Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BROKEN STORIES


"after the fourth" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photo paper.

Hit and Run

While returning to her home in Clint last night after the Fourth in El Paso, Miss Williams, daughter of Miles Williams of that village, was thrown from a buggy on the county road and sustained a fracture of the arm. The accident was caused by a collision with an automobile, which proceeded on its way. Miss Williams and her companion were thrown from the frailer vehicle, the young woman falling with great force to the ground. The injured arm was set this morning by Dr. R. L. Ramey.
Source: El Paso Herald, July 05, 1910

Monday, June 24, 2013

TESTING

Today I wanted to experiment with painting right onto an old photo. It was difficult to do emotionally because it meant that it is no longer that photograph. Technically it was also challenging. It is kodak paper, so I thought it could stand being wet, but it curled as I was painting it, absorbing water a lot differently than the photo paper for the printer and it is less receptive to layering too.

One thing that I do when scanning and using old photos is also crop them in a certain way. Using the whole photo leaves you open to the eye of the photographer. Which in this case I quite like.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

PURLOINING PORTER

"check your baggage?", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Charles Kelley Yuma Prisoner 1982

Charles Kelley, who while porter for the Hotel Weatherford, in February appropriated a valise belonging to one of the guests, entered a plea of guilty to the charge of burglary and was sentenced to eighteen months in the territorial prison.
Source: The Coconino Sun, Flagstaff, April 18, 1903
Kelley was also arrested for entering the rooms of the guests at the hotel and "purloining articles belonging to them".
When Arizona was just a territory and vigilantes ruled the dusty streets and trails, in rode John W. Weatherford to Flagstaff.  Having a grand vision for Flagstaff, Weatherford soon began to build what would become known as one of the finest hotels in the West. Opening on New Year’s Day, 1900, the luxurious hotel would attract such visitors as newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst, former President Theodore Roosevelt, and Old West author, Zane Grey, and lawman, Wyatt Earp
Source: Legends of America
I wonder whose baggage Charles Kelley stole?

See all of the Prison Hill series on flickr.

SANTA FE FREIGHT CAR ROBBED

"forks and knives", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. 

Harry Stanton Yuma Prisoner 1964

Charles Jones and Harry Stanton (pictured), who broke Into a Santa Fe freight car, in October last and appropriated a lot of cutlery, entered a plea of guilty to the charge of burglary and were sentenced to serve two years each, in the Yuma prison.
Source: The Coconino Sun, Flagstaff, April 18, 1903
See all of the Prison Hill series on flickr.

Friday, June 21, 2013

REVOLVER

"expression: sinister", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

William Kirk Yuma Prisoner 1965

William Kirk, who in November last assaulted a man with a revolver in a Williams saloon, plead guilty to a charge of assault with intent to commit murder, was sentenced to a term of five years in the territorial prison.
Source: The Coconino Sun, Flagstaff, April 18, 1903

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

THE TROUBLE WITH TRIMBLE

As I research stories from turn of the twentieth century I am truly struck by the hardness of life, especially in the American West. This is one story that left me feeling especially forlorn.

"my wife was 1919" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

When he was arrested Walter Trimble, a miner, had $47.90 in his pocket, the equivalent to about $1200 now.

Walter Trimble Yuma Prisoner 1920

He is actually prisoner number 1920. His number card was originally misapplied, as number 1919 was meant for his wife, Bertha Trimble. Both were arrested and charged with raping Bertha's then eleven year old daughter. But the case had some strange twists. Bertha is discharged after a law stating that unless you are the perpetrator in a rape case you cannot be accused of a crime. She supposedly was the accomplice. After an attempt by Judge Baker to apply for a change of venue, her retrial never happened and she was set free.

Lydia Sparks, the victim, claimed things so heinous that they could not even be printed in the local papers at the time. But Lydia did not come forward with her accusation until a year and a half after it happened. After she spent time with other relatives, friends and her natural father, never revealing her assault to anyone in the interim.

Because of Lydia's testimony Walter Trimble was sentenced to natural life in Yuma territorial prison in 1902, but soon after, his sister, Mrs. Hayes (some reports claim she was Bertha's sister) provided letters and affidavits to Governor Joseph H. Kibbey,  and Trimble was then pardoned unconditionally in 1905.

Another interesting thing about the case was that it allegedly happened in Duncan, AZ and was purported to have been attempted previously in Clifton, only to be stopped by two Mexicans. The Trimbles were supposedly driven from the mining camp at the time. The arrests were made in Cananea, Mexico when they fled the territory after the accusation. They were brought to a jail in Bisbee by an Arizona ranger, and tried in Solomonville.

The case stirred up a great deal of publicity. Firstly, because it was so revolting to have a mother listed as an accomplice to rape. Secondly, because of the nature of the crime, many people felt the only punishment should have been the gallows. Thirdly, an older sister claims she got married, at the age of thirteen, to escape the tortures of her step-father, Trimble. But there were several reports that she was a child prostitute and used her sister's case as a reasonable excuse for her own sad life. Others claimed she was forced into this life by her parents, who benefited from her earnings.

I couldn't help but think of "My Darling Clementine", and the miner forty-niner, who was in love with his darling daughter, who drowned, then he forgot her when he kissed her little sister.

Dreadful sorry is an understatement.

See all of the Prison Hill series on flickr.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

JOIN ME AT THE HILTON IN MESA

I will be at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa with my series "Little Truths" paintings and catalogs. Stop by and visit with me in the Kiva Foyer during the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference on Thursday and Friday June 13 and 14 from 8 am to 5 pm, or come by for a free event on Saturday June 15, the 2013 Historic Homeowner's Expo, from 9 am to 1 pm. I'll be at the Arizona Preservation Foundation table. I hope to see you there.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

PRISON PLATES

"nabor pacheco's plate" photo lithography transfer on ceramic plate, glazed and fired, 7.75 inch round.

In the continuing series of Yuma prisoner paintings I have also been experimenting with some accompanying items. Today I picked up four plates that I left at Marjon's, for firing, about a week ago. I was very pleased with the results. This one came out the clearest. It took some trial and error to get the transfer to absorb at just the right consistency before removing the paper.

I plan on doing a companion plate for certain paintings. This one contains the prison record of Nabor Pacheco.