M. Robert Peel
Born: Wednesday, May 31, 1854
Died: Saturday, March 25, 1882 (Charleston, Arizona) - gunshot through the heart
Interred: Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona
Occupation: Mineral Surveyor, Mining Engineer
Charleston, A.T. (Arizona Territory) was an important Old West town because it was home to the mill workers at Millville directly across the San Pedro River some 20 miles from the hugely rich silver mines at Tombstone. Ms. Karen & Ms. Rosemary hiked there in March 2015.
We share this article by Lonnie DeCloedt, (deceased), Graving and genealogy enthusiast and member with Find a Grave. The Friends of the San Pedro River offer tours of Millville, Charleston and other places on the San Pedro.
Robert Peel was killed in a botched robbery attempt at the Tombstone Mining and Milling Company in Charleston, ten miles southwest of Tombstone, Arizona. He worked there as a Mining Engineer and Mineral Surveyor. On the day of his death, late in the evening, he was in the office with three other men: W. L. Austin, the Mill Manager; E. E. Hunt, the Company Assayer and George W. Chaney, the Company Clerk.
The four men were working as usual when the door was suddenly flung open and two masked men armed with rifles stormed in. Austin attempted to clandestinely reach for a nearby revolver when the taller of the two bandits opened fire. The first shot pierced Peel's heart, killing him instantly. The rest of the office workers scrambled for cover by the time the second shot was fired, and the third shot from the robber's gun blew out the light. Then, mysteriously, the two robbers turned and fled into the night, perhaps surprised when the light was shot out and concerned about the uncertainty of where the three surviving workers had hidden, seeking shelter. The several bars of silver bullion and large amount of cash in the office vault were never touched. Read More