...Frank Vaughn is an interesting man, apparently. His record as an Arizona pioneer at a time when everyday life became an opportunity for greater things for almost everyone who wanted to progress is a good read. He is by no means outstanding as these opportunities, as I see it, were open to anyone as it was a time of great openings.
...He landed in Arizona in 1877, as did so many others. he was a schoolteacher, stockman, railroader, and a guide during several Apache campaigns. Active in politics, he helped draft a Democratic platform in 1910. In Bisbee he was a leading construction contractor and was on the board of several mining companies. When statehood arrived, he was appointed Secretary of the first Speaker of the State Assembly.
I may sound like I am labouring the point, but my intent is to show that he and his associates who testified about the Benson stage attempt were men of some integrity and it did not make sense to write off their statements without further follow-up and serious investigation. As I said before, circumstantial evidence has merit if it is supported, and it was by several others.
Vaughn's interview can be found in the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson, Arizona. The interviewer was Mrs. Geo. F. Kitt.
Vaughn also referred to a 'trial' (possibly meaning an informal Hearing) in which he claimed The McLaurys, Slaughter, Ike Clanton, all testified that they had seen Doc riding away from the Benson stage site on the Dunbar horse as everyone knew that horse.
Unfortunately, I can find no record of this particular 'Hearing' or examination he refers to but someone has it somewhere in a private collection, I suppose. Perhaps John Rose, as he is a superb collector.
Nevertheless, nothing in this man's character suggests he is a story-telling gossiper. He knew most of the people he refers to and spoke well of them.
Hope this is interesting. There are so many things that seem to be washed over because they don't fit the popular narrative.
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