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A couple of weeks ago, we invited you to be a contestant in our quiz show. And we’re pleased that a number of you did and received your free gift for answering the five questions correctly. For those who would like to know the answers, here’s the answer to the third question.
Q. Who was the lawman, detective, and Wells Fargo agent injured during the Great Fairbank Train Robbery in 1900?
Answer: Jeff Milton
Jeff Milton, son of the Confederate Governor of Florida, left home at the age of 15, soon after the South lost the Civil War. After working as a cowboy in Texas, Milton lied about his age and joined the Texas Rangers. After serving with the Rangers for four years, he roamed farther west to New Mexico where he became a Deputy U.S. Marshal and eventually moved to Arizona. Milton had a noted career as a law enforcement officer in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
While in Arizona, he worked for Sheriff John Slaughter, attempting to corral the outlaw gangs in Cochise County.
While working as a guard on the Arizona and New Mexico Railroad in 1900, Milton found himself in the middle of an attempted robbery in the town of Fairbank. Burt Alvord, a Cochise County deputy sheriff-turned-outlaw, and his gang bungled the robbery attempt by not anticipating the unexpected. They had planned the heist when they believed that Milton wouldn’t be guarding the rail car. To their surprise, Milton opened the train car door. Opening fire, they shattered Milton’s arm; nevertheless, Milton returned the gunfire and dropped two of the bandits. Weakening, Milton hid the keys in the safe. The gunmen, after searching Milton and failing to find the keys, were forced to flee without the wealth they expected.
Never regaining the full use of his arm, Milton retired to Tombstone in 1932, where he spent the remainder of his life.
For information, brochures, and maps, stop by the Visitor Center in the Oscar Yrun Community Center, 3020 E. Tacoma Street, or call 417-6960 for information or directions.
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