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Hi Wo Family
Hi Wo was a principal merchant and purveyor to San Pedro Valley
homesteaders. He extended credit on food, seed, and supplies. The
debts were usually paid off at harvest time.
Family legend has it that Hi Wo annoyed Antonio Campa Soza on credit
arrears. In legendary Soza temper, Antonio delivered to Hi Wo a
warehouse load of red chili, in complete settlement of the account.
To the annoyance of Hi Wo, the shipment was far in excess of what
Hi Wo could readily handle at the time.
An inquiry was made on whether the Hi Wo family had any records
of transactions between Antonio and Hi Wo. Sadly, there were none,
as all business records had been discarded.128
On another occasion, Levi Strauss Company, San Francisco, Ca, was
queried on whether they had any records of business with Hi Wo.
Again, the reply was negative.
Hi Wo Building,
Absence of records aside, Hi Wo will be remembered in a way unimaginable
to him. His building, still standing, is now included in an Arizona
State Parks Historical Area project at Benson.
Nearby, the memorial stain glass window in the Catholic Church;
and farther west, two granite stone markers at the High Street Cemetery,
all honor the memory of Hi Wo, his wife, son Joe M. Wo.
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