Arizona’s deadliest shootout did not happen in 1881 in Tombstone, but in 1918 near Klondyke, in a remote canyon in the Galiuro Mountains northeast of Tucson.
On a cold winter morning, Jeff Power was lighting a fire in his remote Arizona cabin when he heard a noise, grabbed his rifle, and walked out the front door. Shots rang out from inside and outside the cabin. When it was all over, Jeff’s sons, Tom and John, emerged to find the sheriff and his two deputies dead, and their father mortally wounded.
Miami Deputy Sheriff Frank Haynes was the only law enforcement officer to survive. He had joined three Graham County peace officers who went to the cabin that day to arrest Tom and John, labeled “slackers,” or draft dodgers.
On Saturday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m., author and historian Heidi J. Osselaer will be at Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum,
On a cold winter morning, Jeff Power was lighting a fire in his remote Arizona cabin when he heard a noise, grabbed his rifle, and walked out the front door.
150 Plaza Circle in Miami, Ariz., to present her newest look at this historic event in her newly published book, “Arizona’s Deadliest Gunfight: Draft Resistance and Tragedy at the Power Cabin, 1918.”
Heidi will talk about the book, show trailers from her movie, “Powers War,” and be available to sign her new book, which sells for $29.95.
“Arizona’s Deadliest Gunfight” describes an impoverished family that wanted nothing to do with modern civilization.
Jeff Power built his cabin miles from the nearest settlement, yet could not escape the federal government’s reach.
The Power men were far from violent criminals, but Jeff had openly criticized the Great War, and his sons failed to register for the draft. Heidi believes Graham County Sheriff Frank McBride set out to make an example of the “slackers.”
Heidi teaches history at Arizona State University and is the author of “Winning Their Place: Arizona Women in Politics, 1883-1950.”