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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.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

1918: Federal Troops Arrive to Assure Peace, September 26.

Verde Heritage


"Federal troops are on their way to the Verde district. A detachment of about fifty infantrymen, under the command of Major Reedy, will arrive in Clarkdale tonight. Immediately upon their arrival, Lieutenant Colonel George W. Beiglar, who reached Jerome from Douglas Tuesday evening to investigate the reports of a Mexican uprising, will take command and direct the disposition of the troops among the towns of the district."

"Colonel Beiglar wired his preliminary report to the war department yesterday morning and recommended that soldiers be sent here to serve as military guards. How long they will remain depends upon futue developments."

"The soldiers now on their way here have been stationed for some time at Globe. They left Globe by special train yesterday afternoon and arrived in Phoenix this morning. They took the regular S. F., P. & P. train north and by direction of Colonel Beiglar will transfer to the Verde valley line at Cedar Glade and go to Clarkdale instead of coming directly to Jerome over the U. V. & P."

"It is evident that Colonel Beiglar placed credence in the reports which have been reaching local peace officers for weeks that a band of old-country Mexicans are in the district for the purpose of starting an insurrection. Because the Mexicans were not sufficiently organized, or some of them started trouble prematurely, their supposed plan to begin their uprising at 1 o'clock Monday morning fizzled."

"There are many important facts in connection with Monday morning's trouble and subsequent events which have not been given publication."

"At the request of Colonel Beiglar and the peace officers, the NEWS is withholding these facts as their publication might result in the failure of the investigations now going forward. In all probability the military reason for this secrecy will be removed by tomorrow."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Thursday, September 26, 1918; page 1, columns 6-7.)


"The events of last Monday morning, when Horace Harrison was murdered at the U. V. & P. station and Gabriel Acero was killed at the primary school after a battle in which he wounded two officers, and facts which have since come to the knowledge of the authorities leave no room to doubt that a band of Mexicans, most of them recent arrivals from Mexico, are here or have been here for the purpose of starting an insurrection against the Americans."

"Because there is no doubt that such an uprising was planned and becuse the plotters may still be scheming their nefarious work, federal troops are being sent here."

"But it should be understood by Americans and Mexicans alike that there is only a small band of the trouble-makers. The great majority of Mexicans in Jerome deplore the occurrences of Monday morning and had the incipient insurrection assumed formidable proportions they would have been ranged with their American neighbors to put down the invaders."

"Mexicans must not feel that the actions of a few irresponsibles among their race have disgraced all Mexicans or have thrown all Mexicans under suspicion. Such is far from the case. Most of the Mexicans in the Verde district are thoroughly loyal to the United States. They can in no wise be held responsible for the fact that outlaws, probably in German pay, have come in from Mexico to make trouble in the copper camps."

"The only thing for Mexicans to do under the existing circumstances is to go about their business the same as usual and co-operate with the officers in running the guilty parties to earth if possible."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Thursday, September 26, 1918; page 1, columns 6-7.)

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