“Ain’t Suited for the Government” A gunfighter had to give up his Quaker roots.

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Commodore Perry Owens.

Commodore Perry Owens is best known for killing three men in a Holbrook, AZ gunfight
in 1887.

He reportedly had a number of additional notches on his gun handle. That might seem a bit odd, for Owens brought up in a Quaker family in Central Indiana. And the Friends are people of peace and nonviolence.

Owens himself explained the conundrum in an 1894 interview with the Indianapolis News: “I was raised a Quaker, but out here, you see, a man can’t work at that. It ain’t suited to the Arizona climate.”

Do you know anything about lawman Commodore Perry Owens and his missing loot?

What do you think?

Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.