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Tucson for many years, having come here from Iowa, her native State,
to accept a position in the city schools. She is the daughter of Thomas
Howe and Charlotte Spaulding Canfield, and was born and educated
in Jones County, Iowa. She was married in Medeapolis, Iowa, and
came immediately to Tucson. Mrs. Haskin is now a widow. She
has one daughter, Mrs. Charlotte L. Stanton. Mrs. Haskin is an
active member of Pueblo Lodge No. 6, Maccabees, and has for years
been actively associated with the w-ork of the W. C. T. U. in the
State, having been especially interested during the time when the State
conventions have been held in Tucson, as she has always been among
those who attended to the dettail work of the convention.

MRS. RUTH MAY NOWELL, special newspaper correspondent and
secretary treasurer of the Pima County Equal Suffrage League, is the
daughter of Colonel J. P. and Ella Duffer Conners, and was born in

Clinton, Mo., February 28,
1889. Mrs. Nowell was edu-
cated in Kansas City, Mo., and
at St. Vincent's Academy, San-
ta Fe, N. M. Her father
was prominent in politics in
the latter state and w r as a per-
sonal friend of many of the
well known public men of the
state, among them Senators
Anderson and Bursum. Mrs.
Nowell was very active during
the recent campaign for suf-
frage and was one of the espec-
ially hard workers for the cause
in the final conflict whose ef-
forts were effective in bringing
about the desired result. Her
husband, Bailey Nowell, was
connected with the Citizen
Publishing Company, of Tuc-
son, for five years, and they
made their home in the latter
city until recently, when they
removed to California, and are
now located in Venice. They
have two children, Elmer and
Dora May. Mrs. Nowell is member of the Daughters of the Revolu-
tion, Women's Relief Corps, and the Ladies of the Maccabees of the



Lucy Terrill Ellis

LUCY TERRILL ELLIS, pioneer kindergartner of Arizona, has com-
pleted her thirteenth year in this work in Phoenix. Her school is a
portable house, and during the greater portion of the year the work
is conducted in the open air. Miss Ellis is a native of Missouri,
where she was educated and prepared for her kindergarten work.
Her locating in Phoenix was a mere matter of chance, as she came
here first to visit relatives, was in a short time submissive to the spell
of Arizona's charms, and at the suggestion of people who realized
the need of such an opportunity as her school presented to their little
ones, decided to remain and engage in private kindergarten work.
From the beginning, her special qualifications for this work were
recognized, and her school has been a constantly increasing success
and a continued source of joy and benefit to the little ones, whether
the children of residents or tourists, for there have been included on
her roll children from almost every State in the Union, and even



from London and Paris, who have been brought to Phoenix for the
winter by their parents. Miss Ellis is also a writer of merit on
kindergarten work, and keeps thoroughly abreast of any advancement
made along these lines. She has recently introduced the world-
famous Montessori methods into her school. She is second vice presi-
dent and associate editor of the Children's Book-Shop, Homecroft
Hall, Chicago. As charter member of the Woman's Club and
organizer and first President of the Conservation Club, of Phoenix,
she is very well known in club life in Arizona. She is State President
of the Woman's National Rivers and Harbors Congress, and Chair-
man of the Conservation Department of the Arizona Federation of
Women's Clubs, and at the recent federation meeting in Douglas was
the representative of the Conservation Club of Phoenix.

Miss C. LOUISE BOEHRINGER, Superintendent of Schools in Yuma
County, the only woman Superintendent in Arizona, who is well
know r n as an educator in several States, was born thirty-five years ago
in Morrison, Illinois. Her parents, Jacob and Louise Greenawald
Boehringer, came to America shortly after the close of the Civil War.
They removed to St. Louis when she was four years old, where she
entered the kindergarten at the age of five, and there acquired her first
knowledge of the English language. She later attended the public
schools, but as the family returned to Illinois when she was about
ten, her education was completed in that State. Having been grad-
uated from the High School she took a two years' course at the State
Normal, at Normal, Illinois, then a critic course at the DeKalb
Normal, from which -'he received her diploma in 1902. Mean-
while, however, she had teaching experience in the rural and
grade schools, and has since held various positions of responsibility.
She was Director of Normal Department, Genessee, Illinois, from
1903 to 1905, and in charge of the Training School of the State
Normal at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for one year. While in the
latter position the new Normal at Springfield, Missouri, was opened,
and Miss Boehringer was asked to organize and superintend the
Training School, which position she accepted and filled for five years.
The following year she spent in study in New York City, and in
1911 received a diploma in supervision from Teachers' College, New
York, and the B. S. degree from Columbia University. The next
year she was Superintendent of the Springfield, Illinois Training
School for Teachers, and resigned this position to spend the following
year with her family in Yuma. Miss Boehringer has been recog-
nized as an authority in the matter of courses of study for children
for six years by the Missouri State Department, and is author of the
work in literature, language and nature study in the Missouri State
Course of Study for Rural and Village Schools. She has also been
an active club worker and member of the most progressive clubs in
the various communities in which she has lived, and now holds mem-



C. Louise Boehringer

bership in the Ocotillo and Commercial Clubs of Yuma, the only
woman member of the latter ; Woman Suffrage League and Woman's
Trade Union League, Springfield, Illinois; The Helmet Club, com-
posed of women selected for scholarship and personality, Teachers'
College, Columbia University, and at their banquet, held during the
Superintendents' meeting in St. Louis in 1911, was one of their
speakers. She has also been an active member of the N. E. A.
since 1908, and usually attends the Superintendents' meetings in mid-


winter. Miss Boehringer has always been interested in rural life
and its problems, and five years ago purchased a small ranch near
Yuma; here she has spent a part of each year, and during the past
year made her home. She first became identified with educational
work in the county by teaching in the rural schools and speaking
before the county institutes. When the present recall election was
first discussed, Miss Boehringer was approached by several and asked
to become candidate for the office of County Superintendent. She
consented and was the first woman candidate in the field, but later
three other women announced their candidacy, and the campaign
was an intense one. The general feeling was that a woman should
fill the position, because it deals largely with young women, many of
whom are far away from home, and because this was the first oppor-
tunity to recognize woman in an elective position since Arizona
granted suffrage to its women. Miss Boehringer, w r hose unusual
qualifications for the position had been recognized, w r as a popular
candidate from the beginning, and was elected by a surprising ma-
jority. Since her election the feeling displayed toward her has
been the most cordial, even by those who voted for her opponents,
and many have assured her of their interest and support for the
welfare of the schools. She has high ideals and standards for the
schools, which are substantiated by her valuable experience in other
pioneer situations. It is her aim to raise the office of County Super-
intendent from one that is largely clerical to one that will do con-
structive work for the schools of Yuma County, and so great has
she has been in office, no doubt is felt that her strong personality, wide
experience and exceptional ability will enable her to thoroughly de-
velop her ideals, to the great benefit of Yuma County schools.

LEE A. DOYLE, Assessor of Coconino County, is a native of that
County, having been born in Flagstaff in 1881, and is the son of Allen
and Sarah Allen Doyle, well know r n residents of that section. Mr.
Doyle is one of the young men who has made good in his home vicin-
ity, as he has held various city and county offices, in all of which he
has demonstrated his ability, and made for himself a record for
courtesy and efficiency. As Clerk and Treasurer of the City of
Flagstaff he became thoroughly well known, and his reputation for
accuracy was established when he retired from office and left the
books in perfect order for his successor, and by his thorough knowl-
edge of property values, his sound judgment and undoubted integrity,
he has continued to merit, as County Assessor, the esteem which he
earned in former public positions. Mr. Doyle has practically lived
his entire life in his present home, his father having been a pioneer of
that region, and none is better fitted than he to fairly estimate values
thereabout. He was married October 10, 1907, to Miss Pearl
Miller, and they have since made their home in Flagstaff.



Thomas P. Thompson

THOMAS P. THOMPSON, Assessor of Santa Cruz County, was
born in 1884 in Caldwell, Texas, was educated in the public schools
of that town, and had one year in High School. Mr. Thompson is
owner of a fine ranch in the San Rafael Valley, and was for some
time an active worker in the State Assessors' Association. He has
devoted a great deal of study to the matter of land values and assess-
ments, and has made a number of valuable suggestions to the State
Association. He is, therefore, undoubtedly well fitted to meet the
requirements of his office with entire satisfaction to the taxpayers of
Santa Cruz, and as this is his first political office and he led the ticket
in the County, he was presumably elected not from political motives,
but because of his peculiar fitness for the work. He thoroughly
knows the county, as he has been employed in railroad work and been
engaged in business in Nogales before devoting his time to ranching.
Though a young man, Mr. Thompson is exceptionally well informed



and an earnest worker, and thus far the results of his efforts as
Assessor of Santa Cruz have been most satisfactory. He is a member
of the Odd Fellows. Mr. Thompson was married in Decem-
ber, 1912.

GUY CRITTENDEN WELCH, Under Sheriff of Cochise County, was
born at Greeley, Colorado, April 15, 1879. He is the son of William
Pringle and Threse Crittenden Welch. He took the entire course
in the common schools and the freshman year at the State Normal

School of Colorado, at Greeley.
After leaving the Normal, he was
employed for two years in a store,
and for a short time with a sur-
veying party. May 1, 1898, he
became a member of Company D
of the First Colorado Volunteers,
and served until July 15, 1899.
He was present at the capture of
Manila, and was on detached ser-
vice during the balance of his term
through the Philippine campaign.
After the close of the war Mr.
Welch remained in Manila, and
for the next five years was asso-
ciated with the American Com-
mercial Company. He was after-
wards engaged in the sail and
awning business for a short time.
Returning to the United States he
took a position with the Union
Iron Works for a few months,
then returned to Manila on the
transport Dix with a load of live
stock. He went to Seattle in
June, 1905, and was employed by a lumber company in the State of
Washington for a short time; later in the same year he proceeded to
Colorado and was with the Colorado Supply Company in the mer-
cantile business for eight month* ; then he took a course in the
Colorado University. In 1907 he came to Arizona and was em-
ployed by the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company in the
mercantile department until 1910, when he accepted a position with
the Green Cattle Company as bookkeeper. In 1911 he was promoted
to the superintendency of the company, in which position he remained
until he accepted his present appointment as Under Sheriff. Mr.
Welch has never taken an active part in politics and this is his first
public office. He was married March 23, 1912, to Miss Grace
Winifred Tarbell, and thev make their home in Tombstone.


Cornelius O'Keefe and Family

CORNELIUS O'KEEFE, American Inspector of Customs at Nogales,
was born in Ireland, August 5, 1864. He is the son of John and
Margaret Toomey O'Keefe. "Con" O'Keefe, as he is familiarly
known, came to this country with his father in 1875, and located in
Glenns Falls, New York. In 1880 he came to Arizona, was first
employed in the mines at Clifton, for a short time in Tombstone, and
then removed to Long Beach, California, where he worked on the
Bixby ranch for three years. Returning then to Arizona, he lived
successively in Yuma, Prescott and Jerome, having been engaged in
general merchandise business for nine years in the latter place. In
1899 Mr. O'Keefe joined with George Mitchell, Colonel Greene and
William Adamson in the organization of the Cobre Grande Copper
Company, of Cananea, which was finally merged with the Greene
Consolidated, and was its first general manager. He opposed the
merger, but a compromise was finally effected. He then engaged in
mining on his own account in the Altar District, Mexico, but in 1903
sold out his interests to capitalists and removed to Nogales. The
following year he was elected County Treasurer on the Republican
ticket, one of the first officials of Santa Cruz elected on that ticket. In
June, 1908, President Roosevelt appointed him Collector of the Port
of Nogales, and President Taft reappointed him in 1912. His com-
mission expires August 16, 1916. His right to hold a Federal office
has been questioned on the ground that his father was not a citizen of



the United States, but in February, 1912, Attorney General Mc-
Veagh decided the question in Mr. O'Keefe's favor, and his record
in office is an excellent one. In both official and private life Mr.
O'Keefe is held in high esteem. He was married at Prescott in
September, 1894, to Miss Hannah Shay, and to them have been born
one daughter, Margaret, and three sons, John, Charles and Cor-
nelius, Jr., all bright, energetic, and apparently endowed with the
spirit of the true Arizonan. Mr. and Mrs. O'Keefe are well known
and highly esteemed throughout Santa Cruz County, both for their
civic interest and as trustworthy friends.

Thomas Elliott Bowman

THOMAS ELLIOT BOWMAN, Flagstaff, was born in Topeka, Kansas,
May 7, 1886. He attended the public schools of that city, also
Washburn Academy and Washburn College, and is a member of the
Phi Delta Theta college fraternity. Mr. Bowman came to Arizona
in 1908, and spent two years in the Fred Harvey service at Grand
Canyon, Williams and Ash Fork, and for the past two years has been
living in Flagstaff. He is a member of Flagstaff Lodge No. 7, F. &
A. M., Topeka Consistory No. 1, Ancient and Accepted Scottish
Rite, and holds a Shrine membership in El Zaribah Temple, Phoenix.



Charles Kreuder

CHARLES KREUDER, manager of the meat department of the
Arizona Copper Company store, was born in New York City in
1865, and is the son of Charles and Elizabeth Kreuder. He was
educated in the public schools of his native city, then learned butcher-
ing and was engaged in that business there for a number of years.
He has been in Arizona seventeen years, five of \vhich were spent in
Tombstone, where he conducted a restaurant during its second boom-
ing period, and the last five have been spent in his present position
at Clifton. Mr. Kreuder is a Democrat in politics, but not actively
interested in party workings, and fraternally is associated with the
Elks, Knights of Pythias, Loyal Order of Moose, in the latter order
being Dictator of the local lodge.

SAMUEL FRIST, of the firm of Bassett & Frist, Douglas, was born
in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1856. He is the son of J. R. Frist,
a farmer and machine forger of Wilmington, and a descendant of one
of the pioneer families of the city. Mr. Frist was educated in the
public schools of his native city, but in every respect may be called a
self-made man. On coming to the West he located in Oklahoma
City, and there he first engaged in the flour and grain business in
1880. With Oscar T. Bassett and his son, Charles N. Bassett, he
has been associated in business since 1886. Mr. Frist went into


Oklahoma City on the first train that ran in from the south, and was
one of the pioneers of the city, the train having entered the city April
22, 1889. Some years later he spent three years in Los Angeles
County, California, as General Superintendent in charge of the gen-
eral development of a fruit farm, and during his residence there the
older Bassett died, and on Charles Bassett's becoming of age the
property was sold. Shortly afterward the present firm of Bassett &
Frist was formed, and in 1903 Mr. Frist came to Douglas to take an
active part in the management of the business of the firm, which is one
of the largest fuel and feed firms in the State. Mr. Frist was married
in Vermillion County, Indiana, to Miss Dora Houghland, a native of
that State.

JOSEPH P. GIDEON, Sheriff of Mohave County, is one
of the earliest pioneers of the state, having been in Arizona
forty years. A large part of his time has been spent in the offi-
cial life of the state, as he has served as sheriff a number of times, as
well as holding other positions, and his record during that time was
such that when he made the race for Sheriff he was elected by a pleas-
ing majority. When he came to Arizona two score years ago he first
landed in Mohave, and has practically made this his home since that
time, although he has spent considerable time in Gila, Cochise, Pima,
Yavapai and other southern counties. He has always been interested
in mining. He was born in Mississippi in 1852, his parents being
Lewis H. and Sarah M. Gideon. He takes pride in the civic develop-
ment of the town and state, is interested in the fraternal life, being
a member of the Elks Lodge, and has made many friends during the
years he has spent in the State. As an officer he is fair, fearless and
faithful to the interests of his constituents, and those who elected him
have reason for congratulation because of the excellent manner in
which he has conducted the affairs of the offce.

J. W. MORGAN, County Recorder of Mohave, is one of the earliest
pioneers of the State, and during his long residence here, as well as in
Nevada and California, has been interested in the mineral wealth of
the community in which he resided. A life-long Democrat, he has
been a power in the party since he voted for Samuel J. Tilden, the
first and only president for whom he cast a ballot until the recent
election, as he has resided in the Territory of Arizona from that year.
Mr. Morgan held numerous official positions, having been County
Recorder and Clerk of the Board of Supervisors nearly a score of
years ago. He also served as Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Recorder and
Justice of the Peace during the Territorial days. He was born in
San Francisco in 1854. His father Benjamin Morgan, was one of
the forty-niners of California, an early prospector and miner, and
afterward entered the mercantile business. His mother, formerly


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Miss Eliza Pritchard, was also a pioneer of that section. J. W.
Morgan was educated in the public schools of California, graduated
from the Lincoln Grammar School and afterward from Heald's Busi-
ness College. This, together with a good business training, made him
well fitted to hold the positions to which he has been elected. The
records of the County of Mohave are said to be excelled by none in
the State, and during the years in which Joseph W. Morgan has been
connected with the office, are fully up to the standard. No man in
the State has a wider acquaintance, nor is there a man more familiar
with the early history of the Territory than Joseph Morgan, who
lived in Globe, Phoenix, and other large towns of Arizona during the
early days. He is a typical Arizona pioneer, having spent most of his
life here, and he intends to remain here the rest of his days, his inter-
ests being in Mohave County. He is interested in the Cleopatra
copper mine, in the Cerbat district, and also has a number of gold
prospects in that district. He was employed as Assistant Superin-
tendent of the Golden Gem for several years in the early days of the
district, and later acquired some of the valuable property of the sec-
tion. Mr. Morgan married Miss Marian L. Terry in 1894, and
they have one son, Joseph Terry Morgan, at present a student in Cali-
fornia. He is a member of the B. P. O. E. and a trustee of the

THOMAS DEVINE, Treasurer of Mohave County, was well quali-
fied for the position when he was chosen by the voters of the County,
having previously been Treasurer of Coconino County before he came
to the county famed throughout the Southwest as a gold producer.
When he completed his term of Treasurer of Coconino there was not
a better kept set of books in the State, every cent had been accounted
for, and the books were arranged so as to show at a glance the county's
financial standing. A staunch Democrat of the old school, he was
elected in Coconino, a Republican stronghold, and w r as among the
leaders, having received a flattering majority at the primaries and
election. His parents, Thomas and Martha Dobbin Devine, both
came from Ireland and were among the pioneers of Michigan. Mr.
Devine was born on a farm in Michigan in 1869, and was educated in
the common schools of Kansas, where his family had removed when
he was but four years old. Having finished school and spent several
years on the Kansas farm, young Devine started his career as a rail-
road man with the Missouri Pacific at Kansas City, later served an
apprenticeship with the Union Pacific as blacksmith, then came to
Arizona and took a position with the A. L. & T. Co., at Flagstaff,
which he held for one year, when he became brakeman for the com-
pany on their log train. Here he met with an accident which pre-
vented his working for more than a year, when he took a position with
the Flagstaff Electric Light Company. He was then elected Treas-
urer of the county for two succeeding terms, the second time w r ith a



much larger majority than the first. Upon the completion of his
second term he moved to Mohave County, where he had purchased
tin- Beale Hotel, which he has since conducted. Mrs. Devine wa>
Miss Amy Ward, of Illinois. They have two sons Thomas, Jr.,
and Andrew, and one daughter Mrs. May Beecher. Mr. Devine
belongs to the Elks, having become a charter member of Flagstaff
Lodge, and never transferred.

Benjamin Franklin Hopkins

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HOPKINS, the member of the Board who
received the highest vote of all the candidates for that office, spent his
boyhood days in the Middle West. He was born in Kansas, lived
then in Illinois and later in Missouri, where he was educated in the
common schools. He has traveled extensively through the United
States, Canada and Al-aska, and has lived for a time in Porto Rico.
He has lived also in California, where he was engaged in the making
of artesian wells, and in New Mexico. For fourteen years he has
been active in the political life of Arizona, his first residence here
having been Flegstaff. He was born in 1861, and is the son of
Benjamin Franklin and Cynthia Ann Downing Hopkins. In July,
1904, he married Miss Ellen J. George, and they have one son,
Herbert G.


ELGIN B. HOLT, President and General Manager of the Cerro de
Plata Mining Company, and Walter E. Holt, Vice President and

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