Date: July 14, 2015 12:51AM
> This made me so happy; yet a little sad/upset.
> Not because you didn't know "Snowflake" but rather
> how much Mormon history is in the Eastern part of
> AZ. How cities like Joseph City, Clay Springs,
> St. Johns, Heber, Taylor, Woodruff, Thatcher,
> Pima, Safford, (But now Safford has it's on
> Mini-Temple) etc... are just blips on maps, also
> written out of a lot of Mormon history because of
> all of the "Bad Publicity and History" of these
> small little Mormon settlements that stretched all
> the way down to the 12 settlements in Mexico (of
> which only 5 stayed). I grew up in Joseph City,
> AZ (part of the Snowflake temple area)
> anyway there's a lot of Mormon history and stories
> good and bad (Edmund's Act, Post manifesto
> polygamy marriages, failed United Order, racism,
> etc...). Green Flake--The Black slave that was
> accepted by B.Y. and the church after the widow
> Flake gave him as tithing. Billy the Kid stealing
> from the Mormon settlers, Zane Grey and his
> irritation of the Mormons.
A lot of bloody history to be precise. The unpleasant Pleasant Valley War of which Zane Grey wrote occurred there. My grandfather and great grandfather were living in Shumway at the time. My big sister has recollections of grandpa telling her of the shootout in Holbrook involving sherriff Commodore Owens Perry, who shot 4 bad guys in less than a minute and walked away unscathed.
All the associated bloodshed was the main reason Arizona was the last of the (lower 48) states to be admitted to the US.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasant_Valley_War