Tony Kyle, Bisbee’s newly appointed night policeman, discovered that celebrating New Year’s can be bad for your tenure.
The Bisbee Daily Review reported Jan. 1, 1907 that on Dec. 30, the man was found intoxicated in a saloon on Brewery Avenue. Someone reported the fact to his boss, City Marshal Haskall “Hank” Snodgrass, who went to the saloon and found Kyle drunk and asleep in a chair.
Snodgrass asked him to turn over his star and the keys to the city jail, “but Kyle was in such a condition he was unable to do so,” so Snodgrass had to take them.
Kyle was appointed by the marshal, with the deal confirmed by the city council, to replace Jay. F. Wilmoth, who resigned to become constable, a post he had been elected to that fall.
Kyle had been a miner and came to his new post highly recommended. “It had been reported several times that Kyle was conducting himself in a manner unbecoming an officer, and although the city marshal investigated the reports, he was unable to get facts to prove the charges,” the newspaper reported.
With the final report, Snodgrass checked it out himself. “I want men on the police force who can be depended upon and who are looking out for the best interests of the city,” Snodgrass said.
“I want to give the people of Bisbee the best police protection I can give, and must have the best officers I can get.”
It didn’t take Snodgrass long to replace Kyle with Jack Meany.