David Grassé

David Grassé 

Writer David Grassé loves history, and he wants to be sure it’s shared accurately.

He knows his genre — the Old West — was built on tall tales made up about historical figures by authors and newspaper reporters, and that later writers just picked up the information without fact-checking it. He wants to set that right.

The third-generation Arizonan will speak at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20 as guest of the Safford Library’s Friends Night Out series. His presentation is titled “Legends of the Arizona Territory.”

Grassé has published three books: “The Bisbee Massacre: Robbery, Murder and Retribution in the Arizona Territory”; “The Untold Story of Commodore Perry Owens: A Sheriff of the Arizona Territory”; and “The Story of Notorious Arizona Outlaw, Augustine Chacon.”

Grassé’s presentation will describe how he sifted through the chaff to create each historical publication; books will be available for purchase.

He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in library sciences. He was born in Sierra Vista, raised in Tucson and lives in Payson.

Friends Night Out is sponsored by the Safford Friends of the Library. Admission is free; refreshments will be served.

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