Allan Radbourne- MICKEY FREE: APACHE CAPTIVE, INTERPRETER, AND INDIAN SCOUT, Western History

      MICKEY FREE: APACHE CAPTIVE, INTERPRETER, AND INDIAN SCOUT by Allan Radbourne

      WINNER!  Western History association Robert M. Utley Award; American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit

      On January 27, 1861, an Apache raiding party attacked John Ward’s ranch in the Sonoita Valley of southeastern Arizona and carried off Ward’s thirteen-year-old stepson, Felix Torres.  Thus began a remarkable odyssey in which a young Mexican American boy was transformed in an Apache worrior and eventually served as an Indian Scout for the U.S. Army.  Nicknamed “Micky Free,” after the character in a popular novel, he captured the public imagination as he moved effortlessly between three cultures and participated in the important events of the Indian Wars in the Southwest.  Allan Radbourne employs three decades of research in archival records, printed sources, and Apache oral tradition to tell the story of Micky Free and the Indian Scouts who played hitherto underappreciated roles in the Apache Wars of 1870s and 1880’s and the application of reservation policy.

      2005, 328 pages

      ISBN 0-910037-46-9

      $34.95 hard-cover

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9 responses to “Allan Radbourne- MICKEY FREE: APACHE CAPTIVE, INTERPRETER, AND INDIAN SCOUT, Western History

  1. Jon Dahl

    This is a very interesting story, well written and documented. For me, an Arizona transplant (30 years) from another tribal area in MN (30 years), it is important and fundamental history that tells the tale of how my home area was developed. My family settled in Wisconsin (from a very poor existence in northern Norway) after the American Indians had been rounded up and shipped off to foreign lands (Florida, Alabama, etc). So we were never directly involved in the persecution of the Native Americans. This book is not just about Mickey Free though. It is more about the plight of the Indian people of that time to-the-present. I am personally saddened by the way the “settlement of the west” was conducted by the US government in the mid-to-late 1800’s. Allan pulled the information together, telling the story from Army and government owned records. I live in Apache County Arizona (15 years) where much of this history took place. I believe Allan’s account to be objective, factual and pristine. I feel like I now know what happened during an era that is so important to the current situation of the Apache and Indian people who still predominate the area. The prejudice still exists. I will do what I can to speak respectfully and persitently about the fine people who were chased, run down and imprisoned for being here, in the way of progress. Thanks Mickey Free, and Thanks Allan Radbourne. God bless you and yours.

  2. K. Burnette

    As a child growing up, I remember my grandmother always telling me I had Mexican and Irish blood in me. Not knowing what she was talking about, I always thought I was a full blooded White Mountain Apache until she told me the story of her grandfather Mickey Free. I also remember a lady coming and talking to my grandma about a book she was writing about him and wanted to talk to his decedents. Anyways, wanted to share that he was my great great grandfather!

  3. R. Ethelbah

    Mickey Free has only one remaining Granddaughter left and her name is
    Freda Josay Ethelbah and she resides in Whiteriver, Arizona. Mickey Free
    also had two other grandchildren. They were, Jackson Josay and Pauline
    Burnette, the two fell asleep in Christ. Freda Ethelbah is now 92 years in age. My sister and I are very proud to have Freda Josay Ethelbah as our
    mother and to have Mickey Free as a great, great grandfather is an honor
    and we are also very proud. Mickey Free has many great, great grand-
    children on the White Mountain Apache Indain Reservation in Arizona.
    This book is well written.

  4. I WAS AT THE WHITEMOUNTAIN RESERATION AND MET SOME APACHES,I NOTICE THAT SOME OF THEM LOOKED MEXICAN SO WE GOT TO TALKING FOUND OUT THAT THERES LOTS OF MEXICAN BLOOD OUT THERE

  5. One day I asked my father, “Dad, do you know Alex Ward?” He says, “Alex Ward?” I said, “Yeah, Alex Ward, do you know Alex Ward?” He says, “You mean Alejandro Ward.” Yeah. Alejandro Ward, do you know him? Yeah, what about him? Well, Alejandro Ward is Santiago Ward’s son, and Santiago Ward is the half brother of Mickey Free.

    My family lived in Tucson, Arizona back in 1800’s, on my Grand Fathers side.

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  7. Jiri Cernik

    Would anyone know what was his Indian name?

  8. E. Key

    it was my great-great grandfather Beto, who was also a formal Mexican captive himself, Beto was the one who kidnap Mickey Free at the Ward’s Ranch, in 1860’s, why because they both spoke the Spanish language so Mickey Free lived with my great-great grand parents his wife was and Apache her name was mi’si’ga’nne’, no other Apaches had Mickey Free, he was raised on what is now called the San Carlos Apache lands, Mexican man Beto was Chief of the Northern Aravaipa Apache people.

  9. V.E.G.

    Jesse Lewis is part Native American and Irish! Lewis is a hero gave his life saving others and he is the Mickey Free of Sandy Hook!

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