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    The Tombstone and Arizona Territory Collection

    Tombstone, Arizona: Highly Important Early Document Signed by Dozens of the Leading Citizens of Tombstone. Handwritten and signed petition, 4 pages, each 7.75" x 12.25".

    This is a signed petition filed on October 6, 1879, two months before the Earps' arrival in Tombstone, asking the Pima County Board of Supervisors to appoint John Brannick as constable of Precinct 17. The list of endorsers is a veritable "Who's Who" of early Tombstone. Minor soiling and staining, but very good overall conditions, with all signatures clearly legible. A partial list of prominent names is provided below. References for biographical information are to Cochise County Stalwarts, by Lynn R. Bailey:

    1. W. A. Harwood
    , first mayor of Tombstone (CCS, p. 168).
    2. Marshall Williams
    , Tombstone's Wells Fargo agent. Found to be "cooking the books," he absconded with a local prostitute and was never heard from again (CCS Vol. 2, p. 190).
    3. Wesley Fuller
    , a Tombstone gambler who witnessed the O.K. Corral shootout (CCS, p. 133).
    4. Carl Gustavo "Gus" Bilicke
    , prominent businessman who built and operated the Cosmopolitan Hotel on Allen St. He died when the Lusitania sank in 1917 (CCS, pp. 26-27).
    5. Fred White
    , elected Tombstone's first city marshal. Shot and killed by "Curly Bill" Brocious on October 27, 1880, he was succeeded as marshal by Virgil Earp (CCS Vol. 2, p. 182).
    6. Joseph Hoefler
    , a leading merchant who owned the Pioneer Store on Allen Street (CCS, p. 181).
    7. Fred Brooks
    , an actor who replaced John P. Clum as Tombstone postmaster in 1882.
    8. Fred White
    , duplicate signature.
    9. Hugh Haggerty
    , A Tombstone constable, listed as a miner in the 1880 census.
    10. Alder Randall
    , Tombstone's second mayor, elected in 1880. He was part of the notorious Tombstone Townnite Fraud (CCS Vol. 2, p. 76).
    11. George W. Walker
    , started as a waiter, but later opened a tobacco shop on Allen Street across from the Birdcage Theater (CCS Vol. 2, p. 170).
    12. T. E. Walker
    , an assayer who followed his cousin Dick Gird to Tombstone 1879 (CCS Vol. 2, p. 171).
    13. Albert "Eff" Schieffen
    , brother of Ed Schieffen, he partnered with Ed and Dick Gird following Ed's great silver strike and became very wealthy (CCS Vol. 2, p. 100).
    14. D. Wauchtel
    , a relative of Morgan Earp's common law wife Louisa. Owned the B&S Ranch, which was visited by Louisa in the 1880s.
    15. Joseph Stumpf
    , owned the American Bakery on 5th between Fremont and Allen, and later became a rancher and cattleman (CCS Vol. 2, pp 146).
    16. Godfrey Tribolet
    , a butcher by trade, he owned the Eagle Market Butcher Shop and later became part owner of the Red Jacket Mine (CCS Vol. 2, pp 155-156).
    17. John Pooley
    , well-known Tombstone miner.
    18. August Baron
    , very prominent in Tombstone mining history, he successfully managed the Grid and Schieffen holdings (CCS, p. 16).
    19. Silas Bryant
    , a famous mining man who developed the Turquoise Mining District. Also a cattleman and rancher, he rode in posses with Wyatt Earp (CCS, p. 47).
    20. John H. Cummings
    , a master carpenter and builder who was credited with building the greater part of Fort Huachuca (CCS, p. 79).
    21. Tom Wallace
    , a well-known Tombstone miner who owned one-fourth of the Eureka Claim, later the Bunker Hill Mine (CCS Vol. 2, p. 172).
    22. Comstock & Brown
    , co-owners of the Grand Hotel on Allen Street (CCS, p. 72).
    23. Otto Geisenhofer
    , he opened the first bakery in Tombstone in 1879 and supplied all the hotels and restaurants in town (CCS, p. 139).
    24. George Brown
    , a famous lawman in Tombstone and all of Cochise County, he saw much lawlessness in town after the Earps departed (CCS, pp. 35-36).
    25. Artemis E. Fay
    , founder of The Nugget newspaper in town, he built a printing plant of Fremont Street.
    26. William "Billy" Allen
    , a Cochise County jailer who was friends with stagecoach robbers Frank Stillwell and Pete Spence. Was with John Behar and witnessed the O.K. Corral gunfight. He owned a restaurant at 307 Allen Street and as a posse member was wounded in March 1882 (see Cochise County War by Ray B. Young).
    27. C. J. Whitehurst
    , prominent Cochise County cattleman.
    28. Edward Schieffen
    , one of the most famous Tombstone names, he was the discoverer of the fabulous silver lode and founder of the Tombstone District in 1877. A rare and sought-after signature.

    Diligent research would undoubtedly identify more of these signers as significant citizens of Tombstone in its heyday. Finding so many great autographs on an early document of this nature is an all-but-unique occurrence, making this a most important acquisition for the advanced collector or institution.

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