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Author Archives: Arizona Capitol Reports Staff

In Their Words: Art Hamiton (access required)

Art Hamilton

There are no gratuitous fights . . . every fight costs you something. And the other thing I learned was you need to know who you’re fighting because the people whose names are on the bill are some of the people who are really, really, really trying to get something done.

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In Their Words: Jane Dee Hull (access required)

Jane Dee Hull in 1999

For almost 25 years Jane Dee Hull was in the thick of Arizona politics, governing and legislating, and yet she said she’s most proud of being proud of “very little” in her career, which speaks to her political philosophy.

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Arizona Adopts a Flag

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In 1921, the Tempe Normal School Cadet Company posed under the U.S. and Arizona flags with the silver cup they won in the State Cadet Rifle Match at Tucson. The young men were officially the First Regiment of Arizona, and ...

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Emery’s Cooperative

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Although he was called “judge” in Tucson, Alfred John Emery had no legal training and never sat as a judge. The title was honorific. In fact, Emery was a dairy and poultry farmer all his life, and a man with ...

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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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The Donofrio/Grosso Clan (access required)

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Theresa settled in Philadelphia with her husband Mike, who was also an immigrant and a miner in the Pennsylvania coal fields. Charles went to Phoenix, where he earned a living selling oranges for a nickel a piece on Washington Street. ...

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The Oriental Saloon (access required)

This is Tombstone’s Oriental Saloon, photographed in the 1930s after its conversion for use as a drug store.

Owned by Jim Vizina, its bar and restaurant rented to Cochise County Supervisor M.E. (Milt) Joyce, the Oriental was considered Tombstone’s finest saloon. “Last evening,” wrote the Tombstone Epitaph, about the opening in 1880, “the portals were thrown open and ...

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Immaculate Heart and the Divided Parish (access required)

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This is Immaculate Heart Church and the church school on East Washington Street in downtown Phoenix about the time the church was dedicated—December 15, 1928. It was a separate church for Phoenix’s Mexican-American and Mexican Catholics who had split from ...

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