Longtime Residents Share Memories From Payson's Past

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Longtime Rim Country residents Phillice Kinman and Sue Owen will be sharing stories of their early days in Payson.

The two are making presentations at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6, to the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society at the Genealogy Library, 302 E. Bonita St. in Payson.

Kinman came to Payson at the age of 8 and attended school in the old rock schoolhouse. Her guardians were Carl and Nadine Bolliver and they brought her to the area on a doctor's recommendation.

Carl Bolliver was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Williams Air Force Base. The family had come to the area from Pennsylvania and the heat proved too much for Kinman.

"I had heatstroke, twice, and the doctor said they should move me up here where it was cooler," Kinman said.

So, the Bollivers made the move. However, the Lt. Col. was still serving, so he remained in the Valley.

"It was three days up and three days back in a buggy," Kinman said. "So he couldn't get up here that often."

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