Wednesday, July 3, 2013


"shattered life", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Margarito Garcia Yuma Prisoner 2987

So, sometimes I can find a bunch of information, and sometimes none at all. For Margarito Garcia there was a scattering of unrelated material, only one thing pulled these together: glass. Before he was arrested and put in jail for burglary, he was stopped from breaking into Calisher's store on G Avenue and Ninth Street in Douglas, AZ.
J. Calisher, who owns a conducts a dry goods and men's furnishing goods store in Douglas, has been engaged in business for fifteen years.  He was born in Nevada in 1864 and there passed his boyhood. The family removed to Anaheim California where the father engaged in the mercantile business for twelve years. He then removed to Florence Arizona and continued in the same line of business for two years. He then went to Tombstone where he engaged in commercial pursuits for some years but subsequently returned to California and there lived retired until his death in 1897. He was survived by the mother until 1910.

Reared at home, after completing his schooling, J. Calisher engaged in business with his father until the latter's death. In 1901 he came to Douglas and established a dry goods store which is one of the foremost commercial enterprises in the community. It was the second store established in Douglas. Of recent years, Mr. Calisher has extended the scope of his activities by founding a clothing store here and has prospered.

Mr. Calisher was married in 1906 to Miss Mary Wood, who was born and reared in Kentucky, where her mother still resides and is the second in order of birth in a family of five children.
Source: J. Calisher, Arizona, The Youngest State, 1913

Getting back to the glass story. Garcia's attempt to rob Calisher's was made by cutting out a pane of glass in the front window in May of 1906. He was transferred from Yuma to Florence and then released in February of 1910. In November of the same year, he was arrested again, this time for attempted assault on a Mexican woman with a deadly weapon, a broken beer bottle. Lastly, the glass mirror in the original photo appears somewhat corroded.

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