I was immediately curious as to why it would be in our little museum. I was dismayed at the awful state of deterioration, and thus took photos in a preservation effort. But I also had to to find out more. What was this all about (and why in the heck didn't I listen in my History classes growing up!?!)
As I began researching the first thing I discovered is mentioned in my first post - and that is about Governor Myron McCord who resigned as Territorial Governor of Arizona to lead an all volunteer regiment in the war.
|Governor Myron McCord of Arizona Territory|
|6 July 1898-AZ Weekly Journal-Miner|
And there was the connection! "Second company--C.E.Donaldson, of Prescott, captain; F. C. Hochderfer, of Flagstaff, and Walter G. Scott, of St. Johns, lieutenants."
I could hardly contain my excitement at this discovery! My research veered off in this new direction - who the heck is Walter G. Scott - not one of the 'usual' historical names I'd heard or become familiar with in connection to St. Johns/Apache County?!
I'd probably not heard of him because he did not stay permanently in St. Johns, and has no descendants here. So through the mists of time his name has become somewhat lost. He was only in St. Johns a short 10-year period from 1889 - 1899 - but MY how involved he was, and what a contributor to local history, and the early days of St. Johns.
|Walter G. Scott marriage info from Ancestry Library Edition|
To my dismay I have not yet been able to find a photo of him (but will not give up on THAT!) My blog posts will show my love of photographs and visual representations. But I have found out so much about him. I share some of it here:
Prior to coming to St. Johns he lived in the Prescott, Arizona area where he worked for the "Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner" newspaper. He married his bride Mary C. McClellan there in 1888.
Sometime in 1889 they moved to St. Johns. Where they opened (and Mrs. Scott ran for 7 years 1889-1896) a little hotel named "Scott House" - what most people probably DON'T know - is that the "Barth Hotel" in St. Johns - was FIRST the "Scott House!! (Although the building was always owned by Solomon Barth)
|11 Jan 1896 - St. Johns Herald News|
|Prior to being the Barth Hotel (as in this photo) it was the Scott House|
|4 July 1896-St. Johns Herald|
Just some of the roles I have found that Walter Scott played in Apache County are:
- Notary Public
- Immigration Commissioner
- Court Commissioner
- Newspaper Editor for a time of the St. Johns Herald
- Captain of a National Guard Unit in St. Johns
- District Attorney
|28 July 1892-The St. Johns Herald|