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Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star
Contributed by Corsby1

Description: Another old pioneer gone

Date: May 15 1902

Newspaper published in: Tucson

Source: library

William Morgan, an old pioneer, died at the Sisters’ hospital yesterday. He arrived at the hospital about out (sic) week ago from Cananea sick with fever. Mr. Morgan was 60 years of age and was a native of **rard, Pennsylvania. He came to Arizona along in the summer of 1867 as sergeant in Captain Moulton’s company, First United States cavalry. He served in this regiment during the civil war and is therefore an old veteran and G.A.R. man and belonged to Negely Post of this city. Morgan lived for many years on the Sonoita which is now part of Santa Cruz county and on what was known for years as the Morgan ranch, about one-half mile west of the town of Patagonia. He saw rough times while farming this ranch, the Apaches clearing him out many time (sic), taking all of his stock, killing his sheep, and raising havoc generally. He had many narrow escapes and many hard tussles with the Apaches. Every crop was put in and harvested by men carrying guns on plows and wagons, never letting them out of reach of hand one moment. While working in fields over one hundred men were killed in this valley during the years 1867, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’71 and ’72. Most of them on William Morgan’s, Tom Garden’s Tom Hughes, Joseph Goldtree, Redwood Brown, Cowell Brown, the Penningtons, Captain Davis, Dora Holland and many other farms. Of all the farmers that lived in this Sonoita Valley all are dead but T. Gardner and Tom Hughes and 90 per cent were killed by Apaches. The deceased has a claim for Indian depredation for $18,000 before the United States court of claims in Washington, D.C. The remains will be interred today at 4 p.m. under the auspices of Negley Post, G.A.R. All comrades are requested to attend.

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Submitted: 01/27/12 (Edited 01/27/12)

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