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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.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

1878: VERDE NEWS: January

Verde Heritage

"The death of John Leuark, at Verde, which we mentioned a few days since, occurred under peculiar circumstances, as we learn by private letter. He and Benjamin Barney were carrying on a blacksmith shop, near Hull's store, on the Verde, and wishing a piece of rawhide, for some purpose, applied to some parties living in the valley, and obtained a hide, which, being hard and dry, they put into the river to soak. After it had become soft they cut it up to suit their purpose. Soon after, John Leuark was taken sick, and his arms commenced swelling, and soon the swelling passed up his arm into his chest. They sent to Camp Verde for a doctor, who came and examined him, and at once pronounced it poison from a dead carcass, and that he couldn't live 24 hours. He died that night."

"Benjamin Barney was also sick and but for timely assistance it is believed, would have also died. He had a sore on his neck which had become infected with the poison."

"On inquiry it was found that the family from which the hide was obtained, had come from Missouri last summer, and that on the plains, one of their oxen had sickened and died. Some Mexicans, in the train, skinned the animal and they brought the hide that poisoned Leuark and Barney along. It is said that the animal swelled up to an enormous size before it died."

(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; January 11, 1878; page 3. The Arizona Sentinel; Arizona City [Yuma]; January 19, 1878; page 1.)

"MARRIED: ALLEN --- SESSIONS --- In Verde Valley, Dec. 28, 1877, by Theodore Maxwell, Justice of the Peace; Mr. William Allen to Miss Katie Sessions. All of Yavapai County, A. T. (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; January 4, 1878; page 2.)


"William Allen, of Antelope spings, and Miss Katie Sessions were joined, on the 28th, by Justice Maxwell. A handsome collation was seved at Hull's store, and a grand dance in the evening, to which all the elite of the Verde attended." ...

"Jesus Perris, tried before Justice Maxwell, for selling whisky to Indians at this post, was found guilty, and sentenced to pay a fine of $40, which he liquidated, and is now at large." ...

(The Weekly Arizona Miner; January 4, 1878; page 2.)

"We are sorry to state that Jacob Mingus, who owned the Brewery at the Peck Mine, died today, at the residence of Mr. Lucas. His funeral will take place tomorrow." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; January 4, 1878; page 3, column 1.)

"POTATOES. --- Mr. Brown, of the Verde Valley, arrived in town yesterday with a load of 8,000 pounds of potatoes, which he sold to Messrs. Wollenberg and Levi for 9 cents per pound, or seven hundred and twenty dollars. The potatoes are the finest we have ever seen in this Territory, and Arizona can boast of producing some very fine 'spuds.'" (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; January 25, 1878; page 4.)

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