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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.
Friday, June 28, 2013

1923: JEROME; Shooting Scrape, July 1.

Verde Heritage


"The white mule flowed a little too freely on pay-day and Romaldo de Santos is in jail on a charge of assault to commit grievous bodily harm, while Damacio Rubalcada lies at his home under the old Wigwam resort with a bullet hole in his right forearm, another through the fleshy part of the thigh and with a nasty burn across the front of his abdomen where a bullet plowed across, luckily without penetrating the pelvic cavity."

"Neither man will tell what started the quarrel, but it is certain that the shooting took place on Sunday evening on the road below the new high school. De Santos has been employed for some little time at the United Verde and Rubalcada moved to camp recently from a ranch near Cottonwood. Both men were more or less under the influence of moonshine when the quarrel began."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Tuesday, July 3, 1923.)


"Juan Garcia of Jerome, declared by authorities to be confirmed addict of the marijuana, a narcotic weed used by Indians and Mexicans, is alleged to have been the cause of a shooting scrape which started two days of excitement in Jerome Sunday."

"Following the shooting came an explosion of a still that started a fire in a two-story house, the burning of another house, a battle with knife and rock between two boys and the discovery of a boiling still running at full blast in another house."

"Garcia was said by Jerome officers to have fed himself upon marijuana weed and then to have visited the house of Vicentes, where he began abusing women of the household. Ramon Vicente, one of the men, finally persuaded Garcia to leave the house, officers said, and went with him."

"After Garcia and Vicente had traveled a short distance down the road, Vicente is alleged to have drawn a pistol and shot Garcia three times. One bullet broke the bone in the right forearm, a second passed across the stomach, grazing the abdominal wall, and the third took effect in his thigh."

"Garcia is laid up in the hospital, and Vicente was brought to Prescott and placed in jail yesterday."

(Prescott Journal-Miner; Tuesday, July 3, 1923; page 5, column 5.)

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