Stan Brown

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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – Bert Slater, Part 1

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Bert Slater was the “spry and friendly” fellow who published the first Payson Roundup and made his mark locally not only as a gatherer of news, but also as a Rim Country poet.

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Characters under the Mogollon Rim – Al Sieber, Part 2

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Al Sieber was known and appreciated throughout the Rim Country as one who helped make it safe for the settlers.

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Characters Under the Rim – Al Sieber, Part 1

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When you drive through Tonto Basin and approach the Roosevelt Dam along State Route 188 you will probably be so awed by the magnificent modern bridge over Roosevelt Lake you will miss seeing the sandstone monument on your left. It marks the location where Al Sieber lost his life on Feb. 19, 1907 during construction of the road.

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Characters Under the Rim - Dr. Christian Risser III - Part 2

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The era of Payson’s first medical doctor, Christian Risser III, abounds with stories passed down by folks who loved and appreciated him.

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Characters Under the Rim - Dr. Christian Risser III, Part 1

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A cold rain beat upon the doctor’s face and water soaked his clothing as he urged his horse on the trail through Tonto Basin.

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Characters Under the Rim – Julia Viola Randall, Part 2

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Beloved Payson school teacher Julia Randall considered her family to include all the many children that passed under her tutelage.

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Characters Under the Rim – Julia Viola Randall, Part 1

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On Aug. 8, 1899 a baby girl blessed the family of George and Rose Randall. She was given the name Julia after her paternal grandmother and an aunt.

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Characters Under the Rim – Nan Pyle, Part 2

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Among the amazing accomplishments of Nan Pyle during her years in Payson, was her caring for the welfare of the local Tonto Apache Tribe and its families. With their rich language the Apaches called her “A woman who has a heart as big as she is,” and in fact Nan was a very large woman.

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Characters under the Mogollon Rim - Nan Pyle, Part One

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Nan Pyle brought culture and progress to the little cow town of Payson, and the day she arrived she immediately made the dust fly with her energetic plunge into civic affairs.

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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – August and Wilhelmina Pieper

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August Pieper was 19 years old when he immigrated to the United States in 1869. A large number of young men and entire families were leaving Germany at this time because of the turmoil from the Austro-Prussian War and the movement to establish a new German Federation.

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