Looking Back

Mar 032016

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum Winslow’s historic records indicate that this was W.A. Parr’s first car. A contractor, mortician and civic leader, Parr served two terms in the Territorial Assembly and, after statehood, one term as a state senator. Enjoying the ride are (left to right) Frona Parr, Mrs. Heiser, Hattie Hohn, Minnie Read More…

Feb 052016
Maypole Dance

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum The Maypole Dance was a tradition for generations in most American elementary schools. Besides dancing around the pole to signal the arrival of spring, children also created baskets that were made by hand and filled with treats to be left on the front porches of friends. These young Read More…

Jan 292016

Photo courtesy of Navajo County Historic Society Bill Smith owned Smith Motors on East Buffalo Street in Holbrook, shown here in the 1950s. Bill also served on the Holbrook City Council and the Navajo County Board of Supervisors. The building now houses Alternative Energy Systems, which is owned by his son, Ted Smith.

Jan 152016

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Historical Society This elevated view of Holbrook in the early 1900s shows the town north of the train tracks, with the Standard Oil station on the left and the Scorse General Store to the right.

Jan 012016

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Historic Society Many generations of the Scorse family have lived in Holbrook, where they have owned businesses and served the community. Will, Richard and Harry Scorse stand in front of the Navajo County Courthouse. The family home was located behind the photographer.

Nov 282015

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum The Hubbell Trading Post in Winslow, shown here in the 1950s, was built in 1918 and remained in business until 1952 as an integral part of commercial trading and warehouse operations in the Southwest. Goods were brought to Winslow by wagon from the reservation and were shipped by Read More…

Nov 122015

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Musuem The Winslow Grammar, later named Lincoln School, opened in 1897 on West Oak Street. The impressive brick building was a source of pride to residents, due in part to the stained glass windows in the classrooms and the beautiful bell tower that summoned generations of students to class. Read More…

Oct 252015

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Historical Society This photo was taken from a water tower looking west over Holbrook in 1888. At that time most of the businesses were located south of the railroad tracks, and the train was the only form of transportation if you weren’t on foot or using a horse.

Oct 162015

Photo courtesy of Amber Fish The 1945 Joseph City Junior High School eighth grade class promotion photograph features students with family names that are still prominent in Joseph City, including (left to right) Norma McLaws, Ronnie Heward, Mary Shelley, Wendall Shelley, Maurine Hansen, Eugene Hansen, Nelda Rogers, Buster Turley, Zelda Bushman, Lynn Rogers, Frances Bushman Read More…

Sep 042015

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Historical Society The first public school was erected in Holbrook in 1885. It was a 25’x45’ adobe building, and in the beginning 12 girls and 15 boys were registered. Mr. German and Miss Estelle M. Hirstein were teachers there.