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Confine Your Pets

12-8-times-past-620

Elsie May Johnson was lucky to have a healthy pet for this portrait. An outbreak of rabies in the spring of 1912 had forced the slaughter of hundreds of dogs and had sent several Bisbee residents to El Paso for ...

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Frank Luke Flying Ace

12-1-times-past

Frank Luke Jr. was born in Phoenix, one of nine children in a large and convivial family. In later years, people remembered attending ice cream socials and skating on the hardwood floors of the Luke house, which was located on ...

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The Immigrant Priest (access required)

11-24-times-past

The Territory of Arizona had been served first by Spanish and then by Mexican priests, but the revolutionary Mexican government expelled the Spaniards after 1822, and, following the Mexican War (with the United States) Mexican priests withdrew from the Arizona ...

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Arizona Women in Medicine

Emma Louise Mau

Tuberculosis was the scourge of the early 20th century life in the United States. Health seekers always were searching for a good climate for recovery, and it didn’t take long for Tucson, with its dry, warm climate to attract them. ...

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Flagstaff’s Fast Car Race

10-29-times-past

The Eighth Annual Fast Car Race, sponsored by the Mark A. Moore American Legion Post, attracted West Coast driving sensations such as Bud Rose, Rajo Jack, Wally Schock, Earl Evans and Shorty Ellysen. They brought cars usually seen only in ...

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Two Tucson Meteorites

10-20-times-past

The two meteor fragments were used as blacksmith’s anvils in the Tucson Presidio in the 1700s and were highly valued. Early Tucson visitors invariably commented on them as curiosities. All early reports say that the meteorites were found in the ...

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Marcos de Niza Memorial (access required)

10-13-times-past

Fray Marcos de Niza’s explorations led directly to the expedition of Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, who laid claim to the entire Southwest in the name of the Spanish crown and who was the forerunner of European settlement of Arizona. Spain ...

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The First Gray Ladies

9-1-times-past-web

The Tucson chapter of the Red Cross was founded in 1916, just four years after Arizona became a state. At the time, a civil war was raging in Mexico and Pancho Villa was conducting raids along the U.S. border. The ...

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Father Owen da Silva

8-18-times-past-620

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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