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Charles Poston, the father of Arizona (access required)

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The man at the right is Charles Debrille Poston, Arizona’s first delegate to Congress and the Father of Arizona, so designated in 1899 by the 20th Territorial Legislature. With him are Louis H. Chalmers (at left), House of Representatives, Maricopa ...

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Mohave County Officials – 1910 (access required)

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Here are a few facts we know about three of the men in this photograph, Henry Lovin, William Blakely and Walter Brown. Henry Lovin had a difficult early career, but found success finally in Mohave County. He was born in ...

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Martin Gold, Phoenix pioneer (access required)

These members of the Martin Gold family are standing in front of the first large steam engine and threshing machine in the Phoenix area. They are, from left, Martin Gold; his daughter, Rose; an unidentified farmhand; Gold’s daughter, Helen; Dave Martinez; an unidentified young woman; and Gold’s stepson, Ulysses Schofield. The photograph was taken during the harvest in July 1914. Gold brought the first steam thresher to Phoenix.

By all accounts, Martin Gold was a humble and hard-working man. He was popular among the immigrant community, especially the Mexicans—who called him Don Martin—because of his facility with languages.

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The Y Digs a Pool (access required)

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The Bisbee Review called the Bisbee YMCA “worthy of a metropolitan YMCA for proper care of the physical well being.” Club Secretary Richardson was especially proud of the bowling facilities, “…four ‘Daylight’ alleys patterned after regulation type and offering finest tournament equipment.

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Irrigators Take the Title (access required)

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Harry Westfall batted .493 that year. Affectionately known as ”Fat” for his hefty physique, he was an outstanding catcher who reputedly could throw a ball to second base on a line that never rose more than three feet off the ground—out of a crouch from home plate. Ray Stone went 8-2 in the regular season that year and pitched in both playoff games.

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