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for the G. V^. E. L. & W. P. company, and has directed work on
various engineering projects in Southern Arizona. He is particularly
interested in military matters, was First Lieutenant and Adjutant of
the University Battalion, and is now an officer in Company K,
National Guard of Arizona. He is also a musician of unusual talent.
Mr. Mashbir will be married in Los Angeles September 12th to Miss
Blanche Beckwith, daughter of C. L. Beckwith, formerly Chief En
gineer of the Copper Queen company at Bisbee.



WILLIAM C. GOETZ, Surveyor of Pima County, who has estab-
lished a reputation in Southern Arizona as a mining and civil engineer,
is the son of a non-commissioned officer in the Prussian army, and was
born in Prussia in 1875. The family removed to this country, how-
ever, when Mr. Goetz
\vas very young, and
settled in Milwaukee,
and he received prac-
tically all of his edu-
cation in this country.
In 1895 he took up
the study of engineer-
ing. Mr. Goetz has
been connected with
many large engineer-
ing enterprises, and
has solved many diffi-
cult engineering prob-
lems in his seventeen
years' experience as
civil engineer. He
served as engineer of
the city for several
years, until 1902,
when he was appoint-
ed chief engineer of
the Milwaukee Street
Railway Company. In
1904 he severed his
connections entirely
\vith Milwaukee in-
terests and came to
Tucson as chief en-
gineer of the Twin
Buttes Railroad, con-
struction on which
was begun under his
supervision, and acted
in this capacity until

July, 1906, when the
road was completed.
The following April

he became surveyor of Pima County, to which position he has been
twice re-elected. He was also Assistant City Engineer of Tucson
from 1907 to 1911, in addition to which he has, during the past six
years, developed quite a thriving private practice in Tucson and vicin-
ity, and has done extensive independent engineering work. Mr.



Goetz is a member of the Masonic Order, Tucson Lodge. He was
married in 1908, in Tucson, to Miss Ethel Griggs, formerly of San
Francisco. They have one son, William J., aged four years.

Mill and dumber Yard, Saglnaw and Manistee Lumber Company

one of the most important manufacturing concerns in the State, and
their large pay roll adds materially to the prosperity of the northern
section of the State. The trees from the forest are taken to the great
mill at Williams, and here lumber and timbers are manufactured
from the bodies of the trees while the by products of the mill, made
from the scraps, are also an important feature. Box shocks and lath
are the most important of the by products. Besides the lumber and
timber, the mill turns out large quantities of the finest quality of
siding, ceiling, flooring, moulding, stulls, lagging, piling, mining tim-
bers, and mining wedges. The firm has a capable corps of salesmen,
James Elder having charge of the southern territory in Arizona. The
firm numbers among its stockholders men who have taken a promi-
nent part in the development of Arizona, and the policy of the man-
agement has always been liberal, and they have always contributed



liberally toward all plans based upon the betterment of general con-
ditions in the State. The officers and larger stockholders of the com-
pany are: William F. Dermont, president and general manager;
Watts S. Humphrey, vice president; William B. Mershon, secretary;
William Wente, treasurer. These together with James Dempsey,
William F. Baker and Edward C. Mershon, comprise the board of

GILBERT E. GREER, Superintendent of Public Schools of Apache
County, and Attorney-at-Law, was born in that county December 20,

1888. He was educated
in the public schools of
Apache and the Northern
Arizona Normal School.
He later attended the
University of Southern
California, where he took
his course in law r , and
has been admitted to
practice in the State. In
addition to his educa-
tional duties, Air. Greer
is gradually building up a
substantial practice in his
legal work. He was
elected County Superin-
tendent in 1912 for a
term of two years, and
his special qualifications
for the position have been
proven by the noted im-
provement in the schools
of the county. From
1910 to 1912 he served as
Clerk of the District
Court. On May 16,
1912, Mr. Greer was
married to Miss Natalia
Isaacson, daughter of
Isaac Isaacson, Road Su-
perintendent of Apache
County, and one of the
well known men in the
northern part of the State. Mr. and Mrs. Greer make their home in
St. Johns, the county seat.



GEORGE E. TRUMAX, Assessor of Final County and Vice-President
of the State Assessors' Association, is a native of the Empire State,

having been born in Sauquoit, N. Y.
His parents were also natives of
New York State, and his ancestors
residents of that section for several
generations, having been among the
pioneers who took an important part
in the early development of the
State. George Truman attended
the public schools of his home town
and was graduated from Sauquoit
Academy. Since coming to Arizona
Mr. Truman has been interested in
mining and was one of the pioneers
of the Final mining district. He is
also interested in irrigation, and has
done much toward getting water for
the fertile acres about Florence.
Always a consistent Democrat he
has been a factor in the party,
though he took but little part in the
official life of the State until he was
nominated for the office of County
Assessor, and the number of votes
he received in competition with one
of the strongest candidates on the
Republican county ticket, shows his
standing among his fellow citizens. Mr. Truman was a member of
Troop B, First Vol. Cav., three troops of said calvary, A, B, and C,
being from Arizona, the regiment being more commonly known as the
Rough Rider Regiment. Previous to the return of the troops the
newspapers in the Territory claimed the distinction for Arizona that
Truman of B Troop was the first American soldier on the Heights of
San Juan. On the return of the troops this statement was verified by
Middleton, Owens and Sergeant Norton of B Troop, w T ho were along
with, and close to, Truman at the time the ascent was made.

E. R. PIRTLE, capitalist and real estate dealer of Douglas, is the
son of Dr. J. M. Pirtle, a prominent physician of Clarkesville, Tenn-
essee. Mr. Pirtle was born in Clarkesville, was educated in the
public schools, and, having been graduated from the High School,
entered Vanderbilt University. He came west in 1885, and on his
way to California stopped in Tucson. He spent some years in Cali-
fornia, and in 1901 returned to Arizona and was one of the pioneers
of the City of Douglas, the population of which was less than one
hundred when he located there, and there were only thirteen houses.

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Soon engaging in business, Mr. Pirtle met with success, and his busi-
ness has continued to increase, keeping pace with the growth of the
town, and he now is owner of the leading real estate business in
the city. Mr. Pirtle was the first United States Commissioner at
Douglas. He was a member of the Fair Commission during Governor
Sloan's administration, and tendered his resignation in this capacity
before the expiration of the term, owing to the demands of his personal
affairs, but the Governor declined to accept it. Mr. Pirtle was
married in 1896 at Florence, Alabama, to Miss Fannie Irvine, daugh-
ter of Judge Irvine. He is a member of the Masons and B. P. O. E.

THE COPPER QUEEN HOTEL, Bisbee, was built eleven years ago,
in order that comfortable and reasonable accommodation might be
afforded the traveling public making a visit to that city, and for the
especial convenience of employes of the Copper Queen Company.

Copper Queen Hotel

The hotel is situated in the central part of Bisbee, convenient to all
sections. It is conducted on the European plan, and has about seventy-
five rooms, twenty of which have private baths. The structure is of
a noble type of hotel architecture, the original cost of which was about
$175,000. In 1906 an additional $25,000 was spent in improvements,
and it now ranks in every way with the very best hotels to be found
in the Southwest. In the cafe which is run in connection with
the hotel, the art of catering to the public reaches its climax, as the
service is beyond reproach, and in the food served quality is never
sacrificed to cost, while the dining room itself is most attractive, both



in its location and the manner of its keeping. A first-class buffet and
billiard room of the highest standing are also conducted in its spacious
quarters. Henry Poppen, the manager of the Copper Queen, took
charge of the hotel in 1909, having come from the Hotel Wellington,
Chicago. Mr. Poppen is thoroughly familiar with the art of enter-
taining the public, and affording them comfort and courtesy. He is
a most genial host, and is surrounded by a corps of well trained pro-
fessional hotel employes, some of whom have been in the service for a
number of years, and all of whom work in harmony with the policy
of the Copper Queen.

R. G. ARTHUR, General Manager of the Douglas Investment
Company, was born in Columbus, Ohio, April 18, 1870, and was
educated in the public schools of his native State. Mr. Arthur came
to Arizona and located in Clifton, where he remained for two

vear=, and the next year he spent
in Bisbee. He then removed to
the newer city of Douglas and ac-
cepted a position as Cashier of
"he Douglas Improvement Com-
pany, and was later promoted to
the position of Manager of the
r ame Company, in which capacity
he served until the consolidation
of the various utility companies
into the present corporation
known as the Douglas Invest-
ment Company, when he was
appointed to his present position.
This company controls the Gads-
den Hotel, the Douglas Electric
Light and Power Company, Ice
and Cold Storage plant and the
original Tow r nsite Company.
They were also the prime factor
in organizing, and for some years,
until the same was purchased by
the city authorities, controlled the
water supply system. The tele-
phone system, too, was installed by them and operated with excellent
results until recently sold to the Mountain States Telephone and Tele-
graph Company. As General Manager of the Company furnishing to
the city the necessary commodities, Mr. Arthur holds a responsible
position, and is one of the most prominent men in Douglas. He is
well known, too, as a member of the Blue Lodge Masons. He married
Miss Florence Bryant, and they have one daughter, Eleanos Louise.



JAMES BLAIR BOURNE, Treasurer of Final County and manager
of the Mammouth mine property in Final County, was born in Can-
ton, Lewis County, Missouri, June 19, 1872. He is the son of John
P. and Elizabeth Blair Bourne, both descendants of pioneer Kentucky

families and still
living in Missou-
ri. Mr. Bourne
first attended the
public schools of
Missouri, and
then had a short
college course.
For the past
twelve years he
has been in his
present position
as mine manager,
and for three
years previously
was employed by
the company. He
is also owner of
some valuable
mining claims in
the State. Mr.
Bourne comes of
a long line of
Kentucky Demo-
crats, on both
sides, and is a
strict adherent of
Democracy. He is

also a direct descendant of the Honorable James G. Blair,
who was elected to Congress on an independent ticket inmme-
diately after the War, and was a close friend of President
Lincoln. Mr. Bourne was elected Treasurer on the Democratic
ticket and in the last Territorial Assembly was one of Final's repre-
sentatives. During the session he was Chairman of the Corporations
Committee and member of some of the other impo r tant ones, among
which were the Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Good Roads. He
was one of the most intense committee workers in the matter of se-
curing sufficient appropriations for the University, Tempe and Flag-
staff Normals, and the Industrial School, who held out on the night of
adjournment until they had the gratification of knowing their efforts
in this behalf were successful. He is a member of the Blue Lodge
Masons and Moose. November 15, 1904, Mr. Bourne was married


in Florence to Miss Rosa M. Lewis, of Independence, Missouri.
They have one son, George Blair, and make their home in Florence,

Douglas, Arizona, has two points of interest that overtop every-
thing else its huge, gigantean smelters and its beautiful hotel. A
writer of note, motoring through there, a few years ago, thus ex-
pressed his views of this magnificent hostelry:

"Like a rock in a weary land, like a bubbling fountain in a sun
parched desert to a foot-sore and thirst-crazed w r anderer, like a
Utopian dream, does this magnificent and luxurious hotel appear to
the worn and tired traveller who, after days and nights of monotonous
journeying across the cactus-studded, dust-plagued plains of the
Great Southwest, becomes its guest.

"The Hotel Gadsden, of Douglas, Arizona, named after the man
who made the famous Gadsden purchase, scarcely has a superior and
but few equals among the hotels of the Southwest. The building and
every detail of its equipment and furnishing are thoroughly modern,
and the effect as a whole represents the latest and most complete de-
vices for the entertainment of the travelling public. It is a monu-
ment to the taste, enterprise and public spirit of the town which it
adorns, and reflexively shows the visiting guest at once and convinc-
ingly that Douglas is not merely a town of smelters, but a city whose
citizenship is composed of Easterners of the highest culture, refinement
and education.

"The chaste, striking and beautiful style of architecture dominating
this magnificent hotel never fails of impressing the beholder. TJ/e
more closely the decorative scheme is studied, the more impressive it
becomes. The architects, men now of national renown, are reported
to have said that their chief ambition is to create something more beau-
tiful and more truly artistic than the Gadsden lobby; and they despair
of being able to do so.

"The symmetry of this lobby, with its massive marble pillars, mag-
nificent, broad, sweeping central stairway, sculptured capitals, bas-
reliefs and friezes, ornamented with a skill and genius that make one
think he is in Rome or Naples, is at once the delight and the marvel of
the transient guest. 'This in the desert?' say they. 'What kind of a
town can it be?' is their query. A trip through its beautiful streets
and its more beautiful homes, shows them that this magnificent hotel
is but in keeping with the whole scheme of the city of Douglas, which
means that visitors should, through the decorations of their principal
hotel, symbollically become apprised of the character and spirit of the
little 'Gem City of the Desert'."

D. C. O'Neil, a hotel man of long and varied experience, is the
manager of this paragon of Arizona hotels; and his every aim and
interest is to see that the guest under his roof goes away, not merely
satisfied, but delighted, and a booster for the town and caravansary in
which Mr. O'Neil takes the very deepest possible interest and pride.

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T. E. POLLOCK, President of the Arizona Central Hank of Flag-
staff, which has branches at Williams and Kinsman, is one of the
ablest financiers in the Southwest, and one of the most noted citizens
of Arizona. He has made his place in Arizona, has acquired promi-
nence and wealth by dint of hard work and sound business judgment,
and is one of the State's most enthusiastic boosters at home and
abroad. All of the financial institutions of which he is head are
conducted in a careful and business-like manner, which has been the
basis of his success. In addition to these interests, Mr. Pollock is
an extensive wool grower and cattle man, and has various other
holdings throughout this section. He is a director of the Phoenix
National Bank and of the First National Bank of Douglas, and
variously interested in other important industries. He is also Vice
President of the Red River Land Si Cattle Company, and President of
the Diamond Coal Company, both of New Mexico. Mr. Pollock is
a close personal friend and associate of many of the prominent men of
the State, takes an active part in all matters of State advancement, and
has been originator of many progressive movements. He is deeply
interested in the subject of good roads for Arizona, being one of the
early advocates of the transcontinental highway, and is a member of
the Northern Arizona Good Roads Association. Mr. Pollock was
born near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, in 1868, but has been in Arizona
since quite a young man. While interested in City, County and
State politics, he has never been actively so, and his duties in other
capacities have never admitted of his seeking any political office. He
is a member of the Masonic order, in which he has attained the 32nd

Bank of Safford

THE BANK OF SAFFORD, located in the town after which it is
named, has been the training school of more prominent bankers and
financiers than any other bank in the State. The present Board of
Directors includes many men of prominence in the financial life of
the Southwest. This bank was organized in 1899 by W. F. Holt of
the Imperial Valley, who later sold it to J. N. Porter and his associ-
ates, and it was controlled by the latter until taken over by the present
management in 1908. The following year the Graham County State
Bank was purchased and the two were consolidated. The officers and
directors are among the most prominent business and professional men
of the State, and its management is in the hands of capable bankers.
The capital stock of the Bank is $33,000, its surplus $10,000, and the
aggregate of its deposits more than $280,000, according to its last
statement. A general banking business is conducted by the Bank of
Safford, and for years it has ably aided in the financing of the impor-



tant industries of that section, including farming,, ranching, cattle
raising and mining, all of which have been thus greatly benefited. Its
stockholders are largely interested in the Arizona National Bank of
Tucson, and while the two banks are separate and distinct, their in-
terests are close, and they work in the closest harmony, giving the
Bank of Safford the benefit of a strong ally in the larger City. D.
W. Wickersham, one of the best know y n financiers of the Southwest,
who is active in the commercial life of California and Arizona, is
president; E. W. Clayton, a director in the Arizona National Bank at
Tucson, is cashier, while I. E. Solomon and J. R. Welker, the vice
presidents, are among the most successful and prominent merchants in
the State. The directors besides the above are John J. Birdno, re-
ceiver of the Phoenix Land Office; Charles F. Solomon, president of
the Arizona National Bank of Tucson ; Ph. Freudenthal, director of
the same bank; Z. C. Prina, a well known manufacturer of Safford,
and W. T. Webb, one of the most prominent citizens of the State,
who is well known in commercial and political affairs.

DAVID WILMOT WICKERSHAM, President of the Bank of Safford, is
a native of Pennsylvania, but came to Arizona forty years ago. For
years he has been closely identified with the commercial, financial and
industrial life of this State. Mr. Wickersham began his career in
Arizona as a teacher in Mammoth and the Gila Valley, then started
in as clerk in the store of I. E. Solomon, one of the pioneer merchants
of Arizona. In that position Mr. Wickersham proved so valuable an
assistant that he was made a partner in the business under the firm
name of Solomon, Wickersham & Co. The new firm opened a large
mercantile establishment at Bowie, which was one of the largest sup-
ply stations in the Territory in the early days. The firm was reor-
ganized and known as Solomon & Wickersham, and a store estab-
lished at Solomonville. In 1906 another change was made and Mr.
Wickersham became the head of a new corporation, The Solomon
Wickersham Company. Mr. Wickersham has been successful in his
mercantile ventures, and has invested much of his capital in the State.
He was the organizer and first president of the Gila Valley Bank &
Trust Co., which controls one of the strongest strings of banks in the
Southwest. He is president of the Solomon Commercial Company,
and although he has reached an age when most men retire he is active-
ly interested in a number of important enterprises in California and
Arizona in addition to those enumerated. Mr. Wickersham spends
his winters in Arizona and his summers on the coast. He was one of
the heavy stockholders of the oil company which developed the Lake
View gusher, one of the famous oil wells of the age, and has large
realty holdings in California. Mr. and Mrs. Wickersham are parents
of six children, Ernest S., Florence, Mabel (Mrs. Herman Heizman),
Wilmot, Harry and Maude.



E. W. Clayton



ERNEST W. CLAYTON, Cashier and Director of the Bank of Saf-
ford and Director of the Arizona National Bank, Tucson, was born
in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1877. His father, one of the pioneer mer-
chants of Texas, is now a resident of Southern California, where the
family moved when Mr. Clayton was but a child. His mother died
at Fresno shortly afterward. Mr. Clayton completed the public
school course of Fresno, after which he finished a commercial course
in San Francisco. He took a job as agent and operator on the
Tucson division of the Southern Pacific Railroad, under Colonel
Epes Randolph, worked for this company seven years, and resigned
to take a position with the Gila Valley Bank and Trust Company at
Globe, as Assistant Cashier. He remained there three years, then
having been elected Cashier and Director of the Bank of Safford, he
removed to Safford and has since held that position. When the re-
organization of the Arizona National Bank was brought about by
the purchase of a controlling interest by the present management, Mr.
Clayton became a stockholder and director. Mr. Clayton is inter-
ested in the improvement of conditions in the State, and has done
much toward advertising Graham County to the outside world. He
was President of the Chamber of Commerce before its work was
taken over by the county organization, and he is at present County
Immigration Commissioner. He is a Republican, and has been
active in politics and was for some time Chairman of the Republican
County Central Committee. He is a 32nd degree Mason, and mem-
ber of the Tucson Lodge, and of the Mystic Shrine, is a member of
the Elks' Lodge at Globe, and also of the Knights of Pythias. He
married Miss Elsie Hall, a well known California girl.

J. R. WELKER, merchant and Director of the Bank of Safford, was
born in Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho, January 25, 1866.
He is the son of Adam and Agnes Dock Welker, the latter a native
of Scotland. Until seventeen years of age he lived in his native
town, and there received his education in the public schools. In 1882
the family came to Arizona and located in Graham County, where
his father and himself bought a quarter section of land near the
present town of Safford. For seven years he was employed in the
improvement of this land, which was later sold. He then engaged
in business at Lay ton, and for the past twenty-five years has been
increasing his mercantile interests in Graham County. He is also
interested in various other enterprises, prominent among which is
the Mt. Graham Lumber Company, which he aided in organizing.
He was also a stockholder and Cashier of the Graham County State
Bank until its consolidation with the Bank of Safford. In partner-
ship with Mr. Moody, of the Land Commission, he is owner of a
splendid ranch of 640 acres in the Gila Valley. Mr. Welker is a
member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and a


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great worker in its interests, having spent three years in missionary
work in the Samoan and Friendly Islands. After his return he- u as
appointed Bishop of the Layton Ward, and faithfully served his
church in that capacity. He is an active Republican, but except as
member of the County Central Committee, he has never held an

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