By Georgie Wood
Special to the Copper Basin News
I am so glad to have been able to finish the last revision of my manuscript in spite of the discomfort of the healing broken bone in my right hand and the result of arthritis in that hand (my writing hand!) after the removal of its cast. The final title of my manuscript is “A CREEKSIDE STORY – FROM BUCKBOARD DAYS TO ECOTOURISM”, but there may be a few changes as I have turned my story, that had been typed on my old, reliable typewriter, over to my daughter. Francie Meyer, who has shown great interest in arranging it into a proper format for possible publication. Francie, who lives with her husband, Nick Meyer, on their Flying UW Ranch west of the San Pedro River, keeps very busy with her work there and her involvement in different interesting groups, so I know it will take time. Now, I have to get busy finding photos of people and places I had written about to add to the story! Any help will be appreciated!
There is so much history of Aravaipa Creek and its surrounding area in Arizona. My story starts out with mention of the Aravaipa Apache Indian people, and the earliest non-Indian settlers along the western end of Aravaipa Creek. It also contains happenings, both good and bad, as the years progressed, and because I had become the wife of an Aravaipa Creek rancher, I had heard many stories and learned much during the years I had lived along Aravaipa Creek. I am so thankful for those years.
It is for that reason that I had sent a short story with a few pictures to C.J. Hadley, Publisher/Editor of the quarterly magazine “Range”. That story, which is included in the magazine’s current Fall issue of August 2013, is mostly about the American author and essayist Edward Abbey who had stated some of his very controversial views in a 1986 letter to my husband and myself. It is understandable why some of his views are not appreciated by ranchers and cowboys! One of the interesting things about the Range magazine are the many comments made by its readers concerning stories that had been published in its issues, so I agree that Range is no stranger to controversy as has been stated in each issue..So far, I have not received any negative comments about my story that C.J. Hadley had titled “LETTER FROM EDWARD ABBEY”, but I won’t be surprised if there will be a few in the magazine’s Winter issue of December of 2013, especially from Abbey fans. For those who don’t subscribe to Range, issues can be found on magazine racks in some stores. Happy reading!