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Father Owen da Silva

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Father Owen was born Bill Silva on August 6. 1906, in Santa Barbara, California, near the old Franciscan Mission there. His Portuguese father and Irish mother were devout Catholics, and Owen was determined on the priesthood from childhood. After his ...

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Death on Sacramento Hill

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A Bucyrus steam shovel, a modern piece of equipment, symbolized a new style of mining in the copper camp – Phelps Dodge had just begun open-cut mining operations on Sacramento Hill. The decision to dig the ground out instead of ...

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A Man of Strong Opinions

This is businessman and pioneer Tucson Mayor Charles Moses Strauss in a photograph taken in 1883.

Charles Moses Strauss was born in New York City on April 15, 1840, was educated in Boston in both public and Hebrew schools and lived in Ohio, Massachusetts and Tennessee before moving west in hopes of curing his tuberculosis. While ...

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The Big Snow of ’49

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This is Andy Matson of Pinewood Dairy standing by his truck in Flagstaff trying to make a delivery. It is February 1949 and the white wall behind him and his customers is a huge snow bank. From December 22, 1948, ...

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The Man from Scotland

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In 1881, Henry Lesinsky, one of the owners of the Arizona Copper Company in Clifton, recorded the arrival of some foreign investors, “. . . a party of Englishmen and Scotchmen (sic) came our way. They had bought some mines ...

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Lawman and Thief

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This big and burley fellow with the hard eyes is Burt Alvord, a well-liked lawman, who midway through his career, decided better money could be made by holding up trains. Not much is known about Burt Alvord’s origins. His parents ...

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Roll Out the Barrel (access required)

7-7-times-past-web

In this photograph, a group of lawmen in Cochise County are breaking up barrels and pouring the whiskey down Tombstone’s Allen Street. During Prohibition, Cochise County Sheriff Harry Wheeler traveled all over his county trying to put an end to ...

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Teddy at Tempe Normal

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Theodore Roosevelt had left office in 1909 after nearly two full terms as president. (He had succeeded the assassinated William McKinley in September of 1901). By the time of this photo, he and his handpicked successor, the 300-pound William Howard ...

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Mickey Free, Apache Scout

6-23-times-past-web

The body of folklore surrounding Mickey Free makes it difficult to separate fact from fancy, but a few facts are known. He disappeared from a ranch west of the Chiricahua Mountains when was about 12 years old and was either ...

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The Christmas Hatbox Baby

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At dusk on Christmas Eve, 1931, Edward and Julie Stewart, on their way to Phoenix, had a flat tire and pulled off the road about 10 miles west of Superior. While Edward fixed the flat, Julie wandered into the desert. ...

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