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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Friday, January 4, 2013

1868: CAMP LINCOLN; January.

Verde Heritage

"SUTLER. --- Wales Arnold, who came to Arizona in Capt. Hargrave's company of California Volunteers, has been appointed sutler at Camp Lincoln. Wales is a first rate fellow, if he does hail from Massachusetts, and we hope he will make his pile on the banks of the beautiful Verde, go home for his intended, come back and do something towards increasing the population of the Territory." (Arizona Miner; Fort Whipple; January 4, 1868; page 3, column 1.)

"CAMP LINCOLN. --- The O'Neil Dramatic Association, composed of about twenty-five soldiers belonging to the two companies of the Fourteenth Infantry stationed at that post, played in their new theatre, on Christmas night. 'Rory O'Moore' and the side splitting farce of the 'Happy Man,' to a good sized and highly pleased audience of their officers and comrades and the citizens of the Rio Verde. Besides these two pieces, the performers treated their audience to singing and dancing, and negro minstrelsy. From what we learn in regard to the entertainment, the actors performed their parts well, and, for the limited means at their disposal, and the isolation of Camp Lincoln, we are informed that the scenery looked well and was quite appropriate. We hope the officers, if consistent with the rules of service, will allow the company to visit Prescott and enliven the place with their interesting and amusing performances. We understand that Col. E. D. Baker, the fun-loving Chief Quartermaster of this District, will furnish the necessary transportation from the Verde." (Arizona Miner; Fort Whipple; January 4, 1868; page 3, column 2.)

"The O'Neil Dramatic Association advertises an excellent bill for Saturday evening next, which will be played in their new theatre, at Camp Lincoln. Go and see them." (Arizona Miner; Fort Whipple; January 11, 1868; page 3, column 2.)

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Cowan

This is a great find and your work is so appreciated Glenda. First I had heard of people coming from the Rio Verde to Camp Lincoln = mostly the other way around.

When are you going to put you name on your work??!!

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