The Graham Family vs the Tewksbury Family

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Around 1880, the Graham and Tewksbury families were friends and neighbors in central Arizona.  The soon ended in arguments over possible rustling, land rights, and cattle (Graham) versus sheep (Tewksbury).

Major violence erupted.  It’s not clear what the final body count was, but some estimates say up to 50 people died in the Pleasant Valley War (also known by several other titles)—including most of the men in both families.

The last survivor, Ed Tewksbury (photo), became a marshal in Globe, AZ, where he died in bed of natural causes in 1904.

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