Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Old Timers Dictionary]
Anthony, New Mexico
OLD TIMERS STORIES
Sarah Belle Adams (Mrs. R.C. Adams)
Mrs. Belle Adams, who lives on the family ranche northeast of Anthony, is a jolly little white-haired lady with a contagious laugh. When I ask her to narrate how she and her family factored in the early days of Anthony, she settled back in her blue tapestry arm-chair and began: “Before coming to Anthony we lived in Ohio. That's where I was born. In the town of Rome—Rome, Ohio,” she explained. “The year was 1860, and the month was September—September 21st. Bob and I came to Anthony in a covered wagon in the year of 1903. There were only a few white folks here when we came and most of them were homesteaders like ourselves. We homesteaded right here on this ranche where we live today. It wasn't much of a ranche in the early days though. Bob and I worked hard and made it what it is. We homesteaded a 154 acres, and when we proved up our deed was signed by ex-president Taft.”
“Were there very many white people living here when you came to Anthony?” I inquired.
“No indeed, my dear. Let me see, Mrs Story and Mrs Coleman were here. Mr. and Mrs. Royal Jackman—Mr. Jackman was the station agent. By-the-way, you must get Mr. Jackman to tell you something about the early days, Well, as I was saying, another old-timer was Mrs. Alvarez—Cecilia Richards Alvarez. She