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    Default Alto camp, Arizona & the Bonds

    Alto is a few miles N/W from Salero in southern Arizona. Mineral wealth in the form of silver was known to the Spanish but due to the Apache's not mined on a profitable scale untill the American period.

    Josiah Bond was a mining engineer who patented claims in the area in the territorial days. In 1906 he brought out his wife & built her an adobe home, a large one for the time. Minnie Bond became the first Alto postmistress in 1912. The Bonds were blessed with a growing family, Josiah III (Joe), Albert, Hope & Catherine.

    One day in the fall of 1922 just a few months after the birth of Catherine, Minnie set out on horseback with her baby snugly wrapped in blankets & a slicker & young Albert to visit neighbors. A sudden storm, typical for Arizona blew in & Minnie & her horse were killed instantly by a lightning strike. Miraculously baby Catherine was thrown free & landed uninjured on the hillside.

    Josiah & the children lived on in the beautiful high desert & burried Minnie in a hillside family plot already home to an infant daughter. Josiah would join them later.

    He was also a poet;
    "With glowing heart, I dedicate this lay to her my wife.
    Who coped with all the hopes & worries of this mountain life.
    With patience, constant humor, ready wit & glowing love.
    The friendly hostess of all living things,
    & hand & glove.
    With all thats pure & sweet!
    & may she all the good obtain,
    That can be meted out to mortals & heaven finally gain."

    Bond family, front, Joe, Hope & Albert.

    Minnie Bond

    Family plot, nothing but the ruined rock wall still there at Alto.

    Old forest service sign, gone now.

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    The Bond home & post office in Alto today;

    There is also Bond Canyon, draining from the peaks in the Santa Rita Mts to the Santa Cruz river named for these pioneers.
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    Some good history to put with the place. Thanks!
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    Nice!
    They were some adventuresome people back then.
    Can you even imagine what their lives were like?

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    Wonder why the sign is gone? Great history, thanks.

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    What a sad, yet heartwarming tale. The epitaph Josiah wrote for Minnie brings them both back to life.
    Very nice, thanks for sharing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraA View Post
    What a sad, yet heartwarming tale. The epitaph Josiah wrote for Minnie brings them both back to life.
    Very nice, thanks for sharing it.
    Thanks Laura, you have a poets sensitivities, but even a boorish dullard like me got misty. I agree that they live on.

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    O yeah, the sign just fell down & the FS lugged it off.

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    Good on you. Nice little tale with a bit of the "Old Bard." Short and sweet. Photo's, history, and a little bit of a sad story all wrapped together. Newbies take note: This is how it is done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Johnson View Post
    Good on you. Nice little tale with a bit of the "Old Bard." Short and sweet. Photo's, history, and a little bit of a sad story all wrapped together. Newbies take note: This is how it is done.

    NJ
    Thanks NJ, very nice of you.

    Catherine Bond was 7 months old when she survived the lightning strike that killed her mother.
    Here with father Josiah in 1936.
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    Very cool sir!
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