Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Some Perspective: When We Were a Territory

On February 14, 1912, Arizona became a state.

That's not that long ago.

My grandfather came to Arizona when it was still a territory. He jumped a freight train to get here, picked cotton, sold vegetables from a cart, delivered mail and later, shortly before statehood, started farming.

The place is still, in various respects, a frontier state but we've come a long way from the days when people slept outdoors at night to beat the summer heat and the local irrigation canals doubled as swimming holes.

What a difference a mere century makes.


Dan in Philly said...

Did your grandfather end up consulting other farmers on how they can raise their crops with more efficiency and utilizing the day-laborers better?

Michael Wade said...


That's funny!

A woman at a farm around a mile away told me that he could hear my grandfather yelling at his kids to get their chores done. [It was a different form of consulting.] Most of his day laborers were related to him.