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City Marshal of Tombstone

Virgil Walter Earp was born in Hartford, Ohio County on 18th July, 1843. His father moved the family to Monmouth, Illinois. At the age of 17 he married 15 year old Ellen Rysdam in February 1860, before joining the Union Army during the American Civil War. Virgil was reported as being killed and his wife and daughter moved away and eventually remarried in Walla Walla.

Virgil married Rozilla Draggoo on May 28, 1870 in Lamar Missouri. He left 3 years later and there are no records as to what happened to his wife.

He next met Alvira Sullivan in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and soon moved with her to Prescott, Arizona. Here he started a saw mill, and worked part time as Deputy Sheriff. On November 5, 1878 he was elected Constable of the Prescott Precinct.

Virgil was the first to here about the booming town of Tombstone and wrote his brothers. Between November 1879 and January 1880 the Earps arrived in Tombstone. Before leaving (Nov. 27, 1879), Virgil ensured himself some job security by becoming a Deputy U.S. Marshal.



TOMBSTONE ORDINANCE #9

"To provide against Carrying of Deadly Weapons."

Secton 1. It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any person to carry deadly weapons, concealed or otherwise [except the same to be carried openly in sight, and in the hand] within the limits of the City of Tombstone.

Secton 2. This prohibition does not extend to persons immediately leaving or entering the city, who, with good faith, and within reasonable time are proceeding to deposit, or take from the place of deposit such deadly weapons.

Secton 3. All fire-arms of every description, and bowie knives and dirks, are included within the prohibition of this ordinance.




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