Stan Brown

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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – Lafayette P. Nash, Part 2

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It was early July in Tonto Basin, 1882, and the temperature was getting quite warm. The postmaster at Reno, Lafayette P. Nash, was startled to find the old army camp filling with cavalry units from Fort McDowell.

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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – Lafayette P. Nash, Part 1

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Lafayette Philander Nash made his mark in the Rim Country as a prospector, community leader, postmaster, merchant and miner, but tracing the odyssey of his life proved to be a very confusing search.

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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – Clyde Moose, Payson ranger, Part 2

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When Clyde Moose became superintendent of the Payson Ranger District in 1937, life there was still primitive. For example, there had been no telephone connection to the “outside world” until just before Ranger Moose arrived.

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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – Clyde Moose, Payson ranger, Part 1

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Clyde P. Moose came to Payson in March 1937 to assume the position of District Forest Ranger and though his stay was only three years, he and his wife Ruby endeared themselves to the ranchers and townsfolk.

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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – McDonald, Bill and Mart

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There were two McDonald families who made their mark during the early settlement of Payson.

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Characters under the Mogollon Rim – Belle Lovelady, Part 3

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Belle Lovelady had served as the first telephone operator in Payson for a few years when Walter’s lung problems recurred. She had the switchboard moved from the Forest Service headquarters to their home on Frontier Street so she could stay close to him.

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Characters Under the Rim – Belle Lovelady, Part 2

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Belle Lovelady and her husband Walter were living at his ranch on Webber Creek after he returned from serving in World War I.

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Characters under the Rim – Belle Lovelady, Part 1

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Belle Lovelady is best known in the Rim Country as the first telephone operator for the Payson area.

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Characters under the Rim – Julian Journigan, Part 2

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Julian Journigan and his cousin Charley See were partners beginning in 1921 operating the government mail between Payson and Globe. They had graduated from a horse-drawn mail wagon to a Cadillac touring car that would carry five passengers and their luggage as well as the mail.

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Characters under the Rim – Julian Journigan, Part 1

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Julian Journigan would be best remembered for driving a Cadillac on his mail route between Payson and Globe, and for his kindness to ranchers along the route.

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