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Thank goodness for my past! It's lovingly wallpapered with McDaniel's and Davenport's. From Peoria, Arizona to San Saba, Texas to Illinois to Scotland and Ireland, I'm retracing their imprints. And I appreciate all the help I can get. I'm including a few pertinent facts to help jog your memories.
William Lafayette and Minerva Jane (affectionately called Nervie) impacted Arizona in a positive way when they decided to move to the West in 1917. Their three sons, Frank, Thomas and William Andrew settled in Phoenix, Tolleson and Peoria respectively. By 1943, I'd made an appearance. That same year my grandfather, W.A. (William Andrew) was worrying about Tojo and his role in World War II, while his oldest son, my uncle, O.L. (Oral Lee) was elected Speaker of the Arizona State House of Representatives by acclamation. Lafayette's oldest son Frank opened a successful grocery store on 27th Avenue and Van Buren Street. O.L. married Audra Cartwright and ranched on the corner of Grand Avenue and Camelback Road. S.A., my father, was surveying Arizona for much needed roads. To help preserve the past, I've created a unique McDaniel and Cartwright display at my hometown museum, The Peoria Arizona Historical Museum Society, located on the Northwest corner of 83rd Avenue and Madison, in Peoria, Arizona. 623.487.8030. Successful time traveling to you all!


Mary Laraine McDaniel Bell
PO Box 57
Morristown, Arizona 85342
United States
623.584.7200
WickenburgRanch@aol.com
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