Video Features Historic Photos, Stories

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Brag about the Rim Country in a big way this gift-giving season.

If you have family and friends who love the Rim Country, but aren’t fortunate enough to live here, you can give them something special this year: a unique video from the Rim Country Museum.

The video, created by Dani Woods, a volunteer with the museum, features historic archival photographs and recordings by the late Marguerite Noble.

KMOG and Blaine Kimball, for who they were originally made and broadcast, donated the recordings of Noble’s stories about Rim Country history.

“Kimball chose the Rim Country Museum to receive the rights to use Noble’s radio talks because he wanted her voice to continue to be heard,” wrote Lita Nicholson another volunteer with the museum.

Noble was a member of an Arizona pioneer family and was raised for a time in the Tonto Basin and lived for many years in the Rim Country. The educator, author and historian died in 2007 at the age of 96. Over the years, in addition to the stories she recorded for KMOG, Noble contributed articles about the history of the Rim Country to area newspapers and magazines as well as several publications by the Northern Gila County Historical Society. This special video is selling for $25 at the Rim Country Museum gift shop. It includes stories of early ranch life, the work of pioneer physician Dr. Christian Risser and cowboy humor. Additional recordings Noble made for KMOG will soon be available on audio discs.

The Rim Country Museum is in Green Valley Park at the west end of Payson’s historic Main Street.

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