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Richard Holt

Richard Holt (left) with Henry Ransom and Thomas Grant (photo taken: March 1, 1933)
Richard Holt (left) with Henry Ransom and Thomas Grant (photo taken: March 1, 1933)
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Richard Holt was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1865 and came to Tucson in 1884 as a soldier in E Troop of the 10th Calvary. E Troop is likely best known for its involvement in the 1886 campaign against Chief Geronimo, which ended in the Apaches surrender after a nine-month standoff. During this campaign Holt carried mail from the railroad to the interior. Discharged in 1889, Holt worked on a cow ranch until 1897 and then took a series of jobs with different mining camps, hotels and private families. Although he never married, Holt fathered two children with his French common-law wife while working in the mining camps. [summary from the J. Yancey thesis]