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Browsing items in: The History of Sedona

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    • Bear Howard made a living as a hunter

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    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • Howard gained a reputation as an accomplished bear hunter. He sold bear meat to Flagstaff butcher shops. He also was a trapper and raised horses and mules. The widow, Margaret James, married him briefly but apparently didn't like being the wife...
    • The Jim and Maggie Thompson family

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    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • After settling in the canyon, Jim wrote to the Abraham James family, who he had met at the Colorado River. Knowing they had a 'marriage age' daughter, he invited them to leave Nevada and join him in Arizona. After the James family moved to the...
    • Manuel Chavez was a scout for the Army

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    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • Manuel Chavez was entitled to a pension from the U.S. Government because of his service as a military scout. When the government didn't hold up their end of the arrangement, at age 70, Chavez rode alone on horseback from Sedona to St. Johns,...
    • First families' children at school, approximately 1893

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    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • The first class of students at the first school in the area was representative of the few families living up and down the creek. It was not unlike a classroom today with its ethnic mix. Back row: Erwin Schuerman, Sarah Huckaby, Jim Huckaby,...
    • The Jim Thompson cabin

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    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • In 1912, Jim took another homestead of about 56 acres adjoining his original. As his children matured, he helped some of them homestead near him. His daughter, Clara, married before she proved up and was not allowed to take title so she...
    • Apple cider party

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    • Farms--Arizona--Sedona
    • Cider presses were common at Oak Creek orchards. Apples were the most popular fruit for juicing, but the Dumas family also pressed blackberries. If the juice was allowed to ferment in a crock or barrel in a cool dry place, it would become cider.
    • Jess Purtymun in his cave kitchen

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    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • Early Oak Creek housing options were limited and primitive at best. A cave in the side of Oak Creek Canyon provided Jess, Steven and Martha's son, a place to live for awhile. Other families lived in tents, tenthouses or log cabins.
    • The Schuerman House at Red Rock before it burned

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    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • The Schuermans lived in a nice wood home that stood on their new property when they arrived. Unfortunately, it burned down in 1900 with all their possessions except a few pieces of old furniture and a few things from Dorette's trousseau. To...
    • The Jordan waterwheel, early 1930s

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    • Farms--Arizona--Sedona
    • The Jordan brothers each built irrigation systems; George's included this large waterwheel. Walter researched the design and George patterned the wheel from a picture in a catalog. The overshot wheel, 20 feet in diameter, was powered by ditch...
    • Frank & Nancy Owenby

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    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • The Owenbys arrived from Texas in 1893 to homestead along the west side of Oak Creek, where the bridge crosses today. Their first filing was found to be in error so they had to re-file. They were the first in Sedona to 'patent' their homestead...
    • Orchards grow to commercial sizes

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    • Farms--Arizona--Sedona
    • The Jordan orchards would eventually boast over 1,500 fruit trees. During World War II, Walter had a contract with the government to ship apples to our troops. He made 8 trips to Phoenix to deliver the order for 1,000 boxes, driving all night to...
    • The Manual Chavez family

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    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • When Juan Nuanez's American citizenship was questioned, he sent for his father-in-law, Manual Chavez, to take the place Juan had been homesteading along Oak Creek. Chavez lost his rights to homestead again after he gave Nuanez's land back to him,...
    • Ira Smith picking fruit from his horse

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    • Farms--Arizona--Sedona
    • This was not the common way to harvest fruit. More likely, Ira was in the neighborhood and took advantage of his elevated position from atop his horse. A canvas bag over their shoulders allowed workers to have both hands free for picking. The...
    • The David Dumas farm

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    • Farms--Arizona--Sedona
    • The Dumas family moved next door to the Schuermans in 1905. They grew peaches, apples, apricots, plums and blackberries in addition to large gardens. David and Margaret Dumas were known throughout the valley for their warm hospitality,...
    • Red Rock fruit display at the county fair, 1930

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    • Farms--Arizona--Sedona
    • Fruit from the Schuerman place, among others, was selected by fair organizers to make up this incredible display at the Yavapai County Fair. Note the photos of Courthouse Rock (now referred to as Cathedral Rock). Red Rock fruit and vegetable...
    • Ambrosio and Marcellina Armijo

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    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • Juan Armijo was a friend of the Chavez family who came to Oak Creek to homestead. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace at the Red Rock precinct and performed marriages, among other tasks. His son, Ambrosio, also homesteaded in Red Rock when he...
    • Jordan carrot crop

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    • Farms--Arizona--Sedona
    • Before their fruit trees produced, the Jordans grew carrots planted between the rows of immature fruit trees. Carrots were loaded on a Model A and 12 hours later the carrots would be in Phoenix where Ruth went directly to restaurants and hotels to...
    • Walter  pruning in the orchard

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    • Farms--Arizona--Sedona
    • Orcharding required work in the field year round. Pruning was one of Walter's specialties. When the pruning was done, there was spraying for pests, spreading fertilizer, monitoring the weather for moisture and killing frost, smudging, caring for...
    • Smudge pots

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    • Farms--Arizona--Sedona
    • Oak Creek orchardists used smudge pots to protect fruit from frost. The pots/heaters were brought to the field on a sled. At Walter Jordan's place, the sled was pulled by a caterpillar tractor. Once placed, the dampers were opened and cleaned,...

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