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David Grassé


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About the Author

Born in Casa Grande, David Grassé is a third-generation Arizonian, raised in Tucson. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Library Sciences. He resides in Payson and is employed as a Librarian in that burg. Grassé has two published books thus far, A Killer is What They Needed: The True, Untold Story of Commodore Perry Owens and The Bisbee Massacre: Robbery, Murder and Retribution in the Arizona Territory, 1883–1884. He is also the author of several journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. His current projects are The History of Train Robbery in the Arizona Territory 1887 – 1910 and a biography of Augustine Chacón. Grassé is a member of Western Writers of America and The Arizona Historical Society. 

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The True Story of Notorious Arizona Outlaw Augustine Chacón by David Grassé

Will be available August 23, 2021 published by The History Press

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“The historian’s task is not to disrupt for the sake of it, but it is to tell what is almost always an uncomfortable story and explain why the discomfort is part of the truth we need to live well and live properly. A well-organized society is one in which we know the truth about ourselves collectively, not one in which we tell pleasant lies about ourselves.”

- Tony Judt

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Upcoming Events

  • Friends Night Out - The Legend of the Outlaw Augustine Chacón
    Jan 20, 2022, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Safford Library, 808 S 7th Ave, Safford, AZ 85546, USA
    Author David Grassé will be giving a talk about the legend of the Arizona outlaw Augustine Chacón. The author will have his books for sale at the event. Presented by The Safford Friends of the Library. This is a free event.
  • Legends of the West / Library Friends of Payson
    Sep 20, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
    Payson, 328 N McLane Rd, Payson, AZ 85541, USA
    Join the author of The True Story of the Notorious Outlaw, Augustine Chacón for a presentation about western mythology and legends.
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"Hands Up!' The Tale of the Woodson Brothers... published in The Tombstone Epitaph in May 2019

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