1899 ATROCIOUS MURDERS: George Stevens (Tom Ketchum) Identity Questioned.
After R. M. Rodgers and C. D. Wingfield were murdered on July 2, circulars were sent out and rewards were offered for the arrest and conviction of the assassin. The man known as George Stevens, who was wounded during an attempted hold up of a train on August 16, may actually be Tom Ketchum.
"Circulars came here this week giving description of and offering a reward of $1750 for the arrest and conviction of the murderer of R. M. Rodgers and Clinton Wingfield, at Camp Verde, Yavapai county, on the night of July 2, 1899." (The Arizona Sentinel; Arizona City [Yuma]; August 12, 1899; page 3.)
"PROCLAMATION OF REWARD. Territory of Arizona, Executive Depatrment."
"To all of whom these presents shall come: Greeting:"
"Whereas, Official information has been received by this department that R. M. Rodgers and C. D. Wingfield, citizens of the county of Yavapai, Territory of Arizona, were on the 2d day of July, 1899, foully murdered at their place of business at Camp Verde, Yavapai county, Arizona Territory, by some person or persons unknown; and"
"Whereas, the sheriff of said Yavapai county and his deputies have made diligent search for the perpetrators of said crime, without success; and"
"Whereas, the awful and atrocious character of said murder calls for the utmost efforts of the executive to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators of the crime to justice;"
"Now, therefore, I. N. O. Murphy, Governor of the Territory of Arizona, by virtue of the power and authority in me vested, do hereby offer a reward of Five Hundred Dollars for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who committed said crime."
"In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the great seal of the territory to be affixed, at Phoenix, the capital, this first day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-nine."
"[seal] N. O. MURPHY"
"By the governor: Harry R. Tritle, Ass't. Secretary of the Territory."
(Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; August 16, 1899; page 4.)
"Carlsbad, N. M., Aug. 23. --- Sheriff Stewart, of Eddy county, and Fayette Baird accompanied Colorado officers and United States Marshal Foraker to Trinidad to-day. The wounded man there, who attempted to hold up the Colorado & Southern train on the 16th is believed to be Tom Ketchum, the noted and much wanted outlaw, and they go to identify him. Baird was his working partner for a number of years on the cattle range, and Stewart knows him. From a photograph shown here they recognized the man who gave his name as Stevens to be Tom Ketchum." (Albuquerque Daily Citizen; August 24, 1899; page 3.)
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