Stan Brown

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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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Characters under the Rim – Ola Burdette Smith, Part 1

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The Tonto Apaches called her “Grandma Ola” as did many of the town folk by the time she died Oct. 13, 1998.

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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – Bert Slater, Part 2

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Adelbert Anson Slater, always known as “Bert,” was 70 years old when he began publishing a small four-page newspaper that he called at first The Longhorn.

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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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