Arioch Wentworth

Cochise County Treasurer 1897-1900

Arioch Wentworth was born in Corlina, Maine, on October 2, 1850, the son of Horace Wentworth and Sarah J. Buxton. In his youth, he worked in his father's tanning business and became a shoemaker. On May 6, 1874, Mr. Wentworth married Ellen R. Hussey, daughter of James and Elizabeth Hussey of Maine. They had a son, Horace B. Wentworth. He and Ellen divorced. Horace had two children, Elena and Cynthia, with wife Edna Moulton. In February 1885, Mr. Wentworth moved to Fairbank with the New Mexico and Arizona Railroad, then served as Wells Fargo agent in Fairbank, 1890-1893. In 1892, he moved to Tombstone and maintained the Tombstone Billiard Parlor until 1912, when he sold his interests.

Arioch was elected Cochise County Recorder in 1892, served as Cochise County Treasurer two terms from 1897-1900, held the office of Mayor of Tombstone from 1903-1910 and served two terms as Tombstone Justice of the Peace, 1903 and 1921.

Treasurer Wentworth died from pneumonia March 2, 1921, and is buried in Tombstone. In order that county officials and employees might attend his funeral, the courthouse was closed at noon. The flags at the county and city of Tombstone floated at half mast out of respect of the deceased and at the Masonic Hall, the emblem was also at half mast. His obituary in the Tombstone Prospector reads in part: “In the passing of Arioch Wentworth, Tombstone and the state have lost another valuable citizen. One who was esteemed in the community in which he resided and who had always been connected with the up building of the state.”

Photo courtesy Tombstone Courthouse