March 2014 NEWSLETTER
Prescott Valley, Arizona
Teenager During 1950s to Talk about Growing Up at VA Hospital
Sylvia Neely resided in Quarters 9 on Officers’ Row at the Ft. Whipple
Veterans Hospital in Prescott during her teenage years. She will talk
about her experiences at the Prescott Valley Historical Society’s
general meeting on March 13, 1:30 p.m. in the third floor conference
room, Prescott Valley Civic Center.

Sylvia and her family moved to Ft. Whipple when her father, a VA
physician specializing in treating tuberculosis and chest diseases, was
transferred there in 1949. Ft. Whipple in those years was a major
tuberculosis center attracting patients from throughout the United
States to recuperate in Prescott’s clean air and favorable climate,
said Sylvia. She called Quarters 9 home until 1959. Her father served
at Ft. Whipple until he retired in the 1960s.
Sylvia earned a teaching degree at Arizona State University. In
Prescott, she was a school librarian and a teacher of gifted elementary
students. She retired in the 1980s.

Since 1973, Sylvia has been a volunteer researcher at Sharlot Hall
Museum, specializing in Prescott school history and in conducting oral
histories.

Whipple Museum Field Trip Set

Mark your calendar for the March 27 for Prescott Valley Historical
Society’s first field trip of the year, a guided visit to the Fort
Whipple Museum on the VA hospital campus at Fort Whipple, Hwy. 69,
Prescott. Attendees will arrange their own transportation and will
arrive at the museum at 10:30 a.m. To register or for more information,
call Barbara Burton, 772-8582.

Hardyville Road Tour Announced

A tour of the historic Hardyville Road has been offered to members and
friends of the Prescott Valley Historical Society by Nigel Reynolds,
who spoke about the 19th Century freight road at the February general
meeting. Tentative date for the all-day tour will be April 16.
Alternative dates are April 18 or 19. Cost will be $75 per
person.
Sites along the tour will include: Charmingdale blacksmith shop and
foundation and remains of an old house and adjacent well; rock wall in
Walnut Creek built to prevent the road from flooding; examples of
swales, windrows and blazes; site of the community of Simmons,
which is on private property; and other historic sites in the vicinity
as time permits .
Nigel is a well-qualified outdoor tour guide and runs his own tour
company. Website is
www.bumpyroadadventures.com.
More information: Harry Gamble, 360-241-0265
or htgamble@msn.com.

Fitzmaurice Ruins Tour in April

A tour of the prehistoric Fitzmaurice Ruins is scheduled for April 8 at
1 p.m. Fitzmaurice Ruins Site Steward Judy Stoycheff will lead the
tour.
The pueblo-style ruins sit protected behind a chain link fence on a
hill near Fain Park. The ruins were built by people of the Prescott
culture and were occupied between approximately 1140 and 1300. Between
the 1930s and early 1970s the pueblo-style ruins, have been excavated
three times by amateur archeologists.

The Historical Society will announce more information as the tour takes
shape.

Odds ‘n Ends

Thanks to those members who renewed their 2014 membership to the
Historical Society. To renew or become a new member, please call the
office at 928-759-5524 or visit www.pvazhistoricalsociety.org.

The Board of Directors approved the 2014 budget in early February. It’s
available in the Historical Society’s offices at the Civic Center.
The board opted not to move forward with a proposed new sign at Fain
Park. Instead the Board directed an expenditure of $1,000 for
planting new trees at the park. The Board and the Town are planning a
formal ceremony to celebrate the donation. The next meeting of the
board will be March 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Civic Center 4th Floor
Skybox. Members and interested persons are invited.

An “Antiques Road Show” style event is scheduled at the April 10
general meeting of the Historical Society. Members will have an
opportunity to take items to the event and tell what they know about
them. A guest antiques expert will offer additional information about
items, if known, and an estimate of value. The meeting will begin at
1:30 p.m., third floor conference room, Civic Center.

Volunteers are being sought to staff the Historical Society’s popular
booth at the April 12 Family Art Fair. At the booth children will
have an opportunity to make petroglyphs with guidance from the
society’s volunteers. Call Barbara Burton, 772-8582.

Annual Garage Sale fund raiser is slated April
26 starting at 8 a.m. Call Barbara Burton at 772-
8582 to arrange for item donation and delivery.
No clothing, liquids or large items of furniture.

The Historical Society annual picnic will be at 11 a.m. May 8 at Fain
Park. Note the event will be on a Thursday this year, not on the usual
Saturday. The society will provide lunch and participants will have
time to visit the chapel and other sights at the park. A short business
meeting will be held to appoint a committee to
nominate new board members.