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These letters are in fabulous condition, perfectly legible, one on original stationary letterhead of

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Seller Notes: These letters are in fabulous condition, perfectly legible, one on original stationary letterhead of The HOTEL CALIFORNIA in Santa Maria California- two on lined paper from The Hotel California and a 4th a photo-copy of a letter ( also sent to the same newspaper writer ) in the same period I tracked down.

From the estate of Mrs. Jane Bartoli

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This is a set of three letters written by Nino Cochise, grandson of Cochise and hereditary Chief of the Apache's  which were written from the Hotel California, Santa Maria Ca and one is actually on Hotel California letterhead and is smaller than the others. Additionally, there is a 4th ( photo-copy ) of a letter I was fortunate enough to track down and the owner furnished me with a copy as all 4 letter were written in the same period to the same person, Mrs. Bartoli ( Jayne Fortescue Bartoli- a concert pianist who did play Carnegie Hall and was married to a Professor of Violin, Mr. Lino Bartoli. ) Mrs. Bartoli, a member of 'society' and Nino discussed 'bringing the truth out' about what happened to the Apaches via the U.S. Government, in the form of a 'play' and also talks about such figures as Apache 'Bill Elliot' ( 1st cousin to Geronimo ), Screen Writer "Bill Elliot", Eleanor Gilbert ( Grand Niece of General Oliver Howard ), Eleanor Gilbert, a writer for the Torrence Herald who did an article that can be found in archives detailing more about Nino's extraordinary life! In one of the letters, Chief Nino Cochise talks about the death of his Father  and details what his Mother told him leading up to that death.  There is one envelope for one of the letters ( undated ) post marked April 14, 1957. It appears a 'series' of letters in that time period were written to Mrs. Bartoli who obviously corresponded with Nino and was interested in helping him to 'bring out the truth' ( historically ). The statement about his Fathers death I feel, infers and refers to things that are the historical  (truth). Nino writes he 'bets anything that the abolishment of the Big Reservation, was NOT a Congressional order, but rather..a 'territorial' one! And that he bets 'Congress can not produce a copy of that order'- And that one day..'maybe' he'll find out." Hmmm..While 'slightly yellowed from age, the letters are in amazing condition and should be stored carefully or put somewhere where they can be studied. They are all signed, "Chief Nino Cochise and one last note. He tells Mrs. Bartoli that his 'girl Friday' ( a woman named Ethel ) answers the bulk of his mail and that he ( Nino ) only writes to a 'few close friends' so these personally written letters are very rare. Additionally, I will provide some interesting copies of articles ( President Reagan named a day in honor of Nino ) pictures ( Nino wearing the hereditary symbol of Cochise as 'leader' ) and some other interesting items I spent much time researching and tracking down.. 

This review is from: The First Hundred Years of Nino Cochise (Hardcover)

I first met Nino Cochise in 1971 when I was with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. At that time Nino lived in Wilcox, AZ and was a mutual friend of movie star Rex Allen. Nino and I became good friends and I spent many hours visiting with him over the years. I knew him quite well and never had reason to doubt who he was or what he claimed to be. On the contrary, I was, and I remain, certain of his legitamacy. History continues to varify his experiences and credentials. There is far more historical support for Nino and the history he relates than evidence to the contrary. There were others who knew him when he was a much younger man who never found significant descrepancies in his history. I could go on, but I believe much of the criticism results from cynicism, mis-information and mis-understandings, tribal rivalries and personal jealouscies. Nino was not a fraud. He was a good and honest man who lived life fully and was an inspiration to many. It is time to leave the debate to historians and allow a very unique man to rest in peace.


This is a fun, informative, and easy read. You will be glad you read it. As a child Nino Cochise is with a small band who avoid being lead to the reservation. He spends decades with a fragment of the tribe, mostly in Mexico. Don't want to give away the highlights, but the self-reliance and determination to survive hardship are amazing. As the world changes with times, so does the community, until times change too much. A warrior, leader, and respected chief who cares for his tribe. It's just a great story and an amazing man.


This book will take you on a journey so real,youll feel transported back in time.If your a non-fiction buff,this is the mother load.so rich in history and drama,im surprized no one has made a movie about it.You will find a different take on the american Indian and will view them in a completely new light.Youll personally meet Geronimo,Ninos uncle,Taglito(Tom Jeffords)friend and blood brother of Cochise,the funny shaman Dee-O-Det,and even an up coming president,Teddy Roosevelt,even before he decended San Juan Hill.This is a book youll read over and over and wished you could take a journey to Pa-Gotzin-Kay,the hide-out you will see so vividly in your mind,a place of peace and freedom,a resting place if you will for your tired soul.


On Oct. 14, 1872, Chief Cochise of the Chiricahua Apaches and General Oliver O. Howard of the United States Army signed a peace treaty. This was to end the fighting between the Chiricahua and the white man.

#The Chiricahua Reservation was established on Dec. 14, 1872. By executive order, 3,100 square miles in the Dragoon Mountains were given to the Chiricahua.


"Nino" Cochise was the grandson of the great Indian leader. He lived to be more than 100 years old and saw man walk on the moon. He counted Teddy Roosevelt among his friends.

#Cochise died on the reservation June 7, 1874 and his oldest son, Tahza, became the hereditary chief over this vast domain with its population of 2,500 Chiricahua Apaches.

#In the summer of 1876, John Philip Clum, over the strong objections of the Dragoon Indian agent, Tom Jeffords, invaded the Dragoon Reservation with scouts and cavalry to force the Chiricahui (the plural form of Chiricahua) to leave their reservation and homeland and to move to his adjacent San Carlos Reservation. His effort was less than half successful.

#More than a thousand Chiricahua Apaches eluded his efforts. Clum was eventually able to round up a little over a thousand of Tahza's followers and march them to San Carlos. The above is recorded history available from a number of sources.

#What is not generally known is that Tahza and Tom Jeffords skillfully arranged for Tahza's family clan, of 38, to disappear under the leadership of his young wife, Nod-Ah-Sti, and an old medicine man, De-O-Det.

#The clan's names were lost when Tom Jeffords resigned as Indian agent of the Chiricahua Reservation in protest of the United States government's breaking of the treaty. The names of the clan were not entered onto military records, or if they were, they were lost, presumably because the military did not want to admit that any Indians had escaped during the forced march to San Carlos.

#Tahza and 20 Apaches accompanied Clum to Washington to be interviewed by President Grant two months after the relocation. Tahza caught pneumonia, died, and was buried in the Congressional Cemetery. Clum returned to San Carlos and tried to explain the death of their chief to the Chiricahua Apaches. Naiche, the younger brother of Tahza, became totally enraged, and with a number of embittered warriors, bolted the reservation. This outbreak began the Geronimo Wars which lasted for 10 years, until 1886.

#Stories of the Geronimo Wars and those who fought them have been written and rewritten by many different authors, each of whom felt they had something new to add or a different angle from which to view the altercations. Singularly missing from these writings is the story of what happened to those 38 nameless ones who fled the white man's rule on that forgotten day in 1876.

#The young wife of Tahza, Nod-Ah-Sti, carried their 2-year-old child with her when the family clan rode south into the Sierra Madres of Mexico. Their destination was Pa-Gotzin-Kay (Stronghold Mountain of Paradise) a small hanging bench of land situated deep in the Mother Mountains of Old Mexico. It was bounded on the west by a sheer drop-off into the Nacozari Canyon. On the eastern side was an amber escarpment that tilted upward until it reached the forested, snow-capped ridge that is the spine of that great mountain range. This spine divides the incredible depth of the Bavispe Barranca and the headwaters of the raging Yaqui River. Both ends of the bench were pinched off by boulder slides that prevented entrance by any animal without wings. The trail into Pa-Gotzin-Kay was a winding tangle of ledges wide enough only for sure-footed mountain horses and even they were at perpetual risk as a misstep could result in a disastrous fall.

#Pa-Gotzin-Kay was a natural fortress. The bench was fertile land with abundant water and trees. Here on this shelf of fertile red land, the clan arrived. They had eaten little other than cactus fruit, having nothing in the way of weapons other than belt knives. Once at Pa-Gotzin-Kay they made bows and arrows, rabbit sticks, lances and clubs. They were able to kill game. Small game until the bows cured, then deer and mountain sheep fell to their arrows and they ate well.

#Years passed, and the young son of Tahza became chief of this forgotten band of Apache people. He was called Ciye "Nino" Cochise.

#Incredibly, the band discovered a rich vein of gold. One of the braves found a white prospector by the name of Jim Ticer and brought him to the hidden sanctuary. He lived with the band for a time and supervised the mining operation, then took some of the raw gold, went into Magdalena, Mexico and returned with a smelting pot. After this, the gold mine produced bars of gold.

#During the first several years at Pa-Gotzin-Kay, the band lived in virtual solitude. Finally, under the wise leadership of Nino Cochise, they started making trips to Tucson and some of the Mexican towns where they traded gold for coffee, tea, flour, guns, ammunition, bolts of cloth, vegetable seeds, and other goods.

#When on these buying trips, they dressed and spoke Mexican, because an Apache off the reservation was considered a renegade and was arrested and sent to a reservation or shot on sight.

#The gold made it possible for the band to attain a far more stable and comfortable life. The Chiricahua Apache band of Nino Cochise did not make war on the whites. Nino, as well as his mother, Nod-Ah-Sti, and the old medicine man, De-O-Det, knew that to do so would bring the United States Cavalry to the sanctuary, and those at Pa-Gotzin-Kay wished only to be left alone to live their lives in peace. They hunted, farmed, mined their gold, and lived in harmony with the American ranchers, including John Slaughter and Buck Green, who also had holdings in Mexico.

#The Apache scouts of General Crook knew of Pa-Gotzin-Kay and the people who lived there. Mickey Free, the famous half-breed scout, was a frequent visitor, as were Geronimo and many bronco Apaches.

#The Apache scouts promised never to reveal the whereabouts or even the existence of Pa-Gotzin-Kay to the general or his command.

#If Crook ever knew of the Apache stronghold, he wisely elected to let sleeping Apaches lie. The trail into the sanctuary was always guarded and for cavalry to mount an attack up that narrow, twisting ribbon of death, would have meant nothing less than suicide.

#Some of Nino's warriors were hired as cowboys by John Slaughter. The Mexican State of Sonora levied unfair and excessive taxes on the American ranchers who had no recourse other than to fight the Mexican Army. Slaughter enlisted the help of Nino Cochise whose warriors kept him posted as to the whereabouts of Mexican troops.

#John Slaughter, Buck Green, and the other ranchers had many hard-fighting cowboys, and with the help of Nino, they were able to keep their cattle and holdings in Mexico. Because of this alliance, the knowledge of the Apache band at Pa-Gotzin-Kay became more generally known to the outside world. Still, they were left alone by both the Mexican and United States authorities. The cowboys and Indians, at least in this case, became strong allies.

#The same Sonoran tax collectors that had harassed John Slaughter drove a band of more than 300 Tarahumari Indians into the Sierra Madre because they had no gold to pay their taxes.

#The Tarahumari sought refuge with Nino and received his help. Soon they were living at Pa-Gotzin-Kay.

#The gold mine again made it possible for Nino to feed hungry mouths. The Apache band shared what they had with the new arrivals and Nino sent a party to Tucson to barter for more food and goods.

#For many years, the Tarahumari and Apache band lived at Pa-Gotzin-Kay.

#Nino married the Golden Bird, the daughter of the Tarahumari chief. They had no children, as Nino's wife was killed by Mexican cavalry during a battle with Nino's warriors.

#As the years passed, many members of the band left Pa-Gotzin-Kay to live in the outside world. Finally, Nino himself accepted employment first as a bodyguard for a wealthy mine owner from Magdalena, Mexico. He soon found himself in California where he worked in the movie industry, but finding the film industry not to his liking, he learned to fly a plane and even did some crop dusting.

#Nino lived to be over 100 years old and counted among his friends many of the greats of Hollywood, as well as President Teddy Roosevelt. He made the transition from bronco Apache to a respected member of white society, learned to fly a plane, and even saw astronauts walk on the moon.

#A. Kenny Griffith who wrote his biography called Nino Cochise "The most outstanding male Indian I have ever met." No doubt! The genes of leadership run strong in the Chiricahui.

#Town of Payson historians Jinx Pyle and Jayne Peace Pyle have written seven books, five of them being local history books: "Rodeo 101 -- History of the Payson Rodeo," "Looking Through the Smoke," "History of Gisela, Arizona," "Calf Fries and Cow Pies," "Blue Fox," "Muanami -- Sister of the Moon," and "Mountain Cowboys."

#"Cookin' For Zane Grey Under the Tonto Rim" by Jayne Peace will be released Oct. 15 at the Zane Grey Cabin Dedication and Western Heritage Festival.


Nino Cochise Story


The Nameless Ones

Life and times of America's last great Apache Chief open in 1877. Death has stolen the original Chise (Chise di cochise) who leaves behind two grown sons to deal with broken U. S. Government treaties. Apache are now being systematically listed on military rolls then forced from their Dragoon Mountain homelands to imprisonment at abominable San Carlos Indian Reservation. There they face lack of shelter, water, along with starvation, disease resulting from woefully inadequate sanitation, certain death.

Chise's oldest son Taza, father of the only family heir, two-year old Niño, arranges a dangerous escape for his wife and son, assisted by a few women and elderly men including Chise’s faithful shaman, Deeodet. 

Taza, is known to the Army, as is his brother Naiche and brother-in-law Geronimo. Therefore they must remain behind. Any Indian already identified will be missed, and hunted, which would surely further endanger the unnamed 38 who have embarked on a uncharted journey. 

After months of struggle the nameless, now homeless escapees settle high among steep Sierra Madra walls. There they establish the final Apache stronghold, “Pagotzinkay.” 
Back at hell-hole San Carlos, becoming known as the ‘bowl’, Chief Taza agrees to allow the U. S. Government to send him to Washington D.C. where Indians are shuffled around on parade floats as evidence that federal handling of Indian lives is a, “Good thing”. The chief’s private goal is to reach President Grant so he can plead a bit of land be returned to restore Apache homeland. 

Far to the southwest, high among rocky encampment the only grandchild of Chise, young Niño Cochise’s life becomes a peaceful mélange of happy events, tutored by his mother Nodahsti and Chise’s old tribal diwi, Deeodet—until word comes the lad’s father, Taza, is dead. His end arrived in the form of pneumonia. Apache believe Taza was murdered by white-eyes. 

Niño's uncles, Naiche (Taza's brother), and Geronimo (by marriage) break out of San Carlos, leading 700 angry warriors. All head straight to the new Sierra Madras Apache fortress where a state of combat is declared. Geronimo and braves stepped up on a path to launch what will forever be the bloodiest decade in annals of western American history, the "Ten Year Wars." Skilled in weapons of battle, youthful Niño’s heros become "Netdahe"—a term for Geronimo's warriors, Chato, Nanay, Tzoe, and others who vow death to all Whites and Mexicans. Other tribes soon join. Known as "The Wild Ones," they are fierce, fearless, and seldom sober. 

At age 15 Niño follows his heritage, becomes the youngest chief ever approved by full council, while ex-Indian Agent Tom Jeffords helps handle discovery of a thin gold vein known as the “Just laying there,” mine. 
Niño’s first leadership act is to kidnap a Mexican doctor to save Geronimo, dying of battle injuries. The chief then befriends a stronghold prisoner, U.S. Army deserter Jim Ticer, enlisting the ex-teacher to ply his academic skills by familiarizing the Indians with English. 

At the behest of his mother Niño courts a Mexican girl who betrays the young swain. Later fate bestows on him, love at first sight, he names her Golden Bird. 
Shortly after their wedding his beloved is shot off her horse and dies in his arms. In the most defining act of his life he pursues her murderers, more than 20 Mexican soldiers all the way to the Pacific Ocean before cleansing the world of the last one. 

Becoming less of a wild savage with passing of his mother, of time, Niño finds work in Hollywood on the Jesse L. Lansky lot with Charley Stevens, Bill Russell, Tom Mix, John Wayne. 
At the crash site of a Swift GB-model cabin monoplane, Niño loses half of his right hand, left foot and part of his left leg above the ankle. He is fitted with an artificial lower limb.
Still going strong Niño is cast in a TV series, "High Chaparral" being filmed in Old Tucson. 
At the funeral of Arizona’s governor he meets Kenny Griffith who scribes Niño’s biography. 

When the TV series folds, Niño with wife Minnie’s support, sells signed copies of his book "The First 100 Years Of Niño Cochise" for the local Chamber of Commerce.
Yearning to be ever nearer his cherished Dragoon Mountains, Niño builds a curio shop with attached living quarters—the "Cochise Trading Post", aptly set at the entrance to Boot Hill. 

It's upkeep eventually surpasses his energy, the couple move to nearby Wilcox. There, signing books for the city manager provides an easier life. Again missing his accessorial home, Niño returns to Tombstone where he sells books and photographs at the Montgomery Wards catalog order desk. 
Weary of celebrity status, of answering tourist questions, Niño retires. All he wants at his stage of life is to be left alone with the wife he adores, to enjoy warmth of another sunrise over his treasured Dragoons. Two days before Christmas it is in this setting 110 year-old Niño Cochise, prescient boy warrior, closes the history of great Apache Chiefs as he becomes part of the ages. 

© 2008 Strasbaugh


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