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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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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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