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EUGENE SLIKER, son of a pioneer family in Cincinnati, Ohio, has
resided in Flagstaff since 1890. During this time he has been asso-
ciated with the Arizona
Lumber & Timber
Company, the oldest
manufacturing concern
in the state. At the
present time he is the
cashier and one of the
directors of that com-
pany. He has been ap-
pointed to various po-
sitions of trust by the
Republican party. As
Secretary of the Board
of Education of the
Northern Normal
School at Flagstaff, he
has done all in his pow-
er to assist in placing it
on its present firm
basis. Mr. Sliker was
married in 1906 to
Miss Frances Bury,
daughter of Mrs.
Helen Bury, who has
been prominent in
Phoenix affairs for
years, and was a pioneer teacher of that city. Mrs. Sliker,


then Miss Bury, was associated with the first president of the North-
ern Arizona Normal School in the organization of that institution in

Z. C. PRENTA, mayor of Safford, is one of the pioneers of Arizona,
having come here in 1884. He first lived in Cochise County four
years, and then removed to the Gila Valley, where he ranks as one
of the great cattlemen of the state. He was first interested in cattle
and ranching, then engaged in an independent business venture, and
later became associated with George A. Olney in establishing the Saf-
ford Ice and Creamery Company, which manufactures ice for the en-
tire Gila Valley. Mr. Prera was born in Italy in 1862, and came to
America with his father in 1870, landing in New Orleans. Having
lived there for a short time, he proceeded to Texas, where he remained
until he decided to make Arizona his home. On November 16, 1897,
Mr. Prena married Miss Martha Wanslee, daughter of Nathan and
Ruth Wanslee, of Safford, and since his marriage has acquired much
of his education, having applied himself diligently to rudimentary

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blanches until proficient to take up a business course, which he com-
pleted with much credit. Mr. Prena is now especially interested in
educational matters, and is one of those who opposed consolidation of
the two districts except for high school purposes. When it was pro-
posed to establish another room in the schools by private subscription,
Mayor Prena headed the list of contributors. He is also an active
member of the Chamber of Commerce, and has been a promoter of
some of the town's most worthy enterprises. He is a member of the
Blue Lodge Masons and Knights of Pythias. Politically he has al-
ways been associated with the Democratic party, and while an import-
ant factor in its councils in the county, has never held an office previ-
ously except that of supervisor for one term. Locally he has been
elected to the council, and is now serving his second term as mayor.
The Prena family consists of Eva, Ruth, Zeff, Jr., Eunice and Grant.

JESSE GREGG, rancher, wool grower and cattleman, is one of Ari-
zona's pioneers who has accomplished much for the good of the state,
and of Flagstaff and vicinity in particular. Mr. Gregg was born in
Illinois in 1861 of Scotch parentage. His father, James Gregg, died
at the siege of Vicksburg, but his mother is still living. Jesse Gregg
has been for the most part educated by reading and experience, but
the courage of his convictions and tenacity of purpose which have been
part of his Scotch heritage have enabled him to overcome obstacles,
and thereby accomplish much under conditions that \vould have daunt-
ed many another. Starting with little of this world's goods, he has,
by his perseverance, application to duty and good judgment, risen,
until he stands today pre-eminent among Arizona's noteworthy citi-
zens. His home near Flagstaff is a model ranch. The location is
ideal, the soil fertile, and the remarkable crops which it produces are
due, in large part, to the manner in which it is handled. Known all
over Arizona as an able business man, Mr. Gregg was elected to the
office of supervisor by the largest vote ever received by a candidate for
this office, and by the board was chosen chairman. During his term
of office he was recognized as one who fought for his convictions, re-
gardless of conditions. Public improvements, clean cut economy, and
methods such as would be used by a business man in his own affairs
w r ere the watchword of the administration, and the people were justly
grateful. Mr. Gregg is a broadminded man, who has long been a
power in the councils of his party, this able administration has made
him stronger, and he would poll many votes outside his party should
he seek any county office. One of the things accomplished by him is
the saving of the Bright Angel Trail for Coconino County, to which
it now belongs, to which end he cast aside politics and other considera-
tions in his efforts to succeed in his purpose. Mr. Gregg is a member
of the Masons and Odd Fellows. He married Miss Matilda M.
Huffman, and their family consists of Esther, Jim, Nellie and
Jesse, Jr.



It is not known whether or not there is any working of fate in the
fact that the youngest State of the Union has the youngest Secretary
of State, but it is true nevertheless. In addition to having the
youngest official holding a similar position of trust and confidence in
all the vast American population of 100,000,000, Arizona has, in
Sidney P. Osborn, its only native office-holder in the official family
under the big dome at the State House. In this good year 1913,
Mr. Osborn is just verging on the twenty-ninth winter of his life.

The chief pride of Arizonans in the Secretary of State does not,
however, lie in his youth, but in his efficiency in office, and as a
politician without a peer among the members of his party. He has
an old head on young shoulders.

But to return to the cold, hard facts of biography. Sidney P.
Osborn was born in a little, straggling village on the banks of the
Salt River no longer ago than May 17th, 1884. The straggling
village of his birth has thrown off the swaddling clothes of provincial-
ism and is fast growing into a metropolitan city, the finest in the
Southwest, the capital and chief city of this great State. Secretary
Osborn's parents were in every sense pioneers, as w T ere their parents
before them. They arrived in Prescott in 1864, in days when travel
was slow over the plains. The prairie schooner made sure progress,
however, for all its lack of celerity, and in the course of the passage
of the years the Osborn family arrived near where Phoenix now is,
the Secretary's grandfather settling in what is now the Osborn district
of Phoenix. The name of the district comes from the fact that the
large Osborn family lived there for many years.

Sidney Osborn took advantage of the school facilities of Phoenix
and was graduated from the High School in 1903, but in the mean-
time he had been given a taste of official life in the capacity of page
in the Territorial Legislative Assembly of Arizona of 1899. During
the years 1903, 1904 and 1905 he was Private Secretary to Honorable
J. F. Wilson, Delegate in Congress from Arizona.

When Congress passed the Enabling Act and the struggle for dele-
gates to the Constitutional Convention in Arizona opened, young
Osborn entered the field as a candidate of the Progressive Democracy.
At that time he was connected with one of the local newspapers, in one
of the tripartite capacities in which young men of ability are often
employed upon small newspapers. He was at once circulation mana-
ger, advertising solicitor and collector, as well as a part time reporter.
However, this training gave him further insight. It gave him an
ability to met his fellow men on an equal plane, so that when he ran
for the Constitutional Convention, in addition to his being a native
son, born in Phoenix, and one of the Osborn family, he stood upon
his general information of men and affairs as viewed through the eyes
of a life-long and progressive Democrat, and he was, therefore, elected
t^ the Convention, its voungest member.



Sidney P. Osborn


When the first State election came on, Osborn stood out in the
primary and general election as the successful candidate for the office
of Secretary of State, his record in the Constitutional Convention
having much to do with this. However, it is quite likely that the
resentment of his many friends to the slurs of youth fired at him by
the opposition had much to do with his excellent majority. Since
assuming office he has conducted the business in a most successful
manner, and established a record that future secretaries will find
hard to beat.

In 1912 Secretary Osborn found the ideal of his dreams in a
handsome young Australian woman, Miss Marjorie Grant, and in
September of that year the Secretary quietly journeyed to Los Angeles,
where the young lady lived, and there they were quietly married.
Returning to Phoenix, they set up housekeeping. Both the Secretarv
and his charming wife are popular members of society in the Capital
City. Both number their friends by their acquaintances, and both
can look forward to long and useful careers in the political and social
circles of the great S"ate of Arizona.

JOHN C. CALLAGHAN, first state auditor of Arizona, was born at
Gallitzin, Pennsylvania, July 9, 1869. He is the son of James and
Mary Sloan Callaghan. His father is now superintendent of the
South Fork Coal Mining Company of South Fork, Pa. Mr. Calla-
ghan began work in the coal mines at the age of eleven years, mean-
while attending night school. He returned to school after a few
years, and later entered the employ of the Webster Coal & Coke Com-
pany, at Ehrenfeld, Pa., as bookkeeper in the general store of that
company, later becoming assistant manager. In August, 1897, he re-
signed, going to Denver, Colorado, and in December, 1898, came to
Clifton, Arizona, where he took a position in the store office of the
Arizona Copper Company. Resigning this position in July, 1899, he
removed to Bisbee, took charge of the credit department of the Copper
Queen store, w r hich position he resigned January 1, 1902, to engage in
a business partnership. During the administration of Sheriff A. V.
Lewis at Tombstone in 1903 and 1904 he was under sheriff, and in
1905 returned to Bisbee to engage in business, of which he disposed in
June, 1908, and was that year the Democratic nominee for County
Treasurer, but, w r ith other Democrats, met defeat. He was nominated
State Auditor in the primary campaign of 1911, carrying even- county
except one, and w^as elected to that office December 12th of that year.
He is ex-Officio State Bank Comptroller, President of the State Board
of Equalization, and a member of each, the State Board of Control,
State Board of Commissioners of Paroled Prisoners, State Loan Com-
mission, and the Land Board of Arizona, the performance of the
duties of w r hich various positions, added to his duties as State Auditor,



John C. Callaghan


constitute him a very busy official. During Mr. Callaghan's service
with the large mining companies of the Southwest he has made a
reputation not only for efficiency, but for executive ability. His influ-
ence was one of the factors in bringing Cochise safely into the Demo-
cratic column and making it the banner county in the election of
1912. From boyhood he has been a close and persistent student of
political economy, is one of the best informed men in the state on the
complex question of taxation, and is today considered one of the most
able members of Arizona's progressive Democracy. He was a pio-
neer advocate in Arizona of the Initiative and the Referendum, as
early as 1905 declaring for these in the press, together with other pro-
posed reforms, many of which were later incorporated in the Consti-
tution of Arizona, and in this connection it may be said that on sub-
jects in which he takes a special interest, he wields a facile pen. He is
possessed of foresight of excellent clarity, and is ever in the forefront
in the advocacy of progressive ideas, taking care, however, to espouse
only those economic ideas which are of a substantial and enduring
character, and is not handicapped by the possession of idiosyncrasies.
Of a quiet, retiring disposition, his official acts are not planned or
timed to produce self-advertisement, nor are they intended to be
spectacular in effect ; neither are they tempered with political expedi-
ency. He brings to his office that measure of balance, poise and dig-
nity which commands respect, and which a constituency is pleased to
observe in a state official. Mr. Callaghan is an Elk, and a Past Ex-
alted Ruler of Bisbee Lodge No. 671.

GEORGE PURDY BULLARD, first State Attorney General of Arizona,
and one of the ablest attorneys of the State, is also one of the most
energetic, and has, since assuming the duties of the Attorney Gen-
eral's office, accomplished much in the way of generally beneficial
legislation, as his conscientious efforts have resulted in the drafting
of many statutes and the correction of many others. Those who
watched his w T ork as District Attorney of Maricopa County expected
much of the State's first Attorney General, and they have not been
disappointed, as the statutes which he has drafted are sane, fair, and
so drawn as to stand the most rigid tests. Mr. Bullard is a close
associate of Mr. Cunniff, President of the Senate, and, like him,
seems to thrive on hard work. Arizona can claim in her legal pro-
fession many bright minds and earnest workers, but none who exceed
in ability or earnestness the present Attorney General. In knowledge
and experience, too, he is exceptional, all of w T hich will be more thor-'
oughly demonstrated as time goes on and the State of Arizona reaps
the benefits of his zeal. Air. Bullard is also an ardent autoist,
President of the State Automobile Association, and one of the most
enthusiastic good roads boosters in the State. He believes that there



George Purely Bullard


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is more money in tourists than in alfalfa, and that a highway system
traversing the State should be built as an attraction to tourists. Mr.
Bullard organized the Maricopa County Automobile Club about
rive years ago, and it was he who conceived the idea of an annual race
from Los Angeles to Phoenix, induced the "Republican" to offer a
cup as a trophy, and has so successfully promoted the event for several
years. He is widely known as "The Father of the Phoenix Race."
Mr. Bullard w r as born in Portland, Oregon, April 14, 1869, and is
the son of L. J. and Minnie Purdy Bullard. When quite young
he went to San Francisco, where he studied law, and when twenty-one
was admitted to the bar in California, and has since been constantly
engaged in the practice of his profession. From 1894 to 1899 he
practiced in San Francisco, and since the latter year in Phoenix, and
for five years w r as District Attorney of Maricopa County. He is a
member of the Board of Trade, for three years was director of the
Country Club, is Vice President of the State Good Roads Association
and honorary member of the Lincoln Memorial Association. Mr.
Bullard was married in 1901 to Miss Kate C. Brockway and their
residence at 1131 North Central Avenue is one of the finest in

RICHARD E. SLOAX w r as born in Preble County, Ohio, June 22,
1857. He is the son of Dr. Richard and Mary Caldwell Sloan.
Having completed his preliminary 7 education, he entered Monmouth
College, from which he was graduated in 1877 with an A. B. degree,
and two years later with an A. M. degree. He then taught school
for one year and took up the study of law with Mr. James, an attor-
ney of Hamilton, Ohio, later attending the Cincinnati Law School,
from which he took the degree LL. B. in 1884. In the meantime,
however, he had gone to Colorado where he was employed in various
capacities until 1882. Returning to the West after his graduation
from Law School, he located in Phoenix and engaged in practice
for about two years, when he removed to Florence, and in the au-
tumn of 1886 was elected District Attorney of Pinal County. In the
autumn of 1888 he was honored by being chosen to the Council of the
Fifteenth General Assembly and during his term served as Chairman
of the Judiciary Committee and member of several others. Judge
Sloan was also a member of the Code Commission in 1901. The
next year President Harrison appointed him Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court, and in this capacity Judge Sloan made an excellent
record, but with change of administration he resumed his private prac-
tice, choosing Prescott as his field, and there his practice constantly
increased in importance. In July, 1897, however, he was again ap-
pointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and served until
1909, when he was appointed Territorial Governor, in which office
he continued until the admission of the state. Appointed United States



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District Judge for Arizona in 1912, he held the office by recess com-
mission from August, 1912, to March 4th, 1913. He is now a mem-
ber of the firm of Sloan, Seabury & Westervelt. In November, 1887,
he married Miss Mary Brown, of Hamilton, Ohio. Mrs. Sloan is a
woman of charming personality and possesses qualities which make
her socially an addition to the best circles. Judge Sloan has two
children, Miss Eleanor B., a graduate of Vassar College, and Mary
Caldwell, aged twelve.

L. C. HUGHES, ex-Governor of Arizona, was born May 15, 1842,
at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a few months thereafter his
parents removed to Pittsburgh. At two years of age he was left an
orphan, and was placed in a Presbyterian orphanage, when he re-
mained until ten years of age, and was then indentured with a Calvin-
istic farmer family, where he was trained to hard work the three
months yearly district school laying a foundation upon w r hich to build
for future achievements. At the opening of the Civil War he was
working his way through an academy in a country village. This
was when slavery agitation was at white heat. The orphan boy had
read Uncle Tom's Cabin, and taking part in the school debates, was
ardent for the freedom of black boys and girls. The call to arms to
save the Union found him recruiting a company from among the
country boys, and after he had been twice refused enlistment on
account of size, finally succeeded in being accepted in Company A,
101st Pennsylvania Volunteers, served two years in camp, field and
hospitals, and was discharged on account of general disability. A
year thereafter he re-enlisted and was Sergeant for a one hundred
days' campaign in Knapp's Pittsbuig battery, to aid in protecting
Washington City. During his army service the camp was his school
and he utilized his spare hours in study. When first discharged he
entered a government machine shop and rapidly acquired the trade,
the shop men all helping the "little boy in blue," as he was called.
When he had worked but two years he was accepted as a journeyman,
joined Machinists and Blacksmiths' Union No. 2 of Pittsburgh, and
there is where he began to develop his altruistic spirit. The cause
of freedom for the black man and the Union of States sett'ed, the
cause of labor was rising above the horizon. Returning soldiers
filled the shops and all other avenues of employment, and labor saving
machinery had made great strides during the war; an estrangement
between capital and labor was a new issue, and rumblings of discon-
tent were heard among the laboring masses everywhere. Many
remedies were suggested, co-operative societies, building and loan asso-
ciations, reduction of the hours of labor, with the hope of reducing
the supply and increasing the demand for labor. In this new field
young Hughes w r as a willing, active and aggressive spirit. Pitts-
burgh, a center of iron and glass manufacturing, was ripe for agita-
tion, organization and labor reform at the close of the war. Here



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was a new field, calling for self-sacrificing workers, which found in
him aggressive enthusiasm. The eight hour movement was crystal-
ized into practical form in 1866, and, joining with the leaders, W.
O'Neil of Boston and Jonathan Fincher of Philadelphia, he secured a
petition of several thousand working men of Pittsburgh, addressed to
Congress, for a law fixing eight hours for all government work.
This was sent to Senator Henry Wilson of Massachusetts, who
fathered and passed the bill, the first eight hour law in the United
States. During the same year he agitated and aided in organizing
in South Pittsburgh, the first co-operative store on the Rochdale plan
west of the Allegheny mountains. While taking a course in Mead-
ville Theological School, he counseled Father Upchurch in organizing
the A. O. of U. W., and became a member of Jefferson Lodge No. 1,
the first in the United States. The order had as one of its purposes
the federation of all trades and labor unions, but it soon drifted into
a fraternal insurance organization. In 1868 he delivered an address
on "Trades Unions, Their Cause, Influence and Present Necessity,"
before the International Convention of Machinists and Blacksmiths'
Union of America and Great Britain, at Cleveland, Ohio, predicting
a destructive conflict between the Pennsylvania Railroad and labor.
That conflict climaxed, inside of five years, in the destruction of
millions of property in Pittsburgh and other points on its railroad sys-
tem. Mr. Hughes studied law in Meadville, overtasked himself in
his studies and reform activity, and wrecked his health, which resulted
in his seeking rest and absence from the fretting and agitating multi-
tude, and 1871 found him in Tucson, Arizona, the land of the fierce
Apaches, desert and sunshine, where he entered upon the practice of
his chosen profession. Soon after he was appointed Probate Judge
and ex-Officio County Superintendent of Schools ; was District
Attorney tw y o terms ; was Attorney General ; United States Court
Commissioner; Member of Board of World's Fair Commission at
Chicago for Arizona, and delegate to the Democratic National Con-
ventions in 1884 and 1892. In 1878 he established the Arizona
Star, the first daily paper in Arizona, of which he was editor and
publisher for thirty years. When the Arizona Press Association
was organized in 1892 Mr. Hughes was elected its first President.
The birth of the Star was the date of the State building era of Ari-
zona, and to this end the Star declared the settlement of the Apache
problem was the first consideration. The government had adopted
the Indian reservation policy, herding and feeding and protecting
thousands of Apache murderers, who sallied forth from their cities of
refuge to commit depredations on the white settlers, then returned
with the plunder and scalps of their victims as trophies of these raids.
The Star initiated and declared for the policy of removal of the crim-
inal element of the Apaches to Florida, land of swamps, lakes, forests,
rain and storms new to the merciless savage where the physical
conditions were in striking contrast to the desert's treeless, mountain-

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ous and arid region, and for years the Star stood alone in its advocacy
of this policy. Mr. Hughes secured the agency of the Associated
Press, and with every fresh Apache outbreak the news was flashed to
the press, with public resolutions demanding their removal, thus
securing comment of the press and creating wide-spread public opinion
of the entire country. At the Democratic National Convention of
1884, he secured the adoption of a plank pledging the party to the
removal policy. Cleveland was elected and Mr. Hughes, with
petitions from all Arizona settlements, visited him and secured his
pledge for the removal policy. The President then commissioned
General Miles to make good his promise, and in less than six months
after his arrival in Arizona General Miles had all the criminal
Apaches captured and removed to Florida. This was the first im-
portant step for Arizona State builders. On the first anniversary of
the removal of the Apache, the citizens of Arizona celebrated the
event at Tucson by presenting a sword to General Miles, and in
recognition of their public service, the Society of Arizona Pioneers
elected him and L. C. Hughes honorary life members of the society.
This anniversary, while it memorialized the end of Indian war, was

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