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.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
1918 INFLUENZA: Hidden History Revealed by Deaths.
"HIDDEN HISTORY REVEALED BY HAND OF DEATH. At Least Three Jerome Flu Victims Used Assumed Names and One Is Believed To Have Buried Money."
"Officers have discovered that at least three of the local victims of the influenza epidemic died under assumed names. In no instance have they been able to ascertain the reason."
"The case that is most puzzling to Coroner Smith is that of Edward Van der Hayden, formerly of Miami, who lived and died here under the name of Hayden. Van der Hayden's case has been brought into prominence through the inquiry of A. Reid, a Miami real estate man, to the Verde Copper News. Presumably Reid is interested because Van der Hayden owned four shacks in Miami, for which he received an income of $50 a month."
"As Hayden, Van der Hayden worked at most of the mines in the Verde district. It was noted that not long after he went on a job a mysterious accident would occur at some piece of machinery to which he had access. Twice he was discharged from the United Verde because machinery that he was handling went wrong. For the same reason he was discharged from the U. V. Extension. For a time he worked at the Calmut & Jerome, but he was under suspicion of committing sabotage there. After he left the C. & J. he secured a job at the Green Monster but later he went to the Texas shaft, where he was employed when he became ill with influenza."
"Another habit of Van der Hayden's was to get himself injured in some trifling way and remain off the job under pay and surgical treatment, as long as possible."
"Van der Hayden had a room at the home of Mrs. A. Bish. Only a few days before his death he showed his landlady a roll of bills that must have amounted to $300 to $400. He boasted of his income and when Mrs. Bish asked him what he did with his money, he replied mysteriously that he buried it."
"When Van der Hayden died, practically no money was found among his effects. The undertaker's bill is still unpaid."
"There is every reason to believe that Van der Hayden really was in the habit of burying money. At one time he had an account at the Bank of Arizona but he closed it more than a year ago and it is thought that after that he entrusted his wealth to Mother Earth. He frequently expressed a lack of faith in banks."
"The interment theory is borne out strikingly by a friend of the deceased, R. Zimmerman, with whom Van der Hayden worked at the Green Monster. Van der Hayden had several hundred dollars which, according to Zimmerman, he buried in a can near the Green Monster camp. When he went to work at the Texas shaft he left his wealth where it was hidden. A few days before he fell ill he returned to the Green Monster and began to look around for his money, only to find that the can had been dug up by some animal. For a few hours Van der Hayden was wildly excited but eventually he located the can and contents. Probably the bills therein are the ones that he exhibited to Mrs. Bish."
"VAN YARDLY CASE: Just before he died at the hospital James Henry Jameson, a driver for the Chino Valley dairy, confided to his nurse that his real name was Charles van Vardley [spelled 2 ways]. He explained that he had changed his name because of family troubles. Jameson added that his people lived in Missouri. His draft and classification cards show that he registered under the name of Jameson."
"Papers found in the possession of Jose Casilina, an Italian who died a few days ago at the emergency hospital show that his real name was Jose Rossi. He was a member of the I. W. W. and was commonly known by the nickname of 'Frenchy.' It is suspected that he changed his name to Casilina because of trouble elsewhere."
(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; November 20, 1918; page 4.)