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Florence Hicklin

Posted 2018-09-12 by Judy Wight Branson
Arizona Journal Miner, Prescott, Arizona Territory
Friday, July 6, 1906, page 5, column 1

Jealous - Crazed Woman Suicides

Florence Hicklin, a Woman With a History, Puts a Bullet In Her Brain At
Blanchard, After a Quarrel With The Man She Loved

In a fit of Jealous passion while crazed with drink, Florence Hicklin,
a saloon woman, ended her life on Tuesday evening about 7 o'clock in
the Grand View saloon at Blanchard by putting a bullet through her
brain. The weapon used for the rash deed was a Colts' revolver of .45
caliber, the leaden missile entering the right side of the head a
distance above the ear and completely destroying the upper portion of
the skull.

It appears that a short time before the hour mentioned she entered the
place and engaged in a altercation with one of the visitors of the
resort, threatening to take his life on account of some fancied

Later she walked a short distance from the bar and pulling the
revolver, fired two shots through the building, after which she seated
herself by a card table in one of the corners of the place and resting
her right arm carefully placed the muzzle of the cocked revolver
against the right side of her head in close proximity to the right ear,
and pulled the trigger, death resulting almost instantaneously.

Justice of the peace Foley of McCabe was at once notified, and
repairing to the scene to be at once impaneled a coroner's jury, which
returned a verdict in accordance with the facts above stated.

The remains were later taken in charge by the undertaking parlors of H.
M. Maus & Col, and brought to this city, fro, whence the funeral took
place last evening at 5 o'clock, interment taking place in the
Citizens' cemetery, Rev.. Wheatley of the Marina street Methodist
church officiating.

Her tragic end recalls to mind many regrettable incidents of the two
past years of her life in this community.

On June 21, 1904, her brother, Fred Hicklin, shot and instantly killed
Jud Molino, within less than a mile of the scene of her death, for, as
she is said to have represent, insulting her. For the crime both were
arrested and held to appear before the grand jury, which returned true
bills against them. Fred Hicklin was tried and convicted on the charge
of murder, and sentenced to serve 25 years in the territorial prison at
Yuma, where he is now incarcerated, and a verdict of murder in the
second degree was returned against her. Later, a motion was made by
her attorneys for a new trial, which was granted, the second jury
returned a verdict of acquittal.

Some months ago she was married but apparently tiring of the monogamous
life of being queen of the household, quit her spouse after spending
one night under the roof he provided for her, taking refuge in the red
light district of this city, where she was later the cause of many
disputes, which almost culminated in bloodshed.

She left her some months ago for the vicinity where she ended her
career one month before the age of 21 years.

Transcriber's note: Ms. Hicklin is buried in an unmarked grave at the
Citizens Cemetery in Prescott, Arizona.

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