My theme for A- Z is the year my book takes place: 1881. I"ll be posting about people, places, and random facts about the year as it relates - however distantly - to my book, West of Paradise.
Today we have N for Newspaper, namely, the Tombstone Epitaph - and yeah, this letter gave me a little trouble since I couldn't find a person, place, or thing (that I found interesting enough) for the letter N - hence my disclaimer of "however distantly related..."
The Epitaph was founded in May of 1880 by John P. Clum (who also has a small role in my tale) after he was "chided by associates who said he would write an epitaph and not a newspaper." This inspired Clum to name his new publication The Tombstone Epitaph.
Previously, Clum was an Indian Agent for the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation where he "implemented a limited form of self-government on the reservation
that was so successful that other reservations were closed and their
residents moved to San Carlos." Unfortunately, the Army didn't like Clum's method of treating the Indians fairly as it prevented them from siphoning off the money that was supposed to be used for the aid of the Apaches. Clum soon tired of the Army's meddling and resigned his post in 1877.
After the great silver strike, Clum moved to Tombstone where he started up The Tombstone Epitaph and organized a "Vigilance Committee" in an attempt to bring peace and order to the town. This led to his election as Tombstone's first mayor and his lifelong association with Wyatt Earp.