About the Author Zeke Crandall's family moved to Phoenix in 1955. He attended St Matthews Catholic Grade School, Carl Hayden High and Phoenix College. Crandall began writing at the age of 48, after befriending a member of the Mexican Mafia while working at a local Mexican Restaurant. The author states, "When he was killed I was so moved that I wrote his story, which I have still not published but it is coming. I truly enjoy showing off our great state and take readers on historical tours. There are so many great people who lived or touched the lives of all of us Arizonians. I will devote the rest of my life writing about these great people.”
Books by Zeke Crandall
Death Cave - The exciting adventure of the peaceful Navajo Indians living around Newberry and Garces Mesas, two villages that were located a few miles north of Wolf Crossing and Trading Post on the Little Colorado River on the southern border of the Navajo Reservation, an attack bya hated Apache raiding party, and the search for the kidnapped daughters of three daughters of the area Navajo chief.
Canyon Diablo - This is the story of the train robbery, pursuit and gun battles that brought National prominence to the youngest county sheriff in U.S. History, William Owen "Buckey" O'Neill and the history of the town railroad town in which the robbery took place. There were more men killed in Canyon Diablo than Dodge City, Abilene and Tombstone together in just three short years.
Pleasant Valley Revisited - This is the story of the bloodiest feud in U.S. History, that of the Tewksburys and the Grahams - also known as the Pleasant Valley War or the Tonto Basin War. There were thirty-five men murdered and only one man was arrested, brought to trial, found guilty of the murder of Tom Graham in 1892 but Edwin only served eighteen months. While waiting on a new trial Edwin Tewksbury was released and passed away from TB in 1904.
Tonto Basin Pioneer - While completing my book Pleasant Valley Revisited, I wanted to give credit to a contributor, L.J. Horton, who without his written history that is part of our Arizona Historical Journal I would not have been able to complete the book. Like all of my books, I like to present a little biography on any contributor that I use but could find nothing until I discovered a file at our Arizona State Archives. Wow, this was the greatest discovery in my twenty five year career to date. I am presenting in this book Tonto Basin Pioneer the amazing history of a man, L.J. Horton who I believe was one of the most amazing men I have ever researched. I believe the reader after finishing this book will realize how this man, as a freighter was able to stay neutral in the Pleasant Valley War. I have moved this man up above Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday as my favorite Old West characters that I have researched.
The Simple Man - The thrill of a lifetime came upon this author in Sept of 1978, while collecting a premium for the insurance on an old folks retirement home, I was introduced to Mike Dunbar by the owner. Mike and I spent three visits, six hours each, while this 97 year old man told me his life story and all of the folks who were his friends. At first I thought he was a BS artist but looking back 20 years later the author realized that there is no way a person can make up what this man told me. He claimed to be a personal friend of Butch Cassidy and in this book the evidence is presented that proves this man was the real deal.
Ghost in the Desert - This is the true story of the Apache Kid. General George Crook was quoted, "The Apache Kid was the most cunning, intelligent, ruthless Indian that ever lived." Crook went on to say, Geronimo was a saint compared to the Kid. The Army thought the Indian wars were over after Geronimo surrendered in 1886, but the Kid waged war by himself or with other renegades until he disappeared in 1899.
The Power Affair - One of the bloodiest gunfight's in Arizona history took place the morning of February 10, 1918 outside the Power Cabin in desolate Rattlesnake Canyon in the Galiuro Mountains near Klondyke, Arizona. Four men were killed, three of them Graham County Law officers. The Power Brothers spend 42 years in the Arizona State Prison, convicted of first degree murder. Their story and the story of the gunfight is one of the saddest and bloodiest days in the early days just a little over six years after Arizona became a state on February 14, 1912!
Also: Arizona Train Robbers Arizona Tales Vol. 1
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