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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

1917: WINE MAKER PARDONED BY GOVERNOR; Released December 12.

Verde Heritage

"WINE GETS 3 IN BAD: Henry Schuerman, Oak Creek Rancher, Held for Selling and Two Others for Moving 100 Gallons of Joy."

"This is the tale of the harrowing fate of 100 gallons of good home-made wine."

"According to papers received at the office of the clerk of the Superior court yesterday from Justice of the Peace C. W. Bennett at Clarkdale, one Henry Schuerman, who has a well known ranch on the well known Oak Creek, did build a lot of wine, and did sell 100 gallons of it in two barrels to certain parties; also for $80. So, Henry was arrested, accused of selling vinous liquors, and was released on $500 bail."

"But this is not the end of the tale, nor of the wine."

"Comes now the authorities and report the case of Herb Thayer and Nola Dixon, who owned an automobile, and are alleged to have owned the wine as soon as they got through buying it from Schuerman. It is said that Dixon and Thayer transported the wine from the Schuerman ranch to the city of Clarkdale, where grief began to be stored up."

"The preliminary hearings were held and the trio bound over to await the action of the Superior court, the cases being handled separately."

(The Prescott Courier; May 24, 1917.)


"That the way of the transgressor of the State's dry laws is a hard one and far from being a rose-strewn pathway was forcefully demonstrated in the Superior court yesterday afternoon, at which time a number of self-confessed purveyors were lined up for the court's sentence."

"Henry Schuerman, a well known resident of the Oak Creek section, was the hardest hit by the court's rulings, his punishment for dabbling in the forbidden traffic being fixed at a jail term of six months and a fine of $300. The defendant was charged with selling nearly 100 gallons of home-made wine to Nola Dixon and H. F. Thayer several months ago. The case brought out the fact that Schuerman had raised a large amount of grapes on his ranch and made the wine on his own place. Dixon and Thayer went to the Schuerman ranch and purchased a few barrels of the liquor and started to Clarkdale with it. They were intercepted by the officers and the cargo confiscated and both were taken to jail. Schuerman entered a plea of guilty when his case was called Thursday, and received his sentence yesterday. He was remanded to the custody of Sheriff Young to begin serving the jail term immediately."

"Dixon and Thayer were also sentenced to do a term of days to the extent of 30 apiece and to pay a fine of $100 each. Both were committed to jail yesterday afternoon." ...

(Prescott Journal-Miner; Saturday, September 1, 1917; page 4, columns 3, 4)


"Henry Schuerman, ... who in August was sentenced to six months in the county jail, has been pardoned by Governor Campbell and is now home on his ranch. The pardon arrived the first of the week and Mr. Schuerman was released Wednesday."

"Schuerman's exemplary conduct and good citizenship during a residence of 40 years in Arizona, 32 of which have been spent on his Oak Creek ranch, was the main reason for the governor's pardon. It is also explained in the pardon that two of his sons have been drafted into the National Army and the third is a married man, therefore the property of Mr. Schuerman has been suffering from lack of care. Still another reason was Mr. Schuerman's advanced age, 66 years, and the fact that confinement was impairing his health."

"The sentence of Mr. Schuerman dated from August 31, and he also paid a fine of $300."

"'I'm through,' Mr. Schuerman asserted. 'Never more will I transgress the law, even technically; Governor Campbell will have no reason to regret issuing me this pardon.'"

"Before Arizona went dry Mr. Schuerman made several barrels of wine from grapes grown in his own vineyard. Last summer the last two remaining barrels were purchased by a man in Clarkdale. An auto was sent for the liquor and while the machine was en route back to Clarkdale it was held up by an officer. Two young people who were in the car were given 30 days apiece." ...

"Immediately after his convicion Mr. Schuerman's friends began working for his release. Petitions were circulated in Jerome by A. W. Whitaker and in Clarkdale by Charles Willard, both of whom secured hundreds of signatures. Eugene M. Barron even made a trip to Phoenix to see the governor in Mr. Schuerman's behalf and R. N. Fredericks, the Prescott banker, rendered valuable assistance."

(Prescott Journal-Miner; Sunday, December 16, 1917; page 1, column 2.)

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