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Commodore Perry Owens

Born: July 29, 1852
Died: May 10, 1919, (age 66), Flagstaff, Arizona

Commodore Perry Owens was a lawman and gunfighter of the old west.

What do you know about Commodore Perry Owens? Try this US Old West History Made Easy Quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. He homesteaded near Navajo Springs, Arizona, building a small house. What did he call his place?

  • Z-Bar Ranch
  • Anchor's Away Ranch
  • Straight Course Ranch

2. In 1886, what Arizona county elected Owens as Sheriff ?

  • Apache County
  • Pima County
  • Maricopa County

3. In September 1887, Owens was in the process of attempting to subdue the most notorious gang of outlaws in the county. They were led by a man named Andy Cooper. What other name was Cooper known as?

  • Andy Reed
  • Andy Blevins
  • Andy Amos

4. On Sunday, September 4th, 1887, Sheriff Owens, traveled to the Blevins' cottage in Holbrook, A.T. to serve an outstanding warrant on the outlaw and rustler Andy Cooper. How many people were in the house when he came to serve his warrant?

  • 3 people
  • 6 people
  • 12 people

5. Cradling a Winchester in his arm, Sheriff Owens knocked upon the door and, when Andy Cooper answered with a pistol in hand, the lawman told him to come out of the house, stating that he had a warrant for arrest. Cooper refused to comply and tried to close the door. Owens dropped the rifle to his hip and shot Cooper through the door, hitting him in the stomach.

  • Fact or Myth?

6. Cooper's half-brother, John Blevins, then pushed a pistol out the door to Owens' right and fired a shot at the Sheriff. He missed. What did Blevins kill?

  • Cooper's saddle horse
  • Owens dog
  • Brother walking up the street

7. A man who was boarding with the family, jumped out of a side window. He saw the Sheriff and immediately turned to run. Owens shot him, the bullet passing through his back and out of his chest. Who was the boarder?

  • Mark Reynolds
  • Aaron Moore
  • Mose Roberts

8. How long did the gunfight last?

  • Less than a minute
  • Half hour
  • One hour

9. In the end the stalwart lawman turned entrepreneur succumbed to Bright's disease (or possible paresis of the brain) and died on May 10, 1919, at age 66.

  • Fact or Myth?

10. Where is Commodore Perry Owens buried?

  • Citizen's Cemetery, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Seligman Holy Cemetery, Seligman, Arizona
  • Four Peaks Cemetery, Flagstaff, Arizona

Commodore Perry Owens [Answers]

  1. Z-Bar Ranch
  2. Apache County
  3. Andy Blevins
  4. 12 people
  5. Fact
  6. Cooper's saddle horse
  7. Mose Roberts
  8. Less than a minute
  9. Fact
  10. Citizens Cemetery, Flagstaff, Arizona
    Plot: Tract J Block A Lot 13 Space 2

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