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  • Vail & Gates, 1888-1909

    …County. View a summary of the forces at 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 Californ…

  • The Partners Meet and Prepare to Travel to Arizona (June-July 4, 1876)

    …y well together, both having the same tastes and likings.” (Hislop letter 7/3/1876) Lick House, Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Source: Wikimedia Commons Hislop’s Impressions of San Francisco Hislop writes ( 7/3/1876): “You can go out every day without an umbrella for months and see a sky as perfect as a sky can be, there is always a delicious breeze from the bay, the only disadvantage of this is that the sand blows about so and gets in your eye…

  • Chiricahua Ranches Company Ownership, 1928-1951

    …to use a wet gunny sack and a flapper, as did the whole community.” [http://sefd911.org/sam-frazier/] A “Pulaski” another firefighting tool. Courtesy of flamefighter.com and Mary Kasulatis Modern day version of a fire flapper, which was also called a beater or a swatter.                       Chiricahua Ranches Limited Partnership Dissolved—1951 On December 31, 1951 the Chiricahua Ranches Limited Partnership was dissolved. Henry and Margaret Boic…

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

    …ves, A522-1 July 17, 1876—Back to Tucson from Fish’s Ranch Hislop writes (8/7/1876): “Up at 5 a.m. and had rather a bother to catch our riding horse but the man on the ranch soon managed to catch it for us. One has to do things for themselves here and if one did not know how he would be badly off, no ceremony I can tell you. Left for Tucson at 7:30 a.m., having had two miners as bed-fellows the night before, the rain having turned them and their f…

  • Frank & Mary Boice Family Ownership, 1951-1969

    …nt and the Congress and which was written into law.” [Arizona Daily Star, 4/4/1956]         Pancho (l) and Bob Boice (r), 1960s. ERF archives: B203-28 Empire and Slash S Ownership and Operations–1956 After Frank Boice’s death the ownership of the two ranches changed. The Empire ownership became 50% Mary Boice, 25%, Pancho Boice, and 25% Bob Boice. The Slash S ownership was 50% Pancho Boice and 50% Bob and Miriam Boice. Pancho managed the day-to-da…

  • Millions for Tucson Raffle

    …as the raffle prize. Eligible 501c3 charities have been encouraged to sell tickets for the raffle with each charity keeping 100% of the proceeds raised. The raffle has been one of the many ways the Click family has been able to give back to the community that has given his family so much since they came to Tucson in 1974. This year, Mr. Click is donating a 2015 Ford Mustang, 50th Anniversary Edition. The iconic Mustang, an American muscle car, bur…

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

    …ed more pleasant than right in town.” The next week the Citizen reported (9/2/1876): “Various opinions prevail as to the comparative success of the Feast of St. Augustine, now in progress. The feast will be apt to continue till tomorrow evening–perhaps longer. On Thursday evening there was a very interesting balloon ascension. Everything goes on peaceably and orderly.” Looking north across the Military Plaza, ca. 1890. Photo taken by Edward Vail,…

  • Vail, Hislop, and Harvey 1877-1878

    …7. Hislop Begins to Have Second Thoughts—January 1877 Walter Vail writes (1/2/1877): “I heard Hislop wish a few nights ago that the Indians would come and take all the horses & sheep so that he might have a chance to go home, this would be a pretty quick way of selling out the business of Vail Hislop & Harvey wouldn’t it…” Empire Ranch House, from north west, 1881. ERF archives: A430-1 Cattle at Last and No More Sheep—January 1877   Arizona Weekly…

  • Boice Family Ranching History, 1859-1928

    …d along the Cimarron River in Kansas and Oklahoma. [Topeka State Journal, 3/1/1898]. The Boice family home remained in Kansas City but they spent summers at Point of Rock. Henry Jr. and Frank Boice began to learn cowboying skills at the early age of 6 1/2 and 5 respectively. H.S. Boice Cattle Company Stock Certificate. Point of Rock Ranch– 1897 A newspaper article described the Point of Rock ranching operation. “The Boice Cattle company recently m…

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