Contributed by Corsby1
Description: A tragic endingDate: February 5 1902
Newspaper published in: Tucson
A Well Known Aravapai Canyon Rancher Burned to Death
John Brown telephoned to town last night an account of the sad ending of the life of A.H. Vail, the well known Aravapai canyon rancher.
Mr. Brown was traveling past Vail’s ranch Monday, and stopped to see him. On arriving at the house he was surprised to find it burned to the ground. He immediately began a search for Vail, but failed to find him. He then looked through the charred wreck of the house, and found the bones of a human being, which Mr. Brown has every reason to believe were the remains of Vail. Strength is added to this belief from the fact that no one has seen Vail for the last three days.
By some it is believed that the house was set on fire by the Apache Indians, who frequent that section, and who are now greatly dissatisfied with the action of the government in shutting off their rations.
Again it is said that Vail might have been sick when the house caught on fire, and was unable to help himself.
Vail was well known to a number of our people, who spent last summer camping at his ranch. He had been in Arizona some fifteen years, and most of that time had lived at the ranch.
Herbert Drachman, who knew Vail well, said last night that the old man was an interesting character, and a man of more than ordinary intelligence. He had accumulated a considerable library, and was a great reader and an exceedingly interesting conversationalist.
If it is a fact that Vail has met the unfortunate end that Mr. Brown and his friends believe that he has, it will be a source of genuine regret to many people who knew the old pioneer of the Aravapai canyon.