|Message||URGENT!I have in my possession the Arizona Copper Camp newspapers published from 1915-1918 stating in the head deckline- "Ray Arizona!The Second Largest Ore Deposit in the World!".These were copies sent to Archives from the Editors from way back.Incl.in these issues (which are flimsy and taped by Capitol Librarians) are old ads, notices, events of Ray during the boom town Era. Repeat:I have old Ray Arizona newspapers.I will update this notice when I get a full count but I do have about 2 binders full of them and they are readable.I am considering publishing a copy of them entirely.I am going to the printer tomorrow and getting some quotes on how much it will cost to get copies of these newspapers put into book edition.Seems that there are a lot of descendants from this town and a lot of missing family information, family questions that might be answered with the information in these newspapers. I live in Phoenix. Papers are called Arizona Copper Camp |
then below "Ray, AZ. " So they had a Camp newspaper and it was quite a going concern in 1915-16.
|Message||I was born in Ray in 1954 to Curt B. and Frances M. Bedlion. Both sets of my Grandsparents, Curt C. and Ester Bedlion and Everett and Rosa Lee Brown also lived in Ray and worked for the mine. |
We moved to Kearny when Ray was abandoned and then in 1960 moved so Southern California. My Grandpa and Grandma Brown moved to Superior, AZ and my Grandpa and Grandma Bedlion moved to Glendale, AZ.
I still have family in the area and will always consider "Ray" my home... even though it is just a huge hole in the earth now and forever more.
In the 50's and 60's when the only company in town wanted to do something, they did it... Today, that would never happen. People are more environmentally aware and more respectful of the history of a town or region.
Ray will always be a big part of my life.
|Message||I forgot to mention that we have a Ray High School "The Round Up" yearbook from 1955 if anyone wants any information from that. I sent the webmaster all the names of the graduates and teaches from that annual.|
|Message||I was born in Ray in 1958. I really enjoy reading the stories and seeing the pictures of Ray since the town was gone before I was old enough to remember much about it. My grandfather, Walter Melvin Hawman and Grandmother Dorothy lived in Ray from 1937 until they were forced to build a home in Superior and leave somewhere around 1968.|
Thank you for the great work!
|Message||Wow! Just finished coming from Morenci, Hayden, Kearny and Winkleman, and what a beautiful area! So sad to see any part of it strip mined! Glad my grandfather, his brothers and sisters were able to make a living there! Looking for any information on any descendants of Francisco Romero Romo b.1887, Plácido Romero Romo b.1889, Juana A. Castro b.1892, Ramona Romero b.1901, Toribio Muñoz b.1901, and Calistro Ramirez b.1895.|
Great Website by the way!!!
|Message||My fathers family, the Howards, lived in Ray for quite a few years. My father, Jack died in an accident there in 1952. My grandfather, Homer had a grocery store there. My grandmother was Lucy Spence Howard. Uncles, Wendell, Walter, Dick, Harold, aunts, Pearl, Blanche, Jenette, Marilyn. wonderful family friends, the Bacas, Jimmy, Eddie, Donnie(?).My Mom Shirley,worked as a nurse in hospital. if anyone knows anything about these people reply to this questbook. thanks. Mom and I had to leave Ray after my father's death. Since mom did not work for Kennecott, the company told her that we could no longer live there.|
|Message||I was born in Ray in 1945.My father George B Evans worked from about 1941 till 1956.He was a boiler-maker.My mother was mine nurse.|
|Message||I am researching the history of Sonora, Barcelona, and Ray. I am interested in any documents or oral histories about the life of the miners including the early years (1910's), the growth years, and the closing of the towns in the 1960's. I have located Sanborn Fire Maps of Sonora and Ray from the early 1900's.|
|Message||I was born in 1955 in Ray, Arizona. My parents are Arturo Diaz-Gonzalez and Grace (Campos) Diaz-Gonzalez. We resided in Sonora across the street from the Post Office. My dad owned the hotel caddy-corner from our house across the street from the Post Office and Maggie Horners' store. We left Sonora in the summer of 1965 and moved to Superior, Arizona.|
|Message||I was born i8n Morenci, AZ moved to Ray in 1950. Live in various locations last was Teapot Terrace the old home was bought by Pete Lomali and moved to Alley Hings property at bottom of 177 grade to Superior. Loved growing up in Ray many many good memories. Fisnished my schooling in Superior. The Vietnam for a spell came back and went to work as a guard at Ray. My Dad was the drilling foreman and retired from there. I left and end up in California. Been back several times and have seen some old aquaintnances that still live in the area. If you remember me feel free to contact me via email. Besure to put Ray, Az in subject line.|
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