Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday Arizona

Mt. Graham. From www.flickr.com/photos/steev/211809450/.

Here are a few pictures of some of the beauties of the state, combined with some facts about our family's connection to Arizona. 

Picture of saguaros from www.flickr.com/photos/swisscan/3602354288/.

The first Tanner ancestors to settle the state:

1876 — Ove Oveson helped settle Brigham City. He returned to Utah to get his wife, Mary Christensen Oveson, children, mother-in-law, Karen Johannesen Christensen, and his wife's brother Marinus Christensen. The Oversons later moved to St. Johns.

1877 — Henry Tanner and Eliza Parkinson Tanner helped settle Allen's Camp, later Joseph City, and lived there the rest of their lives. Here is the story of their trip to Arizona.

1879— Charles DeFriez Jarvis and Margaret Jarvis settled first in Nutrioso, later in St. Johns. Charles and his daughter Margaret Jarvis Overson were important early photographers.

Superstition Mountain seen from Lost Dutchman State Park.
From Al_HikesAZ at http://www.flickr.com/photos/alanenglish/3246319590/.

Morgan ancestors who helped settle the state:

1876 — Marinus Christensen moved to Brigham City and then St. Johns with his sister's family. He was a blacksmith, a craft he learned from his father-in-law, David Nathan Thomas.

1882 — David Nathan Thomas and Adeline Springthorpe Thomas moved to St. Johns from the Kingston United Order in Piute County, Utah.

1903 — Mary Linton Morgan and her three sons moved to Hunt and later to St. Johns when she married David King Udall.

The Grand Canyon seen from west of Point Imperial on the North Rim. From www.flickr.com/photos/alanenglish/3855143236/.

Any event which happened in Arizona before February 12, 1912, should be recorded as having happened in "Arizona Territory," unless it happened before there was an Arizona Territory. (Arizona Territory was incorporated in 1863.)

Picacho Peak. From Wikipedia.

The best-known battle (or skirmish) of the Civil War to happen in Arizona was the Battle of Picacho Peak.

Lee's Ferry from www.flickr.com/photos/alanenglish/2470357592/lightbox/.

Ove Overson and his family crossed the Colorado River at Lee's Ferry. The Tanners crossed it at Pearce's Ferry.

"Dans l'antre d'Antelope Canyon par Franck Vervial." Antelope Canyon, Arizona. From www.flickr.com/photos/vervial/4314233970/.

Members of the Overson family have lived continuously in Arizona since 1876, and members of the Tanner family have lived continuously in the state since 1877. It was a harsh place to settle, but is an amazingly beautiful part of the world.

Escudilla in the White Mountains. From www.flickr.com/photos/15057302@N00/150502974/.

1 comment:

  1. You just know that I love this post. My heart is dear to Arizona - even though I hate the summer heat with a vengance. The beauty of this state though can bring me to tears. Love this.