Arizona at 100

In this year leading up to Arizona’s centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we’ll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

July 24, 1912

Because of high water in a gulch about 12 miles from town, Minnie Brady, a young colored girl, was drowned late Monday afternoon and her grandparents, who were with her in the wagon, barely escaped with their lives.

The king pin of the wagon came out and Minnie jumped as the wagon started drifting down the turbulent waters. The horses were swept away, and one of them becoming entangled in the harness, was drowned.

The others gained the opposite bank. They waited until the water had subsided before venturing a crossing when they came to Tucson with the news yesterday morning. The body was brought here last night.

The girl came from the east to  visit with her grandparents, who live on a ranch near town. They started to go home Monday afternoonn, but the rains that morning had swollen the waters of a gulch, which they had to cross, to such an extent that they did not think it safe to attempt a crossing. Finally they decided to cross and would have made it in all probability, had the king bolt not come out from the heavy jolt of the wagon as it went down into the gulch.

When the horses began drifting away on the rapidly flowing stream and the wagon started turning and lurching, the young woman became frightened and leaped from the wagon seat. The water was flowing too rapidly for her to get to shore and it swept her under.

The grandpatents stayed with the wagon and finally managed to jump to the opposite bank as the wagon drifted near it.

— Arizona Daily Star

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