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  • Rainbow Bridge, Arizona

    Rainbow Bridge, Arizona, C.1938

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  • Rainbow Bridge, Arizona

    Rainbow Bridge, Arizona, C.1938

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  • Rainbow Bridge, Arizona

    Rainbow Bridge, Arizona, C.1930

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  • Natural Bridge, Tonto Basin, Arizona

    Natural Bridge, Tonto Basin, Arizona

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  • Ehrenberg Railroad Bridge, Arizona

    Ehrenberg Railroad Bridge, Arizona C.1910

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  • Gurley Street Bridge

    "Bridge opened quick in emergency when creek swells"

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  • Sharlot Hall and Samuel Dickson at Blythe Bridge dedication

    Sharlot M. Hall and Samuel S. Dickson, U. S. Consul to San Salvador at dedication of Blythe Bridge. In 1882, Sharlot Mabridth Hall (b. 1870, d. 1943) moved from Lincoln County, Kansas to Lynx Creek, Arizona, 12 miles southeast of Prescott, with her father, James Knox Hall, her mother, Adeline Susannah Hall, and her brother, Edward V. Hall (Ted). She became a poet, penning a book of poetry, Cactus and Pine, and a journalist, also serving a stint as editor of Out West Magazine. In 1909, she became the first woman to hold public office in Arizona when she was appointed Territorial Historian. After leaving office in 1912, she cared for her aging parents at their farm, Orchard Ranch, until their deaths. She returned to public life in 1924 when she was selected as elector to carry Arizona's vote to Washington, D. C. In 1927, her long-time dream was realized when the original Territorial Governor's Mansion in Prescott was leased to her for life, and she became the steward of the museum (1928) that now bears her name. During this period she also was a popular speaker before civic and professional groups throughout Arizona. She died on April 9, 1943, and her funeral was a large affair held at the museum, with the Governor giving the principal address.

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  • Sharlot Hall, Governor Hunt, and Grace Sparkes

    Sharlot Hall, Governor George W. Hunt, and Grace Sparkes, r. to l. at the dedication of the Blythe Bridge. In 1882, Sharlot Mabridth Hall (b. 1870, d. 1943) moved from Lincoln County, Kansas to Lynx Creek, Arizona, 12 miles southeast of Prescott, with her father, James Knox Hall, her mother, Adeline Susannah Hall, and her brother, Edward V. Hall (Ted). She became a poet, penning a book of poetry, Cactus and Pine, and a journalist, also serving a stint as editor of Out West Magazine. In 1909, she became the first woman to hold public office in Arizona when she was appointed Territorial Historian. After leaving office in 1912, she cared for her aging parents at their farm, Orchard Ranch, until their deaths. She returned to public life in 1924 when she was selected as elector to carry Arizona's vote to Washington, D. C. In 1927, her long-time dream was realized when the original Territorial Governor's Mansion in Prescott was leased to her for life, and she became the steward of the museum (1928) that now bears her name. During this period she also was a popular speaker before civic and professional groups throughout Arizona. She died on April 9, 1943, and her funeral was a large affair held at the museum, with the Governor giving the principal address. George Wylie Paul Hunt (b. November, 1859, d. December, 1934) was born in Huntsville, Missouri and came to Arizona in 1881 with a group of prospectors. He served as president of the Old Dominion Trading Company as well as of the Old Dominion Bank before entering public life. He served as Globe's first mayor, treasurer of Gila County, and as a state legislator. In 1911, he was elected the first governor of the new state of Arizona, and he served in that capacity for nearly 15 nonconsecutive years, finally leaving office in 1932. He was married to the former Helen Duett until her death in 1931. Grace Marian Sparkes (b. January 21, 1893, d. October 22,1963) was born in Lead, South Dakota and moved to Arizona with her family in 1906. She worked for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce from 1911 until 1945, serving as secretary until resigning to oversee her mining interests in Cochise County. During her tenure, she helped organize the Smoki People of Prescott and joined Sharlot Hall in efforts to establish a permanent reservation for the Yavapai Indians near Prescott. Other contributions of Miss Sparkes included the management of the Prescott Frontier Days rodeo, the obtaining of financing for the Hassayampa Hotel, and the securing of the approval of federal projects including the establishment of a Veterans Hospital, the renovation of Tuzigoot Indian Ruins and the restoration of the Governor's Mansion. She served on the Arizona State Board of Welfare, was coordinator for an Arizona exhibit at the Chicago Center of Progress World's Fair of 1934, and was volunteer secretary of the Northern Arizona State Fair Association. She died in Bisbee, Arizona.

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  • Sharlot Hall, Grace and Jack Sparkes, and Dan Seaman

    Grace Sparkes, Dan Seaman, Sharlot Hall, and Jack Sparkes, l. to r. at the dedication of the Blythe Bridge. In 1882, Sharlot Mabridth Hall (b. 1870, d. 1943) moved from Lincoln County, Kansas to Lynx Creek, Arizona, 12 miles southeast of Prescott, with her father, James Knox Hall, her mother, Adeline Susannah Hall, and her brother, Edward V. Hall (Ted). She became a poet, penning a book of poetry, Cactus and Pine, and a journalist, also serving a stint as editor of Out West Magazine. In 1909, she became the first woman to hold public office in Arizona when she was appointed Territorial Historian. After leaving office in 1912, she cared for her aging parents at their farm, Orchard Ranch, until their deaths. She returned to public life in 1924 when she was selected as elector to carry Arizona's vote to Washington, D. C. In 1927, her long-time dream was realized when the original Territorial Governor's Mansion in Prescott was leased to her for life, and she became the steward of the museum (1928) that now bears her name. During this period she also was a popular speaker before civic and professional groups throughout Arizona. She died on April 9, 1943, and her funeral was a large affair held at the museum, with the Governor giving the principal address. Grace Marian Sparkes (b. January 21, 1893, d. October 22, 1963) was born in Lead, South Dakota and moved to Arizona with her family in 1906. She worked for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce from 1911 until 1945, serving as secretary until resigning to oversee her mining interests in Cochise County. During her tenure, she helped organize the Smoki People of Prescott and joined Sharlot Hall in efforts to establish a permanent reservation for the Yavapai Indians near Prescott. Other contributions of Miss Sparkes included the management of the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo, the obtaining of financing for the Hassayampa Hotel, and the securing of the approval of federal projects including the establishment of a Veterans Hospital, the renovation of Tuzigoot Indian Ruins and the restoration of the Governor's Mansion. She served on the Arizona State Board of Welfare, was coordinator for an Arizona exhibit at the Chicago Century of Progress World's Fair of 1934, and was volunteer secretary of the Northern Arizona State Fair Association. She died in Bisbee, Arizona. Daniel J. Seaman (b. 1892, d. November, 1969) was born in Denver to Dan J. and Minnie Atkinson Seaman and moved to Prescott as a child. He married Eileen Bennett in 1932. He started the Prescott Printing Company and published The Morning Star newspaper from 1923 to 1927. He was managing editor of the Prescott Evening Courier for 18 years and served as superintendent of the Arizona Pioneers' Home during 1931 and 1932. He was a director of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Yavapai County Democratic party and served as Justice of the Peace of the Prescott precinct in Yavapai County for many years. He was also a charter member of the Smoki People and helped establish the Sharlot Hall Museum. Jack Sparkes (b. , d. May,1939) was the brother of Grace Sparkes. He suffered from ill health most of his life, and when he was well enough, he worked at the Owl Drugstore. He was married to Genevieve McNalley, a teacher in Wickenburg. He was in his 40's when he died.

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  • The First Safford Administration: Arizona’s Time as a Benign Dictatorship

    When Arizona’s third territorial governor, Anson P. K. Safford, arrived at the Territorial Capital of Tucson in July 1869 he was met both by an enthusiastic citizenry and by a legal firestorm that threatened extended chaos in the territory. The eventual solution would include giving the new governor temporary dictatorial powers. Late in the previous year Henry P. T. Backus, an associate justice of the Territorial Supreme Court, had issued a decision that voided all the laws enacted during the third, fourth and fifth territorial legislatures (1866, 1867 and 1868) thus throwing the wheels of government into a ditch. He had ruled that the method for apportionment of Arizona’s two legislative houses had violated the territory’s Organic Act. The issue of whether or not his ruling had merit was certain to be tied up in the courts for an agonizing length of time; in the meantime local officials were enabled to pick and choose what laws to follow. 11-23-14_APKSafford Anson P. K. Safford, Arizona’s Third Territorial Governor (Photo Courtesy of Author). Judge Backus had been appointed to replace Judge William T. Howell, the primary author of the set of laws for Arizona adopted by the first territorial legislature in 1864. Backus arrived in Arizona in time to hold a term of Court at Tucson in January 1866, and in November 1868 he dropped his legal bombshell. In early 1869 he resigned when his term expired and left the territory. Previously, Governor Richard McCormick had been elected as the territory’s delegate to Congress and immediately left for Washington, leaving the reins of government in the ineffectual hands of Territorial Secretary James P. T. Carter. Carter was out of office by April 1869, replaced by Coles Bashford. Among things left undone before Mr. Safford’s arrival was the calling of the normally expected election for the sixth Territorial Legislature. The repercussions from Judge Backus’s ruling were dramatic. An interested observer, John Spring, an early Tucson schoolmaster, later wrote: “This decision had created a condition that practically left the territory without a government except in name. The regular term for holding the [1869] Territorial Legislature had passed; hence, there was no appropriation for carrying on the government. The several boards of supervisors (county commissioners) had ordered tax levied in some counties according to the acts of one legislature, and in others according to the acts of another legislature, accordingly as they approved or disapproved of Judge Backus’ decision; and in order that the money should not become a disturbing element it was generally diverted into the county fund. The Territory was indebted in the sum of $26,000, and there were no funds to meet obligations.” To wait for the courts to sort out this mess was clearly not acceptable and action was required of the governor who requested Congress for help. He needed Congress to overturn Backus’ ruling and then to grant him special powers to help bridge the gap before the legislature could next meet. 11-23-14_Backus Henry P. T. Backus, associate justice of the Territorial Supreme Court (Photo Courtesy of Author). On March 23, 1870 Congress enacted a bill that did just that. In addition to declaring that the apportionment made by the governor of Arizona Territory’s for the contended legislatures were “legal and valid under the organic act,” it also gave the governor extraordinary but temporary powers to remove and appoint township, county and district officers—both elected and appointed—“whenever in his judgment the public interest will be promoted thereby.” Additionally, the bill specified that the next election for Arizona would be held in November 1870 and the governor would apportion the legislative seats according the results of the 1870 census. The legislature thus selected would meet in January 1871, the governor’s special powers would expire and normalcy would be on its way. Mr. Spring wrote of the powers given to Governor Safford and his wise use of them: “This was a very arbitrary act, and could only be excused by the extraordinary condition of the affairs in the Territory. Mr. Safford . . . used the power so mildly that but very few people, indeed, had any knowledge that he ever had such power.” Safford’s mild approach worked so well that he never had to exercise the extraordinary powers given him and shortly the territorial government was working as enacted by the Legislature. “Days Past” is a collaborative project of the Sharlot Hall Museum and the Prescott Corral of Westerners International (www.prescottcorral.org). This and other Days Past articles are also available at www.sharlothallmuseum.org/library-archives/days-past. The public is encouraged to submit ideas for articles to dayspastprescott@gmail.com.

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  • Trowbridge, Dolores J. (Sammann)

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    Dolores J. (Sammann) Trowbridge Original Obituary

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  • Native American - General

    4 stories written by Claire H. Jordan entitled as follows: "Believe It or Not" or "Happy Days" "Harvest Dance of the Tewa Indians" "The Deer Hunter or Prehistoric Talkies" "Yesterday and Today" Also includes a copy of the January 2015 issue of True West Magazine entitled "The 100 Best Historical Photos of the American Indian".

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  • Arizona - Economic Development

    Publications entitled " Land of Arizona Twenty-One Years of Progress" 1942 - 1963 by Danny Freeman, Arizona Association of Soil Conservation Districts and "Building Yavapai: Commemorating Arizona's 100th Birthday," by the Yavapai County Contractors Association, annual publication 2012.

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  • O'Day, James Timothy "Tim"

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    James Timothy "Tim" O'Day Original Obituary

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  • Transportation - Steam Boats - Colorado River

    Newspaper article from Arizona Republic newspaper dated November 19. 1977, written by Robert L. Thomas, entitled "Old steamboad sleeps in swamp". This article is regarding the wreck of the steamboat "Explorer" used in 1858 to explore the Colorado River from the Gulf of California to the rapids where Hoover Dam stands today.

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