Hi Johnny, the photos are from Arizona. I live in Phoenix. They are from a few different places in the state. If you click on them, I've labeled each one at the bottom.
There are lots of us here who are from the west. Glad you found the site!
Yes, Phoenix is much too big! I live here because my job is here. I would have liked to have seen it when you did. My husband and I also have a house in Yarnell, north of Wickenburg. It's in the mountains with boulders all around. Much cooler and only about 800 people. Someday I hope to retire there.
Unfortunately, I was not born here. I'm originally from a very small town in Delaware. I came to the southwest on a trip in college, and decided to move here after graduation. That was 28 years ago. All of my family is back east. My husband is from the Bronx, and moved here for his arthritis in the 70's. He can't take the humidity. It really makes a difference.
I'm English, Irish, Pennsylvania Dutch (German), Spanish (from Panama), and Native American (great great grandfather, don't know what tribe, but from Pennsylvania).
We like to explore the back roads and visit ghost towns, historical sites, etc. We used to go camping a lot before we bought the Yarnell house. It's a shame your hometown is no longer there. That's depressing. But I know how mines can swallow up whole towns.
I first subscribed to True West magazine because of Bob Boze Bell, the owner and editor. He used to have a radio program in Phoenix many years ago. He's a great guy, funny and interesting. He would always try to interject western history into conversations on the air, and his co-hosts would tease him. He had a chance to buy the magazine and went for it. He's done a good job of making it more professional and interesting to people like me, who aren't just looking for articles on shootouts. The True West forum has been around for years, but they recently changed the format to make it much more user friendly. And a lot more people have been participating since then, including me.
I see that writing is a hobby of yours. Have you had anything published?
I am 100% Arkansan. The N'dee part came from my great grandfather who was part of the group that were moved to Atlanta. He went to work in a mill after release near real foot lake, TN. The paymaster couldnt pronounce his name so they called him the Miller and it stuck. He married a Reddik and their daughter married a Steagall. The family relocated to Arkansas just before WW1. Some of the magazines you reffered to are still in print.
That's cool that your wife is Penn. Dutch. I love that area - beautiful rolling hills with picturesque farms. I remember going to Hershey when I was a kid. Most of my time in PA was spent around Lancaster, Strasburg, and towns closer to Delaware. I also went to college in Philly.
I'm afraid I will never know what tribe my ancestor is from. I didn't find this out until about 10 years ago. My grandmother admitted (to my mother) that her grandmother got pregnant from a Native American man, although she was married to a white man. I tried to ask my grandmother about it, but she was ashamed of it and wouldn't talk about it with me. So there's no record of it, and I don't know if my grandmother ever knew his name. She has passed away since then. Oh well...
I think you should try writing an article about your grandparents' and father's memories of Apache life, and submit it to True West. Have you been reading BBB's blog? He is writing and illustrating a comic book type novel about Mickey Free, and the Apache Kid is in it too. I think he would be fascinated with your stories. I know I would be! Why not contact them and see if there's an interest?
Wether boat or train I do not know that for sure. My sister is doing all the geneolgy stuff. Most of what we have came from a great Aunt and my Grandmother which are both now long gone. I never new my Grandad he died 1 year to the day before I was born. We found a great Uncles records thru White Mountain but nothing else really apparently no surviving offspring. Moms side my, grandmothers family came from a mixed group of choctaw and shashone in a oil camp in east Texas. So it never was real clear on lineage. My moms mom died when I was 10 so we never asked more. The welsh/english sides were spread in that side from her dad. He, my moms dad, was just a dirt poor farmer when he met my grandmother on an oil field job and they got married in Lonoke Arkansas. Other than that my sister has all the details. Nobody famous, just po folks.
A disclaimer is always a good idea when dealing with the internet. As far as frequency do as you need too brother. If you can sustain weekly I say go for it. We all like to read history and some of us try to reproduce it accuratley. So as often as you want to post you can.
All these new gadgets sure have changed things alright.
I do find the internet very useful, for info and fun.
I'm not hooked on the cellphone, like what seems like most are, but I keep it in my truck for emergencys.
I'm glad to hear you're going to write some things down, so those stories are not lost to time.
I think the only disclaimer you need is to say that you are recounting oral history told to you by your father and grandfather. You could explain that your people didn't have a written history, that stories were told over and over again, and people were expected to remember and pass them on to their children. You could put the disclaimer at the bottom of every entry you make, if you like.
Why not put your blog on the blog page, where everyone can read it? Not many people will know to go to your personal page to see it. Don't be shy - read some of the other blogs, and you'll find most are quite informal.
I am grateful to have another Native American as a friend. One of the characters I portray, Corporal Stone, is a throwback to the past who fights the "Indians" but they usually get the upper hand. Most other Native Americans I know prefer to be called American Indians, but I respect the right of the individual and I certainly respect the history and culture of all Native Americans. I am honored to have you as a friend.
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