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    The Tombstone and Arizona Territory Collection

    Tombstone, Arizona: Archive of William H. Hattich, Editor of the Tombstone Epitaph. Approximately forty items in this fascinating archive relating to the career of William H. Hattich. William H. Hattich (1871-1964), "Billy" to his friends, grew up and was educated in Tombstone's first school. He worked in Tombstone as a printer's apprentice for a while and then moved to Los Angeles to study typesetting methods. Returning to Tombstone in 1895 Hattich he purchased the Tombstone Epitaph and Prospector from Stanley C. Bagg, which he edited for twenty-one years before he moved back to Los Angeles in 1913. In 1903, he compiled a book, published in 1903 by the Tombstone Daily Prospector, entitled Tombstone: In History, Romance, and Wealth, in commemoration of the arrival of the rail road in Tombstone. He was definitely one of the most respected citizens of Tombstone. Among the gems in this collection are 1) Photograph, 3.75" x 5" print on a 5.75" x 7.5" mount, 1892, of Hattich and two friends standing by a table with a box bearing the words "Keep in a Cool Dry Place." 2) Two real photograph postcards, 5.5" x 3.5", circa 1930, of Hattich and a group of friends standing and kneeling around the bier of "Prince", the Tombstone Prospector Dog. 3) A silver tone photograph of Hattich, 3.25" x 7.5" print on a 4" x 9" mount, 1895. 4) An invoice, 8.5" x 4.5", dated November 14, 1912, on Daily Prospector and Weekly Epitaph billhead, for the amount of $15.00 to the Pearce Cemetery accountant for publishing two notices in the paper. The inscription "Pd. Hattich" in one the bottom of the invoice. 5) A photographic print, 8.5" x 6.5", dated 1918, of Hattich and Major George Kelly taken in the studio of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. 6) A U.S. House of Representatives card, 5.5" x 3 3/8", dated October 9, 1847, asking the White House to extend a courtesy to Hattich. The card is signed by Charles B. Hoeven, a congressman from Iowa. 7) A Tombstone Prospector business card for William Hattich, 4" x 2.25," undated. 8) TLS on United States Senate letterhead, 7 7/8" x 10.5", dated June 10, 1912, from Arizona Senator Mark A. Smith to Hattich, concerning a new post office building in Tucson and his friendship for both Hattich and his father. 9) TLS on United States Senate letterhead, 7 7/8" x 10.5", dated February 12, 1914, from Arizona Senator Henry F. Ashurst to Hattich concerning the latter's proposal to publish a book of the best fiction and poems of Frank Aley. Aley, who died in 1910, wrote a humorous column for Hattich's paper. 10) A photograph, 8.5" x 6.75" albumen print on a 9 7/8" x 7 7/8" mount, dated April 25, 1898, of Rose Hattich, sister of William, and her class in the Tombstone Public School, Intermediate Department. 11) A advertising postcard, 5 1/8" x 3", undated, promoting the Prospector Book & Job Office. The card has residue of glue on back, but otherwise in good condition. 12) A ticket, 3.5" x 2 2/8", and broadside program, 3 3/8" x 11", for the Footlight Flashers, a minstrel and variety show, undated and place unknown. 13) Small broadside, 11" x 4.75", circa 1893-1895, advertising the Arizona Kicker. The Arizona Kicker was published as the Wednesday edition of the Tombstone Prospector beginning in 1893, when S. C. Bagg was editor. Hattich took over as editor of the Tombstone Prospector in 1895. 14) Three tickets, 2" x 1", undated, for the Tombstone's Crystal Theatre. One ticket is for a child under 12 years of age, for 25 cents; one is for a student, for 50 cents; and one for an adult, 65 cents. 15) A photographic print, 10" x 8", undated, of Hattich standing in front of the Tombstone Prospector office in Tombstone. The archive also includes seven other photographic prints of buildings in Tombstone and material, mostly newspaper clippings relating to J. Mack Axford (1880-1970), a well-known Tombstone pioneer, cattleman, and author. A photocopy of an obituary of Hattich and a three-page biographical sketch of Hattich are included. Overall, the items in the archive are in god condition.

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