We don't realize how easy we have it. Our ice is made in our own homes, in our own refrigerators. Many of use don't even have to open the door of the freezer to get the ice.
While searching for the fates of the Golden State Limited's accused bandits, the Morgue Lady came across this story. The Mexican consul was attempted to help a widow whose husband was a victim of the Samaniego massacre in 1881. It appeared articles from the Arizona Daily Star night help.
The names of the others accused of involvement with the holdup of the Golden State limited were revealed at the preliminary examination of George Winkler Sr.
Alleged train robber F.W. Jirou apparently saw that things weren't going his way. So he confessed, turned state's evidence and named his fellow bandits. One can only assume he would not be eligible for any reward.
Accused train robber Jirou was given a preliminary examination in court and bound over for trial.
The attempted train robbery was still big news in Tucson three days later. Finally an arrest was made, giving people something new to read.
It was at the coroner's inquest that the stories of all the witnesses to the attempted train robbery came together. Knowing it all happened more than 90 years ago, one may now see humor in the descriptions, but the Morgue Lady is sure people were frightened at the time.
By 1922, train robberies weren't quite as common as they had been before the turn of the century, if they had ever been considered common. Soon trains would not be the fastest and easiest way to transfer money, and robberies would not be worth the trouble and risk.
The attempted train robbery happened in the early morning hours of May 15, 1922. For newspapers, this is bad news and good news.
This story has many of the elements needed to make a movie: a train hold-up, a gun battle and a dead body left behind by the surviving robbers. This story, however, unfolded in the pages of the Arizona Daily Star instead of on the silver screen. It wasn't "The Great Train Robbery," but it wo…
Tales from the Morgue takes a break from its usual tales of murder and mayhem to offer something of a lighter nature. Not to worry, however, murder and mayhem will return.
There was a rash of unusual sentences in 1922. Judges decided convicted criminals and society would be better served by learning lessons instead of being locked away. Of course, these lessons were generally meted out to those convicted of non-violent crimes, but not always.
Police officers were suspected of grand larceny in the theft of news trunks. It was suspected that they might have been used to transport whiskey. Finding the trunks would definitely help the case.
There are some people we are supposed to trust. We tell our children that they can go to a police officer if they need help. They are expected to keep us — and our property — safe.
The flu epidemic of 1918 didn't spare Tucson. The Board of Health began to insist on the wearing of masks to help curb the spread of the disease.
When the Morgue Lady peruses microfilm of early editions of the Arizona Daily Star, she generally looks for interesting Arizona news to retell local history buffs.
Both William Stewart and John Goodwin were tried for the murder of Alfred Hilpot and were convicted.
First John Goodwin, also known as James Steele, was sentenced and then a week later William Steele was sentenced for the murders of Fred Kibbe and Alfred Hilpot.
Few doubted the guilt of the men accused of killing Fred Kibbe and Alfred Hilpot, but the big surprise in the trial of John Goodwin was that he offered no defense. His lawyer merely argued that the prosecution didn't prove its case.
Within a few days of the news of the murder, Tucsonans read of the killers' arrest. They offered no struggle.
A bloody murder at an abandoned stage station in Globe, Ariz., led to the formation of a sheriffs' posse and a six-day chase for the presumed murderers.
This is an example of the small mortar and pestle sets mentioned by Big Jim.
Pima County Health Department inspectors check 2,500 local swimming pools at least twice a year. See which pools have failed inspections.
There's something to be said for years of experience. A 72-year-old bank guard — a former officer with several law enforcement agencies — disarmed a bank robber and saved the day.
Tucson is probably a rest stop for many who pass through on the way east or west, but it seems unlikely the proud residents of the Old Pueblo ever expected millions of grasshoppers would stop here for a rest.
There are times for each of us when we wish for elves to help us in our work when we are sleeping or away. The Morgue Lady refers to the fabled elves who helped the poor shoemaker.
In 1994, Gina Celaya became the youngest person to be tried for murder in the first degree in Pima County. She was accused of killing Trinidad Lopez, 50, in December 1992, days after her 14th birthday.
Even now, the desert is not a friendly place for someone unprepared. Add illness or injury and a much longer travel time, and the desert can be deadly.
The Morgue Lady has been a bit hard to find lately, but she will attempt to revive this blog. Other duties have kept her away for a while.
On Sept. 26, 1991, a grand experiment began. Eight people were locked in the giant terrarium, Biosphere II, to live without physical contact with the outside world for two years.
The Congress Hotel fire on Jan. 22, 1934, brought about the capture of John Dillinger, but before the capture, the fire was the big news in the Arizona Daily Star.
This article originally ran in Tales from the Morgue April 9, 2012. Today is the 131st anniversary of the shootout in Tombstone.
Tales from the Morgue present a story that reminds us of the perils of living in a rural area in a time when travel was slower, phones were not in every home and neighbors were too far away to hear a call for help.
When one thinks of an assassination, it is usually of a high-ranking government official like the president or of a well-known activist.
It appears that drug smuggling is an old standard when it comes to occupations in Southern Arizona.
The old pioneer had a reputation for honesty and a kind heart, and he had a storied past. He had made and lost a fortune. But now the man was considered insane and a danger to those around him.
It's a good thing when the police blotter is filled with the mundane daily reports of traffic violations, public drunkenness and disturbance of the peace.
We know that Tucson was once a small town with small-town ways at the same time it had aspirations to bigger things.
During World War II, dried eggs became one of the most nutritious foods that could be safely sent to troops overseas without spoiling.
Imagine being inspired by the adventures of Amelia Earhart in a day when women were more often found making beds and dinner than flying around the world.
A recent "Tales from the Morgue" article about women's fashions in 1902 (see a link at the end of this article under "Related stories") made the Morgue Lady wonder how women handled the problem of dusty or muddy streets in Tucson when their gowns often trailed behind them.
We're never happy. We always want more.
Just what was the well-dressed woman wearing in Tucson in 1902? If the fashion writers of the day had their say, it would be Japanese dressing gowns suitable for the family breakfast table.
We have all heard of people's lives being saved by animals. When a man fell down a well and was saved by a horse, one might imagine the horse pulled the man up as he clung to a rope. Visions of the Lone Ranger and Silver come to mind.
Rain is an event here in Southern Arizona, and it almost always makes the news. But rain was not the most exciting thing to happen in Tombstone in July, 1937. How can rain compete with a fire, a ghost and a lynching?
Nowadays, when someone buys a car during Tucson's rainy season, he wraps that temporary license plate, which is made of paper, in a plastic baggie. Alas, temporary plates have been around longer than plastic bags.
The following originally ran in "Tales from the Morgue" July 28, 2008:
A woman saw a man prowling about her home, but when the police arrived, he managed to keep hidden so they didn't find him. Once they left, he came back and peeped into the windows again.
It is quite likely that people have argued over what to teach children in schools — and what not to teach — since schools were first started.
Some advice is eternal. While this article is not local, it did appear on the Society Page of the Star. The Morgue Lady seldom has occasion for formal attire, but she would appreciate this advice if she did.