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    The Tombstone and Arizona Territory Collection

    J. C. Hancock: Recollection of Several Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen. TLS by Hancock, Paradise, Cochise County, Arizona, to Joe Chisolm, Beverly Hills, California, October 14, 1934, 1 page, 8.5" x 11." In his letter, Hancock comments on two articles on the history of Galeyville, Paradise, and Tombstone, correcting mistakes and inaccuracies. Hancock specifically criticizes one article that used information from Lorenzo D. Walter's Tombstone's Yesterdays, a chronicle of gunfighters and lawmen of the old Southwest published in 1928, which he believed was made-up. In his letter he recalls such famous characters, such as John "Johnny" Ringo, William Breakenridge, Joe Hill, Johnny-Behind-the Deuce, and Anton Mazzanovich. Johnny Ringo (1850-1882), a Texas outlaw before he arrived in Cochise County, Arizona Territory in 1879 before he arrived in Tombstone. On July 14, 1882 Ringo's dead body was discovered in West Turkey Valley. Although the official cause of death was suicide, there were at the time many theories advanced that he had been murdered. William Breakenridge (1846-1931) was a lawman, soldier, and author of Helldorado, who served for a while as deputy sheriff in Tombstone during the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Joe Hill, the Texas gunfighter linked to the Clanton Gang, was the brother of A.G. Hill, who once served as sheriff of Graham County, Arizona. Michael "Mike" O'Rourke (1862-?), aka Johnny-Behind-the-Deuce, was a professional gambler, and Anton Mazzanovich (1860-1934) was an Austria-born soldier, author, and actor. The letter is on fragile brown paper with minor paper loss at the bottom left-hand edge, including a two-inch portion missing from the middle of the bottom edge. Otherwise the letter is in good condition. This is a fascinating recollection by a man who lived around Tombstone during its heyday.

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