A Bisbee First: Birdman Fowler
In November 1911, R.L. “Birdman” Fowler made a stop at the Bisbee Country Club on a cross-country air trip and became the first man to fly into the copper mining camp (Didier Masson, whose plane appears in this photo, was the first to fly out of Bisbee in February 1911, but his biplane was shipped into Bisbee by railroad.) Fowler had only been flying for three months, but already had broken records. On the Yuma to Maricopa leg of his trip, he flew continuously for four hours and 26 minutes, longer than any other aviator to that date.
Looking northeast toward the barely visible Santa Catalina Mountains is Tucson in the early 1880s. The photograph, probably taken from the lower steps of Sentinel Peak, shows an evolving Tucson.
Flagstaff Celebrates Pioneer Women and Good Roads
On July 14, 1915, the Arizona Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (ASDAR) dedicated a plaque at Walnut Canyon near Flagstaff honoring pioneer women. The event was held in conjunction with the National Old Trails Road Association meetings in Flagstaff.
The Flying Schoolgirl
Katherine Stinson was born Feb. 14, 1896, in Jackson, Miss. As a young woman, she hoped to become a piano teacher and planned to study music in Europe, but lacked the money for the trip. For some reason, she fixed on becoming a stunt pilot as a quick way to earn cash. However, to pay the $500 cost of flying lessons, her family had to sell the piano. That might have been a hardship for Stinson, except that it turned out she liked flying so much she abandoned her music career for aviation.
Bisbee Pioneers at the Norton House
On May 21, 1906, this group of Bisbee residents gathered in front of the Norton House hotel on Main Street for a commemorative photograph. With the exception of the children, all the residents had arrived in Bisbee in the 1800s, and were friends and acquaintances of E.G. Norton, who owned the Norton House and was leaving Bisbee to retire in Maine.
Annie Evalena Stakebake Seayrs Daniels
Annie Evalena Stakebake Seayrs Daniels, a schoolteacher and Pima County superintendent of schools, was born in a log cabin on a farm near Windsor, Randolph County, Ind., on Oct. 3, 1869. Her parents were Henry Harrison and Louisa Cropper Stakebake.
The Other Heroes of War
The soldier heroes of war are immortalized in bronze and stone, shouldering weapons, riding great steeds and urging their forces toward battle. Yet courage in war is not limited to male combatants. Women and children also act in bold and noble ways in war.
The Valenzuelas of Phoenix
On Sept. 15, 1918, a young soldier, who expected momentarily to be sent overseas to fight the Germans, had himself photographed at Camp (now Fort) Dix, New Jersey, and sent the result on a postcard addressed to Rosa Gold of Phoenix.
Pythian Castle, Bisbee
The Knights of Pythias was one of a number of fraternal organizations founded in 19th Century America. (Others were the Grange, the Knights of Columbus, Order of Hibernians, and the Order of Elks. The Freemasons and Odd Fellows, two of the best-known groups, were founded in England in the 18th Century.) The Pythians were founded in Washington D.C. in 1864 by Justice H. Rathbone and five clerks. By 1900, there were almost 1 million members.
Early LDS settlements in Arizona Territory
Hearty members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints (LDS) were summoned to leave their Utah homes and settle in Arizona Territory beginning in the 1860s as LDS President Brigham Young was concerned with westward-bound wagon trains filled with non-LDS settlers wanting to move into the wide open west.
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