Local Author Signing Gisela Book


Author Jayne Peace will be signing copies of her book, "History of Gisela, Arizona" this weekend at the Gisela Community Center.

Hosted by the Gisela Ladies League, the book signing is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23.


The revised edition of the "History of Gisela, Arizona" is available for purchase around town. Local author Jayne Peace will be signing copies of her book this weekend at the Gisela Community Center.

The revised edition of the "History of Gisela, Arizona," by local author and publisher, Jayne Peace, is hot off the press. To celebrate the release, Gisela Ladies League President Wendy Fletcher, welcomes the public to this event. For more information, call her at 468-2167.

In 1981, Jayne published the Centennial edition of "History of Gisela" to commemorate Gisela's first 100 years of Anglo settlement. The book sold out the first year. This new revised edition has 64 more pages of history and photos.

"I updated the families that were in the first Gisela book," said Peace, "and I added a map, an index, and more place names. This new book contains more history of the Tonto Basin."

Peace said she feels relieved that the history of Gisela has been recorded. "It's down in black and white for future generations," she said. "My family settled in Gisela in 1889. My grandchildren make seven generations of us that have lived on the same ranch. Gisela is dear to me."

Peace is a descendant of the Hale, Neal, and Jackson families who settled in Gisela 120 years ago. She married into the Haught family, so her son and grandchildren are the descendants of many pioneer families in the Tonto Basin.

History has always been of interest to Peace, who began recording her family history at age 12 and she has diligently researched her family genealogy.

"After I had my family tree in order, I started working on other family genealogies and histories. It's all very interesting to me," she said.

Jayne and her partner, Jinx Pyle, who is also a sixth-generation descendant of Gila County pioneers, formed Git A Rope! Publishing in 2002 and have published seven books to date. The "History of Gisela" is one of them.

The book sells for $25 and is available at Jackalope Books, East Verde Trading Company, Art and Antique Corral, and the Payson Chamber of Commerce.

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