Visitors to Rincon Road

Among the many people who came to visit at the stately home at 85 Rincon Road were relatives from Kansas and Massachusetts, friends from Colorado (in 1894 Louise was at the University of Denver and Tom was a miner in Telluride), Tucson friends, university and civic officials. Letters dated from 1907 to 1956 give a picture of business and personal activities. The home was also a business office, and visitors came by appointment. Since it was a private home, sometimes people did not understand that it was a working office and Louise, particularly in later years, was too busy to see people.

Through the years, the home was open to many friends. Grady Gammage and wife Dixie, friends of the Marshalls from his student days; married in 1913. He graduated from UA in 1916. After that time he was editor of the Tucson Post newspaper published by Tom. Dixie and Louise maintained a close friendship with weekly letters. The Gammages were frequent houseguests.

I remember the first Mrs. Gammage in her later years. She was not well. Grady was very concerned about her. I thought of them as an elderly couple. Dixie died in 1948; in 1949 Grady married Kathrine Klink. Their joy was complete when son Grady Jr. was born. I had aged five years during this time, Grady, Sr. seemed twenty-five years younger. He was a personable and commanding man, I shall always remember his infectious enthusiasm for life.

Dr. Gammage was one of Arizona's leading educators, having been president of what is now Northern Arizona University from 1926 to the summer of 1933 when he became president of Arizona State Teachers College. It became Arizona State University while he was president. He was ASU president and a board member of the Marshall Foundation when he died in 1959.

Leila Tilton was long-time friend. In 1884 the Foucars built their home in North Woburn near the Tilton parsonage. Lila married Charles Harrington, a physician in Peterborough NH from 1900 to 1940; after his retirement the Harringtons spent several winters here and became my parent's friends.

boy on donkey
This boy rode his donkey along Rincon Road and posed for a picture. It was taken
in front of the Marshall home on Rincon Road. The same trees are shown as bare branches
in an earlier photograph. Summer foliage obscures campus and North Hall can barely be
seen. White gate and fence shows the photo location. TKM FB
Kids on donkey
Good view of handsome front door and porch, as it is frequently in shadow. Anyone
sitting on the porch had a good view of the campus. In this picture two children on a
burro came by. Photo ca. 1912-15 judging by the height of the palm. The house was
35 years old before the street was paved. TKM
Girl in white dress
Front yard of the home before 1906 A young girl in a white dress stands beside the
newly-planted palm trees. The height of these trees for fifty years will help to date
photographs. The University President's home is in the background. The barbed-wire
fence still surrounds the campus; the wood and wire fence is in the front yard. This is
also shown in the 1902 photo of Louise's new home. The street has not been graded. TKM
Kids on cart on Rincon road
Two boys and a cart on Rincon Road. Compare this view of the rear of the President's
house with an earlier view in the above photo. A one story addition to the house is partly
obscured by foliage. TKM




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