Category Archives: Tom Jeffords

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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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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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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The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords

Tom Jeffords was portrayed by Jimmy Stewart in the 1950 classic film Broken Arrow. Although he did ride alone into Cochise’s Stronghold to make the peace, events were not quite as portrayed in film, legend and popular history. The real … 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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Sailing the Great Lakes with Tom Jeffords in the 1850s

I wish I could sail the Great Lakes on a wind-driven ship. I’ve sailed on small lakes, lakes too small to have waves of any size. And I’ve sailed on the ocean which is quite a different experience.

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Knowing the truth from history: how do we know who’s telling the truth

Some claim the truth in history is unknowable. Without doubt the historian should be trying to present a true picture of what happened. Let us agree that only one thing did happen. There are those who seem to doubt this … Continue reading

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