As I read it - my interest was immediately aroused - who was this "Genaro Acosta" - I don't recall ever hearing the name? And then I filed that little tidbit of information away in my mind.
But as I continued my researching in early St. Johns/Apache County newspapers I kept coming across an "ad" - or as they were called at that time "professional cards" for Genaro:
|St. Johns Herald & Apache News - 30 Apr 1914|
And naturally my interest in this gentleman grew! I HAD to know more!
So I spent some time online - looking at early St. Johns newspapers, and exploring Ancestry Library Edition to try and find out more about him. And I'm so glad I did! On Ancestry I was able to find a photo of him! Always so happy to find a photo because the person becomes that much more 'real'! (And he's SO handsome!!)
I also found the following information on Ancestry:
"Genaro Acosta also built St. Peter's R. C. Church in Springerville and in Concho, AZ; the R. C. Church and courthouse in McNary, AZ; and the St. Francis [Roman Catholic] Church at the Whiteriver Mission on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona."
|White River Mission - Genaro Acosta Contractor-1922|
Another exciting little tidbit I came across - IF I am interpreting it correctly - led me to discover that I possibly lived for 22 years in a house built by Genaro!!
|St. Johns Herald & Apache News - 8 Feb 1917|
As I researched him I also learned a little about his father - Lazaro Acosta. Lazaro was a very educated and talented man. He worked as the Editor for the Spanish Section of the St. Johns Herald and Apache News for some time:
|St. Johns Herald & Apache News-13 Dec 1906|
Another little snippet about Lazaro:
|St. Johns Herald & Apache News - 19 May 1910|
And I read somewhere (can't find the reference at the moment) that Lazaro also wrote a biography of Father Pedro Maria Badilla - another early Apache County Pioneer:
|Father Pedro Maria Badilla|
Genaro and his family eventually settled in Holbrook, Arizona and that is where he & his wife are buried.
|Genaro & Faustina Acosta Headstone - from FindAGrave.com|