Stan Brown

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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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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – Owens Family, Part 2

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After 1952 the Owens family sawmill became part of the familiar scene in the town of Payson.

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Characters under the Rim – the Owens family – Part 1

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Horace Franklin Owens brought his family to Payson from Pinedale (Navajo County), Ariz., sometime during the decade of the 1920s. The children of Horace and his wife Ethel (Shaw) included Franklin Maurice Owens, born April 21, 1911; George Keith Owens, born in 1912; and Kermeth Lane Owens, born Oct. 4, 1914. The boys’ sister, Kathlyn Mae Owens, was born Nov. 6, 1916. [1]

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Characters Under the Rim – Marguerite Noble, Part 2

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Throughout her years of teaching Marguerite Noble developed her love for writing and storytelling.

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Characters Under the Rim – Marguerite Noble, Part 1

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Marguerite Noble is best known as the author of the novel “Filaree” (Random House, 1979), a story of ranch life in Arizona’s Tonto Basin from 1910 on through the 20th century.

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