Stan Brown

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St. Patrick's in Rim Country

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St. Patrick’s Feast Day is on March 17, marking the death of Ireland’s patron saint in A.D. 461.

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Celebrating Lincoln’s birthday

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Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1924 the young Payson schoolteacher, Julia Randall secretly brought her portrait of Abraham Lincoln to her classroom and placed it on an easel in front of the class.

Rim Country holidays

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Editor’s note: With this column, historian Stan Brown starts a new series. Every culture and country has its designated holidays or festivals to commemorate seasons or significant persons. Holidays also provide breaks in the humdrum routine of our everyday lives.

Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – John William Wentworth, Part 2

Attorney John Wentworth in Payson was attempting to woo Katherine Houston, the sister of the Houston brothers whose ranch headquarters was in Star Valley. However the brothers were strongly opposed to the match, not only because they didn’t want to lose their housekeeper, but because Wentworth was involved a court case with their family.  

Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – John William Wentworth, Part 1

John W. Wentworth would become a “mover and shaker” in Payson’s early days. He was born in Visalia, Calif. on Oct. 3, 1858 to John and Maria Wentworth.

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Characters under the Mogollon Rim – John Henry Thompson, Part 2

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After filling the unexpired office of the late Glenn Reynolds, John Henry Thompson was elected on his own in 1890 as sheriff of Gila County, and in June he and Carrie moved to Globe.

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Characters under the Mogollon Rim – John Henry Thompson, Part 1

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John Henry Thompson was among those Texans who along with the Haught and Ellison families migrated to the Rim Country in the 1880s. Like the others he made a significant mark on the historical landscape of Gila County and became Arizona’s longest serving sheriff.

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Characters under the Mogollon Rim – Paul Vogel, Part 2

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Paul Vogel was best known for his fruit ranch on Webber Creek, but he was also known as one of Payson’s early builders.

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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – Paul Vogel, Part 1

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Most folks will not recognize the name Paul Vogel, although he was one of the earliest settlers in the Rim Country.

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Characters Under the Rim – Ola Burdette Smith, Part 2

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Ola Smith’s family lived at the old campsite on lower Rye Creek and as a child she gathered food, including pack rats and cactus fruit.

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