Category Archives: Cochise

The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise, Yuma

Doug Hocking will speak on The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise, at the Sanguinetti Gardens in Yuma, AZ at 7 p.m. on January 17, 2017 and again at 10 a.m. on the 18th. Tom Jeffords learned … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Prescott

Doug Hocking will speak on The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise, at the Prescott Public Library at 5 p.m. on January 5, 2017. Tom Jeffords learned important lessons as a sea captain on the Great Lakes … Continue reading

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The Graves at Dragoon Springs, Pathfinders

Doug Hocking will speak on The Graves at Dragoon Springs, at 6 P.M. Friday, November 4, to the Pathfinders at the Arizona Historical Society Museum on 2nd St. in Tucson. There are four graves at the Overland Mail Station at … Continue reading

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Fort Bowie, AZ

We went out to Fort Bowie for the Centennial of the U.S. Park Service. B Troop was there and we hiked in and around the fort. Fort Bowie was founded in 1862 by the California Column and name for one … Continue reading

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The Graves at Dragoon Springs, WNPA

Western National Parks Association, Oro Valley Doug Hocking will speak on The Graves at Dragoon Springs, at 12 P.M., and 2 P.M. Saturday, August 27, at the Western National Parks Store in Oro Valley. There are four graves at the … Continue reading

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Tom Jeffords’s Secret

With Carol Markstrom’s Jefford’s Secret as background music, I need to explain what Tom’s secret was. Tom knew where Cochise was buried. Many white men wanted to know but Tom would never tell. Alice Rollins Crane spent twenty years trying … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise

The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise is due out from Two Dot in the Spring of 2017. Meanwhile, here’s a video and some music. Tom Jeffords Video Here’s a note from Carol Markstrom who wrote the … Continue reading

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Tom Jeffords, Sutler at Fort Huachuca, life after the Chiricahua Agency

Tom Jeffords was played by Jimmy Stewart in Broken Arrow, the man who rode alone into Cochise’s Stronghold and became the chief’s friend. When peace was negotiated between General O.O. Howard and the Chiricahua Apache, Cochise retained a reservation that … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise

Jimmy Stewart played a heroic Tom Jeffords in 1950’s Broken Arrow. He learned the Apache language and boldly rode alone into Cochise’s Stronghold to make a private peace for his stagecoach company. Having made friends with Cochise and earned his … Continue reading

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Never annoy an author. They’ll put you in a story and kill you.

They say never annoy an author. He’ll put you in a book and kill you. So here goes. Yesterday, Saturday, I did a presentation, The Black Legend of Lieutenant Bascom, twice, at 12 and 2, at the Western National Parks … Continue reading

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