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The literary career of Sharlot Hall

Dec 25, 2010 11:51:15 AM

by Bob Cornett

Sharlot Mabridth Hall was born in Kansas in 1870 and came to Prescott with her parents and brother when she was twelve years old. Her life from 1870 to her death in 1943 followed many twists and turns. Before 1895, her life consisted of pigs, horses, cattle, vegetables, apples and pears at her parent’s Orchard Ranch in Dewey. With little formal schooling, she began writing simple poetry about the things she knew and loved. She wrote about her life experiences as well as life on the frontier and, in the fifteen year period after 1895, she rapidly increased her stature in literary and public recognition as a natural poet and free lance writer.

 

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Posted in 2010 By LaDawn Dalton

Arizona’s first Christmas tree

Dec 18, 2010 11:52:03 AM

(The following account of the first Christmas tree in Arizona comes from Orick Jackson’s "The White Conquest of Arizona" as presented in "History of Arizona" by Thomas Edwin Farish, Arizona Historian, Volume IV, Filmer Brothers, San Francisco 1916, pp 89-92.)

"There is one Arizonan alive to-day (1916) who holds a unique station among men, and who enjoys a distinction that is beautiful and praiseworthy. His name is J. N. Rodenburg, and to him belongs the honor of being the first man who conceived the idea of zealously and fervently observing the birth of the Savior in a wild land, and providing the first Christmas tree to be erected in Arizona. This tribute to Christianity was initiated by him under conditions that would seem in this day of peace and plenty as difficult of execution, but those who are yet alive bear evidence to it in its every detail.

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Posted in 2010 By LaDawn Dalton

by Carol Powell

Clara S. Olmstead was born in November of 1839 in Elkader, Iowa. Her father, Samuel Baldwin Olmstead, was an enterprising farmer with an extensive dairy farm from which he realized a handsome profit. They were the third white family to settle in Clayton County, Iowa on the west side of the Mississippi River during the time of the stone rebuilding of Fort Crawford (1829-1831) east of the river near Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Baldwin, as he was known, was supplying his butter and cheese to both Fort Crawford and up-river at Fort Snelling (present day St. Paul).

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Posted in 2010 By LaDawn Dalton

A Prayer for the USS Arizona

Dec 1, 2010 11:53:31 AM

(This Tuesday, December 7, 2010 marks the 69th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. The following article tells of the christening of the ship over 95 years ago.)

by James F. Vivian

Four young women graced the official platform at the launching of the USS Arizona in June, 1915. Two of them, Esther Ross and Eva Behn, were ‘Prescott girls.’ Ross performed the actual christening while Behn stood engagingly to her side holding a flower bouquet.

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Posted in 2010 By LaDawn Dalton

by Parker Anderson

The Elks Opera House, or rather, the Elks’ Theatre as it was universally being called in the 1920s, was predominantly a movie theater, although manager Charles Born did let local civic organizations use it to hold fund-raising events from time to time.

Actor Mitchell Ingraham was a major figure in the history of the Elks Opera House at that time and Prescott area entertainment in general. He is largely forgotten today, even by local historians. Born in Illinois in 1872, few details of his early life are known, except that he became a stock player on stage in Illinois and possibly other locations.

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Posted in 2010 By LaDawn Dalton

by Fr. Jack Wolter

The return of the Territorial Capital to Prescott from Tucson back in 1877 was followed a year later by the arrival of the fifth Territorial Governor John Charles Fremont and his family. For the next three years, they rented a simple Victorian house originally built in 1875 by William "Zed" Wilson located at the southwest corner of East Gurley and Marina streets (site of the current Carnegie Library building next to the Elks Theater). This house has been known through the years as the "Fremont House."

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