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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.
Sunday, January 27, 2013


Verde Heritage


"Sheriff Warren Davis was busy ... on the occasion of his visit to the Verde district the latter part of the week."

"In addition to attending a number of other matters, the sheriff and his deputies conducted a series of raids on alleged moonshiners in the valley country, especially in the Oak Creek neighborhood."

Two men, "Frederico Galindo and Mike Puga, supposed to have been operating in the vicinity of Oak creek, were the first victims, and both were taken to Prescott today by Sheriff Davis to await their trial. A complete still was the chief evidence against them."

J. A. Bomer and W. Atley, both of Clarkdale, were arrested yesterday morning by Deputy United States Marshal Carlson on a similar charge. The arrest was made about 1:30 o'clock in the morning. The charge against them is also one of moonshining. Bomer, who is a steamfitter by trade, admits that he made the still which figures as 'echibit A' in the evidence, but denies that he had anything to do with the manufacture of any other distilling apparatus. Atley claims that he was only having a friendly drink of the product of the Bomer still, sampling it, as it were. The men will have a preliminary hearing this afternoon."

(Verde Copper News; Monday, January 25, 1920; page 1, column 7.)


"Deputy Sheriff Johnny Munds and a bootlegger he was trying to arrest occupied chairs in the United Verde dispensary at one and the same time as a result of an entanglement they had over one pistol, according to a story brought in from Jerome yesterday."

"Munds was holding an alleged bootlegger named Mike Puga, who made a reach for a gun. The officer displayed his own weapon, but the arrestee made no move to throw up his hands. Munds walked forward until he saw the man was not going to obey his command, and not wishing to kill or even wound, dropped his own piece and tackled his opponent."

"In the subsequent struggle, Munds disarmed Puga and whapped him over the head with his own gun, but in the frey managed to strain a knee. So, the officer and his victim were both patched up."

"Puga and an alleged accomplice, Fred Galinda, were both brought to Prescott and lodged in the county jail."

"Prescott Journal-Miner; Wednesday, January 28, 1920; page 1, column 1.)


"Arrivals from Jerome are authority for the statement that the camp is busy talking about the troubles of officials of that district. Not a little amusement is felt, it is said, at the plight of Jerry Fitzpatrick, justice of the peace at Clarkdale, who allowed himself to be caught during hours of duty, with a heavy load aboard according to Sheriff Davis."

"Davis was taking a couple of bootleggers before the judge to have them held for Superior court inquiry, but according to his story, found Fitzpatrick and a friend in no condition to transact business at that time. He took the justice along to the Jerome precinct court and there entered a charge of disorderly conduct. Jerry is said to have ruefully employed counsel, at the same time remarking on the damaging effects of the incident on his proposed race for sheriff next fall."

Prescott Journal-Miner; Wednesday, January 28, 1920; page 2, column 1.)


Phoenix, March 1. --- Federico Galindo and Mike Puga, caught in the act of setting up a still and who resisted the arresting officer, yesterday were sentenced each to serve a year and a day at Leavenworth penitentiary by Judge David P. Dyer before whom they pleaded guilty." (Tombstone Epitaph; March 7, 1920; page 3.)

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