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(Section Two)
A trip by wagon train from Kansas
Arizona Is. the subject of some
reminiscences contributed toy John
, Roberts of Parker, whose residence
In this state dates from 1S75. Mr.
Parker tells of the trip, a common
one in those days, as follows:
"On the 25th of June, 1875, eigh-
teen prairie schooners left Junction
City, Kan., for Prescott, Ariz. In the
1 W"Jt'aravan tnt're were 31 men, 6 trom
"&J, an 4 boys, all well armed. Four
"pr teen of the wagons were drawn by
oxen and four by mules. There were
also some cows and saddle horses in
the way of animal life. A. W. Griz
telcjO Cullen was captain of the
.Vtrain, and Alex Thompson wagon
'ine outfit arrived In Prescott on
Nov. 3, lie vine been on the road four
months and ten days. E. J. Bennett,
& well known Phoenix citizen, was
also In caravan; also his father, "his
mother and brother. E. J. drove two
yoke of oxen on his wagon, his lead-
erg being cows and the six wheelers
steers, and the way that old boy
TSk 3. could make a bull whip talk
was a caution.
"The writer drove one of his fa
ther's teams, consisting of - three
steers and two cows a spike team
,'Buck' on the lead, "Rose and Jennie'
in the swing, 'Tom' and 'Brin' on the
wheel. 'Buck's' mate, 'Bricht.' had
died from drinking alkali water, ne
cessitating making a single yoke out
of a crooked Cottonwood log, using
rope for tugs.
'"Of the 41 persons making this trip
the writer knows of only five now
living E. J. Bennett of Phoenix, Ed
A. Roberts of Prescott, Mrs. John
Hartin of San Diego, Cal Joseph J.
Roberts of Pasadena, and John Rob
erts of Parker.
"Outside of a couple of -little
skirmishes with Mexicans in New
Mexican and one Indian scare, all
were happy when they reached
Prescott," Mr. Roberts concludes.
This mill was built by Charles Trumbull Hayden, father of Representa
tive Carl Hayden. It was the first mill on the Salt river. Phoenix had not
yet been started.
In the fall of 1SS6, John Perry,
then a dispatch rider for the United
States government, arrived in Ari
zona at Camp Verde on the Verde
river with dispatches for Major
Dorne. who was then engaged in col-
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not until the next morning, he said.i
that he discovered the feathers or,
the Indians were the waving palm
leaves. While in San PTancisoo.' he
said, he heard about a f settlement
called San Diego, but heard nothing
about Los Angeles.
On one trip to Arizona In the early
days Mr. Perry said, he stopped one
night with the Tewksbury family in
the Tonto basin. Later, he said, he
understood that Tewksbury had been
killed in a feud with .the Khoads
family. After spending-39 years in
the government servicer Mr. Perry-
said, he returned to Phoenix about
30 years ago and staked out the
Montezuma mine at Crown King.
Arizona. He mined lead, gold and
silver, he said, and also ran a. lum
ber mill in connection with the mine.
When the Adams hotel burned in
Phoenix, Mr. Perry said, he saw the
light of the blaze from his home in
the Montezuma mountains. 70 miles
north of Phoenix.
Mr. Perry said he served all through
the Civil war and after the war
closed he joined the regular army.
IHirfntc the world war, Mr. Perry said,
he served three years and was mus
tered out of service on November E.
1920. He served, he said. In the
world war in rounding up army de
serters and strikers in the south
ern states. He had three men tinder
his, he said, as guards. Mr. Perry
is now S2 years of age and recently
returned from the Soldiers home
at Sawtelle, Calif., where he under
went an operation rfor aa injury he
received during the Civil war. Mr.
Perry says he does not like living
in a city and thinks he will take a
prospecting trip after the Tioneera-reunion.
Yards: Phoenix, Tucson, Glendale, Peoria, Buckeye
railing the Apaches on a reservation.
Mr. Perry made the trip from Fort
Lyon in Colorado to Camp erce on
horseback via the old Santa Fe trail
to a point near Flagstaff, where he
turned south to Camp Verde. Failing
to find Major Dorne at Camp erde,
Mr. Perry said, he left for Fort Whip
ple, near Prescott, after remaining at
Camp Verde for two days.
' Camp Verde in those days, he said.
was a tent settlement of several
ranchers who had staked out claims
on the rivet. They lived in one set
tlement, he said, for protection
against the Indians. The settlement
consisted of about 100 people, he
said, and he could remember but one
person he met at the camp. That
was Judge Wells of Prescott, who
was then a boy of 15 or 16 years of
The orders he carried to Major
Dorne, he said, was information about
a band of Apaches who were in the
S. H. mountains, northeast of Yuma.
After delivering the dispatches to
Major Dome a t t ort vv hippie, he
said, he and the major started for
the camp of the Apaches. On the
road to the S. H. mountains, he said.
thev passed through what is now
Wickenburg. At that time it was the
home of "Old Man" Wickenburg, who
lived alone and was plaeering gold
there. Thev spent the night with
him, he said, and pushed o.i, camping
the next night just south of the Salt
river near what is now Phoenix.
There was no town there then, he
said, but only a saloon and a tent
or two. Major Dorne, he said, came
up and visited the saloon, put he re
mained in camp.
Thev found the Apache hand, he
said, and succeeded in rounding them
up, but had to kill one member of
the band in doing so. A day or two
before they came upon the Apaches,
he said, the Indians had had a fight
with some Mexicans and with one
exception, the Indian killed.-- they
were out of ammunition, 'rne one
Indian, he said, began firing at them
and fearing he would pick them off.
they were forced to shoot him. The
band, he said, consisted of 12 mem
bers, and they were taken to the res
ervation. On that trip, Mr. Perry
said, he remained in Arizona about
three months.
While in Prescott, then a small
settlement, he said, he came upon a
woman making bread in a. large
"Dutch" oven. The loaves, he said,
were about twice the size of an ordi
nary baker's loaf and he bought one
from the woman for $1. A few days
before this, he said, he and Major
Dorne had secured some honey and
while he waB sitting in their camp
eating bread and honey. Major Dome
came in and requested at once that
he go and get another leaf of bread
from the woman. She had only one
toaf left, he said, but finally consent
ed to sell it to him for the major.
During the intervals between the
chases made after Apaches. Mr. Perry
said. Major Dome whiled away the
hours by panning gold near Prescott.
One afternoon, he said, he and the
major each panned about iZO in dust.
Earlv in the spring of 186 1, Mr. Per
ry said, he returned to Fort Lyon and
made a -second trip to Arizona with
dispatches in 1S72. In IMS, he said.
he made a trip from Fort Lyon to
San Francisco oif horseback. He
crossed the Colorado, river near Nee
dles, he said, and started late in t?le
afternoon through the Mojave desert.
That night, he said, he had the
first real ecare of his life. He said
he was riding alone a row of Taqui
palms and the leaves of the palms
waving in the breeze appeared to
him to be the feathers of a large
band of Indians. From the number
of feathers he thought he saw. Mr.
Perry said he estimated that there
were thousands of Indians in the
band. Knowing he had no chance
against such a horde of Indians, he
said, he kept riding further away
from the row of trees and finally
i succeeded in losing the band. It was
A continuous resident in one lo
cality for nearly 40 years, Frank Ty
ler of Thatcher takes rank as one of
Indian scares were frequent, but
actual uprisings directed against set
tlements on the frontier were few
and car between, according to Mrs.
S. J. Harner, an Arizona resident
since 18S2.
Mrs. Harner is a native of Utah.
Her hushand, the late S. J. Harner,
preceded her to Arizona by several
months and later sent for her.
She made the trip from Salt Lake
City to Maricopa by train and from
Maricopa to the homestead in the
Verde valley by mule team. After
the most "consistent" pioneers of
Shortly after his marriage to Mary
Adelia Pace in 1882, Mr. Tyler left
his old home at Washington, Utah,
for the new and bigger field of Ari
zona. In company with James and
Orlando Pace and R. K. Jolley, Mr.
and Mrs Tyler drove overland from
Utah, reaching the Oila valley in
Arizona after a six weeks' trip. The
party located where Thatcher was
later built.
"Indians were especially bad in
those days, but the Indians were not
alone responsible for the many
crimes." Mr. Tyler writes.
"White men were active on the
ranges, stealing cattle and commit
ting other crimes," he continued.
Ten children were born to Mr. and
Mrs. Tyler, six of whom are living.
They are all residents of Arizona.
Throughout his residence in Arizo
na, Mr. Tyler has been engaged in
farming as his principle occupation.
He served as bishop of the Thatcher
ward for 11 years, from 1908 to 1919,
Hetiring when the ward was divided.
a residence of about four years in'
the Verde valley, the family moved
to their ranch near Squaw creek.
From here they went to Prescott.
"On one occasion. Indian scouts
told ss that the Apaches were on the
warpath and went through the coun
trywide warning the settlers to seek
cover. The male population decided
that it was time to rid the community
of this Indian menace for all time
and they gathered tip their horses,
guns and ammunitions and started
out to give battle. They were in the
field several days and never caught
sight of a redskin," she declared.
Mrs. Harner is one of four Arizo
na pioneers in a single household in
Phoenix. The home is located at 718
East Van Buren street. Other pio
neers there are F. J. Harner, a son,
and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. McGarr.
Mrs. McOarr's mother, Mrs. J. Ses
more, has been a resident of Arizona
for 51 years. She is now a resident
of I'hoente. Her mo'her, the late
Rose Garcia, came to ..rizona some
time before 1860, Mrs. McOarr said.
She rn ide the trip overland On a
horse, disguised as a man, and came
with a detachment of soldiers, one of
the first to go to Prescott
California. There he went to sheer
raising at Lnscnada.
A three year drouth drove him out
of it, and he started with several
thousand sheep on the drive to Ari
zona. His next stopping place was
at Mesa in 1S76.
He disposed of his sheep through
'.he medium of a butcher shop, anfl"
when he ran out of material for con
ducting it further, he went into th
Qila Bend neighborhood where he hit
remained closely ever since, Identify- .
ing himself with the various enter -pris
s which have been launched ,
Among the earlier pioneers of
Maricopa county is Daniel Noonan
of Gila Bend. He has moved about
loss than most of the men who came
here nearly half a century ago.
Xoonan is a native of Ireland, but
came to this country,, settling in
Syracuse, N. Y, when a boy. He
lived for 'a time in New Orleans and
then went to llinois" in 18SS. Two
years later he settled In Utah, mov
ing later to Moberly, Mo., where he
engaged in contracting.
His next move was to southern
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It is a far cry from 1896 to the present day, 1921 in that period of years many changes
have been wrought, many things, both great and small have come to pass many worthy
undertakings have survived the test and storms of time many went into the discard be
fore being well started on the way we if you please one of the "old pioneers" in the
business world of Phoenix cannot but express our sincere and heartfelt thanks and ap
preciation to the "old pioneers" and those of later years who by their generous and loyal
support have enabled us THE BOSTON STORE your store to remain and grow to its
present enviable position not only in our own community but in the business world
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To felfoe Old 'Pioneers' of Arizona
We bid you welcome thrice welcome to our good city your capital city the great
city that YOU helped in a very material way and manner, to recover from the desert
By your efforts "to make it blossom like the rose" to build to its present wonderful posi
tionwe again bid you welcome Come in and see us let us renew old friends and ac
quaintances let us live for the time being again in thepast if we can be of any service
or assistance to you while in Phoenix command us.
"Oldtimer" here's may you live long, and see, and be a party to the still greater growth
of Arizona.
Yours most sincerely,

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