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

Working Cowboy: Horseback Man in the Modern West

By Amy Hale Auker So history’s mostly a horseback song And set to the thud of the hoofs. ~~~from Horseback Men, by Charles Badger Clark The horseback man has long been revered worldwide. From Genghis Khan who kept showing up … Continue reading

Effie Anderson Smith — Pioneer Artist

By Dave Lewis Clarence Dutton, protégé of John Wesley Powell, was the most poetic and eloquent scientist ever to study the Grand Canyon and its surrounding deserts and plateaus.  He saw the area for the first time in 1880 and … Continue reading

Service to Community and Country: Mexican-American Residents of Yavapai County in the 1930s and 1940s

By Allan Englekirk and Cathie Englekirk Historians, in chronicling Arizona’s eventful past, have tended to overlook the significant contributions of Mexican-heritage citizens of Prescott in the early 20th century.  A review of local newspapers of the period reveals that Mexican-Americans … Continue reading

Washington School Adopts Innovative Heating System

By Jay W. Eby By 1900 the Prescott Free Academy (Days Past, 29 Aug 1999) had proven to be too small for Prescott’s growing population, and the Board of the School District enlisted David Kilpatrick to design a larger and … Continue reading

Arizona Public Schools Survive Shaky Start, Begin Steady Growth in 1870s

By Ray Carlson In March 1871, the Weekly Arizona Miner noted: “Rev. Mr. (Alexander) Gilmore, Chaplain at Fort Whipple, is about to commence instructing the youth of Prescott, some encouragement having already been given him for the carrying out of … Continue reading