Annie Neal: Black Cherokee Entrepreneur

By Dr. Barbara Marriott The music floated in on a soft summer breeze.  The two schoolteachers rocking on the porch of their Oracle home caught the refrain and smiled at each other.  “That Annie sure knows how to throw a … Continue reading

The Territory of Arizona vs. Knox Lee

By Mick Woodcock Murder was never an everyday occurrence in territorial Arizona, despite what one might gather from the violence during the Pleasant Valley War and the shootings in Tombstone during its heyday.  Thus, the headline of an article in … Continue reading

Apache Scouts — Medal of Honor Winners

By Cynthia Palcich and Members of the Sharlot Hall Museum Staff A tired and disgusted Apache said to the Army officer receiving his surrender, “Your Apache Scouts track us even when we leave no tracks.”  Such was the skill of … Continue reading

Apache Scouts in Arizona’s Indian Wars

Mick Woodcock and other members of the Sharlot Hall staff contributed to this article. In the 1870s and 1880s, Apache warriors enlisted in the United States Army to serve as scouts while the Army was at war with the Apache … Continue reading

Dramatic Pirates at the Elks Theatre: The Ethel Tucker Company

By Tom Collins With the petite body of a soubrette and the care-worn face of a matronly character actress, Ethel Tucker (1860-1926) lacked the physical qualities of a leading lady; and yet she persistently played romantic leads in the Ethel … Continue reading

Above and Beyond: Arizona and the Medal of Honor

By Fred Veil The Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for bravery, was first authorized by the U.S. Congress in the early years of the Civil War. Initially, the Army balked at the concept of such a medal, as … Continue reading

Martha Summerhayes — Army Wife (Part Two)

By Barbara Patton In last week’s “Days Past” article, we followed Martha and her husband Lt. Jack Summerhayes on part of an arduous two-month trip.  The year was 1874 and they were relocating from Wyoming to Fort Apache in the wilds of … Continue reading

Martha Summerhayes — Army Wife (Part One)

By Barbara Patton This is the first installment of a two-part article on Martha Dunham, who married Army Lt. Jack Summerhayes in 1874.  Part Two will appear next Sunday. Jack’s career brought them to Arizona Territory shortly after they married.  … Continue reading

Historic Grand Canyon Art

By Dave Lewis When Lewis and Clark made their epic 1804 – 1806 journey across the country, they did not have an artist with them.  They encountered Native people, plants and animals, breathtaking scenery and fantastic geologic features beyond anything … Continue reading

Fannie Kautz – Star of the Show

By Gretchen Hough Eastman Amateur theater was a popular and important pastime at remote Army camps in the late 1800s.  Ft. Whipple, founded in Prescott in 1864, did not have a theater troupe in its first several years, a void … Continue reading