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tion. For seven succeeding years he directed the workings of this
Association, which had about 2,000 members, owning 220,000 acres of
land, pledged to reimburse the United States government for $10,-
000,000 expended on their irrigation project. He had previously
spent two winters in Washington, D. C., laboring for the passage of
the National Irrigation Act. Mr. Fowler served seven years on the
Executive Committee of the National Irrigation Congress, two years
as Secretary of the Congress, then two years as its President, and
presided at the sessions held in Chicago in December, 1911. Mr.
Fowler has also been President of the Arizona Agricultural Associa-
tion, Phoenix Board of Trade, Associated Charities of Phoenix and
Y. M. C. A., and Vice President of the American Forestry Associa-
tion, Trans-Mississippi Congress, National Conservation Congress,
and Rivers and Harbors Congress. Mr. Fowler is a ranch owner in
the Salt River Valley, with residence and business office in Phoenix.
In the Capital City Mrs. Fow T ler is prominently known in social
and club circles, and especially in the Woman's Club, of which
she is one of the leading spirits, and for six years has been President.
She is a woman of marked attainments, great executive ability and an
exceptionally good speaker.

GEORGE W. P. HUNT, first Governor of the State of Arizona, is a
native of Missouri, where he was born in 1859, and has been a
resident of Arizona since 1881. During his first years of residence
here he was employed in Globe and vicinity in various capacities.
After about ten years he began his mercantile career in Globe, and
gradually advanced in this line until he became President of the Old
Dorm'njon Commercial Company. He served one term as Treasurer
of Gila County, was elected to the 17th Territorial Legislature and
several subsequent sessions, and served as President of the Council in
the 23rd session. He was also delegate from Arizona to the National
Democratic Convention at Kansas City, in 1900, and President of the
Constitutional Convention. During his term as Governor he has
attracted general attention by his prison reform policy. Mrs. Hunt
is a thoroughbred western woman, having been reared on a ranch, is
an expert horsewoman and a most gracious and pleasing hostess, and
is social circles in the Capital City has been a recognized favorite.
They have one little daughter, Virginia.



JOHN NELSON, Sheriff of Pima County, has all of the qualifica-
tions necessary for a successful peace officer. He has been a resident
of Arizona for more than a score of years, and has been interested in
those industries which are most important in Pima County ranching,

cattle-raising and mining. He is
well acquainted in Arizona, but
especially so in Pima County, and
this acquaintance has stood him in
good stead during his two terms as
Sheriff. He had never held office
before his first term as Sheriff, but
his work was so satisfactory that he
was re-elected by a large majority.
John Nelson came to the United
States when he was thirteen years of
age, and for some time lived with an
uncle on a ranch in Kansas. When
he first came to Arizona he located in
Cochise County, but a few years
later came to Pima and bought a
ranch about twenty miles northwest
of Tucson, and resided there contin-
uously until elected to the Sheriff's
office. He married Miss Gerda
Melgren, of Olsburg, Kansas, six
years ago, and to the union were
born three children. Ina, Myron and
Hannah. Mrs. Nelson died last
summer. John Nelson has filled
the office of Sheriff in a satisfactory manner, and through his efforts
the county has been rid of cattle thieves, rustlers and other undesir-
ables. He has the entire confidence of the citizenship of the county,
and his administration has been a credit to himself and the people
who by their votes placed him in office.

PHIL HEROLD, Vice President of the First National Bank of No-
gales, and Recorder of the County of Santa Cruz, has been identified
with the commercial, official and political life of Arizona for many
years. He was born in Seneca, Kansas, 38 years ago. His father,
Andrew P. Herold, a native of Germany, came to America when but
a young man, and followed the profession of attorney for a number of
years, and was also interested in the journalistic field as owner and
editor of several Kansas papers. Here he married Miss Wilhelmina
Krupp, also a native of Germany. Phil Herold was educated in
Kansas, having attended the public schools and St. Benedict's college.
He came to Arizona and took up his father's calling, newspaper
work, having been connected with Phoenix papers for some time. He



served in Roosevelt's Rough Riders during the Spanish War. He
then went to Nogales, entered a law office, was appointed Deputy Re-
corder. He was first appointed, then elected Recorder, and has held
the office twelve years, his courtesy and efficiency heing such he has not

Homer R. Wood

been supplanted. He is one of the war horses of Democracy, a leader
in his party. He is an Elk and belongs to all the commercial organi-
zations in Santa Cruz County. In 1908 he married Miss Minnie Mc-
Intire, daughter of J. P. Mclntire, the well known mining man.



HOMER R. WOOD, one of Yavapai's representatives in the First
State Senate, and one of the strongest men in that body, was born
June 2, 1869, in Jackson County, Michigan. His father was a
pioneer of that State, having gone there with his parents in 1829,
when but ten years of age. Senator Wood was born and raised on
a farm, attended the public schools of the vicinity until he was fifteen
years old, then entered Michigan Agricultural College, which he
attended two years. He taught school one year, and in 1888 entered
the University of Michigan, and was graduated from the chemistry
course in 1890. During his college career he had some military
training. In January, 1891, he came to Arizona and located in
Prescott, his present home. He soon became interested in political
affairs in the County and State, and in 1895 was appointed Deputy
Treasurer of Yavapai County. In 1904 he was appointed Treasurer
to fill the unexpired term of a defaulting official. Senator Wood was
elected to represent his county in the Constitutional Convention, and
in 1911 was elected to his present office. He is one of the most ?u'v
stantial men of the Senate, and during the first session was a lower of
strength on the floor and in committee. In the special session of the
Legislature he has been selected to serve on the following committees:
Appropriations, Code, Constitutional Amendments and Referendum,
Finance, State Accounting and Methods of Business, and Judiciary,
and is chairman of the latter. Senator Wood married Miss Julia
Gale, of his native State, in 1896.

JOHN ROLFING, Chief of Police of Tucson, one of the most popular
and capable officers in the State, was born in Spencer County, Indiana,
May 9, 1873. He is the son of Henry and Mary Bahn Rolfing, both
natives of Germany, and both of whom were brought to this country
at the age of five by their parents, who settled in Cincinnnati. Chief
Rolfing attended the public schools and at the age of fifteen began an
apprenticeship at boilermaking, which he completed, and at which
trade he worked for a number of years in various of the western states
as well as in Indiana, and for nine years he was employed as boiler
inspector for the Southern Pacific railroad at Tucson. For years he
has been a member of the Boilermakers' Union, and has been keenly
interested in all labor matters. In 1906 he was the Tucson delegate
to a general meeting composed of representatives of all the crafts,
held in San Francisco for the purpose of endeavoring to have abolished
the personal record and physical examination feature of the system of
employing men in the various departments of the Southern Pacific
railroad. In this meeting were representatives of the various unions
employed in the different capacities, and their purpose was accom-
plished, with the result that these features were abolished over the
entire Southern Pacific system. Chief Rolfing is a Democrat of a life-
time, has always been a worker in political affairs, but prior to his



John Rolfing

present position was never a candidate for office anywhere. In the
preliminary contest he was chosen by a splendid majority from ten
aspirants for the place, and at the regular election defeated two oppo-
nents by a larger majority. In addition to his membership in various
labor organizations, he has membership in the Eagles and Moose in
Tucson, and has been for years a member of the Ben Hur Lodge, in
Evansville, Indiana.

D. H. CLARIDGE, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of
Supervisors of Graham County, was born in Mt. Carmel, Utah, in
1873. His parents, Samuel and Rebecca Hughes Claridge, still
reside on the old homestead. Mr. Claridge is a farmer and stock
grower, and owns one of the finest ranches in the Gila Valley. He
is serving his third term as County Recorder, having been twice re-
elected on the record he made during his first term, when he intro-
duced a number of reforms into the recorder's office. He was
educated in the public schools of Utah and Arizona. He was united
in marriage to Effie R. Nelson, and to the union have been born six
girls and three boys. Mrs. Claridge is an enthusiastic suffragist
and has acted as deputy in her husband's office during his term of



service. He and Mrs. Claridge are members of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Mr. Claridge served as Bishop of the
Bryce ward for seven years, and for many years has been one of the
High Council of the State.

Redmond Toohey

REDMOND TOOHEY, contractor and builder, Phoenix, is one of the
best known citizens of the State, having been a resident since the early
days, and has always been recognized among the energetic boosters for
Arizona. He is best known for the work he has accomplished in
building different State highways, and it is to him that a large part of
the credit is due for the building of the first Territorial highways.
Mr. Toohey was not at all dismayed by the problems presented in the
building of these long stretches across the desert, and his work was so
thorough that the roads built by him are among the best in Arizona
today. Mr. Toohey has a fine ranch home near Phoenix, is greatly
interested in the welfare of that city, and is a firm believer in the
future of the Capital City. He has handled many contracting jobs
in Phoenix and vicinity, and has been very successful in the work.


ROBERT E. MORRISOX, attorney at law, was born in Chicago July
13, 1856. He is the son of Honorable A. L. and Jane Clark Morri-
son. His father came to this country from Ireland when but a lad, and
proceeded to make his way in a most remarkable manner. He is a
veteran of the Mexican War, and is an active resident of Santa Fe,
New Mexico, at the age of eighty-two years. While other-
wise regularly engaged providing for his family, he took up the study
of law by himself, passed the required examinations and was admitted
to practice in Chicago in 1868, and at once began the practice of his
profession in that city. He later held several important federal ap-
pointments, the first of which w T as that of U. S. Marshal of New
Mexico, which necessitated his removal to that Territory. Robert E.
Morrison was reared and educated in Chicago, and after completing
the high school course, entered the Union College of Law, from which
he was graduated in 1877, but had been previously admitted to prac-
tice before the Supreme Court. There he practiced until the
autumn of 1883, when he came to Arizona, established a ranch in
Apache County and was engaged there in cattle business for three
years. He was then elected Judge of the County, which position en-
tailed the duties of ex-officio Probate Judge and Superintendent of
Schools. As County Judge he aided in cleaning up Apache County,
which for several years had been the resort of cattle and horse thieves,
and under the control of dishonest county officials. The history of
that county during these years reads like a romance. Resuming his
practice at the expiration of his term he was located at St. Johns
until 1891, w y hen he permanently settled in Prescott. The
at the close of the term was re-elected by a much larger majority than
at the former election. In 1898 President McKinley appointed him
U. S. Attorney for Arizona, in which capacity he served most ef-
ficiently and with the utmost satisfaction. In 1896 he was again
elected District Attorney, chiefly to continue the prosecution of crim-
inal cases against prominent citizens of his county, which he brought
to a successful conclusion. Mr. Morrison's practice has steadily
increased in volume, and he is regarded as one of the safe
lawyers in the State on the laws pertaining to corporations and
mining and his practice extends far beyond the boundaries of his own
county. He is a member of the Arizona Bar Association and the
American Bar Association. One of his daughters, Erin R., is a
graduate of Trinity College, Washington, D. C., and has musical
and literary talent or excellent character. Emmett, his son, is a
student at Georgetown University. Another son is one of the Assist-
ant Foresters in the Forestry Department at Washington. Mrs.
Lucy W. McDonnell, a daughter, who resides with him, is the mother
of three beautiful girls, and Juanita, his daughter, is a pupil at St.
Joseph's Academy, in Prescott. Mr. Morrison is a well known mem-
ber of the Knights of Columbus.



JAMES ROBERTS KERR, Representative from Yuma County, was
born in Asheville, North Carolina, June 9, 1850. He is of Scotch-
English ancestry and the son of W. M. and Harriet Kerr. Mr. Kerr
was educated in private schools in North Carolina and Virginia, and
has had a varied career. He has been on the frontier since 1870,
most of his life since that time having been spent in the open as rail-

jamas Roberts Kerr

reader, cowpuncher and prospector. He spent three years in
Alaska, one winter of which he was north of the Arctic circle. He
has been employed as railroad conductor in southwestern Texas,
Louisiana and Arkansas, and removed to San Diego, California, in
1893, where he engaged in real estate and insurance business, and
during five years of his residence there served as Deputy Sheriff of
the County. He has been living in Arizona since 1908, when he



located in Yuma. Almost immediately Mr. Kerr became interested
in local and State politics, and, although a comparative newcomer, his
judgment and influence in matters of importance are highly regarded.
He has been appointed member of the Panama-California Exposition
Commission, and selected Chairman of the same, while his election
to the First State Legislature by a large majority is an unquestioned
evidence of his popularity in Yuma County. Mr. Kerr, in the
special sessions, has been a diligent worker on the following commit-
tees: Labor, Appropriations, Good Roads, State Accounting and
Methods of Business. He is an active member of the B. P. O. E.
and Knights of Pythias.

HARRY J. SAXON, member of the House from San Cruz County,
was born at San Gabriel, California, July 24, 1882. He came to

Arizona in 1891,

^^^^m^^^^ and settled in No-

*^_'"' gales, where his first

occupation was cat-
tle raising and
ranching. His home
has since been in
Santa Cruz County.
On November 1,
1903, Mr. Saxon
entered the govern-
ment service as
mounted inspector of
customs at Nogales,
and served three
years, and at the ex-
piration of that time
was elected Sheriff
of the County, on
the Democratic tick-
et, of which he has
been a faithful ad-
herent and strong worker since attaining his majority. He was also
selected by his party to be their almost unanimous choice for repre-
sentative of the County in the First State Legislature, and although
one of the youngest members of the House, he proved one of the
most active and efficient. In the special session in the spring of
1913 Mr. Saxon served on a number of committees, among which
are Education and Live Stock. He was married April 29, 1909,
in Los Angeles, California, to Miss Anna Martin, of that city, and
their residence is near Nogales.



George F. Cocke

GEORGE F. COCKE, member of the lower house from Maricopa
County, is a native of California, where he was born in 1876. His
father was a Missourian, but removed to California shortly after the
rush of '49, there married a native daughter, and made the State his
permanent home. Mr. Cocke grew up on a farm, and received a
thorough training in dairying, farming and stock raising, and in the
Legislature has been one of the recognized authorities on those sub-
jects, as well as one of the most thorough and reliable workers on
the Live Stock Committee. At the present time he is interested in stock
raising and ranching in the Buckeye Valley, and is the owner of a fine
ranch on the lower Gila. Mr. Cocke has had no experience as an
office holder, this being his first political office, but his work in the
Legislature at both the regular and special sessions has been highly
satisfactory to all concerned. He has served also on the Committees
on Labor, Banking and Insurance, and Petitions and Memorials.
Mr. Cocke was married in 1903 to Miss Beulah Montgomery, a
native of Phoenix. They have three children, a boy and two girls.



GEORGE FRANK WATSON, Recorder of Final County, is the son of
Alpha J. and Alary E. Holman Watson, and was born in Clements,
California. He has spent the greater part of his life in Arizona, as

, the family removed here in 1882,

when he was quite young;, and first
located at Gila Bend, in Maricopa
County. For the past twenty-five
years, however, he has been a resi-
dent of Final County, where he is
now serving his third term as Re-
corder. Throughout the county
Mr. Watson is popular and highly
esteemed for his substantial traits oi
character. Both personally and po-
litically his friends are numerous
and staunch. He has been variously
employed there as clerk and by min-
ing interests until 1906, when he
was his party's choice for Recorder,
was elected by a large majority, and
re-elected in 1908, when he lead
the ticket in the county. The fact
that he was again re-elected in 1911
seems ample indication that he has
proven a thoroughly efficient Re-
corder. Being a member of the
B. P. O. E., Fraternal Mystic Cir-
cle, and Spanish-American Alliance,
Mr. Watson is one of the well

known fraternal men of his section. His home is in Florence. He
was married in July, 1910, to Miss Olive Louise McGuigan.

JOHN D. LOPER, Superintendent of Phoenix Public Schools, and
educator in the truest sense of the word, as both teacher and superin-
tendent in Maricopa County, has done much for the benefit of educa-
tion, and merited the high esteem in which he is held in the State.
Mr. Loper has been a resident of Arizona, and engaged in educational
work here, since 1896. He is the son of Benjamin M. and Eleanore
Davies Loper, and was born in Belmont County, Ohio, where his
father was engaged in farming. He was educated in the common
and high schools of Monroe County and the Northern University of
Ohio, then taught in the public schools of Ohio for three years, before
coming to Arizona. In September, 1896, he was employed as teacher
in the schools of Mesa, and in 1898 was elected Superintendent of the
schools of that city. In 1900 he organized the Mesa High School,
which was the second High School in the State, and was in 1908
merged into the Mesa Union High School. From his election as



John D. Lioper

Superintendent until 1909 Mr. Loper was in charge of the city schools
and the Union High School, and during these years the results in this
field displayed not only exceptional ability, but intensity of interest,
and a high standard of educational values. In the latter year, through
absolutely no volition of his, he was elected Superintendent of the City
Schools of Phoenix, a well deserved recognition of his work in the
adjacent field. He assumed his new duties in July of that year, and
during the intervening years the influence of his personality, knowl-
edge and experience have been most effective. He has quietly, though
firmly, advanced in his path, laboring steadily, but calmly, preparing
his plans and gathering about him those who are to further their
execution, and should enjoy the richest satisfaction in the conscious-
ness that he has improved every opportunity to aid in the accomplish-
ment of his life work. In addition to his regular duties in educa-
tional work, Mr. Loper served two terms as member of the Territorial
Board of Education, having been appointed by Governor Kibbey and
re-appointed by Governor Sloan. He also served five years as member
of the Territorial and State Board of Examiners, and has been active



in all affairs pertaining to his profession, whether local or general.
Fraternally Mr. Loper is connected with the Masonic Order and the
Knights of Pythias, and he is a consistent member of the Christian
Church. For the past twelve years he has been Grand Keeper of
Records and Seal of the Knights of Pythias, Grand Lodge of Arizona,
and is Past Grand Chancellor of the Order. On June 22, 1898, he
was married to Miss Agnes Dobbie, of Mesa, and there have been
born to them two sons, John D., Jr., and Andrew Benjamin, and one
daughter, Margaret Eleanore.

CHARLES K. PISHON, First Viice President of the State Association
of the B. P. O. E., is the Arizona representative of Cooper, Coate &

Casey, wholesale dry goods mer-
chants of California, and makes
Phoenix his headquarters. Mr.
Pillion was born in St. Louis in
1884, and is the son of Hubbard
and Josephine Klaine Pishon,
both descendants of French fam-
ilies, the parents of both having
been born and reared in France.
Mr. Pishon was graduated from
the St. Louis High School, took
his first position in the stock
room of a large dry goods house
in that city in 1898, and has
since been employed in this line
in various capacities, with the
result that he is thoroughly con-
versant with all details of his
business. He came to Arizona
in 1906, the year in which the
firm now employing him was
organized, and has since been
their representative in the State.
He is well known and extreme-
ly popular throughout the State
in both business and fraternal
circles, is one of the most active
members of the B. P. O. E.,
and a member of the Phoenix

Lodge. He is serving his second term as Vice President of the
State Association. Mr. Pishon has also been most active in the
interests of the State Fair, and for the past five years has been Super-
intendent of Concessions and Amusements. In this capacity his
broad knowledge of the State, its people and their tastes has made his
work a valuable aid to the general success of the annual fair.


The administration of the present Board of Supervisors of Yavapai
has been marked by careful, conscientious and business-like methods.
The Board is composed of men who have made a success of their own
business in widely divergent lines, and who are, therefore, well quali-
fied to handle the business matters of the county, and whose acts thus
far have shown careful deliberation and knowledge of general condi-
tions. The Chairman of the Board is one of the early pioneers,
one who has been identified with many of the leading enterprises of
the State, and who is at present among the prime movers in the devel-
opment of one of the sources of wealth until recently unknown in
Arizona oil. The same may be said of both the other members of
the Board, who have, been associated with the industrial life of the
State for years, and successful in their own affairs. While advo-
cating economy, they believe in modern business methods, and have
been liberal in their appropriations, realizing that Yavapai is a large,
progressive county, with need of a large budget to meet the require-
ments of its rapidly growing schools and other institutions

WILLIAM STEPHENS, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, has
been identified for many years with the interests of Yavapai, having
been engaged in those pursuits which greatly enhance the prosperity
of the State. He has been rancher, cattleman, and one of the pioneer

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