Joseph Henry Kibbey, 1905-1909

Joseph Henry Kibbey was born in Centerville, Indiana on March 4, 1853 to John F. and Caroline E. (Cunningham) Kibbey. He was educated in the public schools and attended Earlham College. Kibbey studied law in his father’s office and was admitted to the bar in 1875. He practiced law in Richmond, Indiana until 1888. Kibbey married Nora Burbank (1857-1923) on January 10, 1877. In 1888 he came to Arizona for health reasons and became an attorney for, and secretary of, the Florence Canal Company. A year later he was appointed Associate Justice of the Arizona Territorial Supreme Court. The famous “Kibbey Decision” served as the basis for water law in both the territory and state. Kibbey was a member of the Republican Party and active in the Party in Arizona. He was elected City Attorney of Phoenix in November 1897. In November 1904 he was appointed Attorney General of the Arizona Territory by Governor Brodie.

President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Joseph Henry Kibbey as Territorial Governor of Arizona. Kibbey was sworn in on March 7, 1905. As soon as he took office, Kibbey faced the unpopular proposal of joint statehood between the Arizona and New Mexico Territories. As Governor he promoted statehood, lower tax rates and had an honest administration. Kibbey left the Governor’s Office on May 1, 1909 when newly-elected President William Howard Taft did not renew his appointment. When he left the Governor’s office, Kibbey was presented a heavy cherry wood chest containing a 254 piece service of silver, a cut-glass water service, two greatly prized pipes made of Irish bog oak, and a gold watch with a fob.

Kibbey was the lawyer for the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association. The Association was organized in Phoenix in 1902. Kibbey wrote the Articles of Incorporation. This group would create the Salt River Project. When the Republican Party split, Kibbey joined Roosevelt’s new Progressive Party. Kibbey is better remembered in Arizona as a judge than as Governor. Joseph Henry Kibbey died on June 14, 1924 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sources for content above:
Jay Wagner, Territorial Governors, 1863-1912 (Phoenix, AZ: R. E. McCullar, 1963).
John S. Goff, Arizona Territorial Officials, vol. 2, The Governors, 1863-1912 (Cave Creek, AZ: Black Mountain Press, 1975).
Territorial Governor Portraits by William Besser

Havasu Canyon Watershed rapid watershed assessment report

60 pages (PDF version). Col. ill. Maps. Includes bibliographic references. Prepared in cooperation with: Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District, Arizona Department of Agriculture, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Arizona Department of Water Resources, Arizona Game & Fish Department, Arizona State Land Department, the USDA Forest Service and the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management. Principle Investigators: Dino DeSimone –NRCS-Phoenix, Keith Larson –NRCS -Phoenix, Kristine Uhlman –Water Resources Research Center and James C. Summerset Jr.–Water Resources Research Center. “The Canyon Diablo Watershed is located in north-central Arizona in the vicinity of the City of Flagstaff. Total land area is approximately 767,000 acres. Land ownership is primarily private, state trust, and federal land administered by the U.S. Forest Service. National Park Service lands include the Sunset Crater and Walnut Canyon National Monuments. A portion of the Navajo N
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Close coiled basketry tray (95.62.10)

Medium sized, tightly woven close coiled basket, in tray form, flat base has a slight central dimple. Charring near rim on exterior and interior surfaces. Asymmetrical design on walls and base executed in Martynia sp. Small solid circle on the base surrounded by four anthropomorphs, two of which are standing on top of complex geometric motifs. Walls contain five quadrupeds, one of which appears to be looking over its shoulder. Below the rim, in no apparent pattern, are two saguaro-like elements, one cruciform element, three groups of diagonal parallel lines, and a line segment with a checkerboard pattern. Rim is plain stitched with Martynia sp. Remaining stitches made of very pale brown plant material; coil foundation composed of bundles of light colored split plant material. The tray is the most common basketry form made by the Akimel O’odham (Tanner 1983:160). The angularity of life form designs is a result of the weaving process, and the Akimel O’odham may have borrowed realistic life form designs from the Apache after 1900 (Cain 1962:31). Quadrupeds and humans are among the more commonly portrayed life forms in basketry decorations (Tanner 1988:43). Not all of this basket’s materials have been identified, however willow (Salix sp.), cattail, devil’s claw (Martynia sp.), and agave are materials used in Akimel O’odham basketry (Cain 1962:28).
Basketry from the Pueblo Grande Museum

1955 Thunderbird (yearbook)

This yearbook chronicles the 1954-1955 academic year at the American Institute for Foreign Trade. The publication includes individual photographs of administration, staff, faculty and students. There are also images of Student Affairs Committee (SAC), Delta Phi Epsilon, Marketing Club, Women’s Club, Speakeasy, Portuguese Club, Thunderbird Staff, The Choruses in Portuguese, Spanish and French, El Botecito, campus events, scenery and buildings. This issue represents the graduating classes of January and June of 1955.
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