James Newton Gaines

Cochise County Treasurer 1905-1908

James Newton Gaines was born in Illinois in 1865, one of six children of Benjamin Gaines and Harriet Eleanor Gilkey. After a meager education, James worked as a farm hand from the age of 14 until the age of 18 continuing in his father’s agricultural profession. He worked as a blacksmith for the next three years then entered an academy at Clinton, Missouri, to become a teacher.

After 10 years of teaching in Missouri, he became an inspector for a government contracting concern traveling throughout the West, finally determining to settle in Arizona. He taught school in Congress, held the position as bookkeeper for the Congress Gold Company, was principal of Tombstone schools two years and served as Clerk of the Board of Supervisors June 1, 1903, to January 1, 1905.

James Gaines married Martha “Mattie” Ogg December 29, 1891, in Henry County, Missouri. The couple divorced within a few years of their marriage and had no children. He never remarried.

James was elected Cochise County Treasurer for two, two-year terms 1905-1908. Treasurer Gaines died September 27, 1941, in Los Angeles.

Photo courtesy of Tombstone Courthouse