Give a gift unique to the Rim Country this holiday. Share some of the history of the Rim with friends and family far and wide with a 2009 Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers calendar.
This year the calendar features Rodeo Queens of Gila County and the 2009 Woman of the Year Dixie Jones, who is also vice president of the Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers for 2009.
There are lots of photos of past Rodeo Queens, as well as the Jones family and their story. The Jones family has been in the Rim Country for many years.
The years covered by the Rodeo Queen photos include 1955, 1960, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1991 and 1992.
The Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers was founded in 1986 by a small group of women in Payson for the purpose of preserving the history and heritage of the pioneers who settled in Gila County, Ariz. prior to statehood, Feb. 14, 1912.
The group has published a series of books in addition to its calendars. The books, A Cultural History of the Pioneer Women of Gila County, Arizona and Their Descendants, Vols. I, II and III, have the stories of the lives of more than 100 women told in their own words and hundreds of photographs.
To learn more about the group and their publications, write to P.O. Box 94, Payson, AZ 85547, or call (928) 474-2949.
Leading the group for 2009, in addition to vice president Jones are Jayne Peace Pyle, president; Patty Taylor Rhoades, secretary; Lois Taylor Rhoades, treasurer; and Sarah Pyle Luckie, historian.