SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER Vol. 4, No. 1 June
DR. JAMES E. OFFICER July 28, 1924 - May 27, 1996
It is with great sadness that we report the death of our highly
esteemed and valued friend. The Thursday before the AHS Convention
at Sierra Vista (April 26th), Jim called to say that he was entering
the hospital the next morning. That was the last time we spoke.
Over the years, Jim has had a consuming and unflagging interest
in the hispanic history of Arizona. His book, HISPANIC ARIZONA 1536
- 1856 (U of A Press 1987) has become a classic in borderland history.
His extensive genealogical and historical knowledge of so many of
Arizona's earliest families, gave him wide celebrity status on and
off the campus.
On retirement from the U of A, the rank of Professor Emeritus was
conferred on him, in full recognition of his many achievements and
accomplishments in academia
The Extended Sosa, Soza families of Arizona have lost a dear friend,
whose advise, counsel, and research added immeasurably to stature
of the colonial Sosa / Soza families, and the national historic
landmark, now known as the SOSA CARRILLO FREMONT MUSEUM. Thanks
Jim for work well done, and God Speed.
GENERAL JOSE COSME URREA, HIS LIFE AND TIMES 1797-1849 by Patricia
Roche Herring, the 1993 winner of the James E. Officer Award, has
been published by The Arthur H. Clarke Company, Spokane, Wa 1995.
This work is an outgrowth of the paper researched and presented
by Patricia at the 1993 AHS convention. The story about Tucson-born
General Urrea, is a fascinating story about his efforts as he worked
and fought tirelessly vis a vis a federalist rather than a centralist
form of Mexican government.
LAST CALL FOR BOOKS
After several printing, and 300 copies sold, the inventory of books
by this writer has been depleted. If sufficient interest is shown,
one last printing is possible.
One of the last sets was presented to the University of Texas,
Austin by Fred Soza, Austin, Tx; bringing to 16 the number of libraries
that now have these books in their collection.
Treasurer Katherine Lee, Tempe reports a Cash Balance of
$2,310.45 as of June 7, 1996, reflecting a slight change from the
July 18, 1995 balance of $2,363.52. This is after publishing and
mailing three Newsletter editions, plus several book gifts to key
libraries. The healthy bank balance is due to Family Donors and
Net Proceeds from book sales. Funds will be preserved for future
Newsletters and 2000 Family Reunion.
PETITION FOR VOTING PRECINCT
Anthony Van Alstine, West Covina, Ca, in AHS family files, came
across a copy of a 1884 petition with names of many homesteaders
/ settlers living in Cascabel, AZ. Soza family members listed are
Antonio, Nicolas, and Placido Sosa, Tomas Mungia, and Leonides Montano.
The precinct was located 8 miles north of Benson at Tres Alamos.
This is a village that appears on Father Eusebio Francisco Kino's
map of 1697-1701. The petition reads: Petition for Voting Precinct
Embracing School District #11, Filed July 25, 1884.
To the Board of Supervisors of Cochise Co. Arizona Territory
We the undersigned citizens and resident taxpayers of Cochise Co.
A T. most respectfully petition your Hon. Body in the matter of
the Establishment of a new Voting Precinct to be known as the said
--------precinct to embrace that portion of Cochise Co. now embraced
by School District No. 11 (Pool District).
Representing that there are upwards of fifty legal voters within
the proposed new precinct and that it is a great inconvenience necessitating
from 20 to 60 miles of unnecessary travel to reach Tres Alamos the
present usual poling place, and that the creation of the new precinct
is very important and necessary for our convenience. We further
request that the poling place be established at the residence of
Nicholas Van Alstine- for all of which your petitioners will ever
pray - Respectfully
Gabriel Fimbres Jose Lopez Teofilo Lopez
Sebers Lopez Mercedes Lopez Antonio Rodriguez
Lorenzo Cruz Luis Tejida Placido Sosa *
Nicolas Sosa* Tomas Mungia Jose Castillo
Leandro Castillo Pedro Quijada Angel Gonzales
Antonio Sosa * Leonides Montano Estanislao Sainz
Refugio Sainz Francisco Sainz Jesus Castro
Nicholas Van Alstine Antonio Peralta Antonio Van Alstine
James M Pierce Maxcimiano Mendoza Blas Sanchez
Cipriano Sanchez Jesus Ronquillo Petronillo Andrade
Juan Romero Samuel Bohn Peter Bohn
Jose Maria Acedo Lazaro Romero Cleofe Acedo
CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHS
For a pictorial biography now in progress, on the life of grandfather
Antonio Campa Soza and Jesus Maria Moreno de Soza; wedding pictures
of all their children are being collected. Where wedding pictures
are not available, individual photographs can be used, as available.
Your help is urgently needed. Photographs sent to me will be returned
to the sender. If you are reluctant to part with your photograph,
then send me a photograph of your photograph, or a clear "laser"
print copy. Laser prints are good but not as good as original photographs.
LIST OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS URGENTLY NEEDED:
Rosaura Moreno Soza and Juan Vijil
Maria Mercedes Moreno Soza and Ricardo Apodaca
Maria Moreno Soza and Nazario Gonzales
Juan Moreno Soza and Maria Petra Yanez
Francisca Moreno Soza and spouse Doy
Enrique Moreno Soza and Amalia Aguirre
Albert Moreno Soza and Dolores Ordonez
Antonio Campa Soza and Francisca Gastelum
Antonio Campa Soza and Mercedes Federico
Antonio Campa Soza and Maria Jesus Moreno
Nicolas Campa Soza and Juana Borquez
Placido Campa Soza and Mercedes Elias
Manuel Elias Soza and spouse
Antonio Federico Soza and Laura Martinez
Francisco Federico Soza and Luisa Manzo
Jose Federico Soza and Clara Sanchez
Maria Federico Soza and Leonides Montano
BETTE RODRIGUEZ CURRIE MEMORIAL GIFTS
Halbrook, Dollie Scotts Valley, CA
Flynn, Thomas E. El Cajon, CA
Grateful appreciation is expressed to the donors listed below. More
help is needed to ensure future Newsletter.
Cogley, Esther D. Phoenix, AZ
McWilliams, Elsa G. Long Beach, CA
Soza, Robert L. Alpine, TX
Fontana, Bernard L. Tucson, AZ
Quackenbush, Elisa & Louis Roseville, CA
Rabena, Chonita Orange Cove, CA
Van Alstine, Anthony West Covina, CA
Lydia Marie Meade Meridian, ID
Soza, Fred Austin, TX
At Tempe 1994, it was announced that TUCSON is the site of the next
Soza Family Reunion in the YEAR 2000. The Reunion will coincide
with the Sosa family's arrival at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson
from the Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac. It will also mark the birth
of Tucson in 1775.
No committee assignments have been made and volunteers have not
been recruited. At an appropriate time, closer to the actual reunion,
a Reunion Committee, representing all the branches of the Extended
Soza - Sosa Families will be formed. Meanwhile, read and share the
Soza Family Newsletter; keep your address current; send in wedding
pictures and material of historical interest. Sincerely.
Map #1 of Tucson Cultivated Fields 1862
Map #1 of the Cultivated Fields J. B. Mills, Surveyor
The Map list 48 land holders, of whom 40 are hispanics. Approximately
60 parcels were shared by families listed below.
Aldrich, Mark 3
Burruel, Maria 1
Burruel, Pedro 2
Campo, Louisa (sic Luisa Campa) 1 3rd marriage to Jesus Maria Mungia.
Castra, Dol (sic} 1
Castro, Ramon 1
Castro, Jesus 1
Costzen, Fritz 1
Crania, Patricia 1
Cruz, Pasqual 1
Dias, Jesus 1
Elias, Juan 4
Elias, Jesus 2
Elias, Jesus Maria 1
Elias, Miguel Ygnacio 1
Fryar, Alfred 2
Gallego, Jose 1
Gallo, Dolores 1
Garcia, Isanio ? 1
Grijalva, Juan 1
Herran, Dolores 1
Herreras, Rafael 1
Herreras, Jose 1
Leon, Solano 2
Luz, Rafael 1
Mission Gardens 1
Neville, Fred 2
Ochoa, Pasqual 1
Ortega, ? 1
Ortiz, Jesus Maria 1
Oury, W.S. 1
Pacheco, Guadalupe 1
Pacheco, Miguel 1
Pacheco, Refuguia 1
Pacheco, Ramon 1
Ramires, Dolores 2
Romero, Manuel 1
Romero, Philipe 1
Romero, Francisco 2
Ruelas, ? 1
Saiz, Ygnacio sic (Saenz) 1
Salares, Ursala 1
Santa Cruz, Guadalupe 1
Sequieros, ? 1
Stevens, Hiram 1
Tellas, Joaquin sic (Telles) 1
Telles, Guillermo 1
Torano, Francisco G. 1
Tyrall, George 1
Southern Arizona, from the Gila River to the present southern Arizona
border, became part of the United States as a consequence of the
Gadsden Purchase in 1853. Actual American administrative control
did not take place until 1856 when the last of the Mexican troops
The 1862 Map is an important Tucson time capsule. It delineates
the extent of the cultivated fields, and it identifies the farming
population. The list above resonates with the name of so many pioneers
families, that it reminds us of those that have gone on before us.