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Excellent photo of Andrew Ritter.
Sat Aug 4, 2018 17:02

Ritter & Ream could certainly prepare people for burial at Tombstone, but also dig up a few for re-burial elsewhere. Two of note were in 1880-81.
Wells Fargo Superintendent J. J. Valentine had a brother-in-law at San Francisco named Duncan T. George (a brother to Mary Valentine), who had departed that place mid-1880 under questionable circumstances heading for Tombstone. On December 13 Duncan George died of an overdose of opium and alcohol inside the cabin of Harry Hall at Tombstone. Within a day Valentine ordered the body shipped to S. F.

Perennial frontier gambler Charles S. Storms was a different matter. After he was killed by Luke Short February 25, 1881, "Dublin" Lyons paid for a quick funeral which was attended by the "Slopers" element and other good friends from the frontier like Judge J. M. Murphy and James Leavy. Morgan Earp was a good possibility.
However, "Dublin" was mot allowed to stick around Tombstone to make arrangements future with Storms' wife at San Francisco. Instead, Lew Rickabaugh and Wyatt Earp decided upon getting the drop on Lyons, and at gunpoint forced him to leave town. Thus, Charley Storms laid in the Boot Hill for over three months. Finally arrangement were made between Ritter & Ream and N. Gray & Co., S.F., in behalf of Mrs. Storms who wanted Charley home. After all, he had his own burial plot in that city long paid for. Ritter and Ream got it done by June 4, 1881, and charged her $233.00.

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