Friday, May 31, 2013


"i had a telescope case in my pocket" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

George Bates Yuma Prisoner 1889

The Wellington Saloon was opened in 1902 by the McCoy family of Prescott, AZ. Just a few mornings after it opened, George Bates, a young man, made a grab at the faro table and ran out with $95. He was over taken by officers in Skull valley, 12 miles west of Prescott, and was brought back and held under a $500 bond. He was convicted of grand larceny, guilty of stealing $120 from the Wellington. He was brought to Yuma by sheriff John L. Munds, and deputy sheriff T. A. Miller, to be imprisoned at Yuma Territorial Prison for 18 months.

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