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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, July 21, 2013

1918: VERDE/CLEMENCEAU; Friends of Sheriff Lowry's Murderer Jailed, Part 6.

Verde Heritage

SEVEN RIOTERS ARE JAILED HERE

"The preliminaty hearing of the 14 men who were mixed up in the fight which led to the killing of former Sheriff Jim Lowry at Verde a week or so ago, was held in the court of Justice of the Peace C. W. Bennett at Clarkdale on Friday afternoon, and resulted in charges being lodged against seven of the men and the release of the remainder of the defendants. The seven who were held are the following named: Vivian Enrique, Jesus Perez, Otilio Rosas, Basilio Duarte, Candelario Carillo, Cresensio Sepulveda and Juan Jose Manuel Garcia. The prisoners were brought handcuffed to this city yesterday afternoon. Undersheriff Robinson and Constable Fitzgerald having gone to Jerome Junction and received the prisoners from Deputy Sheriff Fred Hawkins who had brought them that far from Clarkdale."

"The prisoners are all held under bonds of $500 each on charges of obstructing an officer and interfering with the arrest of a criminal. All of the men are accused of having surrounded Porfiro Hernandez on the day that he shot and killed Lowry and fighting off the officers and the posse which was attempting to arrest the murderer. Most of the seven men were armed and were able to fight off the men until the slayer had had an opportunity to escape into the adjacent hills. Hernandez, it will be remembered, was later killed by a Coconino deputy sheriff after he had refused to surrender to the officer."

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; July 31, 1918; page 5.)

"VERDE RIOTERS ARE ARRAIGNED IN COURT."

"Five of the seven rioters who were arrested shortly after the fight at Verde in which Ex-Sheriff James Lowry lost his life last July, were arraigned before Superior Judge Sweeney yesterday afternoon, and all entered pleas of not guilty to the charges of obstructing officers in the performance of their duties. Two other defendants, Vivian Enrique and Cresencio Sepulveda, were at liberty and did not enter pleas yesterday. The first named is out on bond and the other one was released a week or so ago because of the fact that his wife was in a delicate condition of health and that the woman and the four children were without funds while the father was prevented from working. Those who appeared in court yesterday were the following-named: Jesus Perez, Candalario Ario, Jose Garcia, Vaselio Duarte and Ortillio Rosas."

"These men have been in the county jail here since July 17th. They are accused of making an armed resistance when officers attempted to arrest Profirio Hernandez after the latter had shot and killed Officer Lowry. A number of Hernandez' countrymen surrounded him, and, by using rifles and rocks managed to stand off the posse until the murderer had had an opportunity to escape into the hills. The fugitive was shot and killed several days later, however, by a Coconino county officer who happened to meet him near Rattlesnake Tanks. The two defendants who were not in court today will be arraigned at a later date."

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; September 11, 1918; page 4.)

"LOWRY WOUNDED IN A DASH ON THE VESLE."

Lieut James Lowry, Jr., "recently received his 'war marks' while leading a platoon in a dash across the River Vesle, according to Harry A. Williams, war correspondent for the Los Angeles Times."

"'Yesterday I met Lieut. James Lowry, who was on his way to a rest camp. Lieut. Lowry, who is a native of Prescott, Ariz., and passed his summers in Los Angeles, was among those who made the dash at the Vesle. He led one platoon to the middle of the river. There, with the water up to their arm pits, concealing machine guns, began to spray the river about them. They made their way back without the loss of a man, but just as he regained the bank a fragment from a high explosive shell caught him on the head. Thanks to his iron hat, a scalp wound was the only result, aside from a considerable shaking up. Lieut. Lowry is the product of a cattle ranch, and fighting appears to be second nature to him. He says he will cross the Vesle yet.'"

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; October 2, 1918; page 5.)

"SHELL SHOCK HOLDING HIM IN THE HOSPITAL."

"Under the date of Sept. 1st, Lieut. James R. Lowry, Jr., writes to his mother and father [who was murdered July 16] that he has been transferred from the Paris hospital and is now in a hospital for nervous cases. He is suffering from 'shell shock' and has been in the hospital for over seven weeks. By the shell bursting so close and by being struck by parts of it, his sense of equilibrium has been injured to the extent that he cannot walk straight, and the left ear drum was bursted. The wound on his head has healed nicely leaving only a slight scar which will be almost covered by the hair."

"He is very much disgusted at being confined in a 'nut factory' as he calls it, and says: 'Watch me get out --- but then all the 'nuts' say that. Very likely will have to remain some time yet.'"

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; October 2, 1918; page 3.)

"ALLEGED RIOTERS ARE RELEASED FROM PRISON: Ten Men Who Attempted to Fight Off Cops after Lowry Killing, Turned Loose For Want of Evidence."

"Upon motion of county Attorney F. L. Haworth, Superior Judge Sweeney yesterday afternoon dismissed the charges which had been filed against the ten men who had been held for complicity in the plot which resulted in the killing of Ex-Sheriff James Lowry at Verde last July. This action on the part of the county attorney came by reason of the fact that the State did not possess a sufficient amount of the right sort of evidence to insure the conviction of the defendants at the time the cases were due for trial in the Superior court. The men had been confined in the county jail since late in July and the authorities were of the belief that if any of the men were to any extent guilty of having had a hand in the killing of the popular citizen, they had been at least partially punished for their participation in the rioting which took place prior to Lowry's death."

"The men who were released from jail yesterday were the following-named: Vivian Enriquez, Vasilio Duarte, Jesus Perez, Ortillio Rosas, Antonio Perez, Marcilino Ballestaro, Candalario Ario, Norverto Corona, Jose Garcia and Cresincio Sepulveda. The specific charge which had resulted in the detention of the men was that they had stood off the sheriff's posse which had attempted to arrest the man who had shot and killed Lowry. They were accused of arming themselves with guns, clubs and stones and holding off the officers until the murderer had had time to take to the adjacent hills and elude the posses which set out after him. Most of the ten defendants were armed at the time they were arrested. The man who killed Lowry was later shot to death himself while nearing the Coconino county line by Deputy Sheriff Dickinson." [Dickerson]

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; November 27, 1918; page 3.)

"NO JURY SESSION UNTIL FEBRUARY: That on Account of Flu Epidemic It Would Be Unwise."

"That because of the influenza situation in various parts of the county there will be no jury session before about the first of February." ...

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; November 27, 1918; page 3.)




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