MATERIAL: Typed
TYPE: Letter
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
COMPONENTS: The document is one page, with blue ink printed letterhead
CONDITION: Letter is expectedly yellowed with some ink smears, incorrectness, pen corrections, the word The Slashes in red ink type and folded in quarters showing it was placed in an envelope. The letter has some wrinkles, creases foxing, a letterhead of the Lodge, but nothing damaging and still has good appeal to it, in very good condition. It is typewritten from Safford, Arizona and hand signed in ink.
NOTES: Would be great for framing.  
ITEM ID: 3795

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Safford, Arizona: Masonic Lodge Letter between C. Hooker and Albert Buehman

DATE
Year: 1951
Decade: 1950s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: March 16th, 1951

Letter regarding Col. H.C. Hooker, signed by C. Hooker of the Safford Lodge No. 16, F. and A. M. 59 01 Masonic. Addressed to Mr. Albert Buehman (renown photographer), son of well-known photographer and former mayor of Tucson, Henry Buehman.   This letter is dated March 16th, 1951.   Mr. A. Buehman apparently furnished an image of Colonel Hooker to C. Hooker (a relative) about Col. H. C. Hooker, of SunSet Fame, explaining somewhat about both of their families and possible directions in which they traveled, one family into Kentucky and his family into Tennessee and Mississippi, he explains to A.R. Buehman, in the letter. In addition about having met Col. Hooker’s son Harry and sort talked about a photo his father that he wasn’t sure of or where it was at, that might have been shown in recent newspaper issue. He finished by saying to A. Buehman, that he came to Arizona in 1900 to Clifton, thanked him and said hope to see you soon, signed it Fraternally, C. Hooker.This letter was purchased directly from Albert Buehman’s daughter (photographer/ mayor Henry Buehman’s granddaughter) Lucy, in the 1980’s. This is a great piece of history of Arizona.For further information on Col. H.C. Hooker from Genealogy Trails below:COL. H. C. HOOKER. There are few residents of Arizona to whom the name of Colonel Hooker is unfamiliar. As the owner of Sierra Bonita rancho, near Willcox, he stands at the head of the ranchmen and stockbreeders of the territory, and it is everywhere conceded that no one is more familiar than he with the many details connected with the stock business. His specialties are beef cattle and fine horses, for which he has abundant room on his range, twenty-seven miles wide and thirty miles long. In former days he lost very heavily by reason of droughts, but, having developed the water facilities during recent times, droughts no longer have the terror for him which they once possessed. In cattle he favors the Herefords, which are particularly desirable as range cattle, having greater powers of endurance than the shorthorn : while, at the same time, as they produce a greater quantity of hind-quarter meat than any other breed, butchers are always glad to buy them.Among his horses Colonel Hooker has many possessing especially fine qualities. Among them is Valbrino, sired by Stamboul 2:07 1/2, sire of thirty-seven performers in the 2:20 list and thirteen in the 2:20 list. When four years old, Stamboul made a record of 2:17 1/2 , won in a race at Los Angeles. A year later he lowered his time to 2:14 1/2, while the next year it was 2:11 3/4. Colonel Hooker is particularly proud of Valbrino, sired by Stamboul, and showing many fine points; he is also equally proud of Parisee, probably one of the best-bred horses in the world: sired by Palo Alto, record 2:08 3/4, against time, to a high wheeled sulky; and another record of 2:20 for a sixth heat at four years old, won at Detroit in 1886. The dam of Parisee was by General Benton, who got twenty performers in the 2:30 list, four of which trotted below 2:20. The two stallions, Valbrino and Parisee, unite in their pedigrees not only the best trotting blood of the past thirty years, but behind that is the enduring blood of the thoroughbred, without which no horse can hope to last through a severely contested race of broken heats.The Sierra Bonita rancho has had among its guests in days gone by men whose names are known all over the country, among them Gen. Nelson A. Miles, Gen. George Crook, Gen. Alexander D. McCook, Gen. O. O. Howard, Gen. C. H. Sherman, Whitelaw Reid and many others.