Tim Ehrhardt

Tim Ehrhardt 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Samuel H. Mitchell and the Phoenix Street Car company


Ella was definitely a key factor in the founding of the Payson Presbyterian Church. The Roundup had an article a few years ago on their 75th anniversary that mentioned her extensively. I also checked my clip collection, and below is what I found. I would suggest getting in touch with the Payson Presbyterian Church to see if they have some additional information. I'm sure that they would love to hear from you.


Church Dedication Arranged At Payson

PAYSON, Nov. 14 - Formal dedication of the newly organized Payson Community Presbyterian church will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 19. The Rev. Charles S. Poling, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Phoenix will give the dedication sermon. The new church here was made possible by Mrs. S.H. Mitchell, a member of the First Presbyterian church of Phoenix. - November 15, 1935 The Arizona Republic


Tim Ehrhardt 1 year, 6 months ago on Surname's SEE and HOSFELT Family History Seeking Info.

I just passed your message along to Jayne Peace Pyle and that's going to be your best source. I know that she's been in touch with a See from Camp Verde. I'll make sure that she gets in touch with you.


Tim Ehrhardt 2 years ago on Tourism vs, recycling ?

Obviously, as someone who has a passion for history, I disagree with your statement Pat that "Globe has a history, Payson does not." By the same token, I think I kind of understand what you're saying and I think that's been a challenge here. From a historic building standpoint, Payson didn't have the master pieces that Globe had. In my opinion, and certainly I'd love to hear yours on this Pat, Payson never had the money that Globe had and that's part of it. When you look at the square footage of remaining old buildings here, it seems to me that they are typically much smaller than what you see other places.

I think there's plenty of history though, although I think it's much more spread out which creates a challenge. Personally, one of the things I would really like to see is historic markers throughout the region, including at the Holder graves northwest of Payson and the Allenbaugh graves on the Colcord Mountain Road. It's not as sexy persay as a centralized bunch of historic buildings, but I think it's still important and plays to the underlying strengths of the region.


Tim Ehrhardt 2 years, 8 months ago on Next Mayor

Very timely post Pat. I haven't heard anything about possible mayoral candidates but it does seem to be a ripe time for discussions. Definitely curious as to what folks are hearing about possible candidates.


Tim Ehrhardt 3 years, 4 months ago on Unhappy with Star Valley speed camera

I drive pass those cameras just about every day, and guess what? They work. I definitely drive slower through there now than I did before, and it's definitely easy to turn out of a place like Plant Fair than it was before. I don't care who's profiting, they serve the true purpose that they are there for.


Tim Ehrhardt 3 years, 4 months ago on Swiss Village

Historically Main Street was the center of town, but it hasn't been for a long time. There is great potential there and it does seem to me that there are some really good folks down there trying to make a go. But in my opinion, it's going to need a successful restaurant at some point, and you could argue that it needs a successful Oxbow. I love that area, but it's a difficult area to "fix" and there are a lot of different opinions on it.

I like Dan's mention about Barney Swartwood. The guy was a premier developer in this town. He did some terrific subdivisions - keep in mind that we he developed Mesa del Caballo in the late 50s, it was site built only. He really did some nice stuff and the vision for Swiss Village and surrounding area was good. I've heard a lot of really good things about him.

I think with regards to town support, it's a very tough thing in this day in age, especially for a town the size of Payson. If you help Main Street, businesses on the highway complain, if you help Swiss Village, businesses on the south end of town and Main Street complain. As leadership comes and goes, there are different visions and different places in town near and dear to people's hearts. And the one thing that is going to be constant, is change, no matter how much we fight it - sometimes it's for the better, sometimes it's for the worse, sometimes the opinion of that depends on point of view.

I too remember the "good ole days" of Swiss Village. We never really did the lighting thing, but my Mom always insisted on a stop at Candle Factory the day after Thanksgiving. And the bakery that used to be where the Mexican food place is now...oh my, that was some really good stuff.


Tim Ehrhardt 4 years, 2 months ago on Three Payson residents arrested on drug charges

I have to say - I sure as heck hope they found more than 3/4 ounces of marijuana, otherwise this sounds like a complete waste and a black eye for our area cops. While I've never touched the stuff, I have friends who use for it pain relief and have friends who have been hooked on prescription drugs that doctors readily prescribed - stuff far stronger than what it appears that they found.


Tim Ehrhardt 4 years, 2 months ago on Backing up again ?

I would say that's posturing for ASU in negotiations. It's saying "there are others interested if you don't come here, do you really want to see that?"


Tim Ehrhardt 4 years, 2 months ago on Payson HIstory in Rim Review

According to Myrtle Branstetter's book, written in Babe's voice, "I stayed at the ranch until I was bleeding inward, then we moved in to Payson. Ella got us an apartment, so we could be close to Dr. Riser[sic]."

The Zane Grey part on the timing is off, but it does look like they might've moved to Payson in very late '28.

Lots of snow where I'm at, and the power is still out. And Pat, I know I owe you a link to some Payson Commercial records at some point.


Tim Ehrhardt 4 years, 5 months ago on Payson ASU campus to become a reality?

Ah, and the anti-growth, pro Bob Edwards crowd makes an appearance. I keep waiting for you guys to propose building a gigantic locked gate on the south end of town.

One, I don't think that we're necessarily looking at purely young people coming here in that 3-6,000 number. I could see this campus drawing somewhat of an older crowd, including current residents who will get masters degrees.

The idea that this campus will cost us more than it will gain us would be predicated on the idea that young people are inherently troublemakers and cost taxpayers money. That's not true. We are more likely to see the economic growth and higher paid jobs that we've been seeking by having a more educated populace here. That's something businesses look at when deciding where to open/expand.

Current residents are more likely to see better service around town - I've talked to a number of business owners who can't get the consistently quality of help that they would like. I think this would help that quite a bit.

One of the typical things that a town like Tempe sees is parents buying a place for their kids to live while they go to school. With the inherent benefits of this area, I see this being as popular of a place as ever. And those folks will surely spend time here and may hold onto the place long term for them to enjoy. It may also lead them to retire here.

I see us becoming a better cultural place. More musical opportunities, art, and other things for folks to enjoy. I think the topography of the region dictates that the small feel that we enjoy won't change all that much.

Now will this all happen? I think it depends on the ins and outs of ASU. The state budget situation is of concern. As far as who the donors are? Well, it's going to be an impressive group and I don't think it's going to be a matter of transferring contributions that would have otherwise gone to other local organizations. If anything I think it will lead to more funding going forward for organizations by bringing in more educated and wealthier people.

Things like universities are big picture investments. They are made by forward looking people who are not completely self-absorbed. As an ASU professor I had asked us: "why are you here?" The real reason? To become better people. And that's exactly what this region would ultimately get - better people contributing to make a good place even better.