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Lonesome Trail

By Robert Hutchison

Seems like every other day we’re told

‘bout the deputies taking Jamie Stott’s land and behold

They killed four boys for greed and gold then

The cowards wouldn’t even did graves, for their souls

 

And way out west lay four brave country sons

Where Black Mesa’s called the Mogollon Rim

where the Eagles fly free and wild horses play

Right up under this gorgeous sun…son

 

Chorus:

So blow wind ’cross the Mogollon

blow ’til you send another one in

We’re calling these four boys our lost children

and to us they are our sons.

 

Lack of love always takes it’s toll

All because of greedy hateful land control

Eighty one of eighteen eighty eight

Now folks wonder why-oh-why didn’t one coward try oh why?

 

As we ride this lost lonesome trail

We stop and make four young boys smile and if

you listen close you will hear the ghosts

of all four boys lonesome cries — Oh why didn’t one coward try?

 

Chorus:

So blow wind ’cross the Mogollon

blow ’til you send another one in

We’re calling these four boys our lost children

and to us they are our sons.

A lonesome cry, Oh why didn’t one coward try…Oh why?

The Murder of Samuel S. Shull

By Robert Hutchison

 

June 2, 1887, St. Johns Herald:

“The Prescott (capitol of Arizona Territory - A. T.) Journal - Miner says:  Sheriff William J. Muluenon received a telegram from Henry Behrens at Campe Verde stating that Sam’l S. Shull, a well- known stockman (sheepherder for Daggs Brothers - Flagstaff) of the Mogollon Mountains, has been found dead in his cabin, shot through the head with a shotgun. Muluenon immediately started to the scene of the murder and will institute a thorough investigation.” There was never a mention of any dead dogs at the scene which the Herald would have expanded upon generously. “A.T. Governor Conrad Meyer Zulick has offered the customary $500.00 reward for the arrest and conviction of the murderer READ MORE...

 

The Hangin' Tree, pictured above, was the starting point of the Anniversary horseback ride in honor of Stott, Scott and Wilson, three boys that were hung from this tree on August 11th, 1888. Author Robert Hutchison has written several articles about the Hangin' Tree and the wrongful murders of these boys. Just down the FR Road 300 you will find the Hangin' Tree Trail that takes you to their gravesite.

129th Anniversary of Stott, Scott and Wilson Hanging

By Anne Groebner

 

If you read the back issues of Get You Mountain On Arizona (or go to http://www.getyourmountainonaz.com/az-history.html), you will discover many, many parts of a series that documents the hangings of three young men on the morning of August 11th of 1888. This year, on August 11th, 2017, Robert Hutchison, the author of the “Hanging Tree” series, along with help from his friends, took an anniversary horseback ride to the graves of James Warren Stott, James Scott and Jeff Wilson. I was invited along to document the ride and, as a long-time history buff, was inspired by an area on the Rim that is layered in bloodshed and tears from the wild west days when the law was almost non-existent. I wasn’t alone. The first of two rides were totally filled with about 19 riders, including myself, and I’m not sure how many were on the second ride.

   We started at the hanging tree, which is located at the intersection of the 300 (Rim) Road toward Black Canyon Lake and the 196 road. It’s a tall pine with a

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Robert Hutchison, pictured above, has devoted his time to solving more than 8 murders including The hanging of Stott, Scott and Wilson. He is finding more and more 1800s'  murders to solve evry day. Check out his articles below....

Time Travel in the Old West

By Rob Betasso

 

   It amuses me just a bit when I hear people (usually someone in the media) refer to the 1990’s as though it occurred way back in the horse and buggy days. Now granted, that decade did start over a quarter of a century ago but, to me, it seems like only yesterday…. In 1990, I hired on with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and my first project involved rafting down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon studying the ecosystem’s fishes.

   By the mid 1990’s, I had bounced around a bit from one Game and Fish job to another and wound up settling down for a spell at one of the agency’s trout hatcheries. The setting was idyllic as the hatchery was situated just off the Mogollon Rim and nestled down along Canyon Creek in the Tonto National Forest.

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Time Travel in the Old West - Part II

By Rob Bettaso

 

   It amuses me just a bit when I hear people (usually someone in the media) refer to the 1990’s as though it occurred way back in the horse and buggy days. Now granted, that decade did start over a quarter of a century ago but, to me, it seems like only yesterday…. In 1990, I hired on with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and my first project involved rafting down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon studying the ecosystem’s fishes.

   By the mid 1990’s, I had bounced around a bit from one Game and Fish job to another and wound up settling down for a spell at one of the agency’s trout hatcheries. The setting was idyllic as the hatchery was situated just off the Mogollon Rim and nestled down along Canyon Creek in the Tonto National Forest.

   Among the many highlights of working at Canyon Creek Hatchery was the opportunity to get to know our nearest (and only) neighbors -- the folks who lived and worked at the OW Ranch, about a mile downstream from the hatchery. Often, come quitting time, I’d take my

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GRAVESITES PRE-1942

GRAVESITES TODAY

More on Stott, Scott & Wilson

J. D. Houck claimed that a group of thirty masked men took the prisoners and he didn’t know what happened after that. Houck had been overheard saying that Stott would never get that land homesteaded.  He, Houck, wanted to graze in that area . . .To make matters worse, they hung those guys just a few miles from Houck’s Ranch. Most people lump these murders in with the Graham/Tewksbury feud killings. According to Will Croft Barnes, he (Stott) was “well known to have stolen horses” and normally that diatribe was about stealing from the North; selling to the South! Ben Irby was a friend of Jamie Stott and he cornered J. D. Houck in Holbrook and accused him of killing those boys, trying to provoke Houck into a gunfight . . . It didn’t happen. Houck weaseled out of a direct confrontation.

Visit www.gymoaz.com for more information about

the murders of Stott, Scott, Wilson and Fulton.

 

No one has ever seen the warrant that Houck claimed he had when he arrested the three boys, Stott, Scott & Wilson. It is possible that some misfiled document may exist deep in the bowels of the courthouse but, even if there is a warrant, that warrant doesn’t make them guilty.

  All who researched the issue have come up short of anything close to pinning something illegal on these boys. No warrant for their arrest has ever been documented or produced. Houck died from drinking

Strychnine Poison.

CALAMITY AT AZTECA SPRINGS

By Steve Taylor

Almost forgotten, that tale from the past

of calamity at Azteca Springs...

where Stott, Scott and Wilson met destiny that day.

A story the night owl still sings.

 

‘Twas breakfast time on the Stott homestead

 for Jamie and two of his friends.

The knock on the door surprised them for sure,

not expecting life’s journey to end.

 

A long haired killer with a badge

was waiting just outside

with trumped up charges and a posse of men

to take them on a one way ride.

 

Lawman Houck was known to say,

“Stott won’t ever homestead that land!”

He wanted to graze his sheep herd there

so he took the law into his hand.

 

Gentleman Jamie invited them in

and fixed breakfast for the whole lot

and when Houck was done, that son-of-a-gun

arrested Scott, Wilson and Stott.

Tied to the saddle they led them West

along old General Crook’s Trail.

With a suspended sentence...

 they were hanged from a tree

instead of going to jail.

 

Now sometimes out on Black Mesa

along the Hangman’s Trail

you’ll hear a sad and lonesome cry

 when the wind makes the pine trees wail.

 

It crys for Stott, Scott and Wilson,

left hangin’ in the trees...

found by a cowboy chasin’ strays...

just swayin’ in the breeze.

 

CHORUS

Yes...the night owl still sings of Azteca Springs.

A sad song of long, long ago.

And the moon still shines on those lonesome pines and that cabin way down below.

Artist and Poet: Steve Taylor

Eagle Nest Studio: Home Studio at

858 White Mountain Drive, Show Low AZ 85901

928-537-7174, stjat@cableone.com

Steve Taylor

Western Watercolorist

 

 As a child growing up in Rockford, Illinois in the Forties, life and times were simple for Steve – no TV,

video games or computers, just radio and a vivid imagination. He learned very early that drawing

and singing got him a lot of attention. As a result,his best friends were  pencils and paper and,

fortunately, his mom and dad saw to it that henever ran out.

 When he was ten, his family moved to Arizona for one year. It was a short, big adventure but the

West was in his blood. After all, he had drawn mountains and cactus and horses. The die was cast!

After completing high school in Illinois, he returned to Arizona. He recalls riding horseback in down-

town Scottsdale and tying up at Lute’s Pharmacy for a soda – great weekend fun for a young dude

who was “all hat and no cattle.”

 After college in Chicago, earning a living and raising a family put Steve’s art on hold. Then, in 1976, a commercial art firm in Phoenix recognized his talent and soon made him an art director. It was there that he met his friend and mentor, the late Dick Axtell, a western artist who introduced Steve to the world of watercolor. That has been his medium of preference ever since.

Steve’s love of the West has led him and wife JoAnn to the White Mountains of Arizona where he enjoys painting the working cowboy, Native Americans and the beauty of God’s creation.  Over the years and through many occupations, Steve has become an actor, poet, singer-songwriter and musician.  He plays harmonica, sings, records and tours with Mountain Saddle Band. (www.mountainsaddleband.com)

Steve says, “I thank God every day for the beauty of  His creation and for leading us to the White Mountains of Arizona where the ‘Cowboy Way’ is still a way of life.”

 

 

 

The Hanging Tree Update

By Robert Hutchison

 

We have discovered that the presence of one of the other “part time” deputy sheriffs at the triple homicides of James Warren Stott, James Lane Scott III and William Jefferson Wilson is making us question his presence at “the Hanging Tree.” (see getyourmountainonaz.com/history) Thomas N. Horn Jr. was a well-known

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The Murder of Al Fulton Part II

By Robert Hutchison

 

Around 1878, Harry Fulton came to Flagstaff, Arizona. Eight years later, he helped establish the Arizona Wool Growers Association and was elected its first president.

Governor Conrad Meyer Zulick was instrumental in having Fulton appointed as the first sheep inspector for Yavapai County in May 1887. Also, important to note is the fact that Zulick’s attorney general

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The Murder of Al Fulton

By Robert Hutchison

   In October of 2016, an anonymous donor placed the 45.55 copper black powder cartridge with a spent spun primer in my hands. This cartridge fired the bullet that killed Al Fulton. a sheepherder during the Pleasant Valley War. At the time, with the help of Dawn Wilson of Wilson Investigations, we were busy working on solving the triple homicides of James Warren Stott, James Lane Scott III and William Jefferson Wilson that took place on August 11th, 1888.

   After receiving the cartridge, we once again turned to Wilson as a consultant and proceeded to investigate the murder of Al Fulton, which took place on the General Crook Trail (a military trail sometimes called “Old Verde Road or, as the feudists referred to it, “the Deadline Zone”). The Mogollon Rim Visitor Center which sits on “Fulton Point,” provided us with the following information. Ranger Patti, very cautiously shared the location of the gravesite because of the previous desecrations of the site. I assured her that I would not release the information she provided.

Fulton Point is located at the top of the Rim, about 30 miles northeast of Payson, Arizona, off State Route 260, at an elevation of 7,529 feet. It is named for a man who, as the story goes, was murdered in 1888 by an angry rancher. According to the legend, Fulton and his brother were driving their flock of sheep through Wilford Scarlet’s cattle range and were driven toward a sink hole by Scarlet and his men. Fulton fell off his horse and was killed. There is a modest tombstone marking his grave today and, at one time, it read: “Al Fulton, murdered 1888.” It was later changed to “Al Fulton Shot 1901” — perhaps to mask the possibility that Fulton was wrongfully hanged. We are investigating this murder and hope to have it 99% solved by the time the February, 2017 issue of GYMOAZ hits the stands.

Note: This month, parts I through V of the Hanging Tree Murder stories were couriered to Governor Doug Ducey and placed in the Arizona State Archives Building, located at 1901 W. Madison in Phoenix.

   By May 1887, I doubt whether surveys had been done in this part of Yavapai/Coconino County, Arizona Territory (A.T.). Teams using transits, chains, rods and pins did eventually arrive at Shull’s gravesite (location of T16N. R91/2E. Sec. 15). The reactors must remove “the shadow of doubt” to totally solve this mystery.

The same scenario of the wrongfully accused “William Hampton Blevins” is located at T8N.R 14 1/2 E. Sec.21 of Yavapai/Gila County A.T. We have the corpus delicti locations of all seven of our subjects so far. GYMOAZ.com/history.

We will now give credit where it is rightfully due. Mr. Jinx Pyle, famed author of many wo

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The Murder of

Samuel S. Shull

Part II

By Robert Hutchison

The Hanging Tree

Part I

 By Robert Hutchison

 

   On the morning of August 11, 1888, between 25 and 27 men converged on the Aztec Spring Ranch of James Warren Stott.  They moved in from five locations—Tonto Basin, Pleasant Valley/Young, Heber, Snowflake/Taylor and Holbrook.  With only substandard telegraph (or none at all) and no newspaper or post office service to record

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The Hanging Tree

(part two)

By Robert Hutchison

 

This is a continuation of a piece that was published in the August issue of this publication concerning the well-planned triple homicide of Stott, Scott and Wilson, on August 11, 1888.

   Jeff (Billy) Wilson and James Scott were hung from a ponderosa pine tree that now bears the chevron V reflector indicating the General George Crook Trail, which was established in 1870.  The tree is 22 inches in diameter and has been cut off 10 feet high to preserve .

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The Aztec Spring Ranch where Stott, Scott and Wilson were abducted.

R-L: Jenny Caster, Wayne Ramey, Ruthie Yeats, Robert Hutchison, Dawn Wilson, Carol Mathewson, Stacey Sanches, Scott Klaus and Autumn Golden.

The Hanging Tree

(Part III)

 By Robert Hutchison

 

   This part is dedicated to proving the innocence of the three hanging victims—Jamie Stott, James Scott and Jeff (Billy) Wilson.

   In recognition of the tragic event, a group gathered again at the Aztec Spring Ranch on August 11, 2016—the 128th -year anniversary of the abduction and subsequent triple homicide—to sort out the factual events and testimony provided by witnesses.

   Unaware of their upcoming fate on that date in history, Jamie and Jeff prepared breakfast for the 25 men who were there to abduct and murder them.  Included in the breakfast fare were five dozen eggs, 70 pancakes and 100 cups of hot coffee.  Some of the men had traveled more than 100 miles to the location.  Preparation of the meal would have required about two hours.  Each man ate his fill, and dishes were then washed, rinsed and dried.

   The testimony of eye witnesses Lamott Clymer and Alfred Ingram indicates that:

   (1) The Aztec Land and Cattle Co. had to be taught a lesson by the “prime movers” of the Tonto Basin and Pleasant Valley residents; otherwise, said boys would have READ MORE...

The Murder of William Ellexson

By Robert Hutchison

 

“Modus operandi” (M.O.) is a Latin term that means the mode of operation of a crime; in the case of Ellexson, it is murder. Occasionally, as in this case, a more recent crime must be solved prior to solving a previous crime. The M.O. of Ellexson’s murderer, in my opinion, fits James Dennis Houck like a glove.

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The Hanging Tree

Part IV

By Robert Hutchison

 

    This is a continuation of our report of the triple homicides of James Warren (Jamie) Stott, James Lane Scott III and William Jefferson Wilson on August 11, 1888. For 128 years, the mystery has remained unsolved. The following is research that has been gathered and is critical in the solving of the triple murders.

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The Hanging Tree

Final Chapter

By Robert Hutchison

 

   On Friday, August 10, 1888, most of the 28 riders, if not all of them, met at the Bear Spring Ranch owned by Jamie Stott. This small ranch was located two miles west of the Aztec Spring Ranch, also owned by Stott. Many of the horses needed feed and water after having traveled over 125 miles in the three days to this location  READ MORE...

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