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Dispatches from the President’s Desk

Come back, come back to Tubac
Come back, come back and when
We all come back to old Tubac
Tubac will rise again!

                             Will Rogers, Jr.
Summer is in full swing and we’re happy to report that Tubac has been receiving good rainfall. While some of us have escaped to cooler locations, the volunteers at THS are still plugging away. The requests for research continue and the crew is collaborating with the Presidio and TCA on projects.  The “Customs House” headquarters for the Historical Society has been seeing regular visitations, something that puts a smile on my face. We’re proud to be in the historic building.
We look forward to seeing you all in the fall.
Andrea (Andi Miritello, President

Tubac Historical Society Updates
Updated Walking Tour

Volunteers at THS are updating the walking tour brochure that the Historical Society provides free for visitors. Volunteers are completely revamping the brochure, re-researching the origins of each of the buildings, looking for solid dates and verifiable history. This is more difficult than the reader might think.  Tubac is like an onion with layers and layers of history on the same piece of ground. For example, the Customs House, THS’s headquarters, has had many different uses over the years. It was built as a general store slanted toward local ranchers. The store lasted a few years. Later, from 1926 to 1929 it was the U.S. Customs headquarters. The store served as a military school for both American and Mexican boys in 1933 and was rented subsequently out to individuals. Will Rogers Jr. and Collier Rogers owned it in the 1950s, and it has hosted at least two art galleries. The volunteers are digging to get a thorough history of all the structures.
Have you heard of the Rosenberg House? Featured below is a photograph of the home of a William Rosenberg around 1950. He owned a restaurant on the south edge of town. The sprawling house, next to the Lowe House, is shown across from the Lim/Pennington building which at this time had a peaked roof.

Breakfast With History Is Coming Back
Our popular Breakfast with History will begin again in the Fall. We are planning our first breakfast for  October 24, 2022. The event will be held at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, from 8:30am to 10am. The featured speaker will be Ann Groves, daughter of Hal Empie, an early Tubac artist. Ticket information will be available in September.

History Bits
Tubac Trouble in the Tucson Valley, 1774
“Only in this Province has there been in recent times some sad event, where before it was the one that enjoyed the most well-known stillness. There are some enemies in all parts and are looking for nothing more than an oversight or reckless consideration for their advantages and surprises as happened with the troop of the Presidio of Tubac. 
Having stolen a hundred cattle and detached in pursuit the sergeant with seventeen men they found them in the mountain they call of Santa Catalina, and sheltered by the cragginess and roughness, the Apaches put themselves in defense and carried away by ardor the Sergeant without attending to the reproaches of the soldiers made them dismount in order to attack them, leaving him so exposed in the action that he lost his life in it, those that could saving themselves by flight, less three men that are presumed taken alive although sorely wounded.
Which fault may come from the fact that taking turns to head out to campaign and scout the terrain to the Captain of Terrenate Don Josef Antonio de Vildosola, as the others had practiced before, he deceptively left this operation at the determined time, avoiding it with frivolous pretexts, and even when he was called to account for the work, he withdrew ahead of time and without any progress; but he has already been arrested to serve as an example to others and a formal judicial proceeding is being formed.
This fact certainly encouraged them to return in a few days in the vicinity of the Presidio itself to attack the garrison of the horse herd and to carry off one hundred and thirty horses that could not be recovered; for although they followed in pursuit of them the party detached saw that they were already in a place whereby misfortune they could duplicate their advantages with a second loss.”
                                                              Bucareli to Arriaga, Mexico April 26, 1774

Tough Women
In its February 21, 1859, issue, The New York Herald reported on news from Arizona under “Our Arizona Correspondence.” The newspaper reported on a lengthy Apache raid that hit Tubac and other places in Southern Arizona. Though horses and mules were stolen and in one case, “teams (of horses), arms and provisions,” were taken, the final blow occurred further to the east of the Santa Cruz.
“The last ‘outrage’ occurred yesterday evening. Two discharged soldiers, who had just served out their enlistment at Fort Buchanan, as sergeants, named Ryan and Kelly, accompanied by their wives and two men were attacked at Whitstone {sic} Springs, eighteen miles from the fort. The two sergeants fell at the first fire, Ryan killed, and Kelly mortally wounded—since dead. One of the men succeeded in eluding the Indians and hurried to the fort. The other man and the two women, who heroically seized their husband’s revolvers and used them, so intimidated the Apaches that they retreated without plunder. Instantly upon the news reaching the fort, Lieutenant Lord, with fifty troopers, started in pursuit of the murderers. The bodies of Ryan and Kelly were brought to Fort Buchanan this morning. Both the deceased soldiers were excellent men, and their sad fate calls forth many regrets from their late comrades.”


New Notecards Available at The THS Visitor Center
We are pleased to announce that we have a new collection of Tubac themed notecards available at the visitor center with images created by Dick Coler, a past president of the Historical Society. Dick served two terms as President of the Tubac Historical Society and formed the reenactment of the Anza exposition trail ride from Tumacacori to Tubac. Dick had been a rancher, actor, artist, songwriter, sculptor and cowboy poet.   He published a book of poetry in 2009, "A Cowboy Collection."  and authored several works of fiction. He was a cowboy at heart and his art reflects his love of the cowboy life.


Have you renewed your membership?  Your membership helps preserve Tubac’s incredible history and helps The THS to share that history with the community! Your membership keeps our research center open and our online collection available for researchers and genealogists. A quarterly newsletter informs our members about things past and present and sometimes the future in Tubac's history.
Go to for membership information. You can pay online or send a check to Tubac Historical Society PO Box 3261, Tubac, AZ 85646. Thank you for your support!


The two-story Garrett House built in 1917

Olden Day Recipes
Green Chili Stew
Serves 8
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
 1 1/2 pounds beef sirloin or pork butt, cut in 1-inch cubes
 1 1/2 cups diced onion
 1 tablespoon minced garlic
 6 cups chicken or beef broth
 1 pound red or white potatoes, cut in 1/2 to 3/4-inch cubes
 2 to 3 teaspoons salt, to taste
 3 cups roasted, peeled, chopped green chili or to taste
 3 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, to taste
Heat the oil in a 6-quart pot over high heat and brown the meat in batches. Set aside. In the same oil, sauté the onions until golden. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute. Return the meat to the pan along with any juices that may have accumulated. Add the broth, potatoes, salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for one hour, until the potatoes are tender. Add the green chili and the red bell pepper and cook 15 to 20 minutes more. Add the cilantro, stir and serve.
Tubac’s Anniversary of “9’s”
Back of the brochure for the 10th annual Festival of the Arts from 1969

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