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Arizona Sentinel

"The fourth newspaper started in Arizona was the Arizona Sentinel at Yuma. The plant was owned by James M. Barney and Judge Wm. J. Berry was the editor. The Sentinel was started in November, 1870. In 1875 J. M. Barney sold the plant to John W. Dorrington. It was republican in politics from start to finish. Mr. Dorrington sold the old Sentinel in 1911 to W. H. Shorey, owner of the Yuma Examiner, with which paper it was consolidated by Mr. Shorey." Arizona Newspapers Past and Present, by A. F. Banta

Weekly Arizonian, 03 Mar 1859

Shooting Affray. At the Overland Mail station near Fort Yuma, not long since, a shooting affray took place between Edward George, and a man named Buchanan. George was badly wounded and Buchanan killed.

Weekly Arizonian, 24 Mar 1859

Table of Distances. For the benefit of travelers, we give the following table of distances between the stations on the Overland Mail Route from San Francisco to St. Louis, via Arizona: San Francisco to Clark's 12, ....
Fort Yuma to Swiveler's 20, Fillibuster Camp 18, Peterman's 19, Griswell's 12, Flap Jack Rancho 15, Oatman Flat 20, Murderer's Grave 20, Gila Ranche 17, Maricopa Wells 40, Socatoon 22, Picachio 37, Pointer Mountain 22, Tucson 18. Total 280 miles; time 71 hours 45 minutes.

Weekly Arizonian, 07 Apr 1859

Horses Stolen. On the night of the 1st of March, five horses were stolen from the corral of Mr. Yerger, near Fort Yuma. The thieves were supposed to be Mexicans.

Decatur Republican, Thursday, 31 Mar 1870

Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas

The telegraph brings the announcement of the death of Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, of the United States army. This event, which will cast a sadness into millions of American hearts, occurred suddenly at San Francisco, California, on the evening of the 28th last. Gen. Thomas was in San Francisco in the performance of his official duties, having been for about a year in command of the Department of the Pacific. He died, suddenly, of apoplexy.

George Henry Thomas was born in the month of July, 1816, and had, therefore, reached the ripe age of full and vigorous manhood with all its powers at full development, at the time of his unexpected death. He was educated at the West Point Military Academy, where he was graduated in the year 1840. His first military service was in Florida, where he served in what is called “the Florida war,” in the Second Artillery. He served with great gallantry in the Mexican war, receiving honorable mention and brevets for meritorious services at Monterey and Buena Vista. After the conclusion of the war, he returned to Florida, and again assisted in the desultory hostilities against the Indians for a year or two, when he was appointed Instructor of Artillery and Cavalry in the Military Academy, which position he filled for about three years. He was then ordered to California, and there commanded Fort Yuma until 1855, when he was promoted to the rank of Major of the Second Cavalry. In command of a battalion, he served from 1856 to 1860 in Texas, making exploring expeditions and campaigns against hostile Indians.

At the breaking out of the rebellion, Major Thomas, though a Virginian, and though a personal friend and military comrade of Robert E. lee, his Lieutenant Colonel, stood fast by the Union. Upon the reorganization of the army he was appointed Colonel of the Fifth cavalry – a regiment which greatly distinguished itself throughout the war, fighting well, where many fought ill, at Bull Run, in other battles in the neighborhood of the Potomac, in the Shenandoah Valley, under Sheridan, and some of its most gallant officers falling under the last shots of the war in the woods near Five Forks. Its Colonel, meantime, had been promoted a Brigadier General, and ordered to Kentucky.

His first notable service in the war for the Union was at the battle of Mill Springs, January 19, 1862, where Gen. Thomas commanded the Union army, and completely whipped the rebels under Zollicoffer, who was slain. For his valuable services at Mill Springs, Gen. Thomas was promoted to the rank of Major General, in April of 1862. Meantime he had joined the army in command of Buell, and was with it when Buell marched to the reinforcement of Grant at Shiloh. But General Thomas was in the reserve and did not actively participate in the greatest pitched battle of the West. He afterward served with Buell in the army of the Ohio, and then with Rosecrans in the army of the Cumberland, always performing his duties in camp, and march, and battle, with conscientious devotion to his country and his soldiers. At the battle of Chickamauga, September 19 and 20, 1863, the distinguishing military abilities of Gen. Thomas were gloriously illustrated. It was here that his wonderful steadiness under reverses that had demoralized and defeated the rest of the army, and “stampeded” Rosecrans himself, gave him the appellation of “the Rock of Chickamauga,” and actually saved the army, enabling it to retire to Chattanooga with safety and in such a way that Bragg was unable to follow it.

At the remarkable battle of Chattanooga, embracing the engagements known as “Lookout Mountain” and “Missionary Ridge,” Thomas commanded the right centre, and did gallant work, where all did more than well. This is the battle which broke the back-bone of the rebellion, in many respects one of the most important battles of history, and the prominent part Taken in its plan and execution by General Thomas will forever give him high rank among military men.

His services during the campaign of Atlanta, and afterward at the great battle of Nashville, are fresh in the recollection of the public. It is probably true that no great battle was ever more skillfully planned, or more energetically carried out, than the battle of Nashville. Nor should it be forgotten that the great steadiness of the General commanding was in this instance even brilliantly illustrated. A rain came on just as Thomas was ready to begin the fight, and, freezing as it fell, covered the ground with a sheet of glaring ice on which neither man nor horse could stand. With sublime patience Thomas waited for “the thaw,” and when it came he let drive his thunderbolts of war upon the rebel hosts as had rarely been done before. He literally trampled out his enemy, or sent his broken army over the country, all broken up into disorganized _ying bands. Hood’s rebel army was ground to powder. Every movement in General Thomas’s plan was accurately executed, and Grant and Sherman were left free to use all their forces against the armies opposed to them, knowing that the west had been fully secured by the victory of Nashville.

Such is the merest outline of General Thomas’s history. Always careful of his troops, they loved him like a father. Though terrible in battle, General Thomas was personally a most amiable man, as tender-hearted as a woman. No deed of cruelty, no act of meanness, stains the record of his long and invaluable services. His life, both public and private, is an example which all fathers may safely set before their sons. Having done most illustrious service for his country, his memory will forever be held in grateful recollection by all who honor intellectual ability, patriotic deeds, and the grand old name of gentleman. – Chicago Evening Post.

Contributed 02 Feb 2015 by Pattie Carter-Davis

Arizona Sentinel, 20 Jul 1872

Clarence Gray, Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Arizona City
O. F. M'Carty, Attorney at Law, Arizona City
Isham Reavis, Attorney at Law, Arizona City
Dr. A. A. Mix offers his professional services to the citizens of Yuma county. Office in Mrs. Jone's building, Main Street, ...
R. B. Kelley, County Surveryor, Arizona City, A. T.
Colorado Hotel, Gila Street, Arizona City, Wm. Sam, Proprietor.

Probate Notice. Territory of Arizona, County of Yuma, In Probate Court. In the matter of the estate of James F. Dana, deceased. It appearing to the Court by the petition presented and filed by J. W. Stwart, administrator of the estate of James F. Dana, deceased, praying for an order to sell real estqte, that it is necessary to sell the whole of the real estate to pay the debts and expenses of adminsitration ...

Probate Notice. ... Territory of Arizona, County of Yuma, In Probate Court. In the matter of the estate of M. D. Dobbins, deceased. It appearing to the Court, by the petition of A. A. Mix, Public Administrator ....

C. L. Jones beg leave to announce to his friends and former patrons that he has again resumed business. The Saloon heretofore occupied by J. O'Hara is now kept by the undersigned, where the best of wines and liquors and cigars are always kept. Mr. Jones also wishes to inform the public that he has still the Corral, where hay and grain of nrst quality is kept on hand for the accommodation of teamsters and others. C.L.Jones

I. Lyons, Watch and Clock Maker, First St., adjoining Hughes' Saloon, Arizona City, A. T. ....

A Short Honeymoon. About two weeks ago we announced the union of two "loving hearts" - Mr. Fischer and Mrs. Carmel Carerras. Now it has become our painful duty to chronicle the fact that porr Fischer is again alone in the world. The fair bride, after an experience of about a week's matrimonial "bliss," saw proper to desert her lord, and has returend to her own house.

Notice. The following named persons are hereby notified that their assessments have been raised the amounts set opposite their respective anmes, by the Board of Equalization of the County of Yuma, A. T., at the regular July term, 1872:
1 - George Angel, on improvements, $150.
2 - Jacob Fisher, on drays, $50.
3 - Charles Gross, on cattle, $500.
4 - W. W. Jones, on mules, $600; on wagons, $400.
5 - Francisco Noriega, on wagons, $100; on mules, $250.
6 - D. C. Robinson, on house and lot at depot, $330.
7 - Estate of W. B. Roods, deceased, $300.
8 - George A. Johnson, on mortgage not canceled, $2,000.
9 - Hall Hanlon, on mortgage, $500.
10 - Manuel Ravens, on mortgage $1,500.
11 - John Palmer, on mortgage, $105.50.
12 - Milton Ward, on mortgage, $900.
13 - Wm. Maize, on mortgage, $150.25.
14 - J. W. Dorrington, on mortgage, $85.
15 - James M. Barney, on mortgage, $282.
16 - James M. Barney, $671.13
By order of the Board, Jas. S. Spann, Clerk of Board

Notice. We have this day sold our entire retail stock to Henry S. Fitzgerald and Charles H. Kenyon, who have opened one door above our old stand "on the corner." ... Wm. B. Hooper & Co., Arizona City, May 13, 1872.

George Martin, Wholesale and retail Druggist, Main Street, Arizona City
Arizona City Meat Market, Main Street, J. M. Redondo & Bro. Keep a fresh supply of Beef, Veal, Mutton, Pork, etc., and Game in its season. Also Hay and Grain at reasonable prices.
American Bakery, Main St., Arizona City, G. M. Knight, Proprietor. Fresh Bread, Pies, Cakes, Candies, etc., constantly on hand. Parties and families supplied on short notice and most reasonable terms.
James S. Spann - County Recorder, Yuma Co.

Arizona Sentinel, 07 Feb 1874

Published Every Saturday, by Wm. J. Berry, Editor and Proprietor.
C. W. C. Rowell, Attorney at Law, Yuma, Arizona.
Henry N. Alexander, Attorney at Law, Yuma, Arizona.
George Martin, Wholesale & Retail Druggist, Main Street, Yuma, A.T.
Golden Eagle, Hotel & Restaurant, Main Street, Yuma, A.T., ... John Haggee, Proprietor.
Golden Eagle Hotel Saloon, Main Street, Yuma, A.T., B. D. Jones, Proprietor.
Colorado Hotel, Gila Street, Yuma, ... William Burke.
American Bakery ... G. M. Knight.

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