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03-28-2021, 12:35 PM   #1006
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Jerome Cowan was a vaudeville headliner, then stage actor. His first film was Beloved Enemy. He best roles were as Miles Archer, the doomed private eye partner of Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, and Thomas Mara, the hapless district attorney who prosecutes Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street.


George Danielson was an American politician who served as a Democratic Congressional representative from California for the 29th District and 30th District. He served on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate impeachment proceeding of Richard Nixon and voted for the impeachment of the President. He resigned from Congress in 1982 to serve as an associate justice on the California Court of Appeal.


Edmond DePatie was a film-industry executive as vice president and general manager of Warner Bros. Burbank studio. In 1955 he became president of the Motion Picture Relief Fund, later launching an unsuccessful campaign to establish a Motion Picture Exposition and Hall of Fame to honor film-making and to bring in revenue for the Motion Picture & Television Fund Country House. Given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award at the 1966 oscars.


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Mickey Jones was a musician and actor. He played drums with Trini Lopez, and with Bob Dylan on Dylan's 1966 world tour including the night Dylan was booed for "going electric". He became a founding member of The First Edition with singer Kenny Rogers, and played on all of their albums. Overall, Jones played on 17 gold records from his musical career of over two decades. After the break-up of The First Edition in 1976, Jones concentrated on his career as a character actor, including as the crooked mechanic/sheriff in National Lampoon's Vacation, and he appeared in Total Recall, and Tin Cup. His most-notable role may have been as band-member Johnson in Sling Blade. He was on TV's Northern Exposure, and Home Improvement. While normally appearing with his long full beard and mustache, he was clean-shaven in an episode of MASH, playing MP #2.


Norman Krasna originally studied law, but gave that up to get into journalism, eventually becoming a drama critic. He decided to become a screenwriter after seeing the 1931 movie, The Front Page. Krasna is best-known for screwball comedies centered around a case of mistaken identity. He also produced a dozen films and directed three during a forty-year career. He earned four oscar nominations for screenwriting, winning once for 1943's Princess O'Rourke, which he also directed.


Erle Galbraith was an extra in A Thousand and One Nights (1945) and was on the Ed Sullivan show as herself in 1951. She married singer Al Jolson in 1945, and controlled Jolson's recordings after his death in 1950. She married Norman Krasna in 1951.

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Connie Sawyer was an actress with over 140 film and TV credits, best known for her film appearances in Pineapple Express, Dumb and Dumber, and When Harry Met Sally. TV included The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Rockford Files, Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, Murder She Wrote, Home Improvement, Seinfeld, Boy Meets World, Will & Grace, Welcome Back Kotter, ER, How I Met Your Mother, and Ray Donovan. When she turned 100, in 2012, she was a guest on The Tonight Show. In 2012 she appeared on 2 Broke Girls, in 2013 she appeared on NCIS: Los Angeles and in 2014 she appeared opposite Zooey Deschanel in New Girl as "the Oldest Woman in the World". At the time of her death at age 105, she was the oldest working actress in Hollywood. In 2007 she wrote her autobiography I Never Wanted to Be a Star — and I Wasn’t.


Sherwood Schwartz ended up as a TV producer, but had wanted to earn a degree in Biology. He started on radio in the 1940s, writing jokes for Bob Hope's radio program, where Schwartz's brother Al worked. Schwartz recalled that Hope "liked my jokes, used them on his show and got big laughs. Then he asked me to join his writing staff. I was faced with a major decision—writing comedy or starving to death while I cured those diseases." He later wrote for The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and other radio shows, and the Armed Forces Radio Network. From 1956 to 1962, Schwartz was head writer for The Red Skelton Show, winning an Emmy in 1961. He later created and produced Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch. He has a star on the Hollywood WoF and a place in the TV HoF.


Mel Tolkin, born Shmuel Tolchinsky was a TV comedy writer, best known as head writer of Your Show of Shows (1950–1954) where he presided over a staff that at times included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Danny Simon, and Larry Gelbart. Later, he was a story editor on All in the Family and wrote several scripts for it and Archie Bunker's Place, plus the Tony Randall sitcom Love, Sidney. Tolkin won an Emmy Award and every other major prize for TV writing.

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Ed Schieffelin was born in a coal-mining region of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. At age 17, he set out on his own as a prospector and miner, looking for gold and silver around 1865. From Oregon, he went east to Idaho, then searched across Nevada into Death Valley, Colorado and then New Mexico.

In 1876, Schieffelin was described as "about the strangest specimen of human flesh I ever saw. He was 6 feet 2 inches tall and had black hair that hung several inches below his shoulder and a beard that had not been trimmed or combed for so long a time that it was a mass of unkempt knots and mats. He wore clothing pieced and patched from deerskins, corduroy and flannel, and his hat was originally a slouch hat that had been pieced with rabbit skin until very little of the original felt remained."
Ed in 1880.


Schieffelin moved to California to find gold but was unsuccessful. Meanwhile, the US Army was establishing Camp Huachuca in Arizona Territory in March, 1877. Silver had already been discovered in some northern areas of Arizona Territory, but the southern portion had been under continued Apache attack. Schieffelin accompanied the scouts on a few trips into the back country while prospecting part-time. He decided to stay put and explored the eastern hills, only about 12 miles from the stronghold of Cochise, Geronimo and Victorio.

A mining engineer named Brunckow discovered silver in the hills of Cochise County in 1858 and built a cabin near a small deposit nearby. In September 1860, he and two of his crew were robbed and murdered. While prospecting in the area in 1876, Schieffelin and his party were attacked by Apaches, and a man was killed. The cabin was the site of 22 murders during the frontier days. When friend and fellow army scout Al Sieber learned what Schieffelin was up to, he is quoted as telling him, "The only rock you will find out there will be your own tombstone". In 1877, Schieffelin used the cabin as a base of operations to survey the countryside. After many months, he found pieces of silver ore in a dry wash on a high plateau called Goose Flats. It took him several more months to find the source, a vein he estimated to be 50 feet long and 12 inches wide. When he filed his first mining claim on September 21, 1877, he named his stake "Tombstone".

After being told his ore had little value, Schieffelin set out to find his brother Al, whom he had not seen in four years. When Ed finally located his brother in February 1878 at the McCracken mine, Al asked the foreman to look at brother Ed's ore specimens. The foreman thought the samples were mostly lead. Unconvinced, Schieffelin showed the samples to 20 or 30 others who had some expertise, and they all thought the ore worthless. Frustrated, Schieffelin threw his ore specimens out his brother's cabin door, as far as he could throw, but at the last minute held on to three of them.

Ed learned about Richard Gird, the McCracken Mine's recently-arrived assayer who had a reputation as an expert. Ed asked Gird if he thought his last three ore samples were worth assaying. A few days later, Gird told Ed that he valued the best of the ore samples at $2,000 a ton. Ed, Al and Richard formed a partnership on the spot. Despite reports of continued Apache raids and the murder of miners and ranchers in the area, the three men returned to Cochise County and set up camp at the Brunckow cabin. Within a few weeks of mining the vein, Ed discovered it ended about three feet deep, but he was optimistic he could find more ore. Weeks later, he found a deposit. Al told Ed he was a "lucky cuss," and that became the name of one of the richest mining claims in the Tombstone District.

In March, 1879, Solon Allis finished laying out a new town site on the mesa named Goose Flats, and large enough to hold a growing town. The town was named "Tombstone" after Schieffelin's initial mining claim. Cabins and tents were quickly built for about 100 residents.

During the first few months of mining, the upper portion of the Tombstone mining district was accidentally discovered by Ed Williams and Jack Friday as a result of their runaway mules dragging their chain across bare rock, revealing a bright gleam. Al, Ed and Richard contested their claim, but finally agreed to divide the ground. Those two mines were eventually the most profitable mines in Tombstone.
The Tough-Nut mine.


Ed Schieffelin preferred prospecting to running a mine and he left Tombstone to find more ore, returning four months later. Meanwhile, Gird had lined up buyers for his and Ed's interest in the Contention, which they sold for $10,000, thinking it was an exhorbitant price. Subsequently, the Grand Central and Contention claims turned out to be the richest in the district, producing millions of dollars in bullion.

In March, 1879, Al and Ed sold their interest in the company, but Richard stayed with the new owners as superintendent. Ed moved on, but Al remained in Tombstone for some time. Gird later sold off his interest but remained in the territory.

When Cochise County was formed in February 1881, Tombstone became the county seat. Early in Tombstone's rapid growth, Al built Schieffelin Hall as a theater, recital hall, and a meeting place for Tombstone citizens. It is the largest standing adobe structure in the southwest US.


In the late 1880s, the silver mines reached the water table and the mines eventually filled with water. Tombstone's population faded, until tourism became its main attraction.

Ed had accumulated more than $1 million during the silver boom. While he had maintained a casual appearance, including long hair and beard, he cleaned himself up. He traveled to New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other cities. He met many distinguished people. Ever restless, over the next 20 years Ed showed up at nearly every boom town in the West.
Ed in 1882.


During 1882, Ed prepared for what he planned to be a three-year survey of mineral wealth. He began the expedition with his brother Al and three others on a trip up the Yukon River. They commissioned construction of and fitted out a small, shallow-draft sternwheel steamer which they named the New Packet.
The New Packet, 2 hours before departing.


Schieffelin prospected during the trip in Alaska and found some specks of gold. He was for a while convinced he had found the continental belt he had been searching for. He grew discouraged by the Arctic cold, and returned to the lower 48 states.

In 1883, he returned to San Francisco, where he met Mary Brown, and they later married in Colorado. In 1884, they returned to California. Ed built a mansion in Alameda, and bought a home in Los Angeles that they shared with Al until Al died of consumption in 1885.

In 1897 Schieffelin bought a ranch near his brothers, Effingham and Jacob, in Oregon. He continued prospecting in the Canyonville area, where he searched for gold and silver. On May 12, 1897, after he had not shown up in town for supplies for several days, his neighbor checked on him and found him face down on the floor of his miner's cabin, apparently felled by a heart attack. He was initially buried near his cabin about 20 miles east of Canyonville. Shortly afterward it was learned that he had requested to be buried in Tombstone. "It is my wish, if convenient, to be buried in the dress of a prospector, my old pick and canteen with me, on top of the granite hills, about three miles westerly from the City of Tombstone, Arizona, and that a monument, such as prospectors build when locating a mining claim, be built over my grave."




Display copy in the office of the Tombstone Epigraph newspaper.



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Born Philip Tedro, he was an Ottoman subject of Syrian and Greek parentage. As a young adult, he converted to Islam and after going to Mecca to perform the hajj, he called himself Hadji Ali. He worked as a camel breeder and trainer, and served with the French Army in Algiers. In 1856, Ali was one of several men hired by the US Army to introduce camels as beasts of burden to transport cargo across the desert of the southwestern US, and was the lead driver. The soldiers and others quickly mutilated his name into "Hi Jolly". The camel experiment ended, partly because the Army's other animals feared the larger animals and often panicked, and during the Civil War, Congress did not approve more funds for the Camel Corps. In 1864, the camels were finally auctioned off. Ali was discharged from the Quartermaster Department of the U.S. Army at Fort McDowell in 1870.

While stationed near Los Angeles in 1859-60, after not being invited to a German picnic, Ali broke up the gathering by driving through it on a yellow cart pulled by two of his pet camels. For a time in 1858-59, he also delivered mail through the "jackass mail" using mules, which was the alternative to the more famous "pony express".

He subsequently ran a freight service between the Colorado River and the mining establishments further east, using the few camels he had purchased. The business was unsuccessful, and he released his camels into the desert near Gila Bend. He became an American citizen in 1880, and he used his birth name of Philip Tedro when he married Gertrudis Serna in Tucson, Arizona.


In 1885, Ali was again hired by the Army in Arizona, and worked with pack mules for Brig. Gen. George Crook during the Geronimo campaign.
In Agua Caliente, 1886.


In his final years, Ali moved to Quartzsite, Arizona, where he mined and occasionally scouted for the US government.
With mules, 1896.


In 1935, Arizona Governor Benjamin Moeur dedicated a monument to Hadji Ali and the Camel Corps in the Quartzsite Cemetery.


The monument is built from local stones and topped with a copper camel silhouette. It is the most visited location in Quartzsite.



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Lester Moore worked as a Wells Fargo station agent in the border town of Naco, Arizona. In 1880, Hank Dunstan arrived at the station to pick up a package that was battered and mangled. Dunstan was upset over its condition, and an argument ensued. The argument escalated and both men reached for their guns. Moore was shot four times, but he managed to hit Dunstan once and kill him.

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Nana Bryant acted in Meet Nero Wolfe, Pennies From Heaven, Out West With the Hardys, Calling Dr. Gillespie, The Song of Bernadette, Ladies of the Chorus, The DuPont Story, and The Outcast. On TV, she played Mrs. Nestor on Our Miss Brooks, and played the mother of Danny's wife in Make Room for Daddy for three years until her death.


Lyle Chapman was an officer in WWI, and one of the original members of The Untouchables, the group put together by Elliott Ness to bring Chicago gangster Al Capone and his bootleg alcohol operation to a halt. They convicted Capone for tax evasion, however.


Karl Farr played guitar for The Sons of the Pioneers. Younger brother of fellow "Son" Hugh Farr. Member of the Country Hall of Fame, Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. He suffered a heart attack on stage while trying to fix a broken guitar string.
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