Our first clue about Tony, comes from the other Tucson paper, The
Daily Citizen which reported Tom's death on Monday, October 14, 1940.
As you can see, the last paragraph (left) mentions that Tom is survived by Tony the Wonder Horse: "Also surviving is his famous wonder horse, Tony, now about 35 and retired to the Mix ranch in the San Fernando valley." Hence, Tom did not use Tony's tail as a bed pull.
In fact, it appears that Tom thought enough of Tony to include
him in his will, as the column from the October 17, 1940, Arizona Daily
Star points out (below).
And, indeed Tony was able to spend his rest of his life on the
adjoining ranch, except when he began to suffer, then he was taken back
to the Mix ranch and quietly euthanized, almost exactly two years after
It is indeed fitting that Tony's obituary (below) is featured
in a prestegious paper like the New York Times (October 11, 1942).
So what did the New York Times say about Tom? Just click Next
to find out.