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Two members of the Oracle Historical Society were selected to speak at the Arizona History Convention held April 10-12 in Prescott. Catherine H. Ellis and Royal John Medley both live in Oracle and submitted proposals on a historic topic to the program committee. Once their proposal was accepted, they had to submit a paper on the topic. They competed against many other historians and historical writers. Their papers were chosen by the committee to be part of the Convention’s program.
Catherine Ellis is a published author of numerous historical books and articles. Among her books are “Oracle and the San Pedro River Valley” and “Latter-day Saints in Tucson”. She spoke under the session titled “The Mexican Revolution and the Mormons”. Her presentation was titled “If We Were Living Near a Volcano: Roberta Flake Clayton in Mexico 1910-1915”.
John Medley’s presentation was given during the session “What About the Water” and was titled “Citrus and Saguaros: An Illustrated History of Citrus in Arizona”. John is an avid collector of vintage produce crate label art and has had an illustrated book published titled “Images of the Sweet Potato – An American Art Form”. He is also very knowledgeable about the history of agriculture in Arizona and crate labels.