Firefighters Called To Battle Mead Ranch Cabin Blaze


Fire sirens were heard throughout the village on Monday evening, Feb 2, heading for a one-alarm fire in Mead Ranch. My emergency radio was on and one of the firefighters who was on the scene first said that it was a structure fire and all water tenders were needed.

Hellsgate firefighters from station #23, Mead Ranch were first on scene. Stations #21 and #22 also responded and Christopher Kohl’s were on standby. According to one of the residents of Mead Ranch, the structure was a guest cabin on a resident’s property only a few homes down from her cabin. The resident had just finished a remodel of the cabin. The cabin was a total loss.

A full-time resident, Jimmy “Rabbit” Stephenson, was the first one to spot the fire just south of his cabin. Since he does not have a telephone, he jumped in his car and beeped his car horn all the way to Hellsgate Fire Department Lt. Rick Washburn’s house.

He came back and tried to help contain the fire with his garden hose. As soon as Rick, Bill Beller and Lenny Trujillo from station #23, arrived with their fire truck, Jimmy was relieved of his garden hose. It looks to me like Jimmy is a hero. Thank you for being a really good neighbor, Jimmy!


The Hellsgate Fire Board will meet Feb. 11, at station #22 in Tonto Village. The meeting will get under way at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are always open to the public and everyone in the district is urged to attend.


On Feb. 3, Phyllis Mullen Ballard will celebrate her birthday in Okmulgee, Okla. where she and her husband Jim are living now.

Phyllis has been a force in helping homebuyers in the village since she was a Realtor for ERA. Phyllis was our agent when we decided to buy our cabin. She has been a friend as well as a talented Realtor.

Lorraine “Bo” Mathews had been a resident of the village for a number of years and has moved to Las Vegas. Bo still keeps in touch with her friends in the village. Bo will add another candle to her birthday cake on Feb. 5.

On Feb. 6, Bill “Willie” Houdek will celebrate his birthday.

Kara Shaw and Tim Ehrhardt of Mead Ranch will share their birthday on Feb. 11.

Virginia Rankhorn, a longtime resident of the village, will add another candle to her birthday cake on Feb. 13.

Clint Daniels ends the week of birthdays with his big day on Feb. 14. Happy birthday to all of you, and remember, another birthday is another year of memories.


No tournament was held last Tuesday, Jan. 27. The gals from Tonto Village and Christopher Creek went to Candy Hart’s home for a birthday celebration. I am heartfelt to tell you that Candy passed away on Jan. 30 from a long battle with lung cancer. Candy, you will be missed by all your friends in Tonto Village.

Scotch Doubles

The Double D will be hosting a scotch doubles tournament at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13. Grab yourself a partner and make a dish for others to share, pick up your billiard stick and head on out to the Double D.

The Sunday eight-ball tournament will be back this coming Sunday afternoon.

Payson Roundup

Residents of Tonto Village and the surrounding areas can get home delivery rates with a one-year subscription to the Roundup. Fill out the coupon at the bottom of this page and pick up your paper at the Double D. For more information, call (928) 474-5251, ext. 108, or talk to Ethel Cain at the Double D.


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