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Mr. Rural Arizona

If you enjoy driving Arizona’s scenic highways, you may often wonder why we honor certain people by naming roads after them, such as the Senator Hardt Highway. Read on, and you will wonder no more, at least about that one. August Valentine “Bill” Hardt was a champion of rural Arizona, a hardworking long-time legislator who got things done. After a variety of jobs, including vacuum cleaner salesman, road grader, underground miner, and sporting goods store owner, Hardt entered local politics in the 1950s and the state legislature in the 1960s. Eventually, he dedicated more than thirty years of service to Arizona’s rural citizens. He claimed that a guardian angel sent him to Arizona instead of California, and those who have benefited from his legislation would agree.   Read More »

Sometimes The Blues. Susan Clardy’s Cultural History of Globe, Arizona

Sometimes the Blues, the Letters and Diaries of Frank Hammon, a Lonely Frontiersman in Globe and Phoenix, 1882-1889, is much more than that. The book began when author Susan Clardy found her relatives’ letters, diaries, and photographs in her grandparents’ attic. Then Aaron and Ruth Cohen, owners of Guidon Books, introduced her to Arizona historians. From that point the book became much more comprehensive that just a collection of pioneer letters. In 1878, at age twenty-three, Frank Hammon went with his cousin Wendell to the boomtown of Globe City, established only a few years earlier. Frank became a partner in The News Depot, a tobacco, stationery, and magazine store almost in the shade of the hanging tree on Broad Street.  The cousins rented rooms in an adobe house aat Broad and Mesquite from English butcher Joseph Redman and his wife, Elizabeth. This is the kind of attention to detail you will find all through the book, a researcher’s dream and a true labor of love.   Read More »

Law And Order In A Lawless Time

The story of Indian Agent John Clum and the first Apache Policeman, John Talkalai.  1877 Steadying his rifle against the corral for accuracy, Apache policeman John Talkalai took deliberate aim and shot and killed his brother, Tonto Apache chief Disalin. It was a few days before Christmas, 1875 and earlier that day, Indian Agent John Clum (later Tombstone Epitaph editor), was said to have scolded Disalin for beating his wife. The chief came back with a rifle, and tried to kill Clum and the five other non-Indians at the San Carlos agency. His attempt was thwarted when Talkalai stopped him with his fatal shot. In a 1978 book published by Clum’s son Woodworth, the author pieces together his father’s life as an Apache agent in a book by the same name, Apache Agent. The book relies on the unpublished memoirs of the elder Clum who served as an Indian agent for the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in the Arizona Territory from 1874 -1877. The memoirs point out a unique friendship which developed at that time between Clum and John Talkalai,  a San Carlos Apache who served on the first tribal police force established by Clum.  Read More »

The Great Pinal Creek Flood Fall 2009

Floods, Fires, Flu – looks like all Globe needs now is a good famine and a plague of locusts to take its history to Biblical proportions. Of all of these, the floods seem to have hit the town the hardest, especially the big one in the summer of 1904. I’ve talked about this one with several longtime area citizens in the past few weeks, and only a few had ever heard of it. Many knew about the even bigger flood fifty years later, but the earlier one wreaked more havoc; the railroad was knocked out, buildings were washed away, and several people lost their lives to the raging wall of water. Read More »

Remarkable Women of Arizona: Irene Vickery Part 3

This is a series on three remarkable women who helped to shape the Globe-Miami community and the State. While much of Sarah’s life is a matter of public record, Irene Vickrey is Globe’s mystery archaeologist, remains an enigma. Tenacious research by historian Janolyn LoVecchio reveals that she was born to Christopher and Grace Singleton on April 4th, 1911 in Hume Illinois. LoVecchio interviewed longtime Globe resident Lowry Logan, who said that Vickrey was “Five foot eight inches tall, very outgoing, liked the outdoors, hiking, trout fishing, and climbed Baldy Peak.” Read More »

Remarkable Women of Arizona: Sarah Sorin Part 2

This is a series on three remarkable women who helped to shape the Globe-Miami community and the State. Sarah Herring Sorin, a pioneer professional, became a lawyer in Tombstone just ten years after the O.K. Corral gunfight. Born in 1861 and educated in New York City, her father, William Herring, opened a law office in Tombstone in the early 1880s. At first she taught school, considered a proper woman’s career back then, but resigned when her brother died. Sarah studied law under her father and was admitted to practice in 1892, becoming the first woman lawyer in Arizona. Read More »

Remarkable Women of Arizona: Rose Mofford Part 1

This is a short series on three remarkable women who helped to shape the Globe-Miami Community and the state of Arizona. Globe’s most famous citizen, Rose Mofford, may remember the grief shared by the whole community at Vickrey’s untimely death. Born Rose Perica in Globe in 1922, her father and mother were Austro-Hungarian immigrants, and he became a copper miner. Her marriage to Phoenix Police captain T. R.Lefty Mofford in 1957 ended in divorce, but they remained friends until he died in 1983. Read More »

What history writes about the Apache Kid

The Kid’s fame has bred a confusing array of legends, but one of the clearest account comes from Dan Thrapp’s biography, Al Sieber, Chief of Scouts. Thrapp presents several versions of the Apache Kid story, offering insight into their accuracy. The Kid may have been born in Aravaipa Canyon in 1860 as a member of Chiquito’s band, or perhaps he was from Wheatfields, north of Globe, a White Mountain Apache born in 1868. Read More »

Hanging Memory of Globe by Yndia Roca Smalley Moore

“You have to ask me questions, or I can’t remember things.” That’s what Yndia Roca Smalley Moore told me after one of our first taping sessions. She was born in Tucson in 1902, but lived in Globe in its heyday, from 1905 until 1912. We began our Thursday afternoon oral history chats when she was 93, and for an Arizona historian like me it was a dream come true, like taking a Sunday drive into the past with your favorite grandmother, listening to Yndia’s eyewitness accounts of Arizona history in the making. Read More »