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The Eleventh Territorial Assembly
established Cochise County on February 1, 1881, as the eighth county. It
was named after Cochise, the Apache Indian who was the leader of a band
of Chiricahuas. The county was formed out of eastern Pima County, and Tombstone
was designated as the county seat. The seat moved to Bisbee in 1929.
SG 1. Assessor
Assessment rolls. 1902-1914. 6 c.f. (20 volumes)
SG 4. Justice
of the Peace
The assessment rolls include
supplemental assessment rolls which describe house construction materials
Coroners' inquests. 1887-1925. 12 c.f. (6 boxes and 11 rolls of microfilm)
SG 5. Recorder
Records of Coroners' juries
inquiring into cause of death.
Register of action.
1889-1898. Fraction c.f. (1 roll of microfilm)
Two volumes; each has an index
1881-1912. (10 rolls of microfilm).
numbered 1-1715, are arranged numerically, 1881-1911, and although listed
as Justice Court, may have been heard in Justice or District Court. Includes
probate hearings, 1881-1912, and requests for writs of habeas corpus.
1904-1926. 6.9 c.f. (23 volumes).
These dockets list actions in
21.9 c.f. (6 boxes and 52 volumes).
SG 6. Sheriff
Election records include a great
register, 1882. Other great registers include a Supplement, 1884; a fragment
from a great register, 1892; registers for 1894, 1896, 1902, 1906, 1908,
1910; and appendix to great registers. Records for the City of Bisbee are
Register of action. 1889-1892 and 1901-1903. Fraction c.f. (1 roll of microfilm).
SG 7. Superintendent
Registers are indexed. Pages
243 and 250 are missing.
Ollie Craven case file. 1919-1920. Fraction c.f. (1 folder).
Investigates the death of Ollie
Craven, cattle inspector for the San Simon District near Tombstone.
Tax collection. 1883-1888. Fraction c.f. (1 roll of microfilm).
Documents licenses collected
during the year.
Annual reports. 1913-1957.
7.9 c.f. (4 boxes and 13 volumes).
SG 8. Superior
teachers' and principals' annual reports, 1914-1938. Later, there are additional
questions asked about teachers' training, salary and certificates. Also
noted are distributions of enrollment by ages and grades.
There are Superintendent
and principal reports for 1930-1931 and 1933. School boundary records, 1913-1937,
set boundaries for attendance for high school districts. There are also
school boundary change request petitions, 1932-1957, from qualified electors.
A County School Superintendent's Tenth Annual Report on Personnel and Miscellaneous,
1941-1954, consists of tables noting administrative and instructional personnel.
The County Superintendent's annual financial reports, 1941-1957, give recaps
of assets and valuation, school district expenditures by purpose and account,
receipts and balances.
of Public Schools' reports, 1901-1934, are titled School Statistics. State
certificates, 1937-1938 and 1941-1957, are mainly for high school and elementary
schools with some elementary school master reports in bound volumes included.
School census marshals'
reports. 1910-1920. Fraction c.f. (3 rolls of microfilm).
Reports are filed in chronological
order by district number beginning with Tombstone District One, 1911. Some
pages are damaged or indistinct.
St. David School District
student files. 1925-1983. 2 c.f. (2 boxes).
Files are student transcripts
Civil Division. 1881-1978. 143.8 c.f. (145 boxes and 1 roll of microfilm).
SG 11. Treasurer
registers of actions and feebooks which are indexed, some with alphabetical
and reverse index to actions. The rest of the records are marriage applications
and records, judgments, dismissed cases, divorces, divorces not granted
and tax suits.
Marriage index book
1A, A-Z, 1881-1978, has pages labeled males, females. Marriage records,
1882-1911, contain licenses and certificates.
The divorces are
consecutively numbered, though there are gaps in the order, and may contain
summons, defaults, cross complaints, costs and disbursements, decrees, petitions,
testimony or certification.
Bisbee Deportation file.
1917. Fraction c.f. (1 roll of microfilm).
The file contains hearing records
and witness testimony.
Criminal Division. 1885-1928.
36 c.f. (19 boxes and 2 rolls of microfilm).
Records include a criminal register
of actions, indexed in alphabetical order with an appendix; criminal judgments,
some of which are actually civil cases; and occasional cases that were heard
in the Probate Court. The judgments are in numerical order and contain all
pages relevant to judgments rendered. Criminal case files, 1885-1928, are
consecutively numbered but have gaps.
Probate Division. 1903-1921.
30 c.f. (17 boxes).
Case files are in consecutive
order beginning with number 228.
Revenue journal. 1920-1934. Fraction c.f. (1 volume).
SG 15. Superintendent
of Public Health
Cash journal. 1935-1942. Fraction c.f. (1 volume).
Record of reported contagious
diseases. 1903-1911. Fraction c.f. (1 volume).
This volume lists contagious
diseases and is arranged chronologically.
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