Joseph “Mack” Axford was a colorful character of Arizona. In the late 1890s, he worked the WS Ranch near Tucson with Butch Cassidy and Elzy Lay (both using aliases). Mack worked in mines along the Mexican border, guarded prisoners in the Cochise County Jail, filled in as surgeon at the county hospital, and later became superintendent of William C. Greene’s cattle company. In 1968, he was marshal for Tombstone’s Helldorado parade. And he put his adventures in a book the next year, when he was 90.
True West June 2023