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“Herbert M. Clagett, an Extraordinary Businessman and Fire Chief Bracey Curtis’s Right Hand Man”

Nogales Fire Department

Author Jose R. Garcia Herbert “Herb” M. Clagett was born in Rockville, Maryland on December 30, 1870. Herb prepared himself to become a mining engineer and he ended up working at a copper mine in Durango, Mexico by age 21. Herb would later find his niche in Nogales, Arizona in 1902 when he landed a job with Roy & Titcomb ... Read More »

A. S. Noon, a Firefighter Jack-of-all-Trades

History in the making

Adolphus “Dolph” Samuel Noon was the last, but not the least, member of the 1913-1915 Building Committee. Dolph was born in Provo, Utah in 1867 and came to the Oro Blanco mining district in Southern Arizona with his parents as a boy aged 11. Dolph’s father, a British physician by the name of Adolphus H. Noon ( 1838-    1931 ), ... Read More »

The Gadsden Purchase of 1854 and the Survey of the US-Mexico Border, 1857

William H. Emory / United States and Mexican Boundary Survey

The Gadsden Treaty or Venta de la Mesilla as it is known in Mexico, added a 29,670 square mile area south of the Gila River to the present U.S.-Mexican border. The southern states of the U.S. were particularly interested in securing enough territory south of the Gila River to build a southern transcontinental railway to connect the new state of ... Read More »

The Empire Ranch, Preserving a Southern Arizona Way of Life

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By Korene Charnofsky Cohen The Empire Ranch embodies the spirit of the vaquero and the cowboy and the spirit of community in Southern Arizona. It is set amidst the rolling hills, grasslands and panoramic vistas of the modern-day 42,000-acre, Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. The tale of the Empire is one of several families struggling with the hardships and celebrating ... Read More »

Tubac Presidio Named a National Historic Site in Journalism

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Dedication Ceremony Saturday, March 23, 2013 The Society of Professional Journalists has named the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park as a National Historic Site in Journalism. The Tubac Presidio is being recognized as the home of Arizona’s first newspaper, The Weekly Arizonian, which was published in Tubac on March 3, 1859. The Washington Hand Press on which the paper was ... Read More »

6th Infantry Regiment: ‘Unity Is Strength’

From Left are Corporal E4 Alfredo Paredes, MajorAlbert Scooler and Sgt. E5 Rudy Paredes all of which are
NHS graduates.

Separated by seven minutes at birth, Rudy and Alfredo Paredes were born at their home on 515 Sonoita Avenue and delivered by Dr. Emile Cyrille Houle who was a Nogales physician from 1929-1954. They both attended Elm Street Elementary School, which is presently the parking lot adjacent to Sacred Heart Parish. Graduating from Nogales High School (NHS) in 1955, they ... Read More »

Rails Make Nogales

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On October 25, 1882 the rail linking the United States and Mexico was completed. A large crowd gathered for the event. Two flag bearing, diamond stacked locomotives faced each other and touched cow catchers at the border just after the final silver spike was driven on the tie, amid cheers and toasts that forever linked the west coast of Mexico ... Read More »

From humble beginnings

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BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUS James “Jimmy” Edward Chamberlain was born on the Yerba Buena Ranch near Kino Springs just outside of the city of Nogales. With the odds stacked against him and only a fifth grade education, Chamberlain, at the young age of 14, set out to move into the city to look for work. Chamberlain had settled down working for the Puchi ... Read More »

Pioneers, business & melons

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BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUS The story of one of the pioneers of local produce business starts in the early 1930’s when Al Harrison and his brother, Robert, owned a wholesale company named Harrison Brothers in the Los Angeles, California area. Harrison struggled to acquire decent quality fruits and vegetables, which a large majority was being transported from Florida to California through ... Read More »

46 Years of Preserving Local History

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In 1966 an organization was founded by Wally Vegors with the mission to preserve the history of Tubac and the Santa Cruz Valley. That organization is the Tubac Historical Society, and since it’s founding, it has been overwhelmingly successful. Over the last several decades they have managed to collect and preserve a number of important and valuable exhibits and artifacts ... Read More »

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