Jul 122013

A Killer What They Needed, The True, Untold Story of Commodore Perry Owens, written by David Grasse`, will be introduced by the author at Holbrook’s Wild West Days today and Saturday (July 12 and 13).
During presentations in the Route 66 Auditorium in the historic courthouse Grasse` will cover some of the lesser known exploits of the famous Apache County sheriff, including a humorous segment. His presentations will be given at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. today, and at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Owens was appointed a sheriff of the Arizona Territory before Navajo County was organized and the area was still part of Apache County.
During this time a war was raging in the Pleasant Valley. It was a major feud between the Grahams and Tewksburys, the cattlemen and sheep men.
Old Man Mart Blevins of the Graham faction had disappeared in the valley while hunting for lost horses. He had been shot during a skirmish and his body was never found. His son Andy Cooper was involved in various manners in the feud, and was said to be a rustler and horse thief. He was known to have circulated a contract among Pleasant Valley cattlemen to be paid for each Tewksbury scalp he produced.
Owens was pressured by different business leaders and ranchers in the area to serve a warrant on Cooper.
The entire story of events leading to the warrant being issued and served by the sheriff that resulted in the deaths of Cooper, Mose Roberts and Sam Houston Blevins, and the wounding of John Black Blevins in the infamous Blevins shootout on Sept. 4, 1887, in Holbrook unfolds in Grasse`s book.
Grasse` researched Owens’ life for a history thesis in 2005, following Owens early life before turning lawman in Arizona.
His book is based on this research, and covers a number of incidents and other background that has never been written before.
The True, Untold Story of Commodore Perry Owens is available for $34.95 in the Navajo County Historical Society’s bookshop in the historic courthouse.