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Wealth of history at presidio park

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

BY JOSEPH WRIGHT There are people in Santa Cruz County that don’t know the depth of the history behind the area that they live in such as the fact that we have one of Arizona’s first state park, the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. “It is important for us all to know our past in order for us to chart ... Read More »

Greatest generation of the Nogales produce industry

Morley Avenue, site of produce offices.

Pete Kitchen crossed fresh produce south to Magdalena in the 1860s. Sonoran oranges crossed into Arizona in the 1890s. The Border Vidette, reported a rail car of cantaloupes, followed by tomatoes in June 1905. When the Southern Pacific rails reached Sinaloa in 1909 the beginning of the produce industry began. Culiacan growers celebrated their 50th anniversary and a quantum leap ... Read More »

Walter Holm: A pillar of produce

Walter Holm

My dad’s biography recounted in Peplow’s 1958 History of Arizona, Pollock’s 1964 Arizona’s Men of Achievement and the Produce New’s July 1964’s “Who’s Who in the Produce Business” describe his beginnings and growth in the fresh produce business. Since biographical references offer factual “sound bites” and little humanity, I shall tell about Walter Holm the man and my father with ... Read More »

119 years in mercantile

The Escalada Brothers, above, in front of the downtown Nogales store circa 1928. Louis, Manuel and Jose Escalada, right circa 1953. Tila Escalada, below, inside the store still attending customers after 119 years since it’s opening.

In the late 1800s two young men, Manuel and Leocadio Escalada embarked on a long voyage across the seas looking for the land of opportunity. The travelers were only boys, Manuel was only 15 and Leocadio was 13. Their family, which included eight siblings, suffered hard times and were encouraged by their parents to across the vast ocean to seek ... Read More »

TIMELINE OF LOCAL CAPIN FAMILY

Capin Mercantile Corporation

• Hyman Capin is born in Ponevezh, Lithuania, in 1874. • In 1886, his family moves to Manchester, England, then one of the clothing capitals of the world. • Capin, 18, and his family emigrates to the United States in 1892. • Hyman Capin settles in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. • He meets Dora Loon and marries her in 1896. • Capin ... Read More »

Pioneer Rancher

Picture of Pete Kitchen

Echo of History by Axel C. F. Holm To residents of Santa Cruz County, Pete Kitchen remains a vaguely recognized pioneer of this area, identified mostly by a restaurant north of town mistakenly thought to have been his home. Not his home, it was a museum built in 1963 by retired Army Col. Gil Procter who bought Kitchen’s El Potrero ... Read More »

Jose Escalada, Merchant/ Rancher: Tradition and a dream

Domitila Escalada talks about the Escalada and Mastick Family history, pointing to the Mastick Dairy farm.

Over a century in Nogales, the Escalada family was originally in the mercantile business with the establishment in 1892 by Manuel and Leocadio Escalada of Spain of “La Iberia”, a dry goods and grocery located on Morley Avenue. The brothers embarked on a long voyage from Spain to start the enterprise, which they would later rename Escalada Brothers. With the ... Read More »

7 Generations of Ranching

Willliam "Willie" H. Clarke on the range circa 1940.

Over the past 130 years, the Clarke family have resided and ranched in the same spot west of Nogales, in a place that existed before an international boundary separated two nations, a few decades before Arizona became a state and where each generation has sought relief beneath the shade of the same majestic oak, drunk from the same crystalline spring ... Read More »

The Santa Fe Ranch

The Santa Fe Ranch

In decades past when the environmentalist movement began to educate the American public to words such as “conservation” and “protection of public lands”, cattle ranchers were publicly vilified as abusers of nature, branded as working against nature rather than with her. Far from factual, most American cattle ranchers relying on Nature to provide their country with beef and its hundreds ... Read More »

The Battle of Ambos Nogales

Mexican militia forces during the Mexican revolution. PHOTOS | GENERAL ARCHIVE OF THE NATION, Manuel Rámos

BY George Thompson “… citizens on both sides of the border to agree to the proposition of the wiping out of the imaginary international line and uniting of two Nogales’ into one general Nogales. The obelisks marking the border line were proclaimed monuments of unity and not division.” Nogales Herald July, 1918 “I happened to be downtown Nogales near the ... Read More »

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