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Rancho El Sópori, Part 2

by Mary Kasulaitis Story continued from last month’s Connection: When the Jesuits established themselves at Guevavi Mission in the 1730s they went forth to the rancherias where native people were living. Preaching and teaching, they baptized and married the local folk and tried to… Continue Reading “Rancho El Sópori, Part 2”

Rancho El Sópori, Part 1

by Mary Kasulaitis Down on the Sópori. Four words that somehow convey the size and expectations one have regarding what is today one of the largest and arguably the oldest cattle ranch in the Santa Cruz Valley. It begins in the west, along the… Continue Reading “Rancho El Sópori, Part 1”

Screwworms: an endangered (thank God!) species

by Mary Kasulaitis A recent article on screwworms in Arizona Wildlife Views, put out by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, inspired me to do a little reminiscing about that dreaded insect. Once upon a time I overheard some folks in Arivaca complaining about… Continue Reading “Screwworms: an endangered (thank God!) species”

Doctors of Arivaca (and Oro Blanco and Ruby)

by Mary Kasulaitis Next month we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Arivaca Clinic, for which current Arivaca Area Health Services past Board President Julie Beal has produced a most interesting history. (Let her know if you would like a copy). But before the… Continue Reading “Doctors of Arivaca (and Oro Blanco and Ruby)”

Don and Carolyn Honnas: Ranching on the Pocahonnas

by Mary Kasulaitis Long time rancher Donald Honnas passed away this month in Sahuarita, where he and his wife Carolyn had retired after having lived for many years at Arivaca.  His positive influence on Arivaca for so many years merits a story, so that… Continue Reading “Don and Carolyn Honnas: Ranching on the Pocahonnas”

George W. Cheyney and Montana Camp

by Mary Kasulaitis Most of us are familiar with the heyday of Ruby in the 30s, when there were tents all over the hills, four roomfuls of children at the School and the regular shift changes at the mine. Back in the 19th century,… Continue Reading “George W. Cheyney and Montana Camp”

Phil and Gipsy Clarke: pioneer rancher and teacher

by Mary Kasulaitis In the first half of the 20th century the Clarke Ranch, now known as the Montana Ranch and owned by the USFWS, anchored the headwaters of Arivaca valley. Phil and Gipsy Clarke were true pioneers who left home and family and… Continue Reading “Phil and Gipsy Clarke: pioneer rancher and teacher”

Hoof and mouth disease

by Mary Kasulaitis We’ve heard this before and we’ll hear it again. Cattle being slaughtered by the thousands to prevent the spread of hoof and mouth disease. Scientifically known as aftosa, it is also commonly called foot and mouth disease. All animals with cloven… Continue Reading “Hoof and mouth disease”

Teresa Celaya, La Doña de Arivaca

by Mary Kasulaitis What does it take to move to a new land, settle down, and make a success of your life? Especially when you are a middle-aged, sometime single mother from Mexico, the new land is Arizona Territory, and the year is 1886?… Continue Reading “Teresa Celaya, La Doña de Arivaca”

Marian Mikesell

by Mary Kasulaitis In recent weeks, a lot has been said about Marian Mikesell, (especially by her good friend Sheila).  The sign on the Arivaca Farmers’ Market has been redone, in memory of Marian, who inspired its creation. But in this day (weeks, months)… Continue Reading “Marian Mikesell”