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A Brief History of the Historian


Don’t let this picture of Sharlot Hall fool you. She may look gentle enough, but in 1926, around the time this picture wa s taken, she got the only slaughtering license ever issued to a woman and was quite proud of it. Her acclaim does not stem from this dubious distinction however, but rather from her work as a writer and a historian.

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Phoenix Pioneers: The McClartys

The McClarty family is pictured in 1917.

Ida McClarty sits behind the wheel of a right-hand steering Buick with her dog and her father, George William McClarty, in this 1917 photograph, taken about the time of her graduation from Phoenix Union High School.

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Strike up the band

The Bisbee Boys Band at the YMCA in 1914.

When the Bisbee Boys Band was organized at the YMCA in 1914, the members had few instruments, no sheet music and little musical training. Their first task was to raise money to buy themselves instruments and music books. The band members all were older than 12 (and many closer in age to 18).

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The Making of Sharlot Hall

Sharlot Hall and her father, Jim Hall, at the Grand Canyon around 1913. It is not clear whether Mr. Hall had any tobacco in his cheek at the time of this photograph, but it’s a safe bet he had some in his possession.

Sharlot Hall may not have regarded herself as a feminist, but she had a remarkable ability to think for herself and the bravery to eschew the traditional roles of wife and mother at a time when most of society viewed those roles as practically definitive of womanhood.

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The Desert Laboratory

The staff of the Desert Laboratory in Tucson, gathered in 1906. (Left to right, back) Mr. Rider, Godfrey G. Sykes, Burton Livingston ,a founder of the Ecological Society of America, Mr. Lloyd, and two unidentified gentlemen. Front: Mrs. Godfrey G. Sykes, Mr. Davenport, Robert Simpson Woodward, president of the Carnegie Institution; Dr. Daniel T. MacDougal, director of the laboratory, Mr. Shull and Grace Livingston.

These scientists are gathered at the Desert Laboratory for a photograph on the occasion of a visit from Robert Simpson Woodward of the Carnegie Institution. The year is 1906.

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Phoenix’s First Light Rail System

Phoenix streetcar 100 with dignitaries, circa 1929.

Just about every city of any size in the early days had a streetcar or trolley line. In Phoenix, there was the Phoenix Street Railway System, which operated from 1887 to 1948. It was owned and operated by the great promoter and subdivision mogul, Moses H. Sherman, until 1925, when the city of Phoenix took over operations.

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Bisbee Pioneers at the Norton House

A group of Bisbee residents gathers in front of the Norton House for a commemorative photograph in 1906.

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.

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The Shrine at the Casa

Owen da Silva and Fr. Luigi Sciocchetti at the dedication of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Phoenix.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico, of the Americas and of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. The mosaic building being dedicated in the photo was erected by the Franciscan Renewal Center (Casa de Paz y Bien) in 1954 on the center property at Lincoln Drive between Mummy and Camelback mountains.

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The Mertz Family

(From left) Sister Electa Fleck, Father Jim Mertz and Sister Mary Magdalene (Mary Mertz) are pictured in front of 444 Monroe Street, downtown Phoenix, 1936.

This photo shows 444 Monroe Street in downtown Phoenix in 1936. The building in the background is the former convent of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, who taught St. Mary’s Elementary School classes for nearly a century.

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