Friday, November 17, 2017

Gilbert Woman - November, 2016

This is an article from November, 2016.   It is on  page 43.

I am going to write it out in case it ever goes off line--for posterity!



Sheila Rogers wasn't passing her own test in retirement--and after 45 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent, she was no stranger to tests.

After Rogers called it quits last years, she had plenty to keep her busy: six energetic pugs--Diego, Lucy, Seamus, Pancho, Maya and Pedro; her Mexican-cuisine prowess; caring for an aging aunt; writing a blog and walking a daily goal of 4 miles.

Yet in the length of an early-release day, she could feel that something was missing: She still felt the tug of education. 

Never officially a politician, she threw her hat in the ring for Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board.  She is among four contenders for three positions, and has the backing of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, among other organizations.

"If I win, this will be my 46th year in education," she says.  "If I don't, I'll do something else."

"When you spend your life in education and then something like this comes up, it's rewarding when the children you've worked with and are now adults come back and want to help you," she says with gratitude.

Many have since word got out.

"What I did had to have made a positive impact in their lives, otherwise they wouldn't." Rogers says.

Rogers was born in Douglas, which is tucked into the southeastern corner of Arizona on the border with Mexico.  Her ancestral home still stands. She was the school superintendent there from 2010 to 2015.

She started her career in Gilbert in the 1970s, when teachers were handed a paddle along with their keys.  (She only used it once, and afterward thought it was horrible.)

More lasting was her 21-year service as the principal of Gilbert Elementary, when she learned each student's name, even when enrollment exceeded 1,000.

With that track record, Rogers feels the need to continue advancing education.

"I feel like I have a whole lot to offer, and i have the time.  I need to keep myself mentally busy," she says.  "Being able to do something like this is a service to the community and to the children and the families of the community."

Rogers anticipates a learning curve, if elected, but takes heart from her previous experience when, as superintendent, she worked directly with a school board.

"If the board and superintendent can work together, the district is going to benefit tremendously from co-operation," she says.  "That doesn't mean you'll always agree with everything, because you are not going to." 

Rogers sees challenges for the district: lack of funding and the teacher has almost crisis levels, she says; balancing enrollment on the east and west side of town via changing boundaries; teacher retention and attracting young people to the profession.

The other important factor is parent involvement, she says.

Rogers would like to take on all of these issues.

"But I believe that all of the other people that are running also have the best interests of the children and that is nice to know," she says.  


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Leadville, Colorado--1902

Another treasure that I found the other day is our grandparents' Certificate of Marriage.  They were married in Leadville, Colorado on April 23, 1902.  On the certificate, it says A.D. 189__ and it crossed out and 1902 is written above it.

The two witnesses were Patrick Golden and Catherine Nepsey.  I am not sure who Patrick was, probably a friend of Grandpa Scott.  As for Catherine "Nepsey," she had to be related to Grandma as that was Grandma Roughan's maiden name.  We have since found out the correct spelling.  It is Kneafsey.

Five of their children were born in Leadville, but three of them died.  Johnny and Matt were the other two.  I remember Teresa telling me that Grandma felt the weather was too cold there. I can't imagine losing three children.

In 2005, our cousins, Jean, Jan, and Tim, took Teresa on a road trip to Colorado.  They visited Leadville and the family houses and Catholic Church. Jan made a scrapbook for Teresa that I have.

I took pictures of the houses and the information from that scrapbook.  Here they are:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November 15, 1957--60th Anniversary of our Grandma Scott's Death

Today is the 60th anniversary of my Grandma Scott's death.  I was in third grade.  I wrote about this on a previous post.   I found this article in one of the boxes from Douglas.

City Woman Dies in Phoenix
Death claimed a well-known pioneer resident of Douglas about 7:30 p.m. Friday while she was visiting her son in Phoenix.  She was Mrs. Katherine Agnes (should have been Ellen) Scott, 858 14th St.

Born in Easton, Pa., April 7, 1882, Mrs. Scott moved to Leadville, Colo., five years later, and was married there in 1902. The family moved to Douglas in 1912, remaining here since that time.

Mrs. Scott was active in St. Luke's Altar Society, the auxiliary to the order of Railway Conductors and the Trainmen Ladies.
Surviving her are four sons, John Scott of 858 14th St., Matthew Scott in Phoenix, Thomas J. Scott in Washington, D.C., William F. Scott in Sacramento, California (should have been San Francisco); three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy  Park of Sacramento, Calif.,  Mrs. Margaret Shannon and Miss Teresa Scott of 858 14th St.; 22 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Brown-Page.  Internment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

November 15, 1912 was Dot's birthday.  I can't imagine losing someone on one's birthday.

I love this picture of my grandma and me.  She was such a special person in my early years.  She was the person who made me a reader as she always read to me.  And Teresa was the one who bought all of my books during my years growing up.  I belonged to several book clubs where I would get a book delivered every month.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My Mom's Last Election

November is election month for the most part.  But local elections such as city councils can be in the spring. I found these from my mom's final election in 1992.  She first ran in 1984 and served from 1984-88 and ran and won re-election in 88.  She ran for the final time in 1992 which would have ended her term in 1996 when she was 79. She served a total of 12 years.  I hope I have her endurance.  She was a definite asset to the City of Douglas and I learned so much from her. 

Here are some of the ads from the newspaper in 1992:

I have thought that I would run one term and I definitely have been able to make some important things happen.  I will have to decide whether to run for a second term.  I HATE the financial piece and if I can find someone to help me raise money and to report it to the county,  then maybe I will. Election finance is very strict, as it should be. However, the county website is NOT user friendly and it was a nightmare every time we had to fill out the paperwork!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Article from Phoenix newspaper dated August 8, 1939

This article is from the Arizona Republic (I am assuming) as it says Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday, August 8, 1939.

Phoenician In Douglas Wedding Party
(Phoenician is underlined in what looks like blue crayon with a big question mark after it.)

A Phoenician was in the bridal party yesterday when Miss Dorothea Kathleen Scott and Edwin Park, both of Douglas, Arizona, exchanged wedding vows at the Immaculate Conception church.  He was Matthew Scott who served as best man.  Miss Margaret scott of Douglas attended her sister as the maid of honor.

The bridegroom, faculty member of the Douglas High school, and his bride are on a honeymoon trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Mrs. Park, popular young business woman, was educated in her native town.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Scott.

Mr. Park graduated from the Arizona State Teachers college in Tempe (should have been Flagstaff) following his graduation from Douglas High school.

Before the couple left for coast cities, they were complimented with a luncheon at the Hotel Gadsden.

It was in the society section of the paper.  Right above it is a little section that says:

Society Editor


Phone 3-1111

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Miscellaneous Finds about Family Friends

I am still going through boxes of the "things" I brought back from Douglas.  I continue to find so many amazing articles and artifacts.   Friday night I found a couple of newspapers and newspaper clippings that I was able to share with friends on Facebook.

This is the first one that I found. Art Oros went to school with Judy and is married to Lorie who taught at Gilbert El for many years.  My mom thought the world of Art.  After he graduated from college, he moved back to Douglas and worked for Phelps Dodge and Lorie taught down there.  When PD moved to Phoenix, they moved up here.  Art worked there for a few years and then went to work at Salt River Project.  My mom always "hounded" me to hire Lorie and I finally did and it was a great move on my part!!  She was Cameron's kindergarten teacher and she loves him and he loves her.

I found this in a scrapbook of my mom' memories of being on the City Council.  This was before she ran.

 BEING SWORN IN--Mayor Ben Williams Jr., left, swears in Art Oros, Ward 6 alderman, at the City Council meeting Wednesday evening.  Oros was out of town on business when the other aldermen were sworn in on June 16. The City Council will hold a special session at 5:15 p.m. this afternoon for discussion on an ambulance service contract with Cochise County.

The next ones are  from a Douglas High School newspaper called the Border Bulldog.   The newspaper is not in good condition and I can't quite figure out why it was kept as there is not much about my uncle Bill.  It is dated May 22, 1942.

Here is the first article.  I posted it on Sandra Sanders' page and Barbara Weland's page.  Both are friends from Douglas.  Bob Poston was Barb's dad and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sanders were Tom's (Sandra's husband) parents.

 Elks' Ball To Be Given Tonight

The eight annual Elk's Ball given in honor of all graduating seniors will be held this evening from nine to twelve in the Elks' hall. The seniors received their invitations Tuesday morning in their various classes. Each senior is allowed to bring one guest.

The Elks' hall will be decorated with the school colors and refreshments will be served during the evening. Music for the evening's entertainment will be furnished by Bob Posten's orchestra.

Chaperones for the evening's event will be the following: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Negri. and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sanders.
This event closes the senior year activities and will follow the senior class supper earlier in the evening.

And the final one is about Keith Jackson.  He and Bill were very good friends.  I posted it on his daughter's page.  Leslie and her mom, Pinky, are dear friends.

The sophomore officers who were elected for the year were Leonard Kimble as president, with Keith Jackson vice president, Dorothy Shinn, treasurer, Melvin Fields yell leader, Ruby Mae Whatley and Charley Reynolds girl representatives for the two semesters,and Charles Jorgenson, boy representative.  The class had a baseball throw at the Hi-Jinx carnival.

Everyone was so appreciative and the comments that came from their relatives and friends was amazing. 

This has been so much fun!  I love the history of our family and friends!!!!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Essay from high school on Democracy

I found this essay that I wrote in high school. I am not sure of the date as it isn't written anywhere. Based on some of what I have written, I believe that this was done my senior year in high school, which would have been 1966-67.  I also didn't get a grade but received a "Very Good" on it.

I think it is fitting for Veteran's Day as that is what our veterans have and are protecting--our democracy. 

Democracy, as the dictionary defines it, is a government that is run by the people who live under it.  Abraham Lincoln once said that the United States is a country of the people, by the people, and for the people.  To me (in red--In my opinion), this is a very appropriate way of stating the meaning of democracy.

I feel that voting is one of the best ways of preserving our democracy, even though, as a teenager I am not yet able to vote. Yet, this does not mean that I do not have a personal role in preserving the democratic way of life.  I feel there are many things that I can do and that my fellow classmates all over America can do to help.  

I believe that the home, school, and community are good places in which to start.  Unless a person is able to get along with his family and friends, he will do nothing to aid in making this world safe for democracy.  Domestic tranquility is an important factor because it has been said, "United we stand; divided we fall."

If the teenagers of today would just stop for a moment and look around them, I think they would realize that there are many things to be done where they are (, in red) before going on to "greater things."

I believe that being a good citizen is by far the most important factor in safeguarding democracy.  There are many different ways in which we can be good citizens.  There are many laws that much be obeyed such as traffic laws.  All of us at one time or another are guilty of a misdemeanor while driving.  Teen-agers, it seems, are more guilty of this than adults.  Obeying these laws is one of the ways in which we can help.

Obeying laws is not the only important factor, though.  Civic drives such as the Heart Fund, Cancer, Polio, and the many others require people to go from house to house collecting funds.  We, as students, can help with these drives, and I fell that this is part of being a good citizen.

Today one of our country's biggest problems is the rioting and demonstrations that go on in our cities and our college campuses. Many of these riots and demonstrations are lead by the beatnik-type student, while the participants are average college students from average American homes. I feel that by participating in these riots and demonstrations, a student is at least showing an awareness of what is going on even though he is misdirected. If these students could be lead by realistic leaders, not the beatnik-type, thing of what good things could be done. I believe that it is up to the older generation to direct or generation so that we will be able to do what is right, I feel that these students could be reasoned with and made to realize that in order to insure the preservation of democracy in our own country, there must be democracies in other parts of the world. Many other countries admire our democratic government, and when a nation asks us for help in establishing her own democratic system, I believe it is our duty to assist.

As an individual, I feel that I am doing several things to keep our democracy alive and working.  I am a member of our American Field Service chapter and Y-Teens, which is part of the YWCA.  The purpose of the American Field Service is to bring the United States and other nations closer together through the exchange of teenage students.  "Walk together, talk together, all ye people of he earth and then ye shall have peace" is the motto of AFS.  If there is to be peace on earth, then people all over the world will be able to choose their own form of government without anyone tell them which one to have.

The YWCA promotes world fellowship.  The Y-Teens, as young members of the YWCA, have many opportunities to participate in civic activities in their own town, and learn about government and the problems it faces.  Two summers ago, I attended the National Y-Teen Conference in Washington, D.C.  I believe that this experience made me realize what truly fortunate people we are to live in this country.  Also being a three-year member of our school's student council, I feel that I have learned much about the workings of government. Even though student government problems are minute compared to the national government's, they are basically the same, and the council is run on the same principles as the national government.

If we are to keep our democracy in the United States, we must remember the words of our late president, John F. Kennedy, when he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for y our country."


It is very interesting to me to see what I thought 50 years ago when I was still in high school. I still feel this way about a lot of things, but not sure what I meant by the "beatnik-type" as this made me laugh just a tad!  This was in the middle of the Vietnam War and the beginnings of the many riots and bombings that took place.  My entire four years at ASU was when all of this was happening.  ASU wasn't a big demonstration school, but there were still things going on.  I remember after Kent State happened, it was really scary for a few days.

But the basic premise of what I said then, I still believe now.  I took a picture of the paper to show my handwriting.   One day my kids and/or Cameron might enjoy this.