Article in theCasa Grande Dispatch of October 6, 1927 reports that rancher M. L. Shellenberger was in jail in Nogales, Arizona for shooting and killing John Yoast near Salerno. Shellenberger claimed self-defense. Salerno is in Santa Cruz County, next to Cochise. John B. Yoast of New Mexico died in 1922. This is the third article I've found that refers to a John Yoast living (and dying) in SE Arizona after 1900. I'm leaning against the thesis that John B. Yoast is the same man who found, let alone, killed, Ringo. But I suppose I'll have to read Hogge's book to be sure.
If John B. Yoast is the same John Yoast that found Ringo dead, then this book is making a good case that Yoast had a motive, that is if Ringo didn’t commit suicide .
Here is John B. Yoast on Find-A... more
Interesting. Corey Recko, in his book about the murders of Albert and Henry Fountain, lists brothers John and Hiram "Yost" as persons who were named by some as having something to do with the crime th... more
On Newspapers.com I have found two articles that make me question whether the John Yoast of Arizona and the John B. Yoast of New Mexico are the same person. Both are dated after 1900, with one reporti... more
Bob, Hogge has your question covered in his book . John and Bert Yost were brothers that lived in the Sulphur Springs Valley . Their name was actually spelled “Yost”, in the newspapers their named wou... more
Thanks, Robert. So now we have to rule out the John Yoast killed in 1927 in Salerno, Arizona as being the man who found Ringo. A lot of Yoasts and Yosts hanging around Arizona and New Mexico from the ... more
The Daily Herald , March 18, 1876
“Quite an excitement was raised among our citizens last Sunday by the arrival in town of the notorious Mason County outlaws Scott Cooley and John Ringgold , who ... more
Robert, as a previous post of mine points out, there is some speculation, including by law enforcement personnel conversant in suicide scenes, that sometimes a gunshot that close to the head could cau... more
Frank Yoast was the father of John B.Yoast and Hiram A. Yoast .