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46 Years of Preserving Local History

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 »

Wealth of history at presidio 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

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

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

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 »


• 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

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

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

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

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 »

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