SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER September 19, 1973
On Sunday, September 16, 1973, I had the honor and pleasure of
hand delivering to the THF, Soza / Sosa Fund's Honor Roll of Donors,
for eventual display in the "Jose Maria Sosa Room" at
the Casa Del Gobernador. We urge you to visit the Casa and see this
beautiful five page parchment roll, 12 x 18 inches, handwritten
in Spencerian script with Higgens brown ink, and Peliken naranja
drawing ink, accentuated with gold paint. Mr. Juan Soza Rodriguez
of Pasadena did the penmanship. We extend our heartfelt thanks.
On this occasion, I want to acknowledge my gratitude to my brother
and sister-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Raul Soza, Wilmington, CA, whose
unselfish generosity, made possible the loan of $3,000.00 to the
Soza / Sosa Fund; thereby making possible the Fund's gift to the
THF of $5,000.00, and which gift made possible the restoration of
the "Jose Maria Sosa Room". October 20, 1973 is the first
anniversary of this loan, and we still need $2,200.00 to repay the
loan. May we count on your donation? Names of all the donors will
be entered on the "Honor Roll".
Our work on the Soza genealogy continues, somewhat slowly at this
time, as we continue to seek out missing data on persons very central
to our work. We will advise as soon as we have a final draft ready
for completion. Meanwhile, continue to send me all changes that
may occur in your respective families.
The proposed Soza Ranch State Park continues to be another major
area of interest. We are very much encouraged by the endorsements
by the Arizona Historical Society (AHS) and the THF. Previously,
the Arizona State Park Board wrote encouragingly, and the Arizona
Academy of Science has termed the worthy of preservation. Our next
task is to seek Federal and State legislative endorsement. More
on this later, as we seek to establish the Soza Ranch State Park
in time for the bicentennial celebrations of the City of Tucson
and the United States of America in 1975-76.
Lastly, we respectfully invite you to send greetings to Mr. &
Mrs. Ben Moreno Soza, 215 East 18th Street, Tucson, Arizona 85701
on the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary on September 29,
1973. Mr. Ben Moreno Soza has been of inestimable help in furthering
our work, and we invited you to join us in saluting Tio Benito and
Tia Armida on September 29th. Looking forward to your help toward
repayment of the loan.