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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, February 5, 2014

1896: JEROME; Almost a Tragedy, February 4.

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"ALMOST A TRAGEDY! A Shooting Scrape, All About Nothing at Jerome. No Fatal Results Anticipated. A Boiler Maker Takes a Shot at the Company's Shipping Clerk."

"As Deputy Sheriff John Munds came in from Ash Fork on the morning's train, with a prisoner, he heard vague and indefinite rumors of a shooting scrape which occurred at Jerome last night, but was unable to obtain any particulars. On hearing the rumor, the Journal-Miner telegraphed for particulars, and received the following special:"

"JEROME, Feb. 4. --- O. K. Oleson was shot at 8 o'clock last night by Joe Durkin. It seems that Durkin had been drinking considerably, and came down stairs from the office in the depot, and started to go home. Oleson followed him down stairs, to go home also. Durkin turned around to Oleson and said, 'Where are you going?' and ordered him back, and when Oleson refused to do as he was ordered, Durkin shot him. No ill feeling had existed between the two men, and Durkin claims that the shooting was purely accidental."

"Durkin is a boiler maker and has been employed here for several months. Oleson has been employed as a shipping clerk for the United Verde Copper Company. The doctor thinks Oleson will survive."

(Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; February 5, 1896; page 2.)

"A letter was received at the sheriff's office this moning from Jerome but it contained no further particulars of the shooting scrape there than the Journal-Miner had last evening. Oleson, the victim of the shooting, is in a critical condition. The letter stated that Jakey Brown, who shot and killed Charles Ward, in May last, was with Durkin at the time and gave him the pistol from which the shot was fired." (Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; February 12, 1896; page 3, column 1.)

"Dr. Everts went out to Jerome this morning to make an examination of Oleson, who was recently shot there by Durkin. The peculiar feature of the visit is that he was invited to make the visit by Durkin, the man who did the shooting." (Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; February 12, 1896; page 3.)

"Deputy Sheriff Geo. Merritt and Constable Jim Roberts of Jerome brought in J. H. Durkin and Jakey Brown to-day and lodged them in jail to await the action of the grand jury, on a charge of assault with intent to commit murder, the defendants having failed to secure bondsmen." (Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; February 19, 1896; page 3.)

See: The Verde Independent; "1895: JEROME; Charles Ward shot by Jacob Brown, May 18;" May 6, 8, 10, 2013.

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