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The year was 1964 and I was exploring the old Crook Military Road across the Mogollon Rim. Today’s Forest Road 300 al… Read more

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It is said that, “He who does not learn the lessons of history is doomed to repeat them.” Apply that to personal life… Read more

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As General George Crook studied maps of the Apache stronghold he realized the importance of connecting Fort Apache on… Read more

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I have sometimes been known to say that I had the best mother who ever lived, but in all fairness I really should ame… Read more

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There is something divine about a baby and his or her birth that brought new hope and joy to Rim Country settlers whose lives were simple and tough. Read more

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As years passed and the population of the Payson School District grew — two wooden buildings along Main Street, close to the Presbyterian Chur… Read more

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“When she rang that school bell it was the call to a love of learning and achievement,” recalled the teacher’s former pupil Anna Mae Deming. Read more

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Teachers came and went with great frequency due to the loneliness and isolation and the minimal salaries. Sometimes they married local men and… Read more

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In the 1870s more settlers were arriving in the area and their children needed to learn “read’n, write’n and ’rithmatic.” At first teaching wa… Read more