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    Tombstone, Arizona: Archive of Tombstone Pioneer, Benjamin A. Fickas. A collection of fourteen items relating to the life and career of Tombstone pioneer Benjamin Alonzo Fickas. Fickas (1848-1903) was born in Warrick County, Indiana. During the Civil War he enlisted in Company A of the 143rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry. After the war Fickas moved to Missouri and then in 1873 he relocated to San Diego, where he edited the San Diego News for two years. In late 1878, Fickas moved to Tombstone, where he acted as notary public and conveyancer, and later became clerk of the district court and represented Pima County as a member of the Territorial Legislature in 1880, where he was instrumental in the formation of Cochise County. Active in Democratic Party politics, Fickas ran for mayor of Tombstone in 1880 but was defeated. He left Tombstone in 1887 and moved to Phoenix and assumed the business management of the Phoenix Gazette. An active Mason, Fickas was a member and the first Grand Master of the Knights of Pythias of Arizona.

    Items in the collection include six cabinet card photographs. 1) Cabinet card photograph, 4.25" x 6", circa 1879, of Fickas, probably around the time he arrived in Tombstone. Photographer unknown. 2) Cabinet card photograph, 4" x 5.75" albumen print on a 4.25" x 6.5" mount, circa 1873-1878, of Fickas taken at Dames & Butler Gallery, San Francisco. 3) Cabinet card photograph, 4" x 5.75" albumen print on a 4.25" x 6.5" mount, dated circa 1880, of Ella Moody Fickas, wife of B.A., taken at Fly's Gallery in Tombstone. 4) Cabinet card photograph, 3 7/8" x 5.5" albumen print on a 4.25" x 6.75" mount, circa 1890, of Fickas, taken by Hartwell, Phoenix. There are also two cabinet card photographs of an infant, thought to be the child of Ella and B.A. Fickas, both taken at Fly's Gallery in Tombstone, circa 1881. One other item deserves mention. 5) ALS by "Rem", 5" x 8", dated July 31, 1880, San Diego, to Fickas, in which the writer offers "Congratulations to you and my sympathy to Mrs. B.A....No more shall you desecrate the holy sabbath as you did once as per below on your 1st Sunday hence." This amusing letter was sent, obviously by a close friend, to Fickas weeks after he had married. At the bottom of the letter is as drawing of a man, probably Fickas, holding a horse by the tail, and a man sitting on the fence writing, probably the writer of the letter, with the caption "Hold him steady. Frick. I am nearly done." Other the other documents in the collection are five items relating to Fickas' fraternal activities. The documents in the archive are in good condition.


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