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    The Tombstone and Arizona Territory Collection

    Arizona Territory: Two Early Business Documents. These two business documents are 1) A receipt, 7 7/8" x 4.5", and dated August 27, 1871, for payment of $150 from Lionel M. Jacobs to Charles A. Shibell. Born in London, Jacobs (1840-1922) was a businessman and politician who moved to Arizona in 1868 with his brother to operate a mercantile business. He was co-founded of Tucson's first bank. Shibell (1841-1908) served as sheriff of Pima County, Arizona Territory, and was a contemporary of Wyatt Earp. He promised Earp the post of deputy sheriff, but rescinded it when Earp announced his support for Shibell's rival for sheriff. The receipt, in ink, includes a 5 cent stamp that appears to be canceled by hand. 2) A receipt, 7.75" x 10 3/8", dated February 14, 1881, for fifty-six cords of wood from R. P. Samuel for P. W. Smith to the Western Mining Company. The receipt, on the letterhead of the superintendent of the mining company, is signed by the superintendent. A large mining claim in Contention, Arizona Territory, was incorporated in 1880 as the Western Mining Company. After combining with several other properties, the Western Mining Company changed its name at the end of 1881 to the Contention Consolidated Mining Company. The mine became one of the most successful in Tombstone, generating more than half a million dollars in dividends by the early 1880s. By the middle of the 1880s the mine produced approximately $6 million in silver and gold. Both documents have horizontal and vertical folds, but otherwise are in good condition.

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