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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2019 10:23 p.m. PST

"Many frontier towns had no official judge and usually a man respected for his wisdom would be called upon arbitrate disputes between two parties. If the man's decisions were determined by the populace to be fair he would evolve into the role of justice of the

One such man was Charles H. Meyer of Tucson. Charlie was born in Hanover, Germany. He came to Arizona in 1858 with the U.S. Army and after his enlistment was up he opened a drugstore in Tucson. His training in the hospital corps had taught him a lot about mixing medicines. He soon became known in the Old Pueblo as Dr. Meyer. He was elected justice of the peace in 1864 and held that office until the turn of the century. Charlie owned two books in the early days and it's likely they were the only books in town. One was titled, The Technique of Setting Bones and the other was Materia Medica…."
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