Since 2002, the Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers have been publishing books about the women who built this part of the west.
The third volume of "A Cultural History of The Pioneer Women of Gila County, Arizona and Their Descendants" has just been released. The group also has a calendar for 2008.
The stories in each of the three books are written by many of the women themselves or their close female relatives and friends.
The third volume of the series is unique because male relatives submitted many of the entries, said publisher Jayne Peace Pyle of Git a Rope! Publishing, Inc. The cover photo is of Elsie Brunson milking a cow; her story and that of her family, along with their photos were prepared and submitted by her son, Charles Eli Brunson.
Other male contributors are Jinx Pyle, co-publisher, who wrote about his mother, Dorothy Eunice Lovelady Pyle and his sister, Velma Louise Pyle; Myles Hodson, who shared stories about Mary Felipa Fuentes Hargett and Ida Hargett Hundley Hodson; Douglas Hatch, who wrote about Anne Eliza Randall Hatch; Scott Jackson contributed the piece on Cora Johnston Wood Jackson; and James A. Skinner is the author of the story about Ida Belle Goswick Packard.
These are only a few of the stories in the 194 pages of Gila County history, and every entry includes photos that tell their own tales. There are also several pages of old recipes and remedies, including several that are appropriate for the holiday season, such as cookies and fruitcake and one for an unusual Cabbage and Ice Cream Salad.
The books and calendars can be purchased from any member of the Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers and are also available at Git a Rope! on West Main in Payson.