The Arizona Daily Star publishes a series of articles written by Tucson author and historian Jan Cleere, recognizing Arizona women who made their mark in the early history of the territory and the state. Some of them confronted extraordinary circumstances while others were known for their adventuresome spirits, all seeking new frontiers to explore, enrich and conquer. The articles will appear monthly and can be accessed at azstarnet.com.
May 17, 2016:
Ida Elizabeth Hester Smith was 4 years old when her family headed from Iowa to California in 1852. As they neared San Bernardino, They came across Arizona explorer, prospector and trapper Paulino Weaver, wracked with fever and suffering from rheumatism. Ida's father, a doctor, cured Weaver of his ills. Weaver taught young Ida the intricacies of smoking and swearing, much to her parents' consternation. She also learned to shoot, rope and ride under Weaver's tutelage, as well as how to communicate with her Spanish-speaking neighbors.. . .. Read more . . .
"I write about the people, legends, and tales of the old west that I have uncovered among tattered documents, tear-stained journals and diaries, and the accounts told by old-timers. I hope my historic biographies will entertain, amuse, and astound you just as they did me when I uncovered these
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