TYPE: Bank Note
DIMENSIONS: 11 x 8 1/2 inches
CONDITION: Typewritten on watermarked Reliance paper. Letterhead fonts are in bold. Dark blue ink, "Frank W. Goodbody Attorney at Law Tombstone, Arizona" on upper left, and "Special Attention to Probate Practice Court Commissioner" on upper right. George Bravin (hand signed in fine black fountain pen ink)
ITEM ID: 3839

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Tombstone, Arizona: 1914 Signed George Bravin Bank Note

Year: 1914
Decade: 1910s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: The letter is dated February 25th, 1914

Fox Mining Claim signed by George Bravin, Tombstone Lawman, U.S. Deputy Marshal and addressed to T. R. Brandt, the cashier, (died in November 1917 as the result of being shot in the only attempted bank robbery in Tombstone). Addressed to: T.R Brandt, Esq, Cashier, First (misspelled Fidst) National Bank of Tombstone, Arizona.Dear Sir: -You are hereby requested and authorized to place to the credit of J.H. McPherson, one half of all moneys received by you under that certain contract and agreement in escrow, between Geoge Bravin and Emil Grebe, now deposited with you, covering the Fox Mining Claim, in Tombstone Mining District, Cochise County, Arizona.George Bravin (hand signed in fine black fountain pen ink)From Legends of America dot com: In 1891, Bravin, who had a friendly disposition which earned him many friends in Tombstone, was elected county assessor and also purchased the Arcade Saloon on Allen Street. Three years later, in 1894, though he certainly didn’t look the part of a lawman, but rather, more like a schoolmaster, he took the position of deputy sheriff. Working hard at the position, he quickly gained the respect of the locals.The following year, on September 25, 1895, he was appointed as a U.S. Deputy Marshal and in 1896 was working as the first elected constable in Pearce, Arizona. Though the new mining camp, east over the Dragoon Mountains, was never as tough as Tombstone, Bravin was determined that it wouldn’t be. He soon hired a tough deputy to work with him – Burton Alvord At this time, Alvord had not yet turned to his lawless ways and had a reputation as solid lawman. However, just six month later, Bravin thought there was no longer a need for the tough deputy and let him go. Little did he know that the two would meet again under far different circumstances. Alvord moved on to Willcox, where he worked as a deputy constable once again and gained a reputation as both a killer and an alcoholic. Alvord would further change his ways by the turn of the century, partnering up with Billy Stiles and forming the Alvord-Stiles Gang, who began by rustling cattle but soon advanced to robbing trains.In the meantime, Bravin returned to being a lawman in Tombstone. In 1900, the Alvord-Stiles Gang attempted to rob a Fairbanktrain, but instead, ran into tough lawmen Jeff Milton. Alvord. was arrested and taken to the Cochise County Jail, where he came face to face with his former boss, George Bravin. On April 7, 1900, as Bravin had some 25 prisoners housed in his jail, Billy Stiles went to visit Alvord and other gang members who were in the jail. He then held a gun to Bravin demanding the release of all of the prisoners and ended up shooting the lawman taking off two of his toes. The prisoners, including Alvord, then escaped. Bravin continued his duties as a lawman and on June 20, 1908 was involved in a gunfight with a Mexican man named Marcello Mendez. When the shooter blasted a local woman three times, the shots brought Bravin and another constable named Kelly running. Searching for the shootist, they found him hiding under the bed and as the lawmen crouched down, the shots rang out again. Though the men received only powder burns, Mendez was hit in the head and the heart. The woman who had been shot survived. For the next nine years, Bravin continued to serve as a Tombstone Lawman until at the age of 55, in 1917, he became ill and entered the hospital in Douglas. He never recovered and died at his daughter’s home in Douglas on October 21, 1918. His body was returned to Tombstone where his funeral was one of the largest ever held. He was buried at the Tombstone Cemetery (not Boot Hill.)