SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER April 18, 1973
Re: Jose Maria Sosa Room, Casa del Gobernador, and Soza Ranch State
The Soza / Sosa Fund was able to achieve and underwrite the cost
of restoration of the Jose Maria Sosa Room in the Casa del Gobernador
thereby indelibly and permanently identifying our family with a
national historical landmark located in downtown Tucson.
To achieve all this, the Soza / Sosa Fund obtained a loan of $3000.00
making possible the (timely) Soza / Sosa Fund's gift to the THF
of $5,000.00 on October 26, 1972. The loan of $3000.00 must be repaid
and we ask you to help us accomplish this before October 26, 1973.
To date the Soza / Sosa Fund has received $2,613.78 in donations
plus small interest earnings. On March 28, 1973, the first installment
payment of $500.00 was paid, leaving an unpaid balance of $2,500.00.
All donors to the Soza / Sosa Fund will have their names listed
in the Memory Book containing an Honor Roll of donors. Juan Eduardo
Soza Rodriguez of Pasadena will do the art work on parchment paper
and in hand lettering and the Memory Nook will be donated to the
THF for display in the Soza / Sosa Room. Juan is the grandson of
Juan Soza of Tempe (1851-1915) and the great grandson of Calixto
Sosa (1828-1856). If you have already donated and wish to donate
a second time, may we suggest a gift in honor or memory of a loved
one. We already have two such gifts memorializing loved parents.
Thus far, we have 62 names on our honor roll, and expect to reach
We still need authentic 1880 - 1890 furniture, photographs, etc.
to go with our Soza / Sosa Genealogy, for display in the Soza /
Sosa Room. We need photographs of Placido C. Soza and Manuel Sosa
(1825-1850) and Jose Maria Sosa (1910-18?).
Mr. Ezekiel Rodriguez Soza of South Pole and Mount Soza fame has
donated his Congressional Medal, South Pole maps, documents, etc.
for display in the Soza / Sosa Room. The Soza / Moreno, Soza / Sotelo,
Sosa / McKenna branches of the family are well represented with
photographs and documents, so urge all other branches to respond,
correspond and cooperate in this historical project.
Our newest project is to create in time for the Bicentennial of
Tucson and the United Stated of America in 1975-76 The Soza Ranch
State Park at Redington. This is the site of the former Soza Ranch,
formerly owned by my grandfather Antonio C. Soza. The site is noted
on a U.S. Geological Survey map as the Soza Ranch, Soza Wash, Soza
Mesa, and Soza Canyon. I have formally requested the Arizona State
Park Board to set aside five (5) sections or 3200 acres for this
purpose. To more immediately implement the State Park, I have requested
the Arizona State Land Commissioner to transfer to the Arizona State
Park Board those State lands lying within the five sections. At
a recent Historical Workshop at the University of Arizona, I had
the opportunity to discuss this project with several key persons
and have received pledges of support and help in refining our application
for a State Park.
This a more difficult and complex task than the Soza / Sosa Room,
but we feel very strongly about why the Soza Ranch State Park should
be accomplished; namely to preserve in its original setting and
condition an area that is historically, culturally, ecologically,
and archaeologically important; Also Father Eusebio Francisco Kino
visited many Indian villages in the San Pedro River valley, including
the site of the former Soza Ranch at Redington. See page 364 Rim
of Christendom by Herbert Eugene Bolton. and very importantly it
links with a family with a 200 year history with Arizona. We believe
this to be a noble, worthy and just cause and invite your prayers.
Lastly, if you had any changes of address in your family as to
births, marriages, burials, remarriages, please send me the names
and dates. If you have not already completed your family tree, we
urge you to send it soon. After attendance at four major social
and civic functions in Tucson, I can tell you that the Soza / Sosa
Families have excited and interested many persons important in cultural,
historical and civic circles, and they welcome our participation.
We thank those that participated with us, and we welcome those intending
to join our efforts.