• Monday, December 04, 2017 1:09 PM | Cindi L Eberhardt (Administrator)

    The pancake breakfast will take place at the Little Red School House Museum.

    Arizona Business Daily Reports, December 4, 2017

    The Scottsdale City Council and the Scottsdale Firefighters Association will be hosting an old-fashioned pancake breakfast to raise money to repair flood damage to the Scottsdale Little Red School Historical Museum. 

    Funds raised from the community breakfast, which will be held Dec. 9, will go toward the repair and restoration of the museum and its collection which suffered flood damage after a water heater broke in September. During the flood, the museum sustained significant damage to its historical archives and memorabilia. 

    “The Scottsdale Historical Society and the museum play vital roles in our community,” Councilman Guy Phillips said in a press release. “They not only preserve our past, they help us connect with it.”

    The pancake breakfast will take place at the Little Red School House Museum from 8-10 a.m. Suggested donation is $20 per person, and Scottsdale Firefighters Association members will be providing service. 

    “Understanding where we came from makes us better prepared to build our community’s future,” Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp said in a statement. “The Scottsdale Historical Society and the museum are wonderful assets and they are worth investing in.”   

    The Little Red School House Historical Museum is operated by the Scottsdale Historical Society, which works to preserve the history and cultural heritage of the city and the Southwest. 

    Please RSVP to attend.

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:22 AM | Cindi L Eberhardt (Administrator)

    A view of the water damage that occurred at the Scottsdale Historical Museum.

    Scottsdale Independent, October 10, 2017

    Scottsdale’s Little Red School House Historical Museum is seeking assistance to fund emergency repairs following a serious flood that damaged archives and memorabilia.

    Museum supporters are seeking assistance to fund emergency repairs to the historic museum and to salvage portions of the collection that were damaged in the flood, according to a press release.

    “We have very limited resources. We really need the community’s assistance to make the museum usable again and to rescue pieces of our collection that are frankly, not replaceable,” said Steve Randall, President of the Scottsdale Historical Society Board of Directors in a prepared statement. “They are one-of-a-kind items.”

    To donate, interested parties can visit and click on the “join us” link.

    The museum is operated by the non-profit Scottsdale Historical Society, whose mission is to preserve and interpret the history and cultural heritage of both Scottsdale and the Southwest.

    The flood occurred in late September and was caused by a broken water heater, the press release stated. Several inches of water covered the museum’s basement, where much of the archive collection is stored.

    The museum board had tremendous expectations for the fall season. Prior to the flood, they were getting ready to unveil a new website, updated exhibits and host an anniversary event.

    Those plans are on hold while board members assess the flood damage and work to repair the museum and salvage its collection, the press release stated.

    The Scottsdale Historical Museum is in downtown Scottsdale at 7333 E. Scottsdale Mall.

  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 5:26 AM | Cindi L Eberhardt (Administrator)

    By Cindi Eberhardt, board member, October 6, 2017

    Scottsdale’s Little Red School House Historical Museum has suffered a serious flood, damaging historic archives and memorabilia.

    Now, museum supporters are seeking assistance to fund emergency repairs to the historic museum and to salvage portions of the collection that were damaged in the flood.

    “We have very limited resources. We really need the community’s assistance to make the museum useable again and to rescue pieces of our collection that are frankly, not replaceable,” said Steve Randall, President of the Scottsdale Historical Society Board of Directors. “They are one-of-a-kind items.”

    To donate, interested parties can visit ScottsdaleHistory.orglinks to external site and click on the “join us” link.

    The museum is operated by the non-profit Scottsdale Historical Society, whose mission is to preserve and interpret the history and cultural heritage of both Scottsdale and the Southwest.

    The flood occurred in late September and was caused by a broken water heater. Several inches of water covered the museum’s basement, where much of the archive collection is stored.

    The museum board had tremendous expectations for the fall season. Prior to the flood, they were getting ready to unveil a new website, updated exhibits and host an anniversary event.

    Those plans are on hold while board members assess the flood damage and work to repair the museum and salvage its collection.  

  • Sunday, September 17, 2017 4:49 AM | Cindi L Eberhardt (Administrator)

    By Joan Fudala, Scottsdale Airpark News, July 27, 2017

    Scottsdale Had a Summer of Love

    This year, pop culture historians and many Baby Boomers are reflecting on and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” a time when thousands of teens and young adults – “hippies” — congregated in the Haight-Ashbury (“Hashbury”) District of San Francisco and staged love-ins and be-ins at nearby Golden Gate Park.

    What was Scottsdale like during the summer of 1967, particularly for teens? Take a look back, 50 years ago:

    Scottsdale consisted of 65 square miles (compared to today’s 184 square miles) with a population of 62,000 (today, over 231,000). Bud Tims was mayor; Bill Jenkins, Leonard Johnson, Robert Jones, Doris McCauley, Ken Murray and John Senini served on the Scottsdale City Council. Bill Donaldson was city manager.

    Nationally, Lyndon B. Johnson (“LBJ”) was president; Hubert H. Humphrey vice president. Jack Williams was governor of Arizona; Carl Hayden and Paul Fannin were Arizona’s U.S. senators; John Rhodes, Mo Udall and Sam Steiger were Arizona’s congressmen.

    Scottsdale’s four public high schools — Scottsdale, Coronado, Arcadia and Saguaro – graduated 1,500 seniors on June 7.

    The Scottsdale Daily Progress offered to run free classified ads for teens seeking work and for employers seeking teens for summer jobs. The Scottsdale Public Library, located in the Little Red Schoolhouse, employed several teens through the Youth Employment Program. Teens also spent the summer in volunteer jobs, such as Candystripers at Baptist Hospital of Scottsdale (now HonorHealth Osborn Campus) or serving on the police department’s Scottsdale Youth Patrol.

    For teens and families on a tight budget, in early June the Bigburger at Papago Plaza advertised a hamburger sale: 35 cents each or three for a dollar.

    The Scottsdale Daily Progress reported in its June 9 edition that the Coconino County Sheriff’s office was preparing for “the possible invasion of 20,000 to 50,000 hippies,” as they had received information that a “love-in” would be held in the national park from June 30 to July 4. Due to problems with the site, organizers canceled the gathering and opted for a San Francisco “be-in.”

    In June, thousands of area teens attended a nine-day Teen-Age Fair at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, featuring a battle of the bands (rock and folk), dances, fashion shows, rides and fun. Engelbert Humperdinck headlined the event.

    Also that month, members of the Scottsdale Lae-Tae Y-Teens held a fashion show in the St. Barnabas Parish Hall, modeling summer fashions like tent dresses, sleeveless shifts, sandals and white t-strap shoes.

    For those more interested in hippie fashion and atmosphere, one could go to the Happy Unicorn Company on Scottsdale’s First Avenue (run by Apple, a self-described “flower child”) or The Liquid Giraffe at Seventh Street and Virginia in Phoenix. Mill Avenue near the ASU campus was also known as a “hippie haven.”

    The municipal swimming pool can be seen in the center left in the photo, adjacent to Scottsdale Stadium. The pool was a popular place for teens. (Courtesy of Scottsdale Historical Society)

    Dining and nightspots popular in summertime Scottsdale included Wild Bill’s (Scottsdale & Shea; now Handlebar J’s), Cavalliere’s Reata Pass, Trader Vic’s, Dale Anderson’s on Marshall Way, Lulubelle’s, Los Olivos (still open and thriving!), Pink Pony, Saguaro Steak House, JD’s on Scottsdale Road, Joe Hunt’s at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Paul Shank’s French Quarter at the Safari Hotel and Reuben’s (where Dolan Ellis performed), just to name a few.  

    For cheap eats, Papago Lanes on Scottsdale Road advertised a 99-cent all-you-can-eat fish fry every Friday (and the same deal for chicken on Tuesdays), or the Plain & Fancy Smorgasbord at Papago Plaza, Ranch House Hamburgers, Guggy’s at Scottsdale Fashion Square and Morrisey’s Chicken Dinner House on Main Street.

    Favorite hangouts for summer cool-offs:  the Sugar Bowl (also still open!), Lute’s Pharmacy soda fountain, A&W and Dairy Queen. In early August, the Scottsdale Boys Club held its annual snowball fight on the lawn of its Osborn Road clubhouse. Boys pelted each other with the quickly melting powder.

    Unlike in previous years, most 1967 businesses stayed open during June, July and August. A few still closed: Paradise Inn, Ride n’ Rock Ranch, Jokake Inn, Casablanca Inn, Camelback Inn, Chez Louis, Gene’s Broiler and some shops.

    Teens enjoyed movies at Scottsdale’s drive-in, The Round-up, on Thomas Road.  They also took their dates to the Kachina Theatre on Scottsdale Road (where the Galleria Corporate Centre now stands).  Among the summer’s blockbusters: Hawaii and You Only Live Twice.

    Scottsdale’s municipal pool was a huge summer draw, located where Civic Center Library parking garage now stands. Ask a teen of the era, and maybe they’ll admit to sneaking into one of the resort pools. A pool was under construction at the newly named Eldorado Park. The YMCA offered swim lessons in its “pool-mobile,” a water-filled trailer that the Y moved around town to elementary schools.

    Teens flocked to Legend City; some even scored summer jobs at the former amusement park near Papago Park.

    Phoenix Giants minor league baseball games at Phoenix Municipal Stadium was a popular nighttime draw. On July 15, the Scottsdale Charros treated 2,000 Scottsdale area Little Leaguers to the Giants vs. Tacoma Cubs game there.

    Eighty-five Coronado, Scottsdale and Arcadia students practiced several days a week to stage Kiss Me, Kate in late July, directed by Coronado’s music director Eugene Hanson. Some 250 area teens participated in Sing Out Phoenix, staging performances with a message of “Moral Re-Armament.”  

    Scottsdale celebrated the Fourth of July with a parade on Scottsdale road and fireworks at Scottsdale Stadium, sponsored by Post 44 of the American Legion.

    Despite the heat, many new things enhanced the community. Scottsdale Municipal Airport opened on June 16, reviving aviation at what had been a World War II pilot training base (Thunderbird II Airfield) and launching a new economic engine for Scottsdale. At opening, the airport had a 4,800-foot runway and operated out of a trailer.

    At its June 6 meeting, the Scottsdale City Council passed an ordinance establishing the Fine Arts Commission. Residents appointed to the new commission (artist Phil Curtis, artist/art patron Kax Herberger, artist Boris Bogdanovich, etc.) began cataloguing and further expanding the city’s art collection. Their efforts led to Scottsdale’s renowned public art program and laid the groundwork for building the center for the arts (which opened in 1975).

    At that same June 6 council meeting, Scottsdale annexed land that included the McCormick’s cattle and horse ranch into the city.

    Dickson Electronics consolidated its workforce from 20 buildings into a new facility and semi-conductor manufacturing plant on Thomas Road on June 9.

    The Scottsdale City Council adopted the Eisner Master Plan on July 18.

    In world news during the Summer of Love, Expo ’67, a world’s fair, opened in Montreal; China exploded its first H-bomb; a six-day war took place in the Middle East, and President Johnson lifted the bombing ban on North Vietnam. Racially motivated rioting occurred in many U.S. cities.

    If there were “be-ins” or “love-ins” in Scottsdale, news of them was not found in the archives of the Scottsdale Daily Progress or The Arizona Republic. The newspapers, however, were full of advice to parents of teens who had adopted the “hippie attitude” and manner of dress. Columnists told parents to be patient, that having long hair, going barefoot and wearing outlandish clothes was just a phase. Many watched an hour-long Harry Reasoner documentary in mid-July that took the respected reporter into the heart of Haight-Ashbury.

    Hope you have your own memories of the 1967 “Summer of Love,” wherever you were.  Peace. Love. Harmony.

  • Friday, September 01, 2017 12:35 AM | Cindi L Eberhardt (Administrator)

    By Terrance Thornton, Scottsdale Independent, Feb 3rd, 2017

    A view of the Little Red Schoolhouse that is now home to one of the most well attended museums in Arizona. (Photo courtesy of the Scottsdale Historical Society)

    If the events of days gone by and the people who helped shape those events are not recorded and kept, a society might lose focus of the ideals that got them where they are today.

    Historical societies all across the nation keep those records to help keep the identity of places people call, “home.”

    The city of Scottsdale is no different.

    “Right now, the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum is one of the best attended historical museums in the Valley,” said Scottsdale Historical Society Executive Director Rachel Smetana. “We got almost 20,000 visitors every year.”

    What many may not know is the Scottsdale Historical Society was born in 1968 through community advocacy to halt the demolition of the school house, which was built in 1909.

    For nearly five decades, advocates there say, the Scottsdale Historical Society has shared Scottsdale history with residents, visitors and school children.

    “They are almost all tourists, so our mission is to really find a way this year to engage the actual Scottsdale community,” Ms. Smetana said of the 20,000 annual visitors.

    That’s where the Scottsdale Charros come in.

    The philanthropic group awarded the Scottsdale Historical Society with a $2,500 grant meant to help facilitate the “Scottsdale Historical Society Outreach Program.”

    For 56 years the Scottsdale Charros have been in constant pursuit of improving the lives of Scottsdale residents while preserving the community’s ties to its western heritage.

    “We have been operating at a deficit since the Great Recession and have been living off of our savings these past few years,” Ms. Smetana pointed out. “We have engaged former council members and have engaged with other folks who are around Scottsdale. I feel like the community is getting more vested.”

    But Ms. Smetana says an outreach campaign is needed to get the word out that a historical museum exists and the Scottsdale Historical Society is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of the community of Scottsdale.

    Having received its 501(c)3 status in 1977, the Scottsdale Historical Society all-volunteer board receives no public dollars, according to Ms. Smetana.

    “Scottsdale has a fantastic history, artists and great thinkers,” She explained.

    “This community has done great things, but where do you keep all of that history. We at the Historical Society try to keep documentation on how all of these important decisions were made.”

    While Ms. Smetana says the Charros grant is a modest gift, she says she finds more value the Charros themselves found the Historical Society worthy of support.

    “They see value in us, and for the Charros to have invested in us is really a great thing,” she said. “Now through this partnership and a stronger bond with the Charros we are going to have a great story to tell.”

    A historical photo of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce.

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:39 PM | Cindi L Eberhardt (Administrator)

    By Mark Nothaft, Special for The Republic |, July 19, 2017

    You have to wonder what 17-year-old Hattie Greene must have been thinking when she first arrived with her family from Illinois in 1897.

     As Scottsdale's first-ever paid teacher, Green instructed 14 kids across eight grades in a dusty one-room schoolhouse in the middle of the rough-and-tumble southwest frontier.

    Members of the newly formed Scottsdale School District, which included settlement founder Winfield Scott, bent the rules by allowing her to teach as a minor since they needed someone to extol the all-important three Rs at the time: reading, 'riting and 'rithmatic.

    She earned $45 per month at the school just east of Brown Avenue at Main Street in what is today's Civic Center Mall.

    A second room was added to the school to accommodate the growing student population, but that would only last a short while.

    By 1909, a larger, more permanent facility would be needed, and the town held a bond election to raise funds.

    The red brick Scottsdale Grammar School was built that summer at a cost of $5,000 and featured two classrooms, an entrance hall, small storage rooms and a full basement.

    One school, many purposes

    Because of its brick facade, the grammar school became better known as Scottsdale's “Little Red Schoolhouse,” which immediately became the hub of the burgeoning community.

    The basement early on served as a Sunday school and church, community center and polling place. As Scottsdale continued to grow, it became apparent that a separate high school and second elementary were needed.

    In 1922, the Little Red Schoolhouse became Coronado School for Hispanic students as newly built Scottsdale High School and Scottsdale Elementary School opened their doors.

    The building would continue to serve students and eventually, the City of Scottsdale, too, once it incorporated in 1951. A town hall, county court and city library were each housed at different times within the Little Red Schoolhouse.

    Saving the schoolhouse

    But by the 1960s, the building's fate didn't look good. Scottsdale's ambitious plan to build the Civic Center Mall likely meant the Little Red Schoolhouse would be demolished.

    Local preservationists formed the Scottsdale Historical Society in 1969 and with the help of the local Chamber of Commerce, devised a plan to restore and save the building. The Chamber leased the building from the city for a number of years and shared the space with the Historical Society.

    In 1991, the Little Red Schoolhouse became the Scottsdale Historical Museum and in 1994, was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Little Red Schoolhouse, now home to the Scottsdale

    The Little Red Schoolhouse, now home to the Scottsdale Historical Museum, was built in 1909 as the Scottsdale Grammar School. (Photo: Republic file photo)

    A replica of Hattie Greene's original classroom is found inside, along with a lot of early Scottsdale history and artifacts.

    “The Little Red School is emblematic of the development of Scottsdale,” Mayor Jim Lane says. “That building has played so many roles in our community and continues to function as an important cultural and educational asset through its current use as a local history museum.”

    After a long career as an educator, rancher and poet, Greene in 1987 was posthumously inducted into the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame. She would no doubt be proud that Scottsdale preserved its Little Red Schoolhouse.

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:40 AM | Cindi L Eberhardt (Administrator)
    By Joan Fudala, Scottsdale Airpark News, July 31, 2016

    Scottsdale-area schools rich with history

    It’s August. Kids are heading back to class.

    It’s a great time for the rest of us to get educated, too, about Scottsdale-area schools’ history.

    For 120 years, Scottsdale public, parochial and private schools have produced a bumper crop of well-rounded citizens.

    Memorize these facts about them. There might be a test!

    When Scottsdale had fewer than 100 residents, Alza Blount began teaching her children and a few others in her home, the Adobe House, circa 1894-95. By 1896, there were enough school-age children to warrant a school. Residents chose Winfield Scott, John Tait and Frank Titus to the first school board, and Scottsdale School District No. 48 officially was recognized. One weekend in September, 1896, townsfolk built a one-room wooden schoolhouse – with outhouse, which served its educational purpose during the week, and then hosted ecumenical church services and community events on weekends. Winfield Scott was a frequent speaker, captivating students with his Civil War recollections.

    After several additions to the wooden schoolhouse, a larger, more permanent structure was needed. In 1909, Scottsdale voters unanimously passed the town’s first school bond issue, $5,000, to fund construction of the Scottsdale Grammar School. Classes began in September 1909. The “Little Red Schoolhouse” was dedicated Feb. 26, 1910, on Winfield Scott’s birthday. Scott was joined by Arizona Territorial Governor Richard Sloan and Governor of Indiana Thomas Marshall, a frequent winter visitor with his wife, Lois Kimsey. Today the building is the Scottsdale Historical Museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Since Scottsdale was a farming and ranching village during its first six decades, school hours were tailored to the needs of farm families. Students had to do their farm chores before and after classes. Many children rode their horses to school. Bus service began in the 1920s.

    To meet the demands of a growing population, Scottsdale High School was built on Indian School Road in time for the 1922-23 school year. A new, larger Scottsdale Grammar School opened at the southwestern corner of Marshall Way and Second Street in 1928. It was renamed Loloma Elementary and now is home to the Scottsdale Artists School. The Little Red Schoolhouse was renamed the Coronado School and used as a transitional school for Grades 1-3 for immigrant children, who then transferred to Scottsdale Grammar School.

    Scottsdale High and Scottsdale Grammar School were enlarged during the 1930s using Depression-era WPA funds. Scottsdale High was closed in 1983 and razed for site redevelopment in 1991-92

    During the 1930s and 1940s, the Scottsdale area’s first private schools debuted. George Judson opened Judson School for boys in 1928 in what is now El Chorro Lodge in Paradise Valley. The school moved to a larger campus and girls were admitted to Judson in 1956. The school closed in 2000. The site now is a luxury-home enclave. Jokake opened on the grounds of the Jokake Inn on Camelback Road as a private girls’ school in 1933. Guests of the inn as well as co-eds of the school took overnight trips via horseback to the Jokake Desert Camp at the foothills of the McDowells. Brownmoor School for Girls moved into what had been the Ingleside Inn, between Indian School and Thomas roads along the Crosscut Canal, in 1945, and operated as a boarding and day school through 1958.

    The post-World War II population boom created the need for additional public and private schools in Scottsdale. In this school-building era, the Scottsdale School Board made two key decisions: Students should be able to walk to a neighborhood elementary school and schools should have names honoring Native American traditions. First to open was Tavan in 1954, followed by Kachina in 1955, Ingleside and Tonto in 1956, Kiva in 1957, Kaibab and Tonalea in 1958, and Pima and Supai as well as Arcadia High School in 1959.

    In 1955, Scottsdale students received the new Salk anti-polio vaccine, a three-shot series, to combat the polio epidemic. Scottsdale residents met at Scottsdale High to learn Civil Defense measures at the height of the 1950s Cold War.

    New private and parochial schools also met post-war Baby Boom demand. Camelback Desert School was established in 1950. In 1953, the Arizona Conference of Seventh Day Adventists relocated its Thunderbird Adventist Academy boarding and day school to what had been the World War II aviation cadet training base Thunderbird II Airfield. The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hall, with guidance from Father Eugene Maguire, opened Our Lady of Perpetual Help School on Miller Road in 1956. In 1960, Mae Sue and Franz Talley founded Talley Academy, later named Phoenix Country Day School.

    When television began broadcasting educational programming, three women with Scottsdale ties were pioneers. Miss Francis (Arlene Horwich) hosted “Ding Dong School” on NBC in the 1950s. She retired in Scottsdale. Miss Sherri (Finkbine) hosted the local “Romper Room” during the early 1960s. Former principal of Scottsdale and Chaparral High schools Evelyn Caskey taught classes on “Seminar 61” via the Chicago area CBS affiliate in 1960-61 before coming to Scottsdale’s Coronado High School.

    As Scottsdale’s population grew from 10,000 in 1960 to more than 88,000 in 1980, school construction continued in all directions, especially in newly-annexed land. Hohokam, Hopi and Navajo opened in 1960. Paiute and Yavapai elementary schools opened in 1961 as did Coronado High School. Mohave opened in 1962, Cocopah and Apache opened in 1965-66, Saguaro High School in 1966-67, Pueblo in 1970, Chaparral High School in 1972, Cherokee in 1974 and Cochise in 1980.

    During the 1960s and 1970s, schools closed whenever Indian Bend Wash flooded connecting streets. Development of the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt Flood Control Project solved that perennial issue. A more enjoyable day off from school occurred every winter when schools closed on Parada del Sol Friday so that families could attend the parade and rodeo.

    Scottsdale High co-eds were selected to serve as Scottsdale’s official welcoming committee, the Howdy Dudettes, during the 1960s and 1970s. Students collected coins to help fund the Bennie Gonzales-designed Youth Fountain adjacent to the new City Hall. In 1968, the Scottsdale High Key Club helped the newly-formed Scottsdale Historical Society circulate petitions to save the historic Little Red Schoolhouse. In 1971, local youth were first appointed to the Scottsdale Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board. During the early 1990s, local students collected pennies to fund a civil-rights exhibit at the Lincoln Memorial.
    In 1976, the city installed a Honeywell computer system that it agreed to share with Scottsdale Unified School District.

    As Scottsdale annexed land and the population moved north, students were now living within the boundaries of the Paradise Valley Unified School District, which begins as far south as Cactus Road, goes north to Jomax Road and east to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Among the first schools Scottsdale students attended within the PVUSD was Desert Shadows Elementary, opened in 1972. Then came Sonoran Sky Elementary in 1994, just south of Scottsdale Airpark, Grayhawk Elementary in 1998 and Pinnacle Peak Elementary in 2001.

    Scottsdale Unified School District built schools east and north during the 1980s and 1990s: Anasazi School in 1986, Laguna in 1987, Sequoya in 1988, Zuni in 1989, Mountainside Middle School in 1991, Aztec in 1993, Desert Mountawin High in 1995, Desert Canyon Middle School in 1996, Copper Ridge Middle School in 2002.

    Notre Dame Prep and the King David School opened in 2004, Rancho Solano in 2012. During the past decade dozens of private, charter, parochial and special-needs schools have opened throughout the Scottsdale area.

    Students living north of Jomax Road in Scottsdale attend Cactus Shadows High School in the Cave Creek Unified School District.

    Teachers and administrators have not only made history through their dedication to teaching; several have distinguished themselves outside the classroom. For example, Scottsdale High civics teacher Bill Jenkins was Scottsdale mayor from 1974 to 1980. Tom Smith, a teacher and administrator at several Scottsdale schools, was in the Arizona Legislature and a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer. Former Coronado High history teacher Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s Official State Historian and author of many books.

    Scottsdale schools have produced world-renowned athletes, scholars, astronauts, scientists, media personalities, authors, actors, musicians, politicians, entrepreneurs, parents, voters, volunteers and neighbors.

    Now you’ve been properly schooled in Scottsdale’s educational history. Thank a teacher, and see you at recess!

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 5:06 AM | Cindi L Eberhardt (Administrator)

    By Joan Fudala, Scottsdale Airpark News, November 5, 2013

    Based on History, Scottsdale is Most Literate City

    So we didn’t make the list of the Most Literate Cities in the United States this year, but what compiler Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) might not know is Scottsdale’s eclectic literary history. Scores of fiction and nonfiction authors, renowned columnists, poets, playwrights, memoirists, even syndicated cartoonists have called Scottsdale home over the past 12 decades. While Washington, D.C., may have received CCSU’s top honors for 2013, Scottsdale bibliophiles have always relished their residency in this reader haven.

    In honor of National Authors Day and Family Literacy Day—both celebrated on Nov. 1—consider these bon mots of Scottsdale’s literary history:

    • Helen Scott, wife of Scottsdale namesake and founder Chaplain Winfield Scott, was an accomplished poet. “Half Mast…and Other Poems” is a collection of her poetry. Rose Trumbull, daughter of another early Baptist minister in Scottsdale, was also a resident poet in the 1910s.
    • Novelist Sir Gilbert Parker, whom King Edward knighted in 1902 for his service to Canadian literature, enjoyed visits to Scottsdale’s Ingleside Inn so much that he provided testimonials for the luxury resort’s advertising. Members of a St. Louis writers club also stayed at the Ingleside Inn during the winter season.
    • Zane Grey, who wrote 30 novels based in Arizona, had relatives in Scottsdale, whom he visited for extended periods during the 1920s. Scottsdale’s first resident artist, Marjorie Thomas, accompanied Grey on one of his treks to Rainbow Bridge and illustrated one of his books.
    • During the early 1920s, playwright and author Roy George and his family lived in one of Scottsdale’s first substantial homes—the Adobe House. Built in the 1890s by the Blount family, the Adobe House played several roles in Scottsdale literary history. Alza Blount taught Scottsdale children to read in their home when it was used as the village’s first school until a stand-alone school could be built in September 1896. After the George family moved out in the mid-1920s, it became Mildred Barthelow’s Adobe House guest ranch, where many guests enjoyed reading in hammocks on the porch. In 1955, the Scottsdale Women’s Club opened the all-volunteer Scottsdale Public Library in the Adobe House, where thousands came to read until the library relocated to the Little Red Schoolhouse in 1963. Sadly, the Adobe House burned down in the early 1970s; it was located approximately where the Scottsdale Civic Center Library parking garage is today.
    • Before television, the Internet or video games, men and boys eagerly anticipated reading the action adventures, mysteries or Western stories penned by novelist Clarence Budington Kelland. Kelland, on assignment for the Saturday Evening Post, came to Arizona in 1936, fell in love with the desert, and spent the rest of his life in the Scottsdale area. Among his locally written novels were Arizona (1939) and Valley of the Sun (1940), as well as numerous articles for the Saturday Evening Post, Arizona Highways, The Arizona Republic and other publications. He passed his writing talents to the next generation: his son Tom, a Scottsdale resident, served as business editor of The Arizona Republic for many years, and another son, Horace, was a New York-based writer.
    • Thanks to the memoirs of Scottsdale residents, we know more about our history from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s: Jesus Corral (“Caro Amigo”), Bill Kimsey (“Recollections of Early Scottsdale”), Albert Lieber (Road to Scottsdale), K.T. Palmer (“For Land’s Sake”) and Paul Messinger (“Scottsdale Memories”). Historian Richard Lynch authored Winfield Scott in 1975, giving us an in-depth appreciation for Scottsdale’s founder and namesake.
    • Novelist Glendon Swarthout came to Scottsdale after writing “They Came to Cordura” and “Where the Boys Are,” and produced several more novels while living here. One of his novels—”The Eagle and the Iron Cross”—tells the story of the 1944 escape of World War II German POWs from Camp Papago.
    • Reg Manning began his career as an editorial cartoonist for The Arizona Republican in 1926. His cartoons-with-a-message were syndicated in 1948, and one earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1951. He and his wife lived in Scottsdale until his death in 1986. According to a 1970s edition of “Who’s Who,” during his first 50 years as a cartoonist, he created an estimated 14,000 drawings.
    • Another popular cartoonist from the 1940s and 1950s, Dale Messick, lived and worked here. Her long-running “Brenda Starr, Reporter” cartoon strip was groundbreaking, putting her in the previously “man’s world” of comic strip creation. The Dec. 17, 1950, edition of The Arizona Republic said: “Glamour and style are combined in that popular comic strip, ‘Brenda Starr, Reporter,’ read by millions of teenage and adult enthusiasts. Equally attractive is Brenda’s creator, Dale Messick, vivacious resident of Scottsdale. Dale, in real life, Mrs. Everett G. Soltmann, lives with her husband and daughter, Starr, in Paradise Valley.”
    • Co-author of the classic “Cheaper By the Dozen,” Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, who also authored “Belles On Their Toes” and other books, lived in the Scottsdale area for many years. She said in a 1960s interview in the Scottsdale Progress that she often taped material until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. and transcribed it later. “I have always been a diary keeper and rat packer. Nothing gets lost—it’s all in the compost pile. All of a sudden you remember the time you came home with a firecracker—and weren’t supposed to have it. Or when Bill [her brother and co-author] was caught under the table and was hauled out by the hair.”
    • Elliott Roosevelt, son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor, wrote a series of mysteries (“Murder in the Rose Garden,” “Murder in the East Wing,” etc.), mixing fact with fiction and starring his famous mother as First Lady detective. He also wrote several nonfiction books about his parents and family. Although written under his name, it is said that he worked with a ghostwriter, who continued to publish the White House mystery series for 10 years after Elliott’s death in 1990. Elliott lived in the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley area in the 1950s, and again in the 1980s until his death, and was active in the March of Dimes local campaigns, fighting against polio, the disease that had afflicted his father.
    • Margaret Roosevelt Kent, cousin to both Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, settled in Scottsdale after World War II and lived here until her death. She helped start the all-volunteer Scottsdale Public Library, and also authored a book about her wartime experiences in Italy, “In Another Country.”
    • Poet Patricia Benton lived and worked here in the 1950s and 1960s. She helped write the script for the Miracle of the Roses pageant, produced annually by Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Among her books of poetry is her 1952 “Signature in Sand,” which was illustrated by Scottsdale artist Paul Coze.
    • Bettina Rubicam, wife of advertising mogul Ray Rubicam, served as the national president of the Reading Reform Foundation in the 1970s, and was an ardent proponent of the phonetic approach to teaching children how to read. She and her husband lived in Paradise Valley from the 1940s until their deaths; he in 1978; she in 1997.
    • Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ 1969 landmark book, “On Death and Dying,” launched the international hospice-care movement. She published more than 20 books, and lived in Scottsdale until her death in 2004.
    • Walter Farley, author of the “Black Stallion” series, spent time at Ed and Ruth Tweed’s BruSally Arabian Horse Ranch in Scottsdale, seeking inspiration and authenticity for his equine novels.
    • Beloved humorist Erma Bombeck lived and worked in Paradise Valley for many years before her death in 1996. In addition to her books of laughable everyday life, her legacy is an annual event, The Friends of Erma Bombeck Authors Luncheon, benefitting the Arizona Women’s Board Supporting Kidney Health, is set this year on Sat., Nov. 9; see
    • With so many famously interesting residents, Scottsdale readers have many memoirs to read: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (“The Lazy B”), Hugh Downs (“Yours Truly, Hugh Downs”), Joe Garagiola (“Just Play Ball”), Frank Lloyd Wright (“An Autobiography;” “Shining Brow”), Olgivanna Wright (“Our House”), Barry Goldwater (“Goldwater;” “Conscience of a Conservative”), John C. Lincoln, Tom Chauncey, Jack Stewart (“We Met at Camelback”), RADM Connie Mariano (“The White House Doctor”), just to name a few.
    • Scottsdale readers can meet their favorite local and international authors at events such as the Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library’s Authors and Appetizers (this year on Fri., Nov. 1) and at Scottsdale bookstores like the Poisoned Pen, Guidon Books and Barnes & Noble.
    • Today many great authors and writers call the Scottsdale area home—certainly Clive Cussler and Stephanie Meyer would top the list for volume of book sales and universal popularity.

    So celebrate Scottsdale’s literary history by firing up your Kindle, cracking open a book, listening to a book on CD, or reading aloud to your children or someone with visual impairment. Let’s make next year’s Most Literate City list—we deserve it!

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 4:53 AM | Cindi L Eberhardt (Administrator)
    By Edward Gately, Februrary 16, 2012, The Republic |

    Cavalliere Blacksmith Shop
    Cavalliere Blacksmith Shop in downtown Scottsdale is an adobe building constructed in 1909.

    An Old Town Scottsdale business that predates Arizona's centennial is still open for business, and could one day be passed onto a fourth generation.

    Cavalliere's Blacksmith Shop, on Brown Avenue and Second Street, still looks a lot like it did when George Cavalliere opened it in 1909. It is now operated by grandson George Cavalliere, who is assisted by his nephew, Justin Cavalliere.

    "He's usually down here with me and he'll probably take over someday," George said. "He's going through that learning curve now. There's so many different things to metal work. Even just welding alone, there's so many different parts of welding, one guy could never master all welding techniques."

    Cavalliere enjoys talking about his grandfather and father, the late George "Doc" Cavalliere, who took over the business upon returning from World War II.

    "My grandfather, in the early 1900s, worked on the Arizona Canal," he said. "He was the blacksmith on the job, and repaired all the tools and sharpened the picks, and worked on the dredge and all of that. When they were done with the canal, he was allowed to homestead land down here, so he actually picked right up on Main Street."

    The city fathers said they did not want a "smelly, dirty, and noisy" blacksmith shop on Main, but he could build it on what was the "outskirts" of town where it "won't bother anyone," at Brown and Second.

    "I've got some pictures where my grandfather is standing in front of the business, and you can see Camelback Mountain in the background and there's not another building, it's all just desert," Cavalliere said.

    In the late 1890s, the blacksmith focused on farm equipment, such as sharpening plowshares, and repairing plows, farm tractors and wagon wheels.

    "My grandfather made lots of wagon wheels and all the harnesses," Cavalliere said. "He shoed horses and there were horses all tied up around here for him to shoe during the day."

    Nearby residents, who mostly lived on farms, were glad to see the blacksmith open because the nearest one was in Tempe, said Jo Anne Handley, manager of the Scottsdale Historical Museum.

    "Tempe was a long way when going by horse and buggy, there were only a few cars at that time," she said.

    Through the decades, the blacksmith moved away from the "harder, utilitarian work" and into more ornamental work, Cavalliere said.

    "My dad (George "Doc" Cavalliere) taught me everything he learned from his dad in here, and as a kid, I went to school here right up the street, and then after school I had a limited amount of time to get back here and I had to start helping," he said.

    George "Doc" Cavalliere, who was Scottsdale's eldest native-born resident and who served on its first City Council, died in September 2009. He crafted metal pieces for actress Amanda Blake, diplomat Clare Booth Luce, and architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

    George "Doc" Cavalliere Park opened on Saturday in the Pinnacle Peak area and commemorates the Scottsdale pioneer.

    The Cavalliere family also owns Reata Pass Steakhouse, which has a farmers market every Sunday, and the Greasewood Flat bar.

    Cavalliere's wife, Elizabeth Cavalliere, runs the restaurant and the couple's daughters work there. Both of those businesses are in northern Scottsdale.

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:05 PM | Cindi L Eberhardt (Administrator)

    Herb Drinkwater and the artistic Flagg family came from different eras and backgrounds, but they both shaped Scottsdale in distinct and colorful ways.

    Their stories and contributions will be part of new exhibits this fall as the Scottsdale Historical Museum celebrates its 25th anniversary. 

    The exhibits, featuring rare artwork and memorabilia, will be unveiled during a free program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the museum, 7333 E. Scottsdale Mall.

    The museum is located in the Little Red Schoolhouse, which was built in 1909 as Scottsdale’s grammar school and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Drinkwater was a four-term mayor of Scottsdale and one of the most popular politicians in Arizona history. He left office in 1996 and passed away from cancer two years later at age 61.

    The Flagg family – brothers Dee and Monte, and sisters Irene Rita and Claudine – were all local artists whose work appeared in galleries and stores beginning in the 1950s. They were pioneers of Scottsdale’s emerging tourism and art industries.

    The museum exhibit will feature carvings, prints and art tools from the Flagg family. Rare mementos and personal items on loan from the Drinkwater family also will be on display. They tell the story of “Mayor Herb” from his beginnings as a rural Scottsdale store owner through his political career as a councilman, mayor and Arizona icon.

    The non-profit Scottsdale Historical Museum seeks to celebrate and preserve Scottsdale’s history while recognizing the people and events that built and continue to create one of America’s premier communities.

    For more information on the museum, visit


Scottsdale Historical Society
P.O. Box 143
Scottsdale, AZ 85252-0143

The Scottsdale Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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Scottsdale, AZ 85251


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