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Date: 1869-08-14; Paper: Weekly Arizona Miner
Death and Burial of Thos. Mathews. We have received, from Frank S. Ailing, an old Arizonian, now of White Pine, clippings from the Inland Empire detailing the recent murder at Hamilton, White Pine County, Nevada, of Thos. Mathews, who was formerly Sheriff of Mohave County, this Territory, by Charles Jones, who is represented as being but 23 years of age, of rather boyish appearance,  light complexion, spare made and medium hight. Mr. Ailing says the funeral cortege that accompanied, the remains of Mr. Mathews to the grave was very large. Six Arizonians acted as pall bearers. The ladies decorated the coffin with "beautiful wild flowers ;  the hearse was covered with wreaths of evergreens.


Date: 1869-08-14; Paper: Weekly Arizona Miner
Death and Burial of Thos. Mathews. We have received, from Frank S. Ailing, an old Arizonian, now of White Pine, clippings from the Inland Empire detailing the recent murder at Hamilton, White Pine County, Nevada, of Thos. Mathews, who was formerly Sheriff of Mohave County, this Territory, by Charles Jones, who is represented as being but 23 years of age, of rather boyish appearance, light complexion, spare made and medium height. Mr. Ailing says the funeral cortege that accompanied, the remains of Mr. Mathews to the grave was very large. Six Arizonians acted as pall bearers. The ladies decorated the coffin with "beautiful wild flowers ; the hearse was covered with wreaths of evergreens.

Arizona Weekly Miner 08/24/1872
On last Sunday morning, a coroner's jury was summoned before Justice Archer, of this place, to inquire into the cause, etc., of the death of a man whose body was that morning found on the hill-side near the Pioneer Mill. The verdict was about as follows: "We the jury find that the deceased was named A.E. Barrows, a native of New York, aged about 45 years; that he came to his death on the night of the 29th of July, 1872, by falling and striking his head on a rock, the blow resulting in a fracture of the skull; that the deceased has been for some time past partially insane." Barroes had gone with another man into the Sacramento Valley for the purpose of cutting hay. On the 28th his companion left the hay camp and went to Chorlide for the purpose of procuring water. On his return, next morning, he could not find Barrows. Search for him was made and continued until Sunday morning, the 4th inst., when he was found by some of the mill men. his body being in a frightful state of decay. He had evidently reached the ridge between the hay camp and this place at night, and seeing the light at the mill had started for it. The hillside was precipitous and very rocky, and in his descent he had stumbled over a large rock, with the result stated in the verdict of the jury. He was buried upon the spot, with all the formality and decency the circumstances would admit of. he has relatives in Nebraska and also in New York. he likewise had earnest friends here.

Date: 1872-06-22; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner
A man by the name of John Libby died here this morning. He has been a resident of the Territory for some time.

Date: 1873-02-15; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner
Recent Deaths in Mohave County
Mr. James P. Bull recorder of Mohave County send us the following news Hardyville Jan. 31, 1873 We have two deaths here this week. Deputy, Judge W.L. Haskell, died of consumption on Thursday morning the 30th, at Union Pass.
His brother was taking him to the Park for a change thinking it would be the best, but was unable to stand the journey and passed away without without a single struggle. A friend write he never saw so peaeful and quiet a death. He was the first probate judge of this county, a position he held for five or six years. He was taken to the Park and buried. On Wednesday night, Jack Mapes died at Hanleyville I presume he was about 40 years old and a native of Montgomery Illinois.


Date: 1877-07-20; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner
Death of Judge Backus.Judge Henry T. Backus, well and favorably known to Many of the citizens of Arizona, died at Greenwood, in Mohave county, on died at 13th inst., and was there buried. Judge Backus was born in the State of
Connecticut, about the year 1819, consequently was, at the time of his death, in the neighborhood of 58 years of age.
The Judge, when yet a young man, emigrated to Michigan, where he grew up and identified himself with that country, and where he has continued to reside, with the exception of two years that he occupied the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona, and a short period traveling in Europe, until about four months since when he once more came to Arizona for sanitary purposes.
The Judge occupied the Bench in this Territory during the years 1867-8. During his recent visit to Arizona he has been the guest of Judge C. T. Hayden, of Tempe, in Maricopa county, and has, as a general thing, accompanied Mr. Hayden on his  visits to different parts of the Territory, and it was while traveling with Mr. H. on a trip to Greenwood that he was taken suddenly ill, on the 12th, with what was thought to be sun stroke, which terminated so seriously and quickly, only lasting about 24 hours.
The Judge was taken ill some fifteen miles from Greenwood and three miles from water. It was with difficulty that Judge Hayden succeeded in getting him into the town before death clasped him to her bosom, on account of the extreme heat of the day, the unparalleled roughness of the road and the very low condition of Judge Backus, who rather desired to die beside the water, 12 miles from Greenwood, as he seemed to realize that death was fast approaching, and told Judge Hayden that he was confident his hours were numbered, and that he was soon to pass away.
We believe Judge Backus was a member of the Masonic Order, and stood high in its ranks he was considered a good lawyer and judge  and has always taken an active interest in the State of Michigan politics; was a good scholar and
conventionalist, and had many excellent qualities. In his death Michigan loses a bright citizen and Arizona a good friend; Mrs. Backus a devoted husband and his two sons a kind parent. Judge Backus' family reside during the heated season at their Summer residence near Detroit, and in the winter they have a magnificent residence in that city

The Weekly Arizona Miner 11/02/1877
Accidental Death - Hon. James P. Bull, of Mineral Park, writes to Hon. G. Hathaway of Prescott, that a man by the name of Aaron Williams, of Walla Walla, W.T., while at Union Pass, sleeping in camp with Tom Miller, of Prescott, saw a coyote in the night, and in attempting to get his pistol to shoot it, the pistol accidentally went off and killed him. An inquest was held on the body of Williams at Mineral Park, and it was ascertained that  he was the youngest of 17 children. these are all the facts so far known. Tom Miller is on his way home.

Date: 1881-03-11; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner
Died. James Madison, an employee from  Tipton died at the Sisters Hospital at 9 oclock this morning. The funeral  will take place tomorrow at 9 o'clock. Friends are invited to attend.

Mr  Lemon who was formerly a partner with Miss Fletchar in the railroad eating house at Peach Springs died at Seattle Washington Territory last week
Weekly Champion Saturday June 27 1883


Date: 1886-02-06; Paper: Tombstone Epitaph Prospector
Dilda's Death
Murphy's Murder Stoically Meets His Fate.
He Dies Game and Refuses to See Any Priest
Prescott, Ariz., Feb. 5.Dennis W. Dilda was publicly executed to-day in the presence of nearly a thousand people, for  the murder of Deputy Sheriff J. M Murphy, on December 20 last. The scaffold was erected in the woods about half a mile from town, and not in the plaza, as was at first intended. He spent a sleepless night, arose early and partookof a hearty breakfast, which he ate with much relish. He talked, laughed and smoked during the forenoon, and was apparently less concerned than if it was his wedding day, instead of the day of his death. He maintained this composure until the end. He refused to see any minister or priest ; he also refused to make any concession of his crimes. The trap was sprung at four minutes of twelve by Sheriff Mulvernon, and in fifteen minutes life was pronounced extinct. In addition to the crime for which he was hung, Dilda had murdered a man named Jenkins, in this county, also a negro in Texas, and was suspected of other murders.

ANOTHER ACCOUNT. (Special to the Epitath)
PRESCOTT, Ariz., February 5.D. W. Dilda was executed to-day, about half a mile northwest of town, for the murder of John M. Murphy, deputy sheriff of this county. The prisoner ate heartily at 7 o'clock this morning, afier which, at his request, his photograph was taken, and he sat smoking bis pipe until 10 o'clock, when the sheriff entered hit cell and read the death warrant, which he heard with the utmost composure, not a muscle moving, after which he took his last meal on earth, consisting of fried chicken, steak and mushrooms, coflee, etc. At 11:30 o o'clock he was taken from the jail, bowing pleasantly to his acquaintances as he was conveyed to the place of execution, under escort and guard of the two local military companies. He ascended the scaffold with a firm step, and after being asked if he had anything to say, replied that he had not. At three minutes fast twelve the trap was sprung He fell about six feet, and his neck was broken by the fall. His heart ceased to beat at  12:16. About one thousand persons witnessed the execution. [Signed] Thos. E. PARISH.

James Oliver, a native of Cornwall, England, aged 45 years died at Kingman on the 15th of heart disease.
Date: Friday, August 24, 1888  Paper: Tombstone Daily Epitaph (Tombstone, AZ)  Volume: X  Issue: 8  Page: 3

Ed Burke, a resident of Mohave county for the past thirty years, died at Kingman on April 9th.
The Coconino sun [microform]., April 16, 1898, Image 17

Date: 1890-05-03; Paper: Tombstone Epitaph Prospector
Samuel Reynolds died suddenly in this place on the 20th of April. He went to the cabin of W. D. Abbey in the morning, and lay down on a rnattress outside, where he lay at the time of his death, about half past three in the afternoon. An inquest was held by Coroner C. M. Funston. The jury returned a verdict that deceased came to his death from natural causes, superinduced by exposure. Sam was an old timer in Arizona. He was an old Mexican soldier, end was on the pension list.   Deceased was 68 years of age, and a native of Ireland. Mohave Miner.

Good Shooting. Two Men Killed in Mohave County in a Single Round
GOOD SHOOTING.
Two Men Killed In Mohave County in a Single Round.
Kingman, June 13.[.Special to the Journal-Miner.]
A shooting affair took place at the Empire Mill, twenty-five miles north of Kingman, on Friday morning, the 13th inst, between
Ed. H. Jones and Presley Brown. Jones was shot in the neck, and died almost instantly Brown was shot in the stomach, and died the following morning. Jones used a 38 caliber pistol, and Brown'an old fashioned shot-gun, and each fired one shot. The affair arose over a dispute on the dump of the mine, in which Jones returned
Brown of meddling with his affairs, and he drove Brown from the dump and down the hill at the point of the pistol.
Brown was unarmed. Jones returned to the dump and worked a few minutes, when he took his pistol in hand and went to the house, a few yards away, where Brown had gone. Jones supposed that he had the only gun on the
place, and that he was sure of his victim.  A few minutes prior to the trouble an Indian had left a double- barreled shot-gun near the kitchen door, but this was not known to either party, and when Brown saw Jones approaching he ran to the back door, and then first saw and secured the gun.
They met at the dining room door and the shooting took place, both firing at the same time, and with the result already mentioned. Joms was fore-man of the mine, and had been in the county about four years. He was of a quarrelsome disposition, and frequently in trouble. He was a single mnn about 36 years of age, and a native of Maryland.
Brown had been at work on the mine and ran the boarding house and had been in a number of shooting scrapes. He leaves a wife. An inquest was held by C M. Funston, ex-officio coroner, aud the jury returned a verdict that the deed was done in self-defense, and exonerating Brown.
Date: Wednesday, June 18, 1890   Paper: Weekly Journal Miner (Prescott, AZ)   Volume: XXVII   Issue: 16   Page: 3 

Coconino Sun, December 3rd;
Lindsay Gibson, who recently came here from Kingman died on Monday night after a short illness. His death was caused by paralysis of the heart. His funeral occurred Tuesday from the G. A. R. Hall, of which organization he was a member.
An epidemic of cold, influenza or grip has struck this section of the mountain, The disease toys with its victim for ten days or two weeks and when it lets go of him, it leaves him with as many aches as Job had boils, and he can scarcely tell whether he has been run through a threshing machine or been fooling with an electric light wire.
Date: 1891-12-07; Paper: Prescott Morning Courier


Mrs. Ella E. Marshal, wife of John W. Marshal, died in Kingman on the 5th. deputy Sheriff Henry F. Ewing of Mohave County, is her only living brother.
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 1891  Paper: Prescott Evening Courier (Prescott, AZ)  Volume: XXI  Issue: 264  Page: 1 

Date: 1892-02-03; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner
Ross Williams, the twenty-two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Eb. Williams, formerly of Mohave county, died at Nogales recently.

James H. Philips, aged 25 years, died at Kingman, April 5.
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 1892 Weekly Journal Miner

Mrs. Della Beebe, of Kingman died recently.
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 1892 Paper: Weekly Journal Miner

Date: 1893-09-13; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner
Frank A Feeler a popular young man of Mohave county died recently of typhoid fever.


October 30 1895
Another Pioneer Gone
Death has again invaded the ranks of the pioneers of Arizona, and has taken one who helped to blaze the way for civilization in this territory, a man who, with his family, endured the privations and hardships of frontier life, when the murderous Apaches held sway in the territory, and helped to redeem it from the domination of the savages.
George W. Banghart passed from life this morning at the residence of .his daughter and son in-law. Judge and Mrs. E.W. Wells after an illness of only three day. He has been in failing health, on account of old age, for the past two or three years but was able to be around until Tuesday last, when he was take worse, and his physical power seemed to give way all at once, as he rapidly grew worse until his death this morning.   
Mr. Banhart was a native of Delaware, and came to Arizona with his family in the early sixties  and settled in Chino valley, his ranch there being one of the well known land marks of the territory. His wife died several years ago, and his only surviving children are Mrs. E. W. Wells, Mrs. N. O. Murphy and Lee Banghart.   He was in his 73d The funeral will take place from the Episcopal church tomorrow, Saturday. October 26, at 11 o'clock a.m. Friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.

Paper: Arizona Republican Newspaper
Date: July 14, 1895
George Driver, who has had charge of the McCrackin Mine and Mill for the past eleven years, died at Signal Monday evening at 12 o'clock.  It is though the cause of death to have been quinsy. His funeral took place Tuesday and was attended by the whole population of Signal and vicinity.
Mr. Driver was born in Nevada County, California, forty years ago and came to this county to work for the McCrackin Company many years ago. He leaves a mother and sister in San Francisco.
Dr. Driver during life was one of the most universally liked men that even came to Mohave County and his death cast a gloom over the whole community.

Date: 1896-06-10;
Paper: Weekly Journal Miner
J. W. McKenzie formerly county treasurer of Mohave County died at Kingman,  May 81 and was buried June 1. Mr. McKenzie was sent to the asylum a year or two ago, but recovered the use of his mind, and returned home about three mouths ago. His health,  however, has steadily grown worse until his death as stated.

Big Mary, one of the most pleasant featured squaws of the Wallapai Tribe died at the Wickiup on Oak creek last Monday of pneumonia. Judging by the creamation of the body by her tribe we should say the Wallapais have squaws to burn- Kingman Miner
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 1896   Paper: Tombstone Daily Prospector (Tombstone, AZ)  Volume: IX  Issue: 204  Page: 4 

Date: 1898-06-29;
Paper: Weekly Journal Miner
William Richards an old resident of Mohave county, died at Kingman last Saturday of hemorrhage.

Date: 1899-08-09; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner
Mrs. Stykeman, mother of Miss  Lucy Stykeman died this morning. She came out here recently from her home at Halifax, N. S., on account of poor health.

Date: 1899-11-22; Paper: Weekly Journal Miner
DEATH OF A PIONEER.
C. A. Luke, for Years a Resident of Prescott, Passes Away in Phoenix.
The Republican of Thursday says that Charles A. Luke died last night at 12 o'clock at the family residence, after an illness of some months, from dropsy and its attendant complications. Mr. Luke was a native of Germany and was 67 years of age. He came to America in early life and went to California  before the civil war. serving with the California column during that historic struggle. He came to Arizona, in 1866, settling first  in Mohave county, where he engaged in mining. Later he moved to Yavapai county, where he also engaged in mining and in 1875 was elected mayor of Prescott.
In 1879 he moved to this valley and since then has been identified with the interests of this city and has always been accounted an honorable and upright man and an enterprising citizen.   He was twice married, his first wife dying in San Francisco, where she went for medical treatment.   He then married Mrs Liebenow, who survives him.   He had no children by either marriage, though two stepchildren by the latter union are left to mourn his loss. They are Mrs. Frank I. Luke and Adolph Liebenow of this city.  Other relatives who will miss his kindly face are his nephews, Frank Luke and John Luke of Prescott. There are other relatives in New York city. He was a member of the Red Men and the G. A. R. societies.

DEATH OF A MOHAVE MINER
Charles A. Wilson, an old Mohave County miner, came up from Signal, his home, last Sunday, to spend a few days in Kingman, and meet some of his old acquaintances. Monday he was heard to complain of his back hurting him, and in the evening he applied not hot water to the parts Which seemed to pain him the most. That night he slept in Twiggs' livery stable and Tuesday morning some of his friends noticing that he was sleeping; unusually late, tried to arouse him from his slumber, and found him in the last throes of death. Dr. Early was summoned but to no purpose, as he had passed away in the meantime. Beneath him was found a three ounce vial partly filled with laundnum. whether it was a case of suicide or not the coroner's jury was unable to determine
Mineral Wealth (Kingman)
Date: 1899-05-11; Paper: Weekly Phoenix Herald









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