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Mohave County miner and our mineral wealth. (Kingman, Ariz.) 1918-1922, July 24, 1920, Image 1

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Fred Lewis, former telegraph oper-'
atoivat Drake, now agent at lopocK
last Saturday night caused the arrest
of the perpertrator of a most revolt
ing crime at Fullerton, California.
Lewis had just read an account of
thd,' crime in a Los Angeles paper,
-when a negro came up to buy a .tick
et to Albuquerque. He noticed the
negyo answered the description of the
man described and for whom the offi
cers were searching down near the
Mexican border. Lewis was alone in
-the office but stalled the negro while
he telegraphed to Needles for some
officers. In a few minutes the Need-
' Ipr officers were there. The black
man put up a bad fight but the five
.vfdVrTvi stnn had him handcuffed.
1 After praying all day the Aiegro,
Mose Gibson, confessed to tne Killing
of Eov Trapp, Fullerton rancher and
.assaulting his wife. The murder was
committed with a hammer,
In his confession the negro said his
motive was robbery but this state
ment is disbelieved.
There is no doubt that the fiend
will hang, sentence having been pass
ed uoon him
Lewis is well known in Kingman,
When stationed at Drake, he was a
-weekly visitor to Kingman Sunday
-afternoons to see the "Wildcats" per
form. We do not know whether there
-was a reward, but if so- Lewis ishould
get . .
As an aftermath of the conviction
of Mose Gibson for the murder and
outrage at Fullerton, a short time
ago, that murdering fiend has con
fessed to the murder of the Earhart
family at Phoenix, a month ago.
Gibson, knowing that he was going
-to sure death, possibly has concluded
that confessing to one or two more
murders will not hurt him any, but
that it might be best to clear up
these crimes and not allow others to
suffer for them. ,
After the murder of the Earharts
two negros, one of whom is believed
to have been Gibson, passed through
Kingman in acar. The opinion of the
officers is that Gibson had an accom
plice, and the bloodstained finger
marks found in the home of the Ear
harts' are being compared with that
I negro, but it is said that these finger
prints belong to two amerenc men.
Mrs. Trapp told the officers that; two
men committed the murder at her
home, and the officers are searching
for the other criminal. Gibson re
fused to admit at first that he com
mitted the' Phoenix crime, or that he
had an acomplice.
Rob Robinson left Wednesday night
for Los Angeles where he was called
by the death of his father, Walter
Robinson. His father had but recent
ly undergone an operation whjch was
Hot successful. A second operation
was resorted to which proved fatal.
Mr. Robinson came to California
several years ago from Colorado and
until the past year he has been in
good health. He is survived by
daughter and a son, Roy.
The Kingman "Wildcats" were
treated to a picnic at Beale Springs
last Monday night by some of the
young fellows around town. They
had a nice lunch, including a bount
eous supply of watermelon, after their
dip in the plunge.
Theboys appreciated it and had a
good time.
George Lockwood and Jack Flynn
were in an auto accident last Satur
day night when the car in which they
were riding overturned on the road
east of town near the top of the hill.
They were turning into the Stockton
Hill Road when the car which was
lieavily loaded keeled over. Lock
wood suffered a broken nip and is
now in the County Hospital. Flynn
got off with a few scratches.
A letter from Arnold Kruckman,
secretary-treasurer of the Le-iguc of
the Southwest, conveys the informa
tion that in recent conversations with
Director Davis of the. Lnited States
Reclamation Service, ttiat gentleman
declared his determination that the
Boulder Canyon dam project would be
carried to a successful issue. He
says that it is not material whether
bedrock is found in the canyon onnot,
as the walls can be blasted ntothe
gorge and provide a gravel base on
whichNto build the 'massive dam.
While this feature of the building of
the dam is under consideration boring
for bedrock is being carried on by a
corps of competent engineers and up
on their report depends in a measure
the cost of this big installation.
While this project, as an adjunct to
the internal improvements of this
county, is of enormous potential
value, we can reasonably see how
much greater is its importance to the
lower reaches of.tha Colorado river
in the matter of safeguarding that
country and the bringing of an extra
million acres of fertile iands under
cultivation, besides extending the
growing season more than three
months longer. Fully 500,000 acres
of land along the river, now subject
to overflow, will be brought under
cultivation by the protection afforded
by the big dam. The money for the
project is to be secured through the
Kinkead bill, now before congress.
Mr. Davis is to have a complete re
port filed with the committee of con
gress when that body meets on the
6th of next December. It will carry
with it the recommendation of the
whole array of members of the Geo
logical Survey, the secretary of the
interior and those who have personal
ly looked into the feasability of the
project, besides the weight of the ex
ecutives of twelve western and Paci
fic states and the League of the
When the editor attended the meet
ing of the Indian Committee of con
gress, at Parker, last May, we were
given the assurance that everyone of
these thirteen congressmen would fav
or the Boulder Canyon project when
the matter of appropriations for the
big dam came before congress. At
the time they were asked to take fav
orable action looking to an appropria
tion of over $10,000,000 for a diver
sion dam above Parker, that wouW
hrinir under cultivation a larcp nrp.iN
of land that could not be readily ir
rigated from a pump station, and
they naturally saw that with a big
dam higher up where the flood wat
ers could be impounded this dam
would be a success, otherwise it would
afford no safeguard for the low lands
along the river.
Mr. Davis has called a meeting at
San Diego on the 3d of August, at
which time many important proposi
tions will be discussed relative to the
dam. the All-American canal for the
Imperial valley and other features of
the irrigation needs of the Colorado
river basin.
Abie Bale has quit his job at the
Bcale and is now associated with Ray
Brundage in the management of the
Rosetree Candy Shop.
Abie besides being a kind of a ball
player has been dubbed the "Candy
Kid", on account of his candy making
propensities. He sure can make cand
and this fact along with his large ac
quaintance made here the past live
years as a ball player and hotel clerk
will make him a valuable asset to the
A fellow soldier in the company of
the late Sam iSwaskegame relates a
characteristic story of the brave In
dian boy. While in tha' trenches on
the Marne the boys were cautioned
against exposing themselves to the
rifle and cannon fire of the Germans,
but despite ihis warning Sam would
raise himself above the protection of
the trench embankment and return
the fire of tl e er.emy. When the
bys would pull him down he would
say, "Hell, boys, I didn't come here
to hide; I came here to fight." On
one occasion he went to his captain
and said: "Captain, let us go over
there and clean up those Germans and
then go home. There are only a lit
t'e bunch of them and we can do the
job quick".
He was killed on the Marne.
Kingman, Arizona, Saturday, July 24, 1920.
Friday night the Ellis Harbach
Post No. 29, American Legion, at Oat
man held its regular semi-monthly
Among the'-important matters con
sidered and decided upon was the elec
tion of Attorney V. P. Lucas as a
delegate to the 'State; Convention of
the Legion to be held at Globe, Ari
zona, August 9, 10 and 11th.
This Convention is ,of the utmost
importance to all ex-service men as
the position which the Legion will
take in all National as well as" State
legislation will be discussed and def
inite action taken.
Mr. Lucas was instructed by the
Post as to what tiie boys wanted in
the way of legislation both State and
National and also with regard to the
proposed amendment of the National
Constitution with reference to the
Legion entering Politics.
The Oatman boys .deserve great
credit for the splendid organi
zation they have developed and the
spirit in which they conduct its af
fairs. The Post holds its meeting every
other Friday night and a, full mem
bership is always in attendance.
Another candidate has been added
to the list of those seeking the demo
cratic nomination to the office of su
pervisor, John W. Ward, of the Big
Sandy, shying his castor into the ring.
Mr. Ward is an old time farmer of
the valley and has made a success 6f
his own business and we feel sure that
if he is successful there will be no
cause .for regret among the property
owners of the county. He is a genial
wholesouled fellow with friends ga
"Casey" Jones left Tuesday after
noon for San Francisco with a bar of
bullion from the Eastern. When he
reaches his destination Casey will de
liver the bullion to the proper author
ities and then proceed to make the
best of a short vacation.
To be hit by a pop 'bottle, careless
ly thrown from the window of a pass
ing passenger train, was the novel and
painful experience th A befell George
Brobant at a desert mation west of
Needles, about ten days ago. Mr.
Brobant was riding the pilot of an
engine for the purpose of jumping off
and opening a switch, when passen
ger train No. 9 flashed by, running
about 45 miles per hour. A bottle
thrown from a window of the train
struck him in the pit of the stomach,
knocking him unconscious across the
drawbar on the pilot. ' No one ap
pearing to open the switch the engi
neer stopped his train and went
around in front to see what was the
matter ,and found Brobant lifeless.
It took quite a while to bring the in
jured man to consciousness and he is
still suffering from the experience.
George Brobant is, well known in
Kingman, having lived here many
years. He is in the employ of the
Santa Fe as a passenger brakeman,
'running into Parker.
Will Klein, while working on" one
of the big trucks of Chappell and
Granger, at their garage, last Wed
nesday morning received a bad injury
to his right eye and for a time was
knocked out when a chisel, with which
he was workinjr slipped and struck
him across the eye. He was in the
pit prying off a flywheel and was try
ing to force the wheel off with a long
chisel when the grease on the wheel
caused the chisel to slip and striking
him in the eye with great force. He
was taken home and the injury dress
ed. While the chisel cut through the
eyelid it failed to injure the eye and
Mr. Klein is able to be about, al
though the wound is quite painful.
William P. Eshom, who was the vic
tim of an autqmobile accident, in Los
Angeles, died at a hospital in that city
last Thursday without regaining con
sciousness. Mr. Eshom was born in
California about 60 years ago and re
moved to this county when a young
man. He engaged in the cattle bus
iness, having a large ranch eighteen
miles south of Yucca. Owing toi the
poor health of his wife he sold one
half interest in the ranch to Jtoe Rudy,
who is now managing the property,
and removed to Los Angeles. Re
cently a Jarge shipment of cattle was
sent to Los Angeles, from which a
large sum of money was realized.
The couple are well known in Mohave
county and have a host of friends
here. Mr. Eshom was a splendid fol
low, easy-going and likeable and his
death will be greatly regretted. He
leaves a sister in Kingman, Mrs.
Mary Sweeney and many brothels and
sisters to mourn his loss.
The following account of the acci
dent we take from the Los Angeles
"William Eshom, a retired cattle
man residing at 1511 South Harvard
Boulevard, his wife, Mrs. Blanche Es
hom, aged 50, and their guest, Mrs.
Adella J. Wood, 59 years of age, were
all possibly fatally injured when their
automobile, driven by Mrs. Eshom,
collided with east bound car No. 902
of the West Eleventh-street line, at
West Tenth street and Harvard Boul
evard last night The injured were
rushed to the Receiving Hospital in
three private machines.
Assistant Police Surgeons Beggs
and Renfrew found that Mr. Eshom
had a possible frontal fracture of the
skull, Mrs. Eshom had suffered grave
internal injuries and her nose was al
most severed, and Mrs. Wood has a
probable basal fracture of the skull.
According to "witnesses, both the
street ear and the automobile were
going slowly The auto, going south
had just crossed the tracks in front
of the car when the rear end of the
machine was struck by the front of
the street car. The auto was over
turned with such force that 'it landed
upside down on a fire hydrant on the
southeast corner, breaking off the fire
plug and flooding the street where the
injured lay.
After the injured had been taken
to the hospital it was learned fiom
Mrs. Eshom that her purse contain
inga large sum of money and several
diamond rings was missing. Polics
detectives searched for it in vain."
W. H. Welsh, one of the old timers
of the Gold Road section, this week
announces himself as a candidate for
the office of Recorder. Mr. Welsh
of the Gold Road mine and with the
exception of a short time spent in
Alaska has resided there ever since.
He is well and favorably known to the
boys of the mining camps, ar.d should
he have the good fortune to be elect
ed to the coveted position the people
will be assured of a good administra
tion of the office.
Effective Monday, July 19th, the
list price of kerosene in all grades
was advanced 2 cents per gallon in
Kingman according to a statement is
sued yesterday by the Management of
the Standard Oil Company. A cor
responding increase will also prevail
in surrounding towns, while a varying
increase will be in effect at all other
Arizona Stations of the Standard Oil
"Kerosene is normally supplied
from California", the announcement
states, "but the acute shortage in Cal
ifornia has made it impossible to con
tinue the supply from that point.
Sub-Stations in the Arizona Field are
now being supplied with kerosene pur
chased by this Company from, refin
ers in Texas and Oklahoma, and the
new price in effect is based on the
higher cost of the product. Our sup
pliers now assure us they will provide
sufficient kerosene to meet the full
demand contingent of course, upon
uninterrupted transportation condi
tions and adequate supply of tank
cars". - '
Returns so far received by the state,
tax commission indicate a big gain in
the property valuations of the state,
although there has been a rather
large decrease in mine values. The
increases are in the valuations of real
estate and town lots, the greatest in
crease being in Maricopa county,
where property values increased from
approximately $99,000,000 last year to
$134,000,000 this year. Graham coun
ty increased from $13,000,000 last
year to $14,000,000 this year. The
mining counties show decreases more
or loss, with tle exception of Mohave,
which increased about $150,000. Ihis
increase was due to other than mine
property, the mines showing a consid
erable decrease from that of the year
before, owing to the falling off in
f production of the Tom Reed and Uni
ted Eastern, due to the strikes of last
It will be remarked, when the full
returns are in, that Mohave county
per capita is the richest county in
the state. It has more property than
Yuma, Santa Cruz, Graham, Navajo,
Apache and Coconino, although every
one of the counties have at least
double our population. Really there
are few;, parts of the United States
that can show as great a per capita
valuation as Mohave County.
Irrigation has created a pretty lit
tle garden spot in the Wallapai Moun
tains at Jessie Martin's" ranch seven
miles southeast of Kingman. Ross
Housholder who was surveying in that
vicinity the early part of the week
reports that Mr. Martin was curing
his second cutting of alfalfa. Besid
es his alfalfa field he has a crop of
cane which is looking fine and a gar
den containing melons, sweet com,
beans ,and a variety! of other vege
tables. Apple trees have been plant
ed throughout the irrigated area.
Three years ago Mr. Martin located
a spring in the Wallapais and built
his ranch house. He has a nice herd
of cattle.
"Murray Carrow and Lena Casteel
won the prize waltz at The Park last
'Saturday night. The couples were
thinned down to three, Harold Davis
and Ruby Gates, Jimmie James and
Naomi Dickerson-beingthe only ones
left with the winners when the choice
was made. The judges were Mrs. J.
W. Patterson, L. M. Wheeler V and
Ruth Long.
The dances at The Park are now be
ing given by Earl Casteel every Sat
urday night. To-night Jimmie James,
Armstrong and "Burkie" will furnish
the music. The boys of the Williams
ball team will be guests of the King
man Ball Club at the dance.
Thursday last assessor W. O. Rug
gles, chairman of the board of sup
ervisors George B. Ayers, and J. S.
Withers, clerk of the board, depart
ed tcf Douglas, Arizona, where they
will attend the annual tax conference
of the state tax commission and the
various assessors, supervisors and the
clerks. This year's meeting is an im
portant one, as it predecates the adop
tion of some new methods for the as
sessment of property. The fact that
the state has arrived at the billion
mark, and that there isva possibility
of the state going fast toward an
other billion and having gained a real
place among the big states of the
Union, the tax assessors and tax
gatherers have a duty of moment
looking to that future greatness.
Among the assessors of the state
Mohave County has' a man who has
made the assessing of property fa
study and whose knowledge of the art
of placing the correct value on prop
erty places him in the fore rank of
the profession in thd state, and the
people, regardless of political pur
suasion regard Mr. Ruggles as a real
prize. ', ,
No. 39.
Lightening fast baseball marked
thq second game between Kingman
Wildcats and Battery "A" of Flag
staff was staged at Kingman last
Sunday, and the home team's orictory
has broken a losing streak, and
brought joy to all, Kingman fans.
Score Kingman 5.
Battery "A" 4.
Ever since the defeat of Kingman
at Flagstaff th "Wildcats" and their
faithful followers have been awaiting
the day their conquerers would invade
Howard (Smith was chosen to do
the mound work for Kingman and the
judgment of Manager Patterson and
Captain Price was proven good, for
Smith pitched winning ball from the
first man up1 to the last man out.
With Smith going at that pace and
Knorr always reliable Kingman has,
a pitching staff that should bring
home the "bacon" every time.
The game started in a manner cal
culated to give Flagstaff all the en
couragement possible, for in the first
inning, thel visitors were presented
with a run by a bad thVow from home
to third. Again in the third inning
Flagstaff was handed two more mark
ers by an error in the outfield. Threa
runs on one hit, is surely great evi
dence of generosityto the visitors, but
might at some future time prove to be
fatal. ,
Howard, the Flagstaff pitcher was
outdoing1 himself, and held Kingman
runless. In fact, not a Kingman ran-.
ner got past second for four innings.
The visitors gave their pitcher excel
lent support throughout the entire
time he was in the box.
The last half of the fifth inning ar
rived with prayers on the lips of the
Kingman fans, and hope in their
hearts. Howard was going great, for
Hammerslaw was an easy out on a
grounder to short. Smith was not to
be denied and singled. Bale sacrificr
ed with a speedy grounder putting
Smith on second with two out. The
stage was set for Kingman's revenge
but no one knew it Fennel hit a fast
one to third and beat out the throw,
Smith scoring thq" first run for the
"Wildcats". TWO OUT, ONE ON;
AND ONE RUN. Fennel, advanced '
safely to second when Robinson was
safe on a poor throw to first. Price
then came up ,and smashed the ball
for a single, scoring Fennel and put
ting Robinson on second. TWO OUT,
TWO RUNS, TWO ON. And then
came Tommy Hayes. The first ball
he hit was a foul beyond first base,
and the slick catcher from Flagstaff
pulled his out field over toward right
(Continued on Page 12)
M. G. Wagner is announcing him
self in this week's Miner as a candi
date for7 the office 6f Supervisor of
Mohave County, on the Democratic
"Mert" Wagner is well known in
the county having been in the cattle
business when he first came here 20
years ago and later going into bus
iness in Kingman. He has-been a
successful business man in Kingman
for 15 years and would make a good'
supervisor if, elected.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bour
quin a baby girl last Monday morning
at Los Angeles.
"Burke" did not know until Friday
whether he was the father of a boy o?
girl, as the telegram he received early
in the week was not very clear. He
even thought it a possibility that
therq were two. Here is the tele
gram: "Baby born at 9:15, weighs
7 pounds, both fine Ella".
The Kingman Bakery has moved
from the Central Commercial build
ing to the store room formerly oc
cupied by the Kingman Drug Com
pany on Fourth Street This new lo
cation is not only better situated but
gives-them more room for, the display
of goods.

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