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In the As the Snow Falls Novel:

Frank J. Wattron - When Navajo County, Arizona was first formed in 1895, Commodore Perry Owens was appointed as its first sheriff, and beneath him worked Deputy Frank J. Wattron, a former school teacher and editor. However, during the first sheriff�s election the following year, Owens moved on and his deputy, Frank Wattron was elected to the post in 1896. In December, 1899, the Navajo County Courthouse was holding one of its most notable prisoners, a murderer named George Smiley. The killer was sentenced to be the first person executed in Navajo County, on December 8, 1899. Wattron, goaded by his friends, issued a "novel� invitation, professionally printed on gilt-bordered paper, to what was quickly looking to be a "social affair.� However, when a reporter got a hold of the invitation, he wired it to the Associated Press and there soon hundreds of protesting letters regarding the sheriff's poor sense of humor. Reprimanded for his flippancy, Smiley was granted a month�s reprieve. However, the killer finally went to the gallows on January 8, 1900.

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