Mistaking History

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Editor:

It is always enlightening to be able to read my hometown newspaper on the web from as far away from Payson as I am. I thank you for making it possible for me to take such pleasure.

There is, however, a notable exception to the pleasures I've described. Once, just once, I would like to read something attributed to Stan Brown that was recognizable as fact from start to finish.

For example: In his July 2, 2003 presentation, he wrote a story about early day Independence Day celebrations. He said that my Aunt Babe Lockwood had told him how my father, Howard Childers, (not ChilDRESS, Stan), barbecued the beef for the celebration in 1905.

Aunt Babe was also credited with saying this was when she was a little bitty girl. That part would be true since I believe she was born in 1898. However, my father wasn't born until December 1903 and that occurred in Oklahoma.

Even if Stan could postulate that my father was something of a barbecue prodigy and was heartily engaged in such an unselfish act of public service at the age of 2, there is another little detail he would need to explain away. That is that neither my father nor any of his family laid eyes on Arizona until April 1912.

Edward Childers

Editor's note: Tracking history can often be a tricky thing, with stories changing from family to family, from generation to generation. Stan Brown has a talent for condensing volumes of Rim country history into entertaining and informative articles. But he freely admits that he's not immune from making mistakes. If anyone finds inaccuracies in any of Brown's articles, please contact him directly at (928) 474-8535, or write to us at roundup@cybertrails.com.

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