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Arthur A Wight, Sr
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Birth: Jul. 27, 1856
Fillmore County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Feb. 10, 1904
Cochise County
Arizona, USA

Deputy Sheriff Arthur A. Wight
Cochise County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 10, 1904

Age: 47

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, February 10, 1904
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Sentenced to death

Deputy Arthur Wight was shot and killed by several drunk miners who attacked him for arresting them earlier in the evening.

He had placed the men in a small house that served as a temporary jail. Several of the prisoner's friends came to the house and tipped it over, freeing the prisoners. The group then went to Deputy Wight's house. As Deputy Wight opened the door he was shot by the men and severely wounded in the leg. He was taken to the county hospital in Tombstone where he died a short time later.

A posse arrested several suspects for the murder of Deputy Wight. The suspect who shot Deputy Wight was sentenced to hang on August 19, 1904.

Deputy Wight was survived by his wife, three children, and father.

*Arthur A., Jr.
--b: 1894, Morenci, AZ
--d: Oct 28, 1918 [WWI] France
*Howard Morrison
--b: Sep 5, 1895, AZ
--d: Jun 4, 1949, LA, CA
*Laura B.
--b: Aug. 8, 1897, AZ
--d: Mar 15, 1971, Long Beach, CA
---married Alfonso Hoy


Arthur Wight was the son of Alexander Wight and Roanna Ware (1835, MA-1871, TX). He moved to Arizona Territory about 1890. He married Mamie Mary Johnson y Tellez (Feb. 8, 1874, TX-Jun. 26, 1944, LA, CA) at Morenci, Graham County, August 25, 1893.

Deputy Arthur Wight arrested several striking laborers who were causing a drunken, public disturbance and placed them in a temporary jail. Friends of the arrested men went to the small holding pen, tipped it over and freed them. Deputy Wight stepped outside to see what was going on and was shot in the thigh. Deputy Wight was taken to the Tombstone hospital, but died before under-going surgery.
Deputy Sheriff S.C. Smiley, a twelve-year veteran of the regular army and one of the heroes of the Cuban campaign, was in charge of Black Diamond mining camp commissioned in April 1902, he was replaced a year later by Arthur Wight, son of [Civil War veteran] Alexander Wight. In 1898 he participated in American colonizing ventures near Topolabampo Bay and the Yaqui River sections of Sonora. Returning to Arizona in October 1899. He served a term as Sheriff of Graham county.

The night of Feb 9, [1899] it was E. Figueroa, the leader of the disturbance, that Arthur Wight arrested and jailed. The bullet shattered Wight's leg bones. Deputy Wright made a deposition of the circumstances before Justice William Monmonier [before he died]. He named three assailants: E. Figueroa, Ramon Moreno, and Esperano Heredio, nicknamed Chapo ("Shorty"). Deputy Wright was taken for burial at Tombstone, under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias. He left a wife and three children.

A posse of miners pursued the assailants, who were apprehended by Deputy J. D. Prewitt, and brought to Tombstone on the afternoon of February 11. First hearing June 21, 1904. Verdict rendered by Judge Fletcher M. Doan on June 29, 1904. Figueroa and Moreno sentenced to life imprisonment, while 19-year-old Heredio (the triggerman) was sentenced August 11 to be "hanged by the neck until dead." An appeal was filed January 1905, verdict upheld on April 1st. On June 16, 1905 Heredio was again sentenced to death. Heredio did not speak English and was not provided a translator during the trial. The case was appealed to Governor Kibbey in order to allow time for appeal to President Theodore Roosevelt to seek commutation of his sentence to life in prison, but President Roosevelt stated he could not changed the sentence, his only option being be to pardon the prisoner, which he refused to do. The Governor did grant a 30 day stay of execution. During a retrial of the case, several witnesses changed their testimony and Heredio's conviction was changed to life imprisonment. Heredio was transported to Yuma Territorial Prison September 8, 1905.

(Sources: Prospector, April 30, 1902; Epitaph, October 22, 1899; Bisbee Daily Review, February 11, 1904; Douglas Daily Dispatch, June 25, 1904; Prospector, April 3, 1905, and August 5, 1905; Douglas Daily Dispatch, June 17, August 5, 6, and September 9, 1905)

Above info courtesy of Steve

Family links: 
  Alexander Wight (1832 - 1911)
  Mamie Mary Johnson Wright (1874 - 1944)
  Arthur A Wight (1894 - 1918)*
  Howard Morrison Wight (1895 - 1949)*
  Arthur A Wight (1856 - 1904)
  Judson H Wight (1858 - 1864)*
*Calculated relationship
Tombstone Cemetery (Old)
Cochise County
Arizona, USA
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Record added: Dec 25, 2009
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Arthur A Wight, Sr
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