1873: VERDE RESERVE; Over 1,500 Inhabitants, May 31.
"We learn that since Sunday, the 27th ult., more than 200 Indians have left the Date Creek reservation. The removal of all Indians from Date Creek to the Verde reservation, had been determined on, and many of them refused to go. Their removal was to commence May 1st, and Jemaspie and his band skedaddled. It is conjectured that they may have gone to the Colorado reservation, where some of them had a residence before." ...
"Just as we go to press, an officer from Fort Whipple informs us that the Indians, to the number of 400 to 450, started quietly on Thursday for the Verde reservation. Lieut. Schuyler, with a detachment of 25 men, is escorting the party. Some of Jemaspie's band had returned and are with the party. About 100 are supposed to be in the mountains, and as Capt. McGregor is in that section with his company, the Indians will be likely to see trouble unless they keep quiet."
(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; May 3, 1873; page 3, column 1.)
"Lieut Schuyler, with 360 Date Creek Indians in charge, arrived at Point of Rocks, about seven miles from Prescott, on Tuesday, and camped there waiting for Miller Bro.'s ox train, which is carrying the baggage and rations, until Thursday. A good many of the Indians were in town Wednesday." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; May 10, 1873; page 3, column 1.)
"THE VERDE RESERVE."
"Dr. Williams, special Indian agent at the Verde reserve, was here, this week, on business connected with his reserve. From him we learned that, when he left the agency, there were on the reservation 600 real Apaches, (who speak the same language as the White Mountain Apaches and Arivaipa Indians); 528 Verde Apache-Mohaves, and some 366 Date Creek Apache-Mohaves and Apache-Yumas, making a total of 1,494. Some of these had just arrived from the mountains, where there are others, whose arrival was daily looked for."
"The different tribes or bands were encamped in villages, each by itself." ...
"The agency camp is near the site of the Peck & Co.'s old building, which it will be recollected, the Indians burned a year or more ago. Here, the Doctor found excellent water, in a well which he had just sunk."
"The Indians will be set to planting melons, corn and pumpkins, the coming week."
"The Doctor left for home Wednesday last, taking with him Mr. L. C. Jenkins, who arrived Tuesday morning last, from California. Mr. J. will act as clerk for the Dr."
"Lt. Schuyler and some 15 U. S. soldiers are stationed upon the reserve, and there is a police force of Indians, some from each band."
"It is our earnest prayer that" the people "there gathered together will keep the peace; in which case the people of the Territory will have that security for life and property to which, for many years, they have been strangers. All our people --- citizens and soldiers --- hope for this, and the guilt-edged thieves, fanatics and so-called Christians of the East who say they do not, say that which is not so."
(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; May 31, 1873; page 3, column 2.)
"Four hundred head of beef cattle and ninety cows, belonging to the new army beef contractor, have just come in to the Verde, from New Mexico." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; May 31, 1873; page 3, column 2.)
"A large freight train, belonging to Mr. T. C. Hayden, of Salt River valley, is at the Verde, delivering grain, flour, etc." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; May 31, 1873; page 3, column 1.)
"Saturday last Messers Campbell & Buffum, of this place, received about 100,000 pounds of flour from Buning Bros., Albuquerque, New Mexico. It came in 25 wagons, which were hauled by oxen. It took nearly two months to make the trip. As flour can be purchased in New Mexico for from $4 to $5 per hundred, and as New Mexico freighters work very cheap, it is presumed that C. & B. will be enabled to sell this flour and make a profit thereon, at the ruling rates here --- $10 and $11 per hundred. There is now in the town a great deal of flour, mostly from New Mexico; but, should the Indians remain upon the reservations, little will be left in town and Territory by this time next year, so that the farmers of the Gila, Salt river and other valleys need have no fears about disposing of their wheat crops. Helling's mill is now grinding new wheat, at East Phoenix, and other mills on the Gila and Salt River will soon be doing the same thing." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; May 31, 1973; page 3, column 2.)