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the Ward Ranch is still significant as the scene of a kidnapping that sparked Mickey Free’s odyssey—one of the many engaging narratives of Southwestern frontier history. The publication of Johnny Ward’s Ranch excavation report in 1962 in KIVA : Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History , stands as an early example of historic archaeology, a subdiscipline of archaeology, formalized in 1967 with the founding of the Society for Historic Archaeology. Stuart D. Scott is a retired anthropology professor and local freelance writer. Comments for publication should be addressed to letters@desertleaf.com. DL There’s More to the Story For those with an interest in this remarkable period of Arizona’s history, the well-researched details of Felix Tellez’s/Mickey Free’s life can be found in Allan Radbourne’s Mickey Free: Apache Captive, Interpreter, and Indian Scout ; Edwin Sweeney’s Cochise and From Cochise to Geronimo, which vividly portray details of the Apache Wars. See also The Diaries of John Gregory Bourke, Volume 1 (University of North Texas) for ethnological information about Mickey Free imparted to Lt. John Bourke during his years as aide-de-camp to General Crook during the Apache campaigns and in dealings with Cochise. The excavation report of the Johnny Ward Ranch is in the October–December 1962 issue of KIVA (Stuart Scott, editor). January 2018 l DesertLeaf 33

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