the frontier was never an easy task for the largely isolated San
Pedro River community of homesteaders and their children. The area
surrounding the Soza Ranch was in School District #24, and Antonio
Campa Soza served as Clerk of the Board of Trustees of the Pool
School in 1901. His son Manuel, likewise served in the same position.
The school location
was described as being "down river from Benson in Cochise County.
This is the earliest record of this school, other records having
" Jose Maria
Acedo was the first teacher to teach in the first schoolhouse
... and only a few pupils attended, mostly the family children.
My sister did not go to school because there was a man teacher....
was abandoned and moved from Pool to our ranch, so we had a school
and a church. Then they persuaded my mother to sign a permission
to move the school to Cascabel, because settlers had come and
wanted a school, so we lost the school and children too, as buses
have been operating for five or six years. Jose Maria Acedo and
Jennie Wilson Pool were the first teachers at the ranch."
Two images of
students at the Ranch Schoolhouse, District # 24
Schoolhouse, District #24 c. 1905
Back row: Vicente Manzo, Enrique Moreno Soza, José Moreno
Lopez, Benito Moreno Soza Carlos, Moreno Soza, Rita Vasquez, Edovina
Valdez, Estafana Valdez, Juan Moreno Soza, Benito Moreno Soza
Front row: Carlos Vasquez, Francisco Manzo Soza, Alberto Moreno
Soza, Celso Sierra, Francisca Moreno Soza, Magdalena Sierra, Guadalupe
Sierra, Sofia Vasquez, Jesus Salas, Juan Salas
Schoolhouse, District #24 [n.d.]
Front: Carlos Soza, Benito Lopez (cousin), Juan Soza, José
Lopez (cousin), Antonio federico Soza, Alberto Soza, Benito Soza,
Roberto Federico Soza, Enrique Soza, Arturo Alvarez (Indian)
Rear: Julia Vasquez, Francisca Soza, Estafana Valdez, Sofia Vasquez,
(unidentified Indian), Rita Vasquez
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