In the interest of the heirs of the recent Captain Chiquito, by letter of June 18, 1919, I made inquiry of the U.S. Land Office at Pheonix, Arizona, as to what the records of that office disclosed touching the land interests of this old deceased Indian.
I am just in receipt of a letter from Mr. J. L. Irvin, Register of that Office, which reads as follows;
"With reference to your letter of June 18th, relative to status of land in the Indian allotment application of Captain Chiquito. Our Tract Book shows that Captain Chiquito filed on the SW1/4 SW1/4 of Section 5, the SE1/4 SE1/4 Section 6, the NE1/4 NE1/4 Section 7, and the NW1/4 NW1/4 Section 8, Township 7 South, Range 17 East. Tract Book also shows that Elin Chiquito No. 013736, filed on N1/2 NE1/4, SE1/4 NE1/4, NE1/4 NW1/4 of Section 8, Township 7 South, Range 17 East. Our Serial Register shows that Captain Chiquito filed on above described land March 6, 1911. All papers to GLO on April 1, 1911. Serial No. 013622. No further action has been taken since April 1, 1911."
I would be pleased to be advised by your Office as to the status of the two foregoing claims?
As is suggested inquiry relative to the status of this Indian's land claim is in the interests his heirs, he having left a number of children surviving him.
I am furnishing the Commissioner of Indian Affairs carbon copy of this letter. Thanking the Office in advance for any information that it may be able to give in the premises, I am,
I Captain Chiquito, being an Indian of the San Carlos Band, Apache tribe, do hereby apply to have allotted to me as the head of a family, aged 70 years, under the provisions of the fourth section of the act of Congress, approved February 8, 1887 (Stat. 24, p.388), as amended by act of February 28, 1891 (Stat. 26, p. 794), the south east quarter of the south east quarter of section six and the south west quarter of the south west quarter of section five and the north east quarter of section seven and the north west quarter of the north west quarter of section eight, all in township seven south of range seventeen east of the Gila and Salt Meridian, containing one hundred and sixty acres acres.
I Frank H. Parker, Register of the Land Office, do hereby certify that the above application is for surveyed-grazing lands and that there is no prior valid adverse right to the same.
The Register and Receiver will examine proofs carefully to see that they are correct and properly executed.
I, Captain Chiquito, having filed my application No., for an allotment of land for myself as the head of a family, under the provisions of section 4 of the act of February 8, 1887 (Stat. 24, p. 388), as amended by act of February 28, 1891 (Stat. 26, p. 794), do solemnly swear that I am an Indian of the Apache tribe, born in the United States; that I am the head of a family; that I was not residing upon a reservation on February 8, 1887,; that I have made actual bona fide settlement upon the lands described in said application for the exclusive use and benefit of myself; and that I have not heretofore had the benefit of said fourth section. and the lands applied for are only valuable for grazing purposes.
We, Alonzo Speche and C.W. Goodman do solemnly swear that we are well acquainted with Captain Chiquito, and know that he is an Indian of the Apache tribe; that he was born in the United States, and that actual bona fide settlement has been made by the applicant upon the land described in the foregoing application No. and that said lands are only valuable for grazing purposes.
I, Alonzo Spieche, do solemnly swear that I am well acquainted with the character of the land described in the foregoing application, No., and with each and every legal subdivision thereof, having frequently passed over the same; that my personal knowledge of said land is such as to enable me to testify understandingly with regard thereto; that there is not, to my knowledge, within the limits thereof any vein or lode of quartz or other rock in place, bearing gold, silver, cinnabar, lead, tin, or copper, or any deposit of coal; that there is not within the limits of said land, to my knowledge, any placer, cement, gravel, or other valuable mineral deposit; that the land contains no salt springs or deposits of salt in any form sufficient to render it valuable therefor; that no portion of said land is claimed for mining purposes under the local customs or rules of
March 10, 1911, Elin Chiquito, an Apache Indian, San Carlos Agency, Arizona, made allotment application No. 013736, under the act of February 8, 1887, (24 Stat. 388) as ammended by the Act of February 28, 1891, (26 Stat. 794) embracing the N1/2NE1/4, SE1/4NE1/4 and NENW1/4, sec. 8, T. 7S.,R.17 E.,G. and S R.M.
Investigation of this application in accordance with the instructions contained in Office Order dated April 14, 1911, was directed by Letter "P" Phoenix 013736, L.E.E, April 13, 1912.
The case came to me in general assignment of February 15, 1916 for investigation and report, and I visited and inspected the land involved March 28, 1916, in company with Mr. J.M. Finch, of Winkelman, Arizona, who speaks and understands both Apache and Spanish. Mr. Finch informed me that this Indian, Elin Chiquito, is a son of Captain Chiquito, application 013622, and was born and raised upon the land claimed and lived upon by Captain Chiquito. That he has known both of these Indians for more than 25 years. That Elin Chiquito is now married and living at the San Carlos Agency. That he returns to the allotment nearly each year and remains during the berry season. Captain Chiquito told us that Elin is his son,
The tract lives in the valley of Aravaipa Creek and in the Bluffs on either side. The valley is narrow and nearly all of it has been consumed by the ravages of the Creek during high waters, nearly all the fields and improvements have been lost in this way. Only the log house remains, which stands on ground a little higher. I was informed by Mr. Finch that the land which now forms a part of the creek bed was at one time cultivated and fenced and was lived upon by Elin Chiquito. The portions of the valley that still remain of his allotment are covered with mesquite and willow only fit for fence posts and fire wood.
There are no indications of coal, oil, gas, phosphate or mineral of any description and none is known of in the vicinity. The land possesses no value for reservoir or power site purposes and is not needed nor desired in connection with any existing or contemplated power or reservoir site withdrawl, that I heard of.
Elin Chiquito is said to be about 27 years old. This application was made March 10, 1911. The order of April 14, 1911, directs--"In cases where the application is made subsequent to the passage of the Act of June 25, 1910, that it be shown whether the same is "irrigable land", "non-irrigable agricultural land," or "non-irrigable grazing land." In its present condition I feel compelled to class it as non-irrigable grazing land.
In view of the fact that Elin Chiquito is a son of Captain Chiquito and was born and raised on the land of his father, it is recommended that the land embraced in the application of Elin Chiquito be patented to him.