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  • Chiricahua Ranches Company Ownership, 1928-1951

    …p—during the spring and fall and then they had oh I’d say fifteen to twenty-one or twenty-two men. And then of course Mr. and Mrs. Boice was on the roundup. We did have Mary Boice and she was as good as two cowboys. She was a real rider I’ll tell you and she was a real mother to us cowboys. If we got hurt she was just like our my mother. She doctored us and tried to get us back on our feet like a cowboy would an old cow.” [Jack and Oliene Cooper o…

  • Vail & Gates, 1888-1909

    …work in Arizona ranching at: https://www.azfb.org/Article/Arizona-Ranching-In-the-Beginning 300 tons of alfalfa hay grown in the agricultural fields at the Empire Ranch in the South Barn, at the Empire Ranch, 1924. ERF archives A301-001   Carroll W. Gates (1860-1920) Carroll W. Gates, 1909. ERF archives: A540-009 Carroll Gates was born in New York in 1860 and moved at an early age with his family to California. Educated in the San Jose area he fi…

  • Empire Ranch is Purchased and the Hard Work Begins (August-December 1876)

    …he Military Plaza, ca. 1890. Photo taken by Edward Vail, ERF archives: A530-61a September 1-9, 1876—Empire Ranch Expansion Begins Hislop writes (9/23/1876): “We have got another ranch now and 620 sheep on it, we bought the man that owned them out. He was ill with fever and got disgusted so let us have them cheap. We gave him 4/-a head, that is cheap enough and they come in very handy to us as meat and when we can get 50 lbs. of meat for 4/-it is n…

  • Online Gift Shop

    …You can now shop online for ERF Gift Shop items. Your purchase helps preserve and protect the Empire Ranch! Items for sale include Empire Ranch Foundation denim shirts, t-shirts and books, souvenir coffee cups, Western jewelry and an ever changing offering of gifts for youngsters and seniors – and everyone else in between! Click here to start shopping. Posted 7/11/2021…

  • Newsletter Articles – Topic Index

    …, p. 1 Membership Makes a Difference, May 2006, p.1 Strong Response to Year-end Appeal, Feb 2006, p.1 Your Year-End Financial Support, Nov 2005, p. 1 Membership Support Grows, Aug 2005, p. 4 Help Keep Us At the Top, May 2005, p. 1 A Record-Breaking Year, Feb 2005, p. 1 Year End Financial Support Critical, Nov 2004, p. 1 Counting, Counting and Counting [membership response], Aug 2004, p. 1 Membership Counts!, May 2004, p. 1 Remembering Someone Thro…

  • Banning Vail, 1909-1929

    …n of the Throop baseball team from 1907-1908 and was elected Representative-at-Large in the Throop student government in 1907. His daughter Dusty Vail noted:” I think that he had planned originally to spend more time in school than he did. But, you know, each one had to pull his own.” [Dusty Vail Ingram oral history, 1993]       Borderland Highway—1913 Borderlands Highway route from Ft. Huachuca to Tucson. Good Roads Association, 1913.   By 1913 u…

  • The Search for the Right Ranch (July 14-August 22, 1876)

    …il’s fiancée, Margaret Russell Newhall, ca 1884. Source: ERF archives, A530-80 Vail writes to his fiancée Maggie (7/18/1876): I have just returned from a ranch fifty miles south of Tucson which is called the Fish ranch as it belongs to a Mr. Fish, it is quite a pretty place it consists mostly of rolling hills which reminds me very much of the Iowa prairie. I had “Oh” such a nice dream about you Sunday night, I thought you and I where taking a walk…

  • Vail, Hislop, and Harvey 1877-1878

    …next…” Empire Ranch vaqueros and their families, 1880s. ERF archives: A530-506a Not What He Envisioned—February 1877 Hislop writes (2/25/1877): “Now we have begun the stock business in earnest, being the possessors of 772 cows and some work oxen. It is very difficult to keep them from straying away, and I believe now we are several head short. We are waiting to put on our brand, which will be about 3 days pretty hard work, not that it is not hard…

  • Frank & Mary Boice Family Ownership, 1951-1969

    …p was 50% Pancho Boice and 50% Bob and Miriam Boice. Pancho managed the day-to-day operations of the Empire Ranch and Bob did the same for the Slash S. Grant Boice recalls: “…we would ship the calves from the Empire up to the Slash S. Instead of selling them at the Empire, we’d pasture them on the Slash S from the fall through the spring. We would sell them from the Slash S in the spring. Everything they did, they did together.” [Grant Boice oral…

  • Boice Family Ranching History, 1859-1928

    …ivate Memorial Room at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, CA. Courtesy of Find-A-Grave On December 7, 1919 Henry S. Boice died in Pasadena, CA. He had been ill for several months. He was survived by his wife, LuBelle and their five children. Will Barnes wrote in his obituary of Henry S.: “In his home life he was singularly happy, his relations with his children being more that of a big brother than a father.” [The Breeder’s Gazette, 2/12/1920] Henry…