Stan Brown

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Rim holidays – Christmas, Part One

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Christmas was a special time for Rim Country settlers to get together and find companionship with others in the hard task of wresting ranches from the wilds. Memories of families left behind brought many a tear for those who had forged a new life in this place.

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Rim holidays – Thanksgiving Part One

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The season of Thanksgiving recalls one of America’s founding stories, the community of Pilgrims at Plymouth, Mass.

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Rim holidays – Veterans Day (Part Three)

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In 1898 the Rim Country was about to create a large new group of veterans who would go to war on behalf of our government. It was the Spanish-American War, the first to recruit soldiers after settlement.

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Rim holidays – Veterans Day

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On Veterans Day attention will turn to Payson’s Pioneer Cemetery and to the graves of those who fought in America’s wars. But Sam Hill was one of those who never wore a uniform.

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Rim holidays – Halloween

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Because Rim Country settlers were masters of the practical joke, Halloween proved to be a favorite holiday in Payson. For many years teacher Julia Randall held a small carnival at school for the children to cut pumpkins and display them.

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Rim Country holidays – Columbus Day

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The day marking the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas has been observed in the United States since Colonial times. The celebrations have ranged from large parades to no public observance at all, and it was not an official federal holiday until 1937. In 1970 the holiday was fixed by Congress as the second Monday in October.

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Rim holiday – Old-Time Fiddle Fest

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Across America, towns like Payson celebrate the holidays established by federal and state governments, but these special days do not occur often enough to satisfy the appetite of local folks. People find additional reasons to get together for fun and meeting friends, and one of these occasions is the annual Old-Time Fiddle Festival.

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Rim holidays – Independence Day

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The Fourth of July was celebrated by early settlers in the Rim Country without the help of pyrotechnics.

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Rim Country holidays – Flag Day

Flag Day was created by an act of Congress on June 14, 1877 to honor the flag of the United States, but it was not a national holiday and certainly not the kind of holiday that brought cowboys in from the ranches.

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Rim Holidays - Mother's Day

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Mother’s Day in Rim Country was hardly a time for light-hearted celebration because so many pioneer children died.

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