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Reminiscences about Empire Ranch 1960

AZ 021

Collection Summary

Creator: Heffner, Harry L.
Collection Name:Reminiscences about Empire Ranch
Inclusive Dates: 1960,
Physical Description:1 item (77 leaves)
Abstract:Typescript, from a tape recording, of Heffner's experiences as manager of the Empire Ranch, 1893-1905
Collection Number:AZ 021
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1874. When Heffner was 10 years old he and his family moved to California in 1884. As young man he worked as a bookkeeper at the First National Bank in Los Angeles, California. After the bank closed in 1893, Heffner asked one of the banks customer's, Walter Vail (owner of the Empire Ranch) if he had any work for him. Thus began his career in the cattle business. Heffner served as the manger of the Vail and Gates Empire Ranch, Pima County, Ariz. from 1893 to 1905. Heffner was one of the founding members of the Arizona Cattle Growers' Asssociation and served as it's first secretary.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript, from a tape recording, of Heffner's experiences as manager of the Empire Ranch, as told to Charles U. Pickrell, Tucson, Ariz., 1960. Accompanied by a letter of transmittal from Pickrell, dated Sept. 2, 1961.


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Related Material

A digitized transcript of the interview can be found as part of University of Arizona Institutional Repository (UAir) underEmpire Ranch Collection

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Pickrell, Charles Ulen, 1892-1962
Vail, Walter L.,1852-1906

Corporate Name(s)
Arizona Cattle Growers' Association.

Geographic Name(s)
Empire Ranch (Ariz.)
Pima County (Ariz.)--History.

Cattle trade--Arizona
Ranch life--Arizona.

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Reminiscences about Empire Ranch (AZ 021). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

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