A mis padres, Juan Moreno Soza y Maria Petra Yanez de Soza
Memoria, Dr. James E. Officer, 1924-1996
might have been written sooner had Jim persisted and prevailed.
His feeling was that a history of a family with roots to the Spanish
Colonial, Mexican and Territorial [28K]
periods, should and ought to be written for the benefit of future
Jim was keenly
interested in the Soza family's San Pedro River [34K] homestead activities, and urged
recording it's history before the principals were gone and the information
volumes by this writer, HISPANIC HOMESTEADERS IN ARIZONA 1870-1908
and MEXICAN HOMESTEADERS IN THE SAN PEDRO RIVER VALLEY, were inspired
and encouraged by Jim.
On another occasion,
Jim suggested a trip to Jecori, Sonora to visit the 1746 birthplace
of ancestor Alferez José Maria
Sosa. [35K] It would have been an opportunity to see the land
first hand and to get a sense of that historic area, from whence
the family came.
sadly, the trip never materialized.