1911 and In 1914.
To show the utter absurdity of the claims of the opposition that the people are being oppressed with excessive taxes under the State and county regime of the democrats we have salected from the tax roll of this county, at random, a number of well known taxpayers, giving the tax paid on the same property in 1911 and the tax assessed against
them in 1914. While some of the property has been increased in value and in some cases has been materially added to, yet not one shows a greater payment of tax. Read the list over carefully and realize fully how the equalizing of tax by the State Tax Commission and the Assessor and County Board of Equalization has protected the taxpayer
who has tangible assets:
1911 1914
Arthur, W. J., Kingman, 24 50 22 60
Ark & San Antonio M.& M. Co 110 46 35 28
Arizona Central Bank 1080 00 769 50
John Barry, Chloride 330 77 123 65
G. W. Heecher Kingman, 85 53 63 11
Ross H. Blakely 50 36 29 95
Dr. W. H. Bucher 89 30 74 85
J. W. Brenton 37 45 13 20
A. Cornwall 49 88 44 85
Sam Chadwick 5 60 1 02
Chloride Store Co 311 50 295 15
Mrs. Tony Cosiglia 7 00 3 04
Geo. Cleeland, Minnesota mine and mill plant 536 58 202 76
Mrs. Isabel Dennis 25 23 18 84
Mrs. Annie Dryden 44 98 16 67
Thomas Devine 610 73 391 56
John Ellis 3 50 1 69
Ramon Esquarra 39 73 16 47
M. H. Force 48 07 37 72
Gaddis & Perry Co 781 55 377 58
O. D. M. Gaddis 55 35 38 48
Thomas Graves 4 38 2 70
Gold Road M. C, imp. 3150 00 2475 43
William Hawks 42 88 23 89
Hercules M. & M. Co.. 518 16 262 37
Mrs. Cordelia Kay 14 42 6 14
J. J. Karlen 28 11 13 50
Hannah Lislerudo 7 18 2 77
James Uncapher 118 94 26 03
H. H. Watkins 444 30 802 58
C. L. Wood 33 75 9 25
L. M. Quigley 28 00 9 52
Rattan Mining Co . 219 28 105 97
Mineral Wealth office 15 32 5 06
Mohave County Miner 77 40 35 50
Thomas Thornton 18 77 2 57
Tom Reed G. M. Co. improve'nts and mach. 2383 50 1717 20
J. Watt Thompson 460 10 326 89

These taxpayers are not selected as striking instances of tax reduction, but because it covered the same property in each year, and possibly higher valuation in 1914.
All this has been done since Arizona became a State and under the present taxing system. At the same time Mohave county has grown from an insignificant and almost unknown section of the State to a place among the big fellows and is more widely known than any other of the fourteen counties. In1911 the tax roll amounted to 2 500,000$ today it is 16,000,000$ and still growing. In 1911 there was registered about 1,000 voters; now there are over 1800 (1863).
In 1911 there was only repair work being done on the county roads; now there are nearly 100 miles of splendid highway in use, with the good work for better roads going on. Today we are building a splendid courthouse at a cost of approximately 80,000$, and soon a handsome high school will be built in Kingman for the accomodation of the children of the county. The men who brought about these conditions are now before the people for their approval, and we honestly believe that they are entitled to consideration at the hands of Mohave county voters. Hardly a man in the county has failed to get a big cut in his taxes, the burden having been shifted from the backs of the common people to the big fellows that have been evading their just proportion of tax the past thirty years, and the men that accomplished it are sure to make a still better showing now that the machinery is in good running order. And why turn them down for untried men, when you know that they have made good.
Mohave County Miner October 31, 1914

Mexican Killed.
Last Sunday evening a killing occured at Hackberry, a section hand being shot through the heart by John Greele. The Sheriff's office was notified and went to Hackberry and placed Greele under arrest. The following morning coroner Smith went to Hackberry and held an inquisition on the remains of the Mexican. The testimony adduced before the coroner's jury clearly exhonorated Greele from blame. From the evidence given by five witnesses to the tragedy Greele had removed two drunken Mexicans from his saloon, when one of them turned on him and tried to slash him with a knife. As the man came at him he drew his gun and fired, the bullet going through the heart. The man swayed to the side of the porch and fell face downward on the ground. A pocket knife with the blade open was found on the porch, which was said to have been the knife the Mexican had in making the assault. Greele showed a slit in the front of his coat, which was alleged to have been made by the knife
of the Mexican.
The dead man is said to have had a wife and four children at Peach Springs. The man is said to have been of a quarrelsome disposition and to have been in several rows lately. The remains were brought to Kingman and buried Thursday last.
Mohave County Miner Saturday Jan. 2, 1915

The New Year Brings Now Officers.
The first of the year saw a few changes in the personnel of the county officers, although Recorder Morgan succeeds himself, as does Treasurer Devine, Assessor Hunt, and Clerk of the Superior Court Tenle. I. M. George is the only one  of the old board of supervisors to remain over. These men have all made excellent records and the people did their duty
in retaining them. For the office of sheriff J. C Lane received the popular vote and yesterday took the oath that makes him the chief law officer of the county for the next two years. Mr. Lane has had large experience in the office and it will not be any trouble to drop into the job. That he will make a splendid law officer goes without saying. Monday next judge-elect John A. Ellis will take over the office of Superior Judge, which has been held the past three years by Judge C. G. Krook. Mr. Ellis is a student and with the best of legal attainments will givo the people a conscientious and honost administration of the law.
Mrs L. J. Lassell was the first woman ever elected to a county office in Mohave county and the Voters could not have selected a more capable person to fill the important office of County Superintendent of Schools than she. Mrs. Lassell has had experience in public duties and she is sure to fill this office with signal ability. Osa E. Walker and W. B. Stephens were elected to the office of Supervisor of the county. Mr. Stephens has had experience in this office, having been chairman of the board for two years and holding the office of member two years more. In office he was honest and conscientious and did his duty as he saw it. With a wider scope we believe he will give the people a still better resuit. Osa Walker is a citizen of Kingman and a new man on the board, but we are convinced that lie will work at all times for tho beet interests of the county. All his property is in this county, and all his home ties are here. He is in favor of better roads and the getting of the beat result for the money. He believes in the upbuilding of every interest of the county, and the boosting of our latent industries. Taking it all in all Mohave county will have a splendid working corps of officers for the new year.
Mohave County Miner Saturday Jan. 2, 1915

George Vollmer, who was elected constable for Kingman at the November election, was adjudged insane and committed to the asylum at Phoenix by the Superior Court, Tuesday afternoon. Vollmer had been acting rather queer of late and while it was not thought he was dangerous his malady was gradually growing worse and it was thought that it would be the better part of wisdom to confine him where he could get the benefit of a specialist in nervous diseases. His case is a most pitiful one, as he leaves a young wife without, means of support. It is thought that worry over politics and financial affairs caused his mental condition.
Mohave County Miner Saturday Jan. 2, 1915

Mohave County Men To Try To Navigate Grand Canyon Rapids
To navigate the turbulent Colorado river from the upper part of the Grand Canyon to Yuma is a feat which Charles Russell and Maurice Lanyon, two Mohave county men, will attempt in a small boat. They will start on their perilous trip this week.
A letter was received yesterday at the governor's office from one of the men asking permission to capture a mountain sheep in case they should have an opportunity to do so. "In case one should jump into the boat" the writer put it, "we would hate like everything to push it out into the river and watch it drown." The request of the intrepid voyage has been referred to State Game Warden Wlllard, who has authority to grant permission for the capture of protected animals when they are Intended to be used In scientific collections.
Date: 1915-09-01; Paper: Tucson Daily Citizen

Miss Gladys St. Charles was elected to fill the vacancy in the teaching force of the Kingman public school, made vacant by the resignation of Miss Agnes Swartzer. Miss St. Charles is a Kingman girl and is deserving of this recognition.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 2, 1915

Saloons Close Their Doors.
Promptly at the hour of twelve o'clock Thursday night the saloons of Mohave county closed their doors in obedience to the recently enacted constitutional measure putting Arizona in the dry column. There were scenes that rivaled the bacchante scenes of the old world when time was new, but yesterday morning every one of the revelers were alive, but oh, so dry.

While some of the people have fortified themselves against the operation of the law, many either had to buy it by the barrel or swear off. The greater part of the stocks of the local saloon keepers was disposed of at cut rates, while others have stored their liquors and wines away to allow it to age. Yesterday and today the business streets of the town look like Sunday.
Just what this new move will have on the business interests of the town of Kingman and Mohave county in general it is hard to say, but it appears to be the concensus of opinion that the people in the country, who have been in the habit of coming to town for supplies and making merry for a day or two will give a great deal of their patronage to mail order houses. As it has been estimated that fully 100,000$ goes to mail order houses yearly from
Mohave county, and that this will be reinforced by still greater purchases through parcels post concerns by others who have been partronizing home concerns. It would look to us that the mercantile houses would be hit quite hard by the saloon closing propaganda. We hope that this will not prove out, but the people having experience elsewhere predict that this will be the rule.
Anyway, the saloons have closed and are liable to remain closed for at least two years, and it is probable that when the two years are up things will have so adjusted themselves that no effort will be made to reopen them, as the old owners will have gone into some other business or else left the country. So far quite a number of people who have depended on the saloons for a livelihood are packing up to leave for other points where less drastic laws are in force.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 2, 1915

Miss Agnes Swartzer, who has been teaching one of the departments of the Kingman public school, resigned her position on day last week and took the train for Needles, where she was married to a young fellow. Several of the Kingman boys are packing around with them an aching heart, but they have the consolation that there are more teachers in Kingman, and all of them are mighty attractive.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 2, 1915

County Superintendent of Health, Dr. T. R. White, reports that during the year 1914 there were 57 births and 40 deaths reported in Mohave county, the births for the first time showing an excess over deaths. The number of births also show that there is no race suicide in Mohave county.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 9, 1915

Mastodon Remains.
While searching for gravel with which to surface the new Oatman Topock road, Lew Stirzel found the jaw bone of a mastodon, with all the teeth intact. The two sections of what appeared to have been the lower jaw of the animal will weigh about 110 pounds, and is 20 inches long by nine inches in depth. The molar or back teeth are nine inches in length by four inches wide. Tho jaw shows three rows of teeth, although two of the rows are much smaller than the inner row. The bones were found imbedded in a silty mass, below a heavy deposit of gravel and sand, and from its appearance it must have been caught in a morass and died there, as the ground shows that at one time it was a swamp and later was covered by an immense deposit of gravel and sand, which later was eroded out by the scouring of the river. The locality is some distrace back from the Colorado river and close to the concrete and sand hills, but on the valley level.
S. S. Jones has the find and has reported it to the university of the State and expects that a party will be sent out to further excavate in the hopes of finding the balance of the remains. Only a few of these great prehistoric animal remains have been found in the United States, this one possibly being a relic of the pliocene age.
Mr. Stirzel also reports the finding of many petrifications, especially woods of various kinds. In one of the canyons he found the petrified hoof of an animal, the shape being that of a horse, but not so large as that of the ordinary animal.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 9, 1915

Last Tuesday, at Prescott, C. W. Davis was granted a divorce from his wife, Eleanor Blevins Davis, on statutory
grounds. Mrs. Davis made no appearance and did not contest the suit.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 9, 1915

Tom E. McClelland, well known in Kingman, where he practiced law a few years ago, has been appointed chief assistant District Attorney of Los Angeles county. Mr. McClelland was at one time assistant U. S. Attorney for Colorado and also assistant district attorney of Denver county. He is also somewhat interested in mines in this county and also at Ely, Nevada.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 9, 1915

New Officers.
Last Monday the new board of supervisors met at the courthouse and organized. After a number of votes had been taken O. E. Walker was elected chairman. During the contest for the office I. M. George voted for Mr. Walker, Mr. Walker voted for George and Mr. Stephens voted for himself. Mr. Stephens received the high vote at the recent election and believed that he was entitled to the office of chairman, but the other members were of the opinion that the chairman should reside at the county seat, and after the matter had been thoroughly discussed, Mr. Walker gave the deciding vote in favor of himself and he was declared elected. To those vvho know him well his election to this office is very gratifying.
I. N. Hart was elected clerk of the board, although the real appointment comes through the County Recorder. Mr. Hart was a candidate for the office of Clerk of the Superior Court at the last election, being beaten for the nomination by the present clerk, L. M. Teale. After his defeat at the primaries he took off his coat and gave Mr. Teale his best service in the election, which gave him prestige with every man who believes in the square deal, We believe he will make an excellent clerk.
George Beebe, of Chloride, was appointed County Engineer, and has already qualified for the position. Mr. Beebe is said to be an experienced civil engineer and his many friends say he is sure to make good. The work of the engineer is heavy especially when it is considered that we are to have roads from Bonelli Ferry on the north of the Yavapai county line on the southeast, as well as many roads leading into the operating mining camps of the county. Roads have to be built and it takes work to build them. The county has been getting down to road work in good shape and it is the hope of everybody that the good work will be carried to completion.
Quite a large amount of business was transacted by the board at the session and many matters of importance were considered.
Frank L. Hunt, Mohave county's efficient Assessor, will leave this evening for Phoenix, where he and the other assessors of the State have been called to meet with the State Tax Commission. He will be gone several days.
District Attorney of Los Angeles county. Mr. McClelland was at one time assistant U. S. Attorney for Colorado and also assistant district attorney of Denver county. He is also somewhat interested in mines in this county and also at Ely, Nevada.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 9, 1915

Miss Hettie Klein, who has been reporter in the Superior Court the past two years, has again been appointed to that position by Superior Judge Ellis. Miss Klein is really one of the most efficient reporters the court has ever had and her appointment was made in recognition of merit
Mohave County Miner Jan. 16, 1915

James Snyder, who was shot in the back by John Ryan, at his cabin in Kingman, Friday night of last week, is fast recovering at the Kingman hospital. Ryan was drunk when he arrived at the cabin and is reported to have had a gun in his hand. Snyder opened the door and seeing him with the gun huriedly shut the door and started to walk away. As he turned around Ryan fired through the glass, the bullet striking Snyder near the shoulder blade. The bullet was deflected, or it would have given him a fatal wound. Snyder immediately ran to the hospital, where he was attended by Dr. Bucher. Ryan will have his preliminary hearing next Monday.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 16, 1915

New Postmaster for Kingman.
Last evening the Miner received a letter from Congressman Carl Hayden containing the information that he had recommended the name of E. F. Thompson as postmaster for Kingman, and it is probable that it will be sent to the senate for confirmation within the next few days.
Mr. Thompson was the first postmaster in Kingman and held the position for a long time. Afterward he was postmaster at Mineral Park and later assistant postmaster at Kingman. He is one of the best known business men of the county and has large mining interests. His many friends will be pleased to learn of his selection, not only on account of personal gratification, but because of his ability to fill the position to the satisfaction of the general public.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 16, 1915

Emmett Dawson, who carried on a tailoring and cleaning business in Kingman a few months ago, was arrested in Prescott on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses and upon a plea of misdemeanor was sentenced to ninety days in jail by Judge Smith, in the Superior court of that county, last Wednesday. Young Dawson is well known here and is believed to be honest, but that after being burned out in Prescott he overreached himself and got into difficulties.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 30, 1915

Boneill Residence Burns.
Last Monday evening, about six o'clock, the home of George A. Bonelli caught fire from some unknown cause and was totally destroyed. So fast was the fire ravage that nothing was saved. The family was at the evening meal when the fire was discovered and nothing could be done to save the building, the fire having eaten its way into the upper story before discovery. Owing to the calmness of the evening the adjoining buildings were easily saved from destruction, but hail there been the usual wind a large saction of the town would have been burned away. The residence was erected about twenty years ago and was one of the most substantial houses in the town. It was insured, but the total loss will be considerable. Mr. Bonelli is to at once begin the erection of another building on the site of the old one.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 30, 1915

L. W. Johnson, the new Justice of the Peace at Hackberry, was in Kingman Tuesday last, and reports that mining interest in Hackberry is getting active. It is the general belief there that mining will be carried on in the neighboring camps by some of the big companies this spring and that many men will be employed in the development work.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 6, 1915

New Kingman Postmaster.
Yesterday the U. S. senate in executive session confirmed the appointment of E. F. Thompson as postmaster for Kingman. Mr. Thompson will probably take the office about the first of March. His many friends in and about the county will be pleased with this recognition of the excellent work done by him politically for many years, as well as for the fact that he will make the people of Kingman an excellent postmaster.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 6, 1915

The big concrete columns in front of the new courthouse have been cast and we believe they will add greatly to the appearance of that structure. Practically all the rock work has been done and within the next forty days the finishing touches will be put on the outside, as well will a large part of the interior work be completed.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 6, 1915

The ladies of the Kingman Cemetery Association have selected a site for a new cemetery in the Wallapai valley, about two and one-half miles from Kingman. The ladies have incorporated the association and will either place stock in the concern or solicit subscriptions to lay out and fence the grounds. Now, to us a cemetery is one of those necessary adjuncts to a town that cannot be overlooked, and while we commend the work of the ladies in attempting to remove the burial place to a more suitable locality we believe that the distance to the new cemetery will be too great to be convenient. Suitability and convenience is a necessity in the selection of a cemetery site, and we would advise the ladies to secure a place much nearer the town.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 6, 1915

E. S. Osborne, well known in Kingman and along the Bill Williams Fork, was arrested at Parker on a warrent issued in Chicago. The charge is Mr. Osborne is president of the Zimbo King Mining company, operating mines by that name near Parker. Mr. Osborne maintained offices in Chicago for the purpose of placing stock for development purposes. It is alleged that while carrying on this work he peculated the sum of 2,800$ of the company, He was taken to Phoenix, where it is understood a hearing was had before Gov. Hunt, who refused requisition. Mr. Osborne's friends are greatly incensed over his arrest and retaliatory measures will be instituted. Osborne has always borne a good character and no one believes that he is guilty of the crime charged against him.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 13, 1915

The president of the Bowie Bank and Trust company, who was also acting in the capacity of cashier, decamped with all the funds in sight, one day last week. A brother, who was also making his getaway, was arrested at a small station east of Bowie, as he was boarding a train. Only a small amount of cash belonging to Cochise county and belated depositers was taken. The bank had suffered a run on it prior to the run of the cashier.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 13, 1915

James Cowan, who has been a resident of Mohave county since the early seventies, departed yesterday evening to Los Angeles, where he has accepted a position with a corporation. When the writer first came to Mohave county Mr. Cowan was "riding mail" between Mineral Park and Eldorado Canyon and St. Thomas. At that time the rider went out by way of Chloride, Quail and Mountain Springs to Eldorado Canyon. Crossing the river the mail was delivered to the prostmaster at that point. The rider then returned to the Arizona side and the next day rode to Rioville and then to St. Thomas. The trip returning was made direct to Mineral Park, at that time the county seat of Mohave county. This route was not discontinued until the early nineties.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 20, 1915

E. S. Osborne, who was arrested at Parker last week on a criminal charge by Illinois officers, was discharged from custody at a hearing before Gov. Hunt and the Attorney General of the State on a demand for requisition. At the hearing it developed that at the time the alleged crime was committed in Chicago Mr. Osborne was at his mines near Parker, and that there was nothing whatever in the charge brought against him. So palpable was the charge that the Attorney General of Arizona has made a demand on the law department of the State of Illinois for an explanation of the arrest of a citizen of this state and asking that the complainant be brought to book for making false affidavit.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 20, 1915

Big Mining Company Elects New Officers and Visits the Mines.
The shareholders of the Arizona Venture Corporation met in Kingman last Monday and elected the following directors for the ensuing year:
Wm. D. Grannis, president; Charles K. Needham, vice president; Charles H. Wagener, secretary and treasurer; G. W. Way, David J. Hoge, James Irving, Willis Stanley. The company increased its directorate from five to seven members, and the seven were elected by the shareholders.
Mr. Grannis, the president of the company, is well known to all the people in this county and is considered one of the best hustlers among the mining men of Kingman. Mr. Needham vice president of the company, is an old time newspaper man of Iowa, and a booster of all classes of business interests from habit, it being impossible for a newspaper man to be a pessimist. Mr. Wagener is one of the best hustlers on the Pacific coast and an all around good fellow. The other directors are successful business men who have confidence in the mining game and are willing to back their judgment that they have a good mining property that will soon be in the dividend class.
The gentlemen had just returned from the mines, having encountered a deluge of water from Kingman to Deluge Wash. They found everything at the mine in excellent shape and the big shaft going down as rapidly as possible to drive it with machine drills. The shaft is to be driven to the 500 level, where the vein will be cut and opened. The property is an excellent one and deserves the confidence the shareholders have in it.
Some of the directors went home by way of Goldroad and Oatman, taking the stage to Needles.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 20, 1915

The residents of Yucca are making an effort to cover that place with a townsite, although entry has been made on the lands covering the old town by Fred Leonard and George Claggett. The town was established at that place about thirty years ago for the purpose of forwarding to the Signal and Cracken country, as well as caring for the freights of the Bill Williams Fork region.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 20, 1915

Charles Metcalfe visited Yucca this week on business connected with the entry of a townsite covering the lands located upon by some of the residence of that place.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 20, 1915

From the San Berdardino Sun we glean that the federal government is now at work on plans for the new bridge across the Colorado river at Topock, which will complete the Old Trails Roads between Arizona and California. The bridge is to be of such capacity that it will carry the heaviest trucks that so far have been designed and will be open to automobile traffic some time this year. At the present time the Santa Fe bridge is used forautomobile use, a toll of 2.50$ being required. With the new bridge in use the Old Trails Road will be one of the best traveled from east to west.
Mohave County Miner Feb. 20, 1915

Ore Trains Collide.
A small wreck occurred at 12:30 on Monday, when the mule train from the Copper Mountain tunnel collided with the ore train on the main run. The ore train was coming from the Arizona Central mine with a train of full cars and was crossing the mine track when at the same time the mine train of five cars emerged from the tunnel. Upon seeing that the accident could not be avoided the two men in charge of the mine train jumped to the ground while the mule displayed extraordinary "horse sense" and just before the impact with the ore train shied to one side pulling the cars partly with him and escaped injury. The two trains came together with a crash with the result that three of the ore cars were overturned and the five mine cars were turned upside down with their loads. After some two hours labor the tracks were cleared and the cars were righted on the tracks.
Mohave County Miner Mar. 13, 1915

New Postmaster.
Last Thursday E. F. Thompson assumed the duties of postmaster of Kingman succeeding J. N. Cohenour, whose term of office had expired. Mr. Thompson was Kingman's first postmaster away back in 1883, and was afterward postmaster at Mineral Park. Ed Thompson has always been a booster for Mohave county, its mining and other resources having been his hobby. His recognition by the democracy in the appointment as postmaster is deserved and that he will make good in that position is an asuredty.
Mohave County Miner Apr. 3, 1915

George Millor who was committed to the state insane asylum last week died at that institution a few days ago
Mohave County Miner Apr. 6, 1915

Yesterday morning the people of Kingman were called out by the alarm of fire and found the flames confined to the basement of J. E. White's residence on East Beale street. At first it was difficult to locate the fire, but when it was found it was readily extinguished. Although the loss from the fire was small considerable damage was done in locating it. The fire is thought to have occurred in the basement.
Mohave County Miner May 1, 1915

Report of the school census of Mohave county shows an increase of ninety-three white children and a decrease of ten in Indians. There are now close to 900 children of school age in the county, a large increase in the past two years. The census report would indicate a population of nearly 6,000 in the county, an increase of 1,000 since the 1910 census.
Mohave County Miner May 1, 1915

There was a near burgarly in the home of George Gibson in Kingman, Thursday night. The intruder cut the screen at the side door, jimmied the latch and went in with the idea of helping himself. However the flashlight he was using cast its light on Mrs. Gibson's face and being thus rudely awakened she cried out. This started things. George Gibson was up and after him and the would be burglar made record time in going out the way he had come in. The burglar is desiribed as a man about 5 feet, 5 inches in height and heavy set, weighing probably 170 pounds. ,
Mohave County miner and our mineral wealth. (Kingman, Ariz.) 1918-1922, January 10, 1920

Car is Captured Owner Makes Escapes
Early Thursday morning, Sheriff Mahoney accompanied by Deputy Bly intercepted a car with a consignment of whiskey aboard, on the road, below Yucca. The driver slowed when commanded to stop and as the car came to a stop jumped and ran for the hills. A couple of shots were fired after but not at him as an officer cannot shoot, a man with only misdemeanor hanging over his head. The driver whose identity is unknown, made good his escape, as the officers had to give up the chase after scouting the hill's for more than an hour. The car is an Oakland Six roadster.
Mohave County miner and our mineral wealth. (Kingman, Ariz.) 1918-1922, January 17, 1920

The body of Lea E. Burhans, recently drowned in the Colorado River, has not yet been recovered though the river has been searched for days. Undoubtedly the heavy sediment in the river has become lodged in the man's clothes and kept the body from rising to the surface. The river has been dragged in the vicinity of the accident but without results. The Sam Swaskegame Post of the Amencan Liegion passed the following resolution in memory of Burhans, ex-service man and a member of the Legion:
"WHEREAS the Commander of the Universe has seen fit to call to his side, our brother in arms, Lea E. Burhans, and,
WHEREAS the death of our comrade is. a sad blow to the members of this Post of the American Legion, and
WHEREAS we the undersigned members of the Executive Committee have been ordered in regular meeting by the members of the Post, to draw a resolution of condolence to the family and friends of our departed Comrade, now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we the officers and members of the Sam Swaskegame Post No. 14, Department of Arizona, view with sad regret the absence of our Comrade, Lea E. Burhans, at our councils, and we offer our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of our Comrade, in their bereavement, and it is further
RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be spread upon the minutes of the meeting of this Post, and that a copy be sent to the nearest know a relative of our departed comrade.
Signed this fifth day of January 1,  the year of our Lord 1920.
J. W. CORNELIUS, Post Commander.
WALTER P. JONES, Post Adjutant
J. MAX ANDERSON, Post Finance Officer.

An alleged bad check artist by the name of Carl V. Bricker. was brought in by Sheriff W. P. Mahoney and Deputy Joe Daniels early Thursday morning after it 96 mile chase.
Bricker cashed a couple of travelers checks here and as they did not look just right the New York Bank upon which they were drawn was wired and it was found that they were forged.
The Sheriff's office was notified at once and .Mahoney and Daniels started after him. At Peach Springs Bricker was just 15 minutes uhead of the officers. In Nelson Canyon they approached within 400 yards of Bricker and Daniels took a shot at him but this did not stop Bricker though the bullet entered the car. Bricker was in a Dodge and the sheriff in a Buick and in this case the Buick won, as they got their man at Seligman. Bricker is wanted at Independence, California, Williams and Flagstaff for passing bad checks.
Sheriff Logan wired from California that he would take the prisoner there for prosecution, if he would waive extradition. It is thought that Bricker also stole the Dodge car he was driving Word was received Saturday morning by Sheriff Mahoney that Bricker was wanted in Indiana for the theft of the Dodge car he was driving. Bricker seems, to be wanted most every place.
Mohave County Miner Jan. 1 1921

Two Whiskey Making Outfits Taken Here
Deputy Jim Shaw recently captured a 25 gallon still and 500 gallons of mash in the mountains about 18 miles east of Yucca The still was unattended The officers are investigating the case and believe that they have the right man under surveillance Two hundred and twenty five pounds of dried peaches and 400 pounds of sugar were used in making the mash. Deputy C A Imus took a part of a whiskey making outfit and some whiskey on Walnut Creek The man whom it is thought operated this still is also under surveillance.
The Mohave County Miner Oct. 14, 1921

Date 1922-08-27; Paper Jackson Citizen Patriot
Oatman, Ariz.
The opening skirmish of one of the most interesting legal battles in the history of Mohave County was fought out recently in the Oatman Court of Domestic Relations when John Oatman, wealthy Mohave Indian, was sued for divorce by his wife,  Estelle Oatman.  Both plaintiff and defendant live near the Oatman gold camp, In which the Mohave chief is heavily Interested. John Oatman claims to be the grandson of Olla Oatman, famous in Arizona history.
In 1851 the Oatman family, while on Its way from Illinois to California, was massacred by Indiana. One daughter, Olla, was  spared and forced to marry a Mohave brave. She became such a thorough Indian women that years later, when her brother insisted that she leave her husband and children, she went insane.
In bringing her suit for divorce Mrs. Oatman swore, both legally and literally, that her husband had reverted to "dog dinners," that he frightened her on several occasions by putting phosphorus on his body and doing the old tribal ghost dances,  and that he had had many conferences with bootleg peddlers of "coffin varnish," "forty-rod" and "sheepherder's delight"
Through her attorney, V. P. Lucas, of Oatman, Mrs. Oatman further alleged that her husband was addicted to eating loco-weed, and that during the dementia following this dissipation on one occasion he bed tied her into the topmost prickly branches of a candelabra cactus twenty-five feet high and had left her there during a scorching hot afternoon.
She further alleged that while In the ''bogan," or house, Mr. Oatman continually scratched matches on his bare foot; that, following an ancient Mohave custom, he had refused to look at his mother-in-law since the Oatman marriage In 1903, and that in 1911 he had threatened to feed her youngest son, then eight months old, to the Mohave sacred rattlesnake, which is fed but once a year.
While using dynamite in working a claim in the Oatman gold mining district in 1916, Mr. Oatman lost part of his scalp, one eye and also sustained such severe lacerations
of the lower jaw that Dr. R. A. Hoag, a local dentist who was called as a witness, found it necessary to extract all of Oatman's teeth. Since which time, Mrs. Oatman testified, her husband had taken delight in removing his false teeth, taking out his glass eye and "scalping himself" by removing his wig in order to frighten both his own children and the boys and girls of the tribe. It also was brought out that following a recent division of communal property, Oatman, in order to get his half of the household furniture, had sawed one table, three chairs and a chest of drawers in two and had then removed his half of the furniture from the Oatman home. Mrs. Oatman complained particularly and bitterly that Oatman, in order to get what be claimed was his half of everything, had sawed in two a pastel picture of Mary Bois de Vache, her mother, which crayon likeness she said she had purchased in the town of Oatman some years before from a traveling Swedish artist. Later in the hearing, however, Mrs. Oatman admitted that when she and her husband had become reconciled temporarily, he had gallantly attempted to make amends by nailing the picture of her mother and the other household goods together again.
During the testimony a strange Mohave custom was revealed. In years past when a Mohave wife wished to divorce her husband she merely put his saddle outside the door, and no further hint was needed. The husband did not return. But now,  Mrs., Oatman complained, "No horse, no more, no mule, no more; no saddle, no more. My man got a flivver in the kitchen with no rubber on the wheels. But Mohave woman can't stick flivver ? outside door like old-time saddle."
In his own defense, through Lawyer H. C. Topp, Mr. Oatman stated that he was tired of married life, that his wife put mud on her hair and fed him nothing but prunes and Chile con carne, prunes and tortillas, prunes and enchiladas, prunes and  frijoles, and prunes and tamales.
Judge Zadock Sheffield has taken the case under advisement and will hand down a decision soon. The entire mining camp eagerly awaits the verdict.

Hot News From Oatman, Ariz. The Howling Lid Is Off in Oatman (News Article) Date: 1922-07-16; Paper: Jackson Citizen Patriot
JUDGE ZADOCK SHEFFIELD, who will soon be re-elected by an overwhelming majority, according to his friends here today ruled that any man, woman, child or jackass has a legal right to howl in the streets of Oatman at the slightest provocation and at any time of the day. Ever howling at night will be permitted, declared Judge Sheffield, if the provocation is great enough and the howler can show good cause for his action.
This decision makes Oatman the only town in the country where a person can howl when the desire seizes him. In New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles or in any other large city it is not only bad form and a misdemeanor to howl in the streets, but to do so probably would result in the howler being placed under observation.
Not so in Oatman. Ever since the gold boom started here we have had continuous howling of one sort or another. . Forty times a day "Lou," the only town crier in America; lets out a blood-curdling yell as be rushes up and down the Gold Trail,. or Main street, on his paging errands. "Lou" has an alarm bell and a trading-post black-board In the middle of the street; and when he isn't bowling in front of the trading post he can be found ringing the fire bell to make announcements, Our other recognized howler is "Yodel Joe" Krauss, the Swiss miner, who recently had his teeth set with Bahia black diamonds costing  $1700. Each evening: "Yodel- Joe"  ascends  to the top of the Elephant's Tooth; a white rhyolite outcrop which dominates the Oatman landscape like a cathedral spire. From its heights Joe yodels  as he did when a boy on Lake Lucerne, in Switzerland. Very beautiful it is too. It goes like this:
"Oh, lee, high, lahey, oodle lahey, oodle lahey, lahey hoo"
The many variations of Joe's yodel echo each evening at sundown in our beautiful mountains of solid gold. Lately we have had trouble with our burros, including the Jennies and Jeanettes. For those  who have never lived In the heart of the Oatman burro country it should be explained that a Jeanette is a cross between a horse and a Jenny.
Summer has come to Oatman and the howling season for burros is on in its full efflorescence.   The mules don't care where they howl   During the winter months the burros seldom come into town, but as soon as hot weather arrives they seem to take delight in backing up before the Ladies' Literary Club and howling.  Attorney H. C. Topp calls them "love songs."
The other loud howlers here are the prospectors and miners. Whenever a rich ledge is struck: the diamond drillers come into town, led by the lucky prospector who owns the ground. In the old days all would have headed straight for a bar.  But in these degenerate days the boys line up at the Ice cream counter of the Oatman Drug Company for a general howl and ice cream treat. Night before last "Cushey" Cushman came into Oatman and reported that a miner sinking a  shaft to bedrock on his Silver Creek pla?er claim had just been taken to hospital.  "What happened?" inquired a young from Columbia University. "A gold nugget the size of a watermelon fell on the poor fellow," gravely reported Cushman.
The wolfish howl that followed would have curdled the blood of all the male mutes in Rex Beach, Jack London and James Oliver Curwood.

June 1, 1928
Six boys and six girls were graduated from the senior class of the Mohave County Union High School. The graduates were: Audrey V. Brakeman, Joseph A. Bonelli, Emmett P. Chapman, Ruth K. Cunningham, Lowell S. Hart, Marjorie E. Jagerson, Louis F. James, Millicent E. Kapp, Annabel E. Kause,  Marguerite L. Lewis, George B. McDevitt and Ronald V. Seipple.

Lost Flier Found On Arizona Desert
Kingman Arizona June 2 1950 C.E. Edmonson of Raymond Washington, missing pilot of a plane that nade a forced landing in the desert near Badad Arizona was found alive Friday.
The exhausted flier was brought to the Kingman Hospital by an unidentified rancher. The hospital said Edmonson was tired
and suffering from exposure, but other wise in good condition.

July 31, 1958
News from the Sandy: The early settlers who came in wagons overland included the families of the Boners, Cornwalls, Cofers, Carrows, Shipp, Kaysers, Despains, Hand, McClure, Jack and John Owens, the Briggs and other. These pioneers sold their extra produce—vegetables, milk, butter, eggs and hay—to the Signal merchants, two Jewish brothers named Mose and Gabe Levi, and their cousins, William and Henry Kushlin.  The post office was at Signal. The mail was carried from Fort Mohave on the Colorado river to signal on Pack mules. Soon there were enough children on the Big Sandy to establish a school. Ad Cornwall was their first teacher. Later another school was established in Signal. Continued next month.

August 21, 1958.
Nine new faculty members and fourteen familiar faces will greet students returning to Mohave County Union High School. R. L. Williams, assistant principal and world history: Frank Baca, Spanish and boy’s athletics; Kenneth Conrath, general math and distributive education ; J. David Cunningham, math and boy’s  athletics; Charles Cook, metal shop and boys’ athletics; Joan Deines, girl’s athletics and history; Stanley Gould, music; Wanda Hull, home economies; Fay Logsdon, English; Esther Meier, library; Bill Musgrove, science and biology; Charles Orr, mechanical drawing and shop;  James Vandevier, driver training and boy’s athletics; Theodore Wallace, American history and civics; Georgie Ann Witt, treasurer and bookkeeper;  Marjorie Hokanson, registrar.

June 19, 1958
Oatman News: Along about 1933 an old timer burro prospector pulled into Oatman from the Chemehuevis to provision up. When the old timer prospector arrived in Oatman he had a gaunt look, a beard about 12 inches long and three burros, A man’s whistle can become mighty parched after 15 or 20 miles looking at the south end of three burros over the hot, black lava flows of the southern Black mountains. Consequently the prospector tied his burros in front of Roundy Richardson’s saloon and climbed up the old boardwalk into Roundy’s to moisten his whistle a bit. After inviting several old friends to join him, and after his whistle was loosened up sufficiently, he turned to his companions and said, “Boys, I’ve got the goldarndest biggest lizard out there that ever grown in Arizona”. Lashed behind the packsaddle on one burro was a rolled-up tarp. The prospector removed the tarp and laying it on the ground, proceeded to unroll it. About that time out slithered a 3 ½ foot alligator, looking dusty, dehydrated and sure enough hair-triggered. The prospector said,“ Boys’ that critter isn’t only the biggest lizard in Arizona but I’d bet my shirt it’s the meanest lizard in the whole Colorado desert.

May 28, 1958
The Big Sandy by May Davis Young: Burro Creek joins the Sandy before the mountain formation closes in. Just below is the little town of Signal. Signal was mining camp started in the 1860’s. Prior to 1872, James R. Boner moved from Kern County, California, to Mineral Park, Arizona. His family consisted of his wife, four boys, and one married daughter, a Mrs. Despain. The next year, the Boners had a baby boy born in Mineral Park. Soon after this Mrs. Boner burned to death. In 1873 Boner moved his motherless family by ox team to the Big Sandy. Mr. Boner’s brother, John, and his daughter, Mrs. Despain, were already located on the big Sandy by this time. His oldest son Alfred Boner, and Tom Collins, an ox team driver, located the Gideon Cornell place in 1873. There was nothing but a spring on the place at the time. Later, a man named “Dirty Frenchy” killed Tom Collins over a poker game in Wickenburg. In 1874, two more of James Boner’s sons, Stub and Jim, located the Neal place. Other members of the Boner family located and sold several ranches as settlers began to move in. Continued  next month.

April 20 1973: 5 in Arizona Die in Wreck, Kingman, Arizona
A widow and her four young children were killed when their small foreign car plunged into a dry river bed west of here, the Arizona Highway Patrol said.
Investigators said Edith Wright Wiltbank, 32, of Thatcher, Ariz,, apparently fell asleep at the wheel.
Her four children killed In the crash were David, 9, and his three sisters, Thelma Marie; Larae, 7, and Tawnl Ruth, 6.

Two Slaying Suspects Recaptured in Arizona Nov. 10 1973
.A telegram from Kingman says: Bill Epperson, a cow-puncher of the "Bejuses" style, came to town last night and called on a young lady. Miss Daisy Rucker with a six  shooter on.  Moving around on a chair his gun went off and shot a hole through his thigh and shot the young lady through the ankle.  Her wound is painful, but Epperson's, unfortunately, was not serious enough.

Kingman; County Seat of Mohave, is the Center of a Rich Mining District
Kingman, the county seat of Mohave county, is situated in a little valley between the Wallapal and Cerbat range, being surrounded on every side by rolling; hills and high basaltic cliffs, with beautiful View of the high mountains, to the east and the castellated cliffs to the west. It is one of the prettiest towns on the line or the Santa Fe railroad, being well sewered and having splendid drainage. Good water works and private wells furnish the best water to be had in the country to the inhabitants tor domestic and fire purposes. No more cleanly town can be found anywhere than this little city. It has good oiled streets, some cement walks, substantial business houses and comfortable residences. Flowers bloom in the gardens from late in March to December.
The town has a population of about 3,000 people, ninety per cent native born Americans, the balance being Mexicans and Indians. This population depends almost wholly on mining, although there are quite a number heavily Interested in cattle and sheep raising. Mining has been the one great industry that brought the people to Kingman and it is the one great industry that will make of it one of the most populous towns in the state. The town is located on the main line of the Santa Fe, about 400 miles northeast of Los Angeles, and over 500 miles westerly from Albuquerque. It Is the supply point for all the mines in all directions, and is the main shipping point for ores and cattle.
A Fine Climate
Kingman has one of the most equible climates in the world, being situated on the Cordilleran plateau and at an elevation that secures to it the charm of the desert while limiting its heat. It is the limitless expanse of desert and mountain that give men a broader view of life and make our people bigger, better and more comprehensive citizens. That this is true we have but to refer to the activities, of our people during the stress of war requirements when one and all came to see relief of the government with vast contributions of their wealth and our boys and girls responded to their country's call. Out of a population of what is estimated at 4,000, Mohave county sent more than 300 men to the war,
People who never lived In a land of such broad expanse as this wonder what there is to attract and keep men and women away from the lure of the bright lights of the city, but once they reside on the desert they realise the indefinable charm in life that the glistening sands and the blue hills have for them.   No homes can be found that are happier than those of Kingman and Moimve county.   There is no lure of the city that compares with the lure of the country and these who make their "stake" in this country and tie themselves to the cities have a life-long longing to get back, but are held in the cities by the belief that the children may have better schools and their wires will have greater social advantages. But the hearts of them all yearn for the free and untrammeled life on the desert where they my fill their lungs with the pure air of heaven and feel that they are a free human being once more, untrammeled by the conventions of social life.
Fine Business House
Kingman has several hotels that have no equal in northern Arizona, its business houses carry larger stocks than some of the bis: retail houses of the coast, and these business houses supply the mines and the cattlemen with everything that is needed in their business. It has every class of business that the needs of a large community require, blacksmith shops, seven garages and machine shops, two banking institutions, three meat markets, two drug stores, two commercial telegraph offices, two drug stores, two commercial telegraph offices. Postal and Western Union, one picture show, dancing pavilions, two lumber yards, five stores, several candy shops where local confectionary is made, as well as a number of ice cream and dainty parlors where
ladies are won't to meet and where enjoyable dances and musicales bring the people together. Two of the Kingman stores are among the largest institutions of the kind in the southwest and one of them is one of the handsomest and best appointed outside of any city of 100,000 population. One of the largest steam generated power plants in the United States furnishes power and lights to the town and the towns of Chloride, Oatman and Goldroad, as well at power to the mines of those fields. It is claimed for this plant that It is one of the most economical plants of the kind in the United states.
Enterprising Banks
The banks are also up-to-date and enterprising, being well managed and giving highly satisfactory service. The Arizona Central Bank has a branch here. They are well backed, and even should there come depressed, business conditions in Mohave county, they would still be found firm. A bank capable of furnishing the life-blood to a community and the Kingman banks have done this in reality, making possible much of the growth of the community
The legal profession in Kingman is well represented, there being several attorneys of marked ability in amining community there are often suits involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. These cases demand the heat legal talent Among the, attorneys are several ex-judges of the superior court and ot the supreme court.
A telephone system connects with the residences of Kingman, and runs to Oatman, Chloride, and to the different mined in the county.
A well equipped steam laundry does work for Kingman people as well as for neighboring towns
An ice plant furnishes ice the year round.
A New Industry
An interesting industry in Kingman is the Yucca Fiber factory where rope hemp la made out of the yucca plant, which grows in profusion on the desert In Mohave county After the yucca blades are cut, mostly by
Indians, they are crated and hauled by truck to the factory   After being cooked in large vats, the blades are put through a process to separate the fiber. The fiber is then dried on wire racks in the-open air and baled ready for shipment to the rope makers.
Kingman has two churches, the St. John's Methodist Episcopal and the St.Mary's Catholic church.
The Masons, the Elks, Odd Follows, Knights of Pythias, Redmen and Moose Lodges are organized in Kingman, along with the ladies' organizations, the Eastern Star and Rebeccas.
The Elks Lodge  and the Odd Follows Lodge each have a building of their own, the latter being used by several of the other organizations.
Both buildings, on the lower, floor, have excellent floors for dancing and other social activities.
Besides the churches and lodges, there is a Woman's Club, a Golf Club and Gun Club The annual shoot of the State Gun Club, the coming years will be held at Kingman,
Among other forms of recreation, the Kingman public is much interested in local baseball, and have a good organization backing the sport.
This coming year, there will be a gymnasium available, for the high school students, in which may be played basketball and other games, as well as regular gymnasium work
Kingman has a good water system, affording fresh spring water to the residents. The water is piped from theae springs to a large reservoir which is located at an elevation above the town from where it is distributed, giving heavy pressure on the mains.
A City of Fine Homes
There are some fine residences in Kingman, In many cases running into thousands of dollars for cost of construction. Houses for rent are not plentiful, but there are a number of houses, furnished and unfurnished, that are available from time to time
There are but few apartment houses
The court house of Mohave county is located in Kingman at the end of Fourth street, giving a line view of the building from the railroad sec tion near the business section of the town, This building was built In 1914 at a cost of $80.000, and is one of the best in the state.
A good road runs from Kingman to Oatman, over which there is constant and heavy traffic. A branch line of the Santa Fe Railroad runs from Kingman to Chloride, a distance of 25 miles, there also being a good automobile road. Roads also run to the Sandy, Hackberry, Mineral Park, Stockton Hill,  Secret Pass, Union Pass, Yucca from which there are branch roads to the dlnerent mining properties and cattle ranches
Kingman, as well as the rest of Mohave County, has what might be termed an "all-year-round" climate Cloudy days are scarce and the largest rainfall is during the summer months, thus affording relief through the hot period.  The rainfall is about 16 Inches per year, and the thermometer registers from 90 deg. in the summer to 28 above zero in the winter.   The mines of the county may be operated the year round
There is an occasional snow in winter, which Is usually light and melts almost as soon as It falls.
Date: 1919-09-30; Paper: Tucson Daily Citizen

The nuncupative will, which was recently filed with the Probate court by Robert Meara, was tried in the court last week and letters testamentary thereon refused, the court holding that a will of that character to be given validity must be reduced to writing and filed with the court within six days after the ninth of decedent. From this rating the legatee under the will has appealed to the District Court. By the terms of the will Mr Meara was made the heir to the Smith estate, which is considered very valuable.
Mohave County miner., February 20, 1909,

Miss M. A. Sawyer is home again from Los Angeles, where she had been called last week by the death of her mother.
Mohave County miner., February 20, 1909,

William Smith came in from Music Mountain this week with a large number of skins, on which he obtained bounty to the amount of 56$ Among the skins was one of the largest mountain lions ever brought to Kingman.
Mohave County miner., July 03, 1909,

Stages now run every day in the week to Goldroad and Tom Reed. Heretofore no stage left Kingman on Sunday. It is probable that the present line of stages will be replaced with a line of automobiles and the time between Kingman and the big gold camp cut down to two hours or less.
Mohave County miner., July 03, 1909,

A Japanese cook at the residence of John F. Withers fell from the tower of the windmill early this morning and received injuries that may result in his death. He apparently struck on his head, as there are a number of deep gashes in the scalp and possibly a fracture of the skull. The right arm is broken above the elbow and a gash extends along his backbone. The poor fellow lay unconscious under the mill until several hours afterward, a Wallapai squaw passing that place noticing him lying there covered with blood.  Drs. Cowie and Whiteside were called and the Injured man taken to the poor farm, where his injuries were attended to.
Mohave County miner., July 03, 1909

Mineral Park
Kingman: History and Future Growth Based on Mining, Manufacturing, Cattle and Tourism

KINGMAN—This spunky community in the shadow of giant Hoover Dam sees greatness In Its future.

It's a dream of progress and enterprise which was Instilled in the local citizenry on a cold winter's night 77 years ago by the town fathers.

The great issue of those pioneer days in Kingman was to make the town the county seat of Mohave County.

So two wagons loaded with some of the community's more prominent citizens departed for the then county seat at Mineral Park in January 1887.

Several hours later the little hand of tired men returned home, their wagons much more heavily laden than on the trip north.

They carried the official records of Mohave County.

Thus, Kingman became, and still is, the county seat.

Most county residents, little concerned by Kingman's newly won status, went about making a living for themselves, mostly in the cattle and mining business.

These two industries, now joined by tourism and manufacturing, still contribute much to the town's economy.
Mining has always been a giant factor In the economy of Kingman. It has also provided much color to the history of the area. '
In the old days mule wagons hauled the ore over the 'Old Trail' to waiting river boats. Today, the most modern equipment and techniques are being used to build the naval Corp.'s multi million dollar copper mine and mill complex fast a stone's throw from old Mineral Park.

Romantically, ranching is still king in Mohave County. Area ranches abound with western traditions, beautiful scenery, picturesque ranch houses, and probably the hardest working men in the county.
One of the first cattle drives into Mohave County was led by William (Bud) Grounds in 1872. He founded the 7V Ranch and the WF brand which still remain in the family. The W. P. Cattle Co. brand is as familiar as a television commercial in the area.
Bud Grounds' son, William F. Grounds, ran cattle on part of the original Grounds spread until just a few years ago. Today, his son, Howard, carries on the family tradition.
Kingman's three largest industries today, primarily responsible for the recent population increase, an the Duval Corp., the Ford Motor Co . vehicle - testing center and Vagabond Corp., manufacturers of mobile homes.

Mine and Mill
The Duval Corp. which started drilling in 1959, is scheduled to begin actual mining and milling late this year. Although the payroll will probably include only about 200 Duval workers by the end of the year, more than 450 construction workers are new at work preparing the mine and mill for operation.
The top of Ithaca Peak, site of the firm's eventual open pit mine, has been sliced down from a mile-high level of 5,280 feet to about 4,990 feet.
The mine site is 14 miles north of Kingman. Most of the construction workers live there.

Yucca was selected as the site for the Ford Motor Co.'s western automobile and track
testing ground In 1954. The 100 employe Ford facility has proven Itself to be a good neighbor. It's employes have taken an active part In the community. Several have been elected to the city council and have taken part in planning for development.
Vagabond Corp. opened it's factory here two years ago, recently becoming a part of Guerdon Industries. The company leases facilities at the county airport and turns out 10 trailer homes n week. The mobile home manufacturing company employes 120 men and women.

Enrollment Up
A survey by the board of trustees of School District 4, which includes all of Kingman and much surrounding area, shows that the mine at Ithaca Peak has added to the enrollment of the Kingman schools.
However, it is by no means the only cause of the increased school membership.
Only 100 of several hundred new students are children whose parents work for Duval or one of the construction companies at the mine, according to Dr. John L. Ahse, Kingman Superintendent of schools.
A bond issue was approved March 31 to add classrooms at the district's three elementary schools. But it is expected that even before the new facilities are completed, several classes will have been on a double session schedule for several months.
Plans are scheduled to be approved soon for additions to the county's one high school at Kingman. Enlargement of the high school will enable it to serve students.
Water Sports
Mohave County has 1,000 miles of shoreline. Kingman is close enough for a trip to one of three lakes in the evening after work. Fishermen and others who come here to take advantage of lakes and the Colorado River add  much to the economy.
Kingman and Mohave county have come a long way since the early-day rough and ready activities in town, and nearby mining camps
From the early days of stage-lines and deep-rutted wagon trails; Kingman today is the cross way of several major highways. US 66 and 93 pass through Kingman to be joined by U.S. 456.
The main line of the Santa Fe Railroad runs through town, and three bus lines operate scheduled routes through Kingman. Kingman is also served by Bonaman Airlines.

After a few years of virtually no new construction in Kingman, the town hit a new high of $1.5 million in building permits for  residential construction last year.
The first quarter of 1964 promises an even sharper increase In single family units. Also under construction are, several apartment houses, duplex and triplex units.
Dr. Arthur A. Arnold has shown his faith in Kingman's future by erecting a plan office building covering half a block of downtown Kingman.
Other office buildings are planned to be completed next year.
The McCulloch Corp. purchased over 13,000 acres of government land on the shores
of Lake Havasu in August. It has announced plans for a town of 25,6111 population by 1975.
The find plans to relocate two of its factories, one making chain saws and the other outboard motors, to Lake Havasu City within the next few years. The company already operates an outboard motor testing dock at the site 65 miles southwest of King-man.
The Arizona Republic Mon. April 27 1964

Bonanza Airlines has named James Lednisky as station manager at Kingman Airport. Lednisky and family have lived in Kingman two years.
The Arizona Republic Saturday February 12, 1955

Front Street has been renamed Andy Devine Ave. in honor of the movie, radio, and TV star. Andy Devine lived in Kingman many years with his parents, who operated the Beal Hotel here.
The Arizona Republic Saturday February 12, 1955

KINGMAN—The grand opening of the new Jade Room of the Jade Restaurant was held here Sunday. The entire restaurant has been closed for the past few weeks, while they have been remodeling and redecorating.
Several people from Kingman attended the Mohave district Baptist Association meeting held at Bullhead City Baptist Mission, Feb. 8.
The Arizona Republic Saturday February 12, 1955

Visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Scott were their cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hand and Mr. and Mrs. George Hand of Glendale, Calif, and Mr. and Mrs. George Steinke, Linda Steinke,  Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Hendricks, Cy Weeks, and the Rev. E. L. Freeland, Kingman.
The Arizona Republic Saturday February 12, 1955

Town Founded Near Dam site
BULLHEAD. Mar. 32 — This town received semiofficial recognition and became Arizona's newest community today when its founders filed a townsite survey with the Mohave County Board of Supervisors.
Two weeks ago Bullhead was only a brush-covered stretch of lane near the Colorado river three miles below the site of Davis (Bullhead) Dam. Now a number of streets have been graded, lots have been surveyed, a water system is being installed and more than a dozen buildings have been erected.
The owner of a number of buildings he is constructing as home; for the construction workers he expects soon. Murl Emery, one of the town's founders, predicts a great future for Bullhead. "It will be the biggest city in Mohave county within a year", he says.
Emery, who also operates the Bull City ferry just below the dam-site. says many county, Nevada and California businessmen have applied for lots in the new town.
Emery says that businessmen believe that the start of construction on  the dam is only a few weeks away. Hundreds of construction workers will be searching for a place to live and shop and Kingman businessmen, especially, do not think the rubber shortage will allow much travel to other communities.
Bullhead is situated on the road from the Davis dam-site to Oatman. Another road which connects Kingman with the dam site also leads to the town. A third route crosses the river on the ferry to give Bullhead communication with Nevada and California.
The Arizona Republic Wednesday April 01, 1942

Andrew Stein, who drives the mail wagon on the Hardyville route, arrived in Prescott about noon to-day. Among our letters is the following from Wm. Hardy, Esq., giving the news — good and bad — from Mohave County:
Again we are called upon to chronicle one of those terrible homicides that have become so prevalent in our county of late. Last Saturday morning, A. J. Mathews (alias Shorty the mule skinner), was shot and instantly killed near Cerbat, at what is known as the milk ranch. No evidence was brought out at the inquest that would convict or Implicate any one.
James Smith, the keeper of the station, is suspected and will be examined to-day. One McKinney, who has run away, is also suspected. When it is all summed up and sifted over, it will be disclosed that there was a big drunk and two or three parties, including Mathews, took a band in a shooting scrape, with the fatal result above mentioned.
A drove of about one hundred horses, principally fine brood mares, passed this place hunting a location. They came from Idaho, via St. Thomas and Stone's Ferry, and will probably stop in this county.
Still another drove of about one hundred head of horses has just crossed the Colorado river at Hardyville and arc bound for the Prescott country.  These horses are represented as being very fine stock.
A herd of five hundred head of cattle will soon cross the river and locate on the Cottonwood, in this county.
Several large flocks of sheep are expected to arrive during the fall.  Let them come.
The Keystone mine looks well.
About three months since one Constantia Brice was missing and fears were entertained of his safety, and a notice, was sent to the Miner. Until last week nothing further was heard from him, when parties Coming in from the Cedar district found his saddle-bags and papers; this led to further search, which was made on last Saturday. His remains were found in a cave, about six miles north of Cayote station. The remains of his horse were also found near by, in a decomposed state. The saddle had not been taken off the horse.
The conclusion arrived at was, that the horse was sick and Mr. Brice tried to get him in until he became exhausted, and died for want of water.
Weekly Journal Miner Friday September 11, 1874

From Mohave Comity.
The following letter, which bears date November 30, will explain itself:
Another week has rolled around, and the only-excitement in our county is a shooting scrape at Mineral Park, Wallapai District. Charley Spencer and a gambler named "Frenchy " got into a dispute and exchanged several shots which resulted it the wounding of Spencer in the arm. No arrests. Nobody to blame. The wound is not serious.
The steamer has not arrived and the chances for a term of court are slim. His honor, of course, wouldn't travel overland; it wouldn't be high-toned. We have two murder cases on the docket, and it is a shame we can have a term of court to dispose of them "His Honor," or in other words, Judge Reavis, claims to be "monarch of all he surveys" in this dependency, and may take it into his head to pass judgment upon all cases now pending in your county from his apartments in California, where, at latest, dates, he was enjoying himself.
Prescott Weekly Journal Saturday Dec. 16, 1871

From Mohave County
Cerbat February 3, 1871
To the Editor of the Arizona Miner:
I had intended to send you some mining items by this mail, but have changed my mind, and send you murder and other items'
First: Thos Collins and ___McCray had a shooting scrape at Wallapai Springs a few days since. Collins was wounded three times
Second: Second—Bronco Bill (William Taylor) was most foully murdered, at Coyote Holes, two miles from Beale Springs, on Thursday night last. Although four soldiers and three citizens were in and around the house at the time of the shooting, .when before the Coroners jury none of them knew any thing. The poor fellow was followed around the house, into the chicken house and back again to the toll house before the murder was consummated—having been shot three times, either of which would prove fatal.
Third—A discharged soldier attempted to kill Charley Murey, near Capt. Atchinson's place on the river, and for a time it was supposed he has succeed, but Charley has since turned up all right. but enough of murder, here is a horse of another color, a marriage: On January 1st, at camp Mohave, by Justice Niles, Julius Weer to Catharine nelson.
Everything in the mining way looks encouraging. I will send you next week, an
account of new discoveries, developments, etc.
Prescott Weekly Journal Saturday Feb. 6, 1874

While the emigrant train conductor Woods on Friday of last week was east bound from The Needles was detained or held up between Powell and Franconia by washouts on both sides Deeming it prudent to cut loose from the train engine 34 Charlie Woods in charge with conductor Geo Woods and L O Cowan of Franconia on board proceeded to feel their way along tne track when suddenly the engine ran on to a treacherous place the water having caused one side to settle the engine capsized giving its occupants no time for self protection Engineer Woods succeeded in landing on terra firma all right but his comrades all three were each considerably injured Conductor Woods received a severe ankle sprain from which he is laid up for the present The fireman was caught under the tender and it was telegraphed he was killed but he was taken out seriously injured having three ribs broken and bruised generally Mr Cowan was thrown over the engine and received severe bruises besides being badly scalded and had it not been for the quantity of clothing he had upon him his scalds might have proved fatal.
Weekly Champion Dec 29 1883

Took French Leave.
Kingman, Arizona, Jan. 0. William Antheny, who was arrested in Mineral Park December 10, and who was subsqently released on bail, has taken leave of the county bastile as well as his bondsmen, and any information as to his whereabouts will be gratefully received by his anxious friends in Kingman. The Arizona Republic January 7 1892

He Wanted A Squaw Mojave, Jan. 13. William Eshom, who was arrested at Chloride a short time ago on a charge of assault with intent to kill an Indian who refused to give up his squaw, has been held in the sum of $300 to await the grand jury. He has since been arrested on a charge of selling whiskey to Indians. The Arizona Republic January 14 1892

Walapais Kicking. Mojave, Jan. 13 Considerable complaint is being made by the Walapai Indians over the alleged encroachment ot the cattlemen on their preserves. They claim that nearly all their old watering places are now held by stock men, and in many instances they have been refused water for their ponies. The Arizona Republic January 14 1892

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