William Jennings: Prescott’s First Effective Lawman – Part 1

© By Brad Courtney Prescott has its share of legendary lawmen.  Its first lawman of note was most likely William Jennings, a transplanted Englishman who was not a marshal, sheriff, or chief of police, but a night-watchman.  A case can … Continue reading

Childbirth on the Arizona Frontier

By Dr. Mary Melcher During the 19th century, a woman’s death in childbirth occurred about 65 times more often than in the late twentieth century, according to historian Judith Leavitt.  In the rural West and Arizona Territory, giving birth was … Continue reading

The Mysterious Murder of Sammie Dean

By Jan MacKell Collins copyrighted 2014 By 1931, the boom-bust-boom town of Jerome had seen its fair share of shady ladies. These “enterprising” women rode the carnal rollercoaster of the city’s economy as miners came and went. There was plenty … Continue reading

Arizona Territory’s First Legislature Meets in a Rented Hall

This article is one of a series that will appear in this space during this year on historic events relating to the Arizona Territory’s Sesquicentennial and the founding and establishment of Prescott as the Territory’s first capital. By Al Bates … Continue reading

Murder in the Palace Saloon: The Death of Jennie Clark – Part 2

By Ken Edwards The tragic death of Jennie Clark in late August 1884 resulting from a brawl in the Palace Saloon brought an outcry for rapid justice.  The Daily Journal claimed that lynching the accused murderer, Fred Glover, was perhaps … Continue reading

Murder in the Palace Saloon: The Death of Jennie Clark – Part 1

by Ken Edwards In the wee hours of a Friday morning in late August of 1884, business was still at full throttle in the Palace Saloon on Prescott’s Whiskey Row when Fred Glover, an employee of the Sazerac Saloon on … Continue reading

Public vs. Religious Schools in 1875 Territorial Arizona

By Tom Collins It was June 1875 and the Arizona Territory was in an uproar.  Why?  Because public schools were under attack.   Edmund Francis Dunne, recently appointed Chief Justice of the Arizona Territorial Supreme Court, was urging Catholics to stop … Continue reading

The Captivity of the Oatman Girls: A Brief Overview

By Jim Turner It was late February 1851.  Royce Oatman and his family struggled to push their wagon up a steep bank along the Gila River near present day Gila Bend.  Around sunset about a dozen Yavapai men came up … Continue reading

The Location of Arizona Territory’s First Legislature is Formally Announced

By Al Bates (This article is one of a series that will appear in this space during this year on historic events relating to the Arizona Territory’s Sesquicentennial and the founding and establishment of Prescott as the Territory’s first capital.) … Continue reading

A Small Boy Gets Driving Lessons Early in the Twentieth Century

By Carol A. Powell Adapted by Carol A. Powell from the book “From Oxen to Oxide” by John Fletcher Fairchild Jr., 2013, Sedona Historical Society One day early in the 20th Century, young John Fletcher Fairchild Jr. was in his family … Continue reading