April 25, 2012
It takes a big crew of car enthusiasts to present the Rim Country Classic Auto Club’s annual Beeline Cruise-In. The 2012 Beeline Car Show Committee includes: back row, from left, Carl Curtis (show set-up and photographer); John Cailey (vendors); Steve Fowler (co-chair, trophies and advertising); Nate Johnson (co-chair and registration); Ken Gunderson (parking, trophy line-up); Larry Bertram (Friday night activities); Harv Pierman (club Web master); front row, from left, Judy Curtis (show photographer); Mary Cailey (Friday cruise); Margie Fowler (Car Show chairman and advertising); Shirley Bertram (Friday night activities); Boyd Miller (show cleanup); Larry Trotter (T-shirts and art work). Not pictured Patty Johnson (co-chair and registration); John and MJ Hall (sponsors); Dick and Sue Hedman (participant gift and goodie bags); Bobi Beveridge (hospitality booth and raffles); Sam and Deb Schwalm (ballot counting); Terry Zoulek (RCCAC board treasurer).
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Walter Lovelady recalled that Jesse “Jess” Chilson brought the first car into Payson in 1916. It was a Marmon and was considered the “Cadillac” of the day. Jess drove his car up the Apache Trail from Phoenix, across Roosevelt Dam and followed the road along the south side of Roosevelt Lake that had been used by freighters during the building of the dam.