BEHAN, SILAS PRICE - Yavapai County, Arizona | SILAS PRICE BEHAN - Arizona Gravestone Photos

Silas Price BEHAN

I.O.O.F. Cemetery
Yavapai County,
Arizona

b. Jan. 16, 1850, Westport, Mo.
d. April 26, 1900, Phoenix, Az.
COD: Pneumonia
h/o Lillie Eugine (Jones) Behan
(m) March 29, 1882, Prescott, Az. Territory
s/o Peter & Sarah Ann (Harris) Behan

Resided in Az. since 1873, coming from Jackson Co. Mo.

Site # C/007
A. J. Bradley, Undertaker

By Peter Behan:

To Mr. and Mrs. Behan were born several children, one of them Silas Price Behan born at Westport, Jackson County on January 16, 1850.

Silas attended schools in Westport during his youth and subsequently began clerking in the post office and stores of that town. When twenty two years old he made his way to Arizona and settled at Prescott, this being the only remedy for the western fever that had assailed him, and in 1865 he crossed the plains to New Mexico with his father. The same year he went back to Missouri, but in 1867 he gain returned to New Mexico, freighting, and received forty dollars per month. In 1867 he again returned to his native state and was in the schools there until 1870 and later clerked in the post office until 1871.

Leaving the home place he went to St. Louis as collector for a livestock commission house, and later, in 1873 he made his way to Prescott where he had a brother living. He and his brother then began freighting and contracting for the Government in hay and grain and were thus occupied until 1875.Later Silas was in a store at Fort Apache and remained there until 1878, when he located on Salt River. There he remained until March 1879, when he returned to Prescott and was made sheriff under J. R. Walker, which position he filled until January, 1880.

After that he was on the large stock farm of C. P. Head as chief clerk and remained with him until the latter closed business. Mr. Behan then bought stock and was engaged in the cattle business until the spring of 1895, handling a large number, often as many as 5,000 head. Previous to this, in 1876 he was elected county commissioner of Yavapai County and in 1892 he served in the 17th Legislature from that county.

In 1891 he was appointed by Governor Irwin as World's Fair Commissioner, and was president of the board, attending the fair in that capacity. In 1894 he was made assistant live stock agent under Lewelling on the Santa Fe and in March 1895 assumed the duties of that position. His object in accepting the nomination to the Legislature was to get the exemption bill through that the railroad might become exempt from taxation for twenty years. In February 1895 Mr. Behan was appointed Live Stock Sanitary Commissioner.

He was married in 1882 March 29th to Miss Lillie Eugine Jones, a native of Dwight, Illinois and they have one child Hugo who was born April 21 1883. Socially, Mr. Behan is a member of Lodge No. I.O.O.F., also A.O.U.W. of Presscott and Woodmen of the World.

Contributed on 2/14/04 by jlwight
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Record #: 4109

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Submitted: 2/14/04 • Approved: 4/5/13 • Last Updated: 4/5/13 • R4109-G0

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