COTTONWOOD -- Picture this - October, 1943 - Philadelphia, PA - a 5-foot, 1-inch, 90-pound girl eager to "drop anchor" in the US Navy sitting in a dingy, little Navy recruiting office, sparsely decorated with Uncle Sam and Buy War Bonds posters.
Did it really happen? Was it a dream ... or a miracle? The 40th Anniversary Event in Oak Creek Valley was scheduled for months. Plans were in place for a full-day event, including bird walks, guided trail hikes, kids fishing derby, neighborhood art walk, a history presentation, capped off by a catered barbecue in the park, anniversary cake, home-made ice cream and music.
Verde Valley resident, Don Godard, recently re-joined the Cottonwood Roadrunners square dance club after a 29 year break.
Godard may be the square dancer with the most historical ties to the club. He recently sat down with his daughter, Connie Phillips, and explained his experience with this cultural past time. Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Ever since our dog, Cookie, died almost three years ago, I have been dogless. It’s not that I didn’t want another dog much sooner. Since my husband, Steve, is not the animal lover that I am, I had promised to honor his request to wait awhile before bringing another canine companion into our lives. Tuesday, November 24, 2009
There is no greater puzzle in the world than the world itself. When we look out across the landscape, we see not only rocks and rivers, hills and valleys, cliffs and canyons but also a record of the past.
With news reports about a possible swine flu epidemic and constant references to the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918, a look into what happened in the upper Verde Valley during the 1918 outbreak might provide insight into an epidemic. Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Running 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, U.S. Highway 66 was born Nov. 11, 1926. It rolled across Illinois, Missouri, Kansas (only 12 miles), Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, and it lived almost 60 years before being pronounced dead June 27, 1985.