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80.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You can remember the mines working six days a week and nothing in Tucson was open on Sunday except restaurants.  The PD store had it made.
Gene Freed

79.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you have floor burns on your nose from pushing the peanut across the gym floor during freshman orientation.

 

Cal Martinez

78.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You remember getting out of the Lyric and waiting for our parents to pick us up.  We would scare each other with scary stories about the mortuary next door.

You remember riding the bus from Warren to Bisbee to go shopping or go to the show.

You remember riding by bike from the top of the Warren Terraces down hill to Greenway School and then having to ride home but still having to push - My bike the last part of the encline.

You remember playing tricks at Halloween and Getting rotten eggs from Benderak’s Store as along as we promised not to throw them at his store.

You remember going to the Elks Picnic every year and getting drunk on the beer all the adults left sitting around.

You remember partying up on the Divide and then one of the guys driving down while the girls were screeming they were scared.  Not something I would of ever wanted my kids to do.

You remember hiding someone in the trunk to get into the Drive In.

You remember sitting up in the balcony in the Lyric and making out.

Pat Johnston Class of 1967

77.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

No matter where your travels may take you...there is no sky as blue as the sky in Bisbee....heck...how do you think "Bisbee Blue" got it's color?

 

Rueben Nunez

76. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.......

You remember the houses from Jiggerville and Upper Lowell being moved on trucks to Briggs, Saginaw and Dogpatch (in Bakerville).

 

You remember the sign over the door at the Arctic Circle, "There's no place anywhere near this place that's anything like this place, so this must be the place!"

 

You remember getting a chocolate éclair at Balich's Bakery after seeing a matinee at Lowell Theater.

 

You remember the spectacular Christmas displays Opie Rundle Burgess created every year for her yard on Oliver Circle!

 

You remember Ola Ratteree being the best soda jerk in town at Warren Rexall Drug.

 

You remember Lee and Bill Benderach having a seedy grocery store with a truly amazing inventory of booze!

 

You remember when Citation Avenue got its name and who named it! (Doonie Ducote, where are you now?) Was that the first time we ever saw spray paint used for graffiti?

Jay (Jeanette Busk) Lane, '57


75. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

People talk about Douglas and you start telling your senior class Bisbee-Douglas game story.

No matter where you are on the 4th of July, you would rather be in Old Bisbee or on the Vista.

Your Coach calls you by your mothers first name because he coached you and your Mom and just  cant seem to tell the two of you apart.

You laugh every time you see bike racers and think about all of those who ate it trying to race in Bisbee.

You remember Phil's field trips.

You tell people that you are from Bisbee and then they laugh and ask what type of car you drive.

A man, a dog, a cat and a mouse will never be the same.

No matter where you've been you cant seem to find a place that had burgers like the Arctic circle.

You know what the iron man looks like with cloths.

You tell your grandfather you go to St. Elmos and he hugs you and wipes a tear from his eye because to him it was a right of passage.

haha.

Raymie Roxanne

74. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....
Your car breaks down or dies in your parking lot and you can push it, get it to "uh coasting" and get it to the mechanic in approximately 2 minutes.  Brophy to Bisbee Bug.

 

Your parents are the only ones in old bisbee that have 11 parking spaces because your dad, hand picked the mountain behind the house and knows exactly how many truck loads he disposed of.  Incidently, Mrs. Moore would be grateful that where her house was now has some of that fill as well as a house on Brophy that has a driveway.

 

you had a tooth ache while attending college in Phoenix and the dentist you went to for service aunt was from Bisbee.  Her name.   Minnie Kelly BROPHY! 

Frances Vasquez Wright   jerryl70@msn.com


73.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

 
you remember RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY,
 
 

LEONARD CARABEO

 
 

LEONARD DOUGLAS DAVIS,

 

RICHARD LYNN EMBREY,

ROBERT NATHAN  FIESLER, and
CALVIN RUSSELL SEGAR

 

Fallen VietNam Heroes
 
(Usually, I do not add to Bisbee When, but this seemed appropriate.)  RLS
Support the troops, then and now!

72.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you ditch 6th period study hall, head to the Monterey in Naco and drink shots of tequila (15¢ each) and watch American Bandstand.
your town has 5 Pharmacies and the majority of the population gets their drugs free from the Copper Queen Dispensary

1. Ball Drug

2. Central Pharmacy

3. Lowell Drug

4. McQueen's Pharmacy**

5. Warren Drug

 

** McQueens Pharmacy was in the front of the Lowell Post Office which required it to be open 7 days a week Mac used to tell people he was like the Gates of Hell open 365 days a year

Ray Webster...1961

71.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

 

You hear “PD” and the first thing you think of is “Phelps Dodge”
instead of “Police Department"

You remember driving Lonnie Moore’s green 1954 Chevy pickup
truck to deliver groceries on OK Street and other interesting places

You remember paying for lunch at Ocie’s Café in Tombstone Canyon with
Franklin half dollar and getting change back

You remember getting vaccinated for polio at the health department across
from the Court house

You remember watching Walt Disney “True Life Adventures” during recess on
rainy days at Lincoln School

 You remember chemistry class with Fuzzy Warren and watching him
jump every time there was a blast at a nearby construction site and he would
say, “Damned Viet Cong!”.

 You know ALL the applications of the grease used to lubricate the motors
at the Campbell, the Dallas and the Cole. (It took me 3 days to clean that
stuff off!)

 You remember breaking you wrist on the 3100 level at the Campbell and
getting chewed out by the boss, the foreman and the safety man for breaking
a safety rule

 

David Wright – Bisbee High Class of 1967


70.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

...you remember KSUN Sun Country radio!  I was news director in 1977-78 and lived in the White House Apartments on Congdon in Warren.  Our broadcasts included the Grand Opening of the Queen Mine Tour in 1978.  I'd like to hear from anyone who remembers that time and the station.

Thanks, 

Biff Jannuzzi
DoctorTalk@cox.net


69.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you set your clock by the time of the daily blast and  you start dinner because you know your men will be home soon.

    Cheryl Brands - I grew up on the TOP with Charlie and Viola Suffield


65.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

        you can claim you were born in space.
        (my Copper Queen Hospital is now in the middle of The Pit.

    Betty Maffeo Watson


66.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you crave a  pizza topped with sour cream and red devil from
THE PIZZA HOUSE.

agomez class of '89


67.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you remember 1987, the new puma fight song eye of the tiger,
also, sitting in class when were not gonna take it was played over the
BHS p.a  speakers,  
and the graduation was moved from the ball park to the BHS AUDITORIUM

 Laurlyn


The Lighter Hill side:


62.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....  
 

when elmo isnt just a character from sesame street        

referring to the bar of course

 
Catherine Ray  

58.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You know you're from Bisbee if you remember the Spanish Club picnic at Ullrich Ranch in Palominas.  And if you remember Mr. Madrid.
Edward L. Madrid

45.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you have survived skateboarding down Younglbood Hill without  having to replace your pants!
Karen (mother of many boarders)

47.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

   * Own a pellet gun
   * Love lizards
   * love looking at the stars
   * you watch the sunset and wish you were watching bisbee's sunset..
      theres no other sunset quite like Bisbees.
   *  you still attend rock & mineral shows
   *  you know what a ringtail, puma, mountian lion, horned toad and javalina
       are.
   *  you own alot of purses from the Singletree
   * can climb up& down steps faster than a city person
   * Love trendy yet vintage clothes and knick nacks (thanks to vavoom)
   * You actually miss dancing with all the little stinky people at the earwig
       factory (no offense)
   *You miss all that non stop gossip, it's so entertaining!
   * You miss all those great parties.. the best parties usually end the next day!
   * you can slam a shot faster than most city people (thanks to A.P)
   * you enjoy walking downtown but hate walking back up
   * you get time warped in Safeway
   * you remember the bread store up the canyon, $1.00 for a bad of candy.          (Martha Romero Miller)
   * your feet are wide from walking around barefoot
   * your grandpa was in the movie " voilent saturday"  (Joe F. Romero)
   *everyone you meet outside of bisbee says you're a very strange character
  * you meet someone from Bisbee & you feel as if they're family
  * you try to sweet talk the bouncer at st. elmos by naming all your
     relatives, but he still never lets you in.
  *No other place in this world can combine all the cute qualities
     Bisbee has. : )
  
 Stephanie Romero/ Bisbeechic@aol.com

39.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You could count on hearing shotgun pellets fall on your roof at midnight on any given January 1.

You actually remember Mississippi Bill and his ramshackle gas station before it was swallowed by the ever-expanding Lavender Pit.

You tried to dress up your street address when you signed in for the first day of band practice at Horace Mann, only to have Mr. Quill look up with his customary irritated scowl and ask: "Higgins AVENUE? Where the HELL is that? Oh... oh... you mean Higgins HILL!!!"

You have met people who claim to know the exact location of Pomerene.

Getting served instantly with a brew and wondering why the hell they ever called it the Lowell WAITING ROOM!!!

Seeing the old boys on the iron benches between the Phelps Dodge offices and the old Copper Queen Hospital, and remembering Ed Wallace (owner of Wallace's Smoke  Shop) tell you stories about the Deportation.

You can't remember anyone who knew why Paul Spur EVER existed.

Marveling at the acute engineering skill required to put the drainage pipe under the parking lot behind the Cochise County Courthouse Annex/Health Clinic so that the big summer rains could dump hundreds of pounds of mud, torn-up vegetation and dead animals in front of St. Pat's church.

The bittersweet smell in the air after those rainstorms. There is nothing like it on earth. -
 
Curt Morgan

43.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE.....

- when you used to party on 'Wilson Road"

- when you would drive back and forth from the "Pizza House" to "Vista Park' looking for girls.

- when you remember beating  sierra vistas 8th grade football team !

- when you know what a "3 o clock whistle"  is

- when you make fun of all the drivers in the big city that don't know how to drive in the rain on a straight flat road!

-when you miss orange and purple dirt

Tracy Bishop


40.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

AND IN THE BAND BECAUSE YOU START TO ITCH AND SWEAT EVERTIME YOU SEE SOMETHING WOOL..... THIS HELPS US TO REMEMBER THE MOST IMPORTANT FOURTH OF JULY PARADE OF OUR LIVES. MR. WOODMANSEE LET THE BAND MARCH FROM THE IRON MAN ALL THE WAY THROUGH LOWELL.

  PAT HARRIS FILCK


36.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You recognize Mona a 1957 BHS Tennis Star and Prom Queen.

Mona Baldwin (Beecroft) at the 2002 All Class Reunion fest


35.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

The mysterious force in the tunnel does not let you leave.

34.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you know which streets are dead ends.
panoramas
Rodney in 5/2002

31.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

*  Spanish Club picnics at Bill Ulrich's--the best fun ever
*  Going to Agua Prieta after the Prom--"Evening in Paris"
*  Elks' Club swimming and dances in the summer.
*  Freshman initiation at BHS!  Where's the lipstick?
*  Getting caught on the "D" trying to make it into a "B" with lime.
*  The stores:  Ben Franklin's, Sprouse Reitz, Woolworth's, Irma Courteo's, Ribic's, Ortega's, The White House Cafe, the little grocery store in South Bisbee, the hamburger place in Don Luis, the Arctic Circle.
*  South Bisbee--the dumps, Tin Town. 'Nuff said.
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Gee, I loved it all so much why am I living in Globe????
Sherry (Sylvester) Casillas
sherrydateach@hotmail.com

32.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

1. Walking up the high cement arches over the sidewalks in old Bisbee on the way to Lincoln School.
2. Climbing 86 steops across from Castle Rock to get back home from the Lyric Theater where we got in for a dime (or a can of food).
3. Riding bikes all over Bakerville, playing neighborhood games of kick-the-can, rolling down steep hills in cardboard boxes we got behind Whitehead's.
4.  Getting cherry slushes after school at the Dairy Bar.
5.  Wes and his bike with the flapping cards. "Wes for Sheriff."
6.  The scary Grit salesman who always growled, "Wanna-buya-Grit?"
7.  Dramatic summer storms, puddle play afterwards, occasional hail storms.
8.  Miss Bendixen, Coach Taylor, Mr. Peterson (the paddler of the 7th grade), Mr. Mosely, Miss Brooks (she whistled), at Lowell School.
9.  Practicing Pom routines at Vista Park hoping that boys would drive by and visit.
10.  The Fort Apache Drive-In Theater:  sneaking in, getting caught.
11.  At BHS:  Miss Riggins and the Copper Chronicle, Mr. Madrid, Mr. Payne, Mr. Creviston, and my first crush, Mr. Van Metre.
12.  Mike Kasun setting a fire in the back of Mr. Cole's U. S. History class.

28.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

the only places to hang out were, the Pizza house, and the Vist Park.
The only party places were The Flats,and the rifle range.
Lunch time in High School included a visit to the vista park with everyone else.
"TP"ing the High school the night before a state track meat.
vdugie@earthlink.net Vincent Dugie

25.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

your's and your friend's sleds,
to ride down the mountain with,
when there is enough snow,
is the last plastic wading pool ace hardware had on display.

you keep a scrap book of Police Beat articles from the Bisbee Review because the activities in them contain sentimental value.

even when you are in Phoenix or Tucson you still have the urge to roll down your window and bark at pedestrians.

Bethany BHS '01

21. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

your new car is only ten years old.   
g mulloy

20. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

Residents who have lived in Bisbee only a short time call you a newcomer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

you celebrate when you leave and then can't wait to come back home.

Playing tennis with Fred Corrin's summer tennis program,

Swimming at the country club and buying $.10 tacos at the Monterey and "smuggling" them back to the country club

a big night out was cruisin the vista and going around the traffic circle the number of our class years.........

Eating Greasburgers to hide the smell of Pot in our cars

You have to drive out to toward Douglas to pick up KOMA late at night to hear rock and roll

bill hicks 71


09. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you remember all the people driving down to Bisbee Junction every night to watch the trains come in. 

Going into the little store on Tombstone Canyon where the Laundromat is and buying frozen Zero candy bars in the middle of the summer.

Marching in BHS pep rallies from the PDMerc. parking lot with the band, cheerleaders, pompons teachers, students andhalf the town, up to upper court(City Pool), to have a bonfire and burn the B for homecoming.

Buying barbeque chips at McClains grocery on Main St. every morning on the way to Horace Mann. Having recess at upper court because Horace Mann did not any flat space big enough for recess.

You remember running errands to PD Store for a quarter for "Ruby" whom it was rumored used to live in a certain section of Brewery Gulch that was not exactly residential.

Fourth of July in Bisbee when half of the western world came to town to celebrate!

You are so proud to have grown up and even have the privilege of raising your own children in this awesome town.

 

Lynn and Albert Garcia


10. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

 -you ride wild horses from Mr. English.

- play in copper water that is piped into your yard.

- you have a stream of water in the street for several months in Wood Canyon.

- The high school principle Mr. Anthony Nadolski knows your name and everyone else, plus he was your grade school principle.

- you remember when there was no Lavender Pit.

- you remember watching them develop the Lavender Pit.

- watching rooster fights with your grandfather on Goat Row (Cochise Row) knowing they   were illegal.

- watching the Bisbee - Douglas football game on Thanksgiving.

- being in the Pep Club on the Bisbee - Douglas game with cow bells and  thinking it was a privilege to be in the Pep Club.  Also having the whole school turn  out for the game plus almost the whole town.

- watching the fights after the Bisbee - Douglas football game.

- going to the Lyric on Saturday and trying to win prizes, & watching   your favorite "serial" movie, such as "Buck Rodgers".
Joanne McGinnis (Allen) '63

08. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you can remember the "El Charro Cafe" was in upper Bisbee and the combination plate was .65 cents.

you can remember going to the drive-in on the $1.00 a car load and the line to get in was 1/2 mile back.

you can remember "Pop Skating Ring" when they would come to town and set-up in Bakervilles and people would sit in their cars and watch everyone roller skate.

you can remember the long PD strikes.

you can remember going to the dump on the road to Douglas with your Dad and your Dad coming back with more that you dumped.

you can remember going to the Toot-n-Tellum for Fish -n-Chips.

you can remember work at the Drive-In for .50 cents a hour and thinking you were making the big bucks.
Joanne McGinnis (Allen) Class of '63

07. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

When you remember the times when you walked into the PD store, loaded your basket, and gave the check out clerk you dad's company number instead of money.  I was amazed when I found out that not everyone shopped that way.

When you checked to see what movies were playing at the Lyric. You knew that the movies changed on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

When you remember that "Citation Alley" was painted along the "new" road around the pit.

When you remember tourists stopping because they were afraid that ore was going to fall off the conveyor belt crossing the "new" road around the pit.

When you don't find a slag dump offensive because it brings back memories of when home was a booming mining town, life was simple, and we all felt secure knowing our parents left our front doors unlocked 24 hours a day.

Thank you very much for all of these wonderful memories.
Charlotte Best Hayes
Class of 1962

06. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

The big May evening event was going with the family to Main Street to see
the BHS graduating class portraits on display at Art's Photo Center.

The Lowell business district was a bustling center of commerce that included
Culiver Motor Company, The Arizona Baking Company, Lowell Drug, Lowell
Theater, Brophy Garage, Ortega Shoes, Bisbee Lumber Company (still there,
thank God) and so many others.

The busiest traffic you can remember was anywhere near a business district
on Payday (always spelled with a capital P) and finding a parking spot in
Uptown on Payday was the hardest part of the day.

If you worked for The Company, you could buy anything at any PD store and
simply sign for it. ( Some miners were so in debt to the Company store that
all they got on Payday was a pay stub).

The Boy Scout troop for Bisbee was "Troop 1" and they owned their own
building.

Cruising the Vista was absolutely required before you could go home for the
night.

The big summer event (other than the Fourth of July) was the rock concert at
the National Guard Armory.

The speed limit down the main drag is 25 mph and no one is going that fast.

When you heard the blast go off, you knew you had only 5 more minutes until
sixth period was over and school was out for the day.

You still think that Warren is where the "snobs" live and Old Bisbee is
where the "canyon rats" live.

Diving into the Elks or Country Club pools in early June was the highest
order of bravery (boy was that water cold)!

You still think the Merchant's Fair was the most fun fair you've ever been
to.

KSUN radio (1230 on your AM dial) was the only station you could pick up,
but you always felt sad when it went off the air at 10:00 pm, and getting
the evening DJ job meant instant fame at high school.
Paul Blunt (' 71)

63.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....  
 

You are honking in every tunnel in Los Angeles to this very day.

You are thinking of the soap box races on the Fourth of July and the M-80's they would throw off of Castle Rock.

 
 

From Paula - Proud Granddaughter of Delfino and Bertha Moreno.

I Love You Nana and Tata! I Miss You both very much - Rest In Peace

 

Ol' Timers:

64.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....
You remember weekend skate nights at the old Bisbee High Gym..wooden floors
and all, and hitting the "dip" around the curve!

Margie Wrye  BHS '80

 

59.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

THE LITTLE CAFE ON MAIN STREET CALLED "Johnney Wards"   the hot dogs were .05 cents and the hamburgers were .10 cents a good lunch was only 25 cents and that sometimes was hard to get.  It was a treat  to go there for lunch from Horace Mann  Jr High. 
Mario Lopez class of 44 and Adela Madrid class of 50.

60.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You can tell I am from Bisbee when you remember the High Lonesome where many prom dates ended up. 

When Max Spillsbury kicked half of the basketball team for partying at Naco at the Monterey to often.

Where after being gone forty-two years I still call Bisbe home.

Ed Duchene


52.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You remember going to the A & W before heading to the drive-in

You remember watering your yard with PD water

The Hill climb for cars racing to the top of the tunnel

Ben Franklin's

Playing around the copper water

The 4th of July fireworks setting the hill on fire above the terraces every year

Robb Watkins

49.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

In the summer we'd play in the ditch and go exploring.  Going through the drainage tunnels feeding the ditch.  
The smell of the weed (?we called it cancer plant) that grew wild across from the Circle K.  
The pride you had then and now of being from Bisbee and the Pumas. 
Going shopping at Woolworth's and the unique smell within the store. 
After school, from Lincoln Elementary, going to buy candy at Moore's.  Seeing Mr. Moore cutting meat and Mrs. Moore working diligently.   
The many impressions these working community folks had on my life and my memories.  
Even after being gone 35 years you still feel fortunate that part of your childhood was growing up in Bisbee.  
M FLORES

48.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you can remember the horseshoe games between the GLORY HOLE and the ST ELMO on sunday afternoons......ANDDDD, if you can remember when there was a dog or a child beside every barstool at the ST ELMO...ANDDDDDDD if you knew "spot" the 3 legged dog....or "Ruff", king of the gulch, or "OSO" who stole a loaf of bread from the circle K then marked his spot" on the curb on the way home............Bisbee is the ONLY place I ever lived where everyone knows everyone elses dogs name...and watches out for them too.
YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.
you remember going over to the Dirty Brothers store in Warren to get your dogfood cheaper.......or if you can still remember Wolf O'Meara standing in front of the post office declaring "why hire a lawyer when you can buy a judge?"...or if you ever rented an artist studio for $10 in the old Woolworth Building...or if you had a few drinks at THE GLORY HOLE BAR in the gulch while a horseshoe game was going on in the vacant lot next door...

Gail Mulloy

44.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you still expect the PD whistle to blow at 4 p.m. every afternoon
Felix Burgos

36.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You and your friend live in Bakerville.  You are 12 and 13, for enjoyment you meet half ways and sit in the middle of the street going up to American Ave. You talk from 7:00pm til Midnight when your parents are screaming at you to get home. You know the whole neighborhood heard. And now we may be older but our parents still live in the same house and we can still visit our parents and then meet each other half ways.
S. Jimenez

36.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You can tell your from bisbee when you can remember the good times at the hitching post,and the wonder bar.


29. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN....

You mention a Lowell teacher named Bendixon (sp) or a Horace Mann teacher named (Grey) and others remember.

You sneaked in to play football on the circle in front of the ice house across from Lowell School. It was the only patch of green grass in can remember in Lowell.

You could hand walk across the gulch on a gas line that followed a foot bridge in front of your house. I think the location was called Brophey's Hill. My playmates were the Fishers (Chuck, Joey, and Danny), Brian Phillips, and Reuben Benevediz.

You could sneak off and play in the old Finish theater when yoou lived in Johnson's addition.

You were allowed to walk around the old Sacramento Pit on the way to Horace Mann when you lived in Jiggerville.

You made drivers angry when you and your buddies (Sammy Barrow for one) would slide down the snow beside the High School until the pavement was clear, polished ice and impossible to drive up. During this time, I lived 2 doors up from the High School, so I was in the gym every time the doors were open.

Dee Ray Smith

 

I wasn't really a native of Bisbee but lived there several times. I attended school in Lowell and Horace Mann and attended part of my Freshman year but was unable to participate in sports because my parents were not with me ( lived with my sister, Helen Hardt). I also spent the summer before my senior there. During that time my cousin, Dohn Sims and I batched it and I worked at the grocery in Bakersville while he strung cable for tv.

26. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN....

When you remember walking to Lincoln School and stopping at Moore's Grocery for candy.  What a neat place that was!!!

When you spent the summer looking forward to the 4th of July and the Coaster races.   And of the course the parade which we thought was the greatest in the world.

When your parents would send you up to the Artic Circle to get five
fantastic hamburgers for a buck.

When all of these years later you still talk about the influence Mrs. Medigovich had on your college career and your life.

Bisbee was definitely the best place on earth to grow up!!!!!
A Medigovich 1964 yearbook
John Bruner     BHS Class of '73
jbruner@prodigy.net
jbruner@gisd.k12.nm.us

27.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN....

you used to fall asleep to the sound of the juke box and teenage laughter coming from the Arctic Circle.
 
cruising the Vista was forbidden by your parents.
 
you and a car load of friends would ride around the traffic circle as many times as you could before the cops came.
 
you had a friend who drove into the traffic circle and crashed at the
fountain.
 
you played soft ball on a team called Warren Laundry.
 
you know how to pronounce Puma! 
Kathy Meagher '74

01.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN....

A Mining Tale

by Larry Wittig

The “Mile High City of Sunshine”
Lies a’sleepin’ among the Mule’s
Twixt rusty rugged mountain peaks
And skies of azure hues.

From Main Street, very serpentine,
Her streets and alleys spread
From brightly colored shops below
To weathered homes above.

Built by rugged miners,
With pick and bit and sledge,
Who’d wrestled free her precious gifts
Of copper, gold and lead.

The city grew, her riches milked,
By men who sweat and swore,
Until at last, her treasures gone,
She slept and grew no more.

Then one day the “new ones” came,
In tie-dyed shirts and sandaled feet
And occupied the weathered shacks
She cradled in her arms.

The picks, shovels and drills were gone,
Replaced by clay and pen,
Until, at last, the once proud town,
Began to wake again.

Now we climb her well worn steps
And hike her narrow streets,
And marvel at the history
Preserved in brick and stone.

From shop to shop we walk and talk
And view her wealth, in kind,
By artisans made, to take if you’ve paid,
For now the tourist is mined.
Larry Wittig, B.H.S. class of 55 <retmusaz@ionet.net>

19. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

- you watched movies at the Lyric Theater in the Fall and Winter and had to go to the Drive-in during the summer because the Lyric closed during the summer

-you could get the best hamburger in the world for 25 cents at the Artic Circle

-you went "parking" at the old divide (the road over the tunnel)

-you were thrilled that the strike was over, dad would go back to work, and mom would now be at home doing the cooking!!

- you could tell time by the PD whistle

-you walked to school from the first day you started Kindergarten and neither mom or dad had a second thought about it

-you went to the Vista Park to play tennis at 9 pm during the summer and no one had a second thought about that

-you got on the bus at Greenway Elementary every Wednesday afternoon after school to attend catechism at St Patrick's

-you thought the 4th of July parade in Warren lasted 2 hours and was the best in the world!!!

-you remember the lucky couple from the Dating Game that won an event filled trip to Bisbee and they rode in a float during a 4th of July parade

-you remember the Merchant's Fair at the Warren Ballpark as being the biggest event in Bisbee, second only to the 4th of July

Karla (Supanich) Bailey ksbailey@msn.com

The otherside of the hill:

68. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

1. You tried to hit the TV window of the McNulty house from home plate of their ballfield.

2. Your sister was sent home for wearing gauchos.

3. The highlight of the week was either your boyfriend getting angry at you at the Pizza House or drinking enough California Coolers to drive THROUGH the Vista Park.

3.Everywhere you go someone knows someone from Bisbee.

4. Monkey Hill

5. Plaza Liquor-Heaven help us.


6.Rollerskating at the old high school.

7. The Backroads and therefore Benny Scott

8, The Grub Box instead of Calculus (and Olander knew about it),

9. Using a lighter on your black eye liner.

10. Remembering not to take your spouse (unless they are from Bisbee) to a reunion because they just don't get it. I'm single now.
Amy Buller

53. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

>you fell into one of 4 main categories at High School:  The Nerds, The Jocks, The Heads (Freaks), or the Cowboys.  And though these divisions were there, we all got along just fine.

 

> You had art class with the ever cool Mr. Turner.

 

> To this day, you are totally amazed that there weren't more of us maimed or killed in DUI accidents.

 

> Parties usually happened on weekends, starting at night fall at the Vista Park for the beer collection, and usually ended up at either:  the divide, the river, the rifle range, Fernando's Hide Away (the hard core party spot), and if we really got lucky, the Mitchell's house!

 

> You went to the drive in movie theater towards Naco... One guy drove in and paid, as 3 or more of us would be hidden in the trunk.  And heck with the movie, it was party time, but just hope you weren't standing on an ant hole.

 

> BHS was THE track team to beat in the state!

 

> The Forth of July was THE biggest party day of all.  Not even the cops seemed to mind us partaking of our indulgences at the Vista Park.

 

> And for us select few "dumpers", we were the only source for the worlds finest turquoise, Bisbee Blue, until the Matthew's clan bought the rights from PD in '72.  It was nice going to school with big pockets full of money!  Wish I kept more of the rock though.

 

> Walking down the sidewalks of upper Bisbee, and seeing the initials MG on every new slab of cement there was.  Wonder who that was?

 

> And on a sadder note... your heart got totally broken upon the tragic early death of Luke Davey.  The road going around the pit turned, and he and his motorcycle didn't.  Such a loss.

 

Submitted by:  Michael Griffo  Class of '74
vista4u2@yahoo.com

46.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you never drive your car unless your going out of town.

your second home is the BRT.

Jen Germain
Quality Hill Walk

42.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You live on Young Blood Hill and your best buddy convinces you to ride your bike down your hill, even though your brakes don't work quite so well.  That rock wall on the other side hurt a lot.
Jesse Miller

33.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you know just how many times Angelika's toilet has blown up from line pressure.

 


A note from OFF The WALL in BISBEE, This situation occurs because most of the sewer lines in Tombstone Canyon are daisy chained together and there is no even slope to the lines; as a consequence, blockage down line will produce head and back up the line when a toilet is flushed, a dish washed, or a bath taken..

 


24.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You remember driving that long, steep hill up Moon Canyon to drop of your girlfriend, the car almost gets stuck on the edge of the "sheer cliff" driveway, you get in trouble for getting home late......and you wish you could do it all over again!  
(I'm trying to find Carol Malolepszy so I can know how she's doing -
Carol, please contacte me: ).
stevestrass@yahoo.com

23. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

Bon Fires at Gold Gulch was the designated party spot for the night.

...You remember Rompin' a 1984 Brown Honda and a 1971 White Ford Pick up Truck

...You remember launching eggs from Castle Rock into Main Street

...You threw water baloons at tourists in Old Bisbee

...you actually had a point system for mailbox baseball

...it was the talk of the town if the football team actually won

...when there were four valedictorians and three soluditorians

...rules at BHS did not apply to the class of 99

...you could get away with everything!

Rigger Mortis--Class of 99

22. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you aren't afraid of walking up the gulch alone in the dark.....
also when someone is speaking about wildlife preservation, you wonder if St. Elmo's is closing down..and where will all the wildlife go????
G. mulloy

14. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You remember Mr. Frosco's first year of teaching.

You were treated like an adult at the age if 15 in Naco and Agua Prieta and had your very own waiter.

You couldn't wait to turn 19 and be allowed into the Waiting Room.

Every party was in the boondocks.

You didn't have a key to your own house because you never locked it.  Ever.

You look back and thank God you were raised in such a crime free town. 

submitted by Vicki Atkinson-Cameron, class of 1974

email: Bizbgirl@msn.com


15. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You know your from Bisbee when going across the line meant going to Naco or Agua Prieta to party.

When the Drillers where a bunch of guys in high school and not in the mines.

When cruising started at the top of Tombstone Canyon and lasted until you couldn't coast any more.

Debbie McDonald Class of 72'


12p. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

 

Remembering Miss Power in 2nd grade at Central School.  She also lived across the street next to the convent.  

Going to church every Sunday at Sarced Heart Church until it closed.

Swimming at the Ymca.

Ringing the school bell at Central School.  That was fun.  Thinking that we had the biggest school yard. 

Being the last class at Hoarce Mann School.  Remember when Mr. Quill swatting, paddle, when we were bad. 

The principal name Mr. Detwiller.   Getting into troubleon upper court  by throwing rocks below to a man walking and turning out he was a judge pacing back and forth.  3 of us were at the wrong place at the right time.

Going to the lyric theater every saturday was a big event.  Unitl I started to drive.

Then it was the rifle range and the park. 

Climbing the B and the Cross without premission.

Pit blast at 3:00pm. sharp.  Watching the the mining trucks going down to the bottom of the pit. 

I remember the P.D. strike.  Lots of families were suffering.

Dad and Mom still live in Bisbee and now when I go visit I'm a tourist in my home


12. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

1. Your car gets bombarded by water ballons on the last day at
school while you're circling the Vista.

2. When the track team shows up at another away meet and you hear everyone around say, "Bisbee's here again, we got no chance of winning this one!"

3. You meet some idiot coming down OK street while you are going up it.

4. You have to deliver furniture to someone at #113 Laundry Hill and the only way there is a mule trail.

5. Or you have to deliver groceries to someone who lives at the top of Spring Canyon and you can't park any closer than 500 feet from the house.

6. You can hear all the Ciacada's chiming in together during the spring.

Tom Murray class of 73

11. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

1. The bus barn in Warren on Hazzard St...... and your
Grandma lived next door to it!

2.  When you and lots of others took sewing lessons from
Mrs. Clark at her home on Mill Road.

3. While in H.S. you & your girlfriends  learned to knit
from Peg Hicks and Mrs. McKinley (Dr. McKinley's  mother) at
their  yarn shop next to the Warren P.O.----  and all of  us
knitted  sweaters  or socks for our boyfriends that
Christmas!  In abt. 1963!

4.  You remember going to the Winter Wonderland dances at
the armory!  The smell of the wrist coursages!   And the
above the elbow white gloves that you got at the PD Store in
the upstairs ladies dept..!

5.  The old C & A hospital  where your parents were born in
1929..... but which
 is now ----- and always has been in your memory.....the
Hillcrest Apts.

6.  Going to the Dairy Queen for "Jack and Jill's"!!!  Still
the best DQ in the state!!!

7.  While attending Lowell  grade school.......Payday
Fridays getting to walk  to the Lowell Drug with your
girlfriends for lunch!  We would sit at the counter and have
tuna or egg salad on toast ---with a Vanilla or Cherry Coke
and chips ----and still have money left over from the $1.00
bill to get a candy lipstick at Sprouse Ritz  5 & 10 cent
store.......or  a cream puff from the bakery!!
Again....the BEST BAKERY IN THE WORLD!!!!
None anywhere ever could compare!

8.  Getting your shoes died to match all your formals at
Ortega's!

9.  Beautiful lined wool skirt and sweater sets from
Vernon's in Lowell!

10.  Stopping at Ryan's or Upchurch's gas stations and
filling up for $1 ---- and each of us putting in a quarter
or less depending on the car load!    Then driving down to
the Vista looking for boys.......and up to Bisbee over the
Divide and down again!!!!!  That was our summer
entertainment!

11. The smell of the freshly oiled, shiney,  hall floors at
Lowell School -  and the nicest custodian....Pop McGary
(sp?)   who would entertain us with his spoons and the
wooden dancing man on the stick!!

12.  Watching the World Series in the Lowell School
Auditorium with our favorite  teachers - Bill Taylor and
Carroll Mosley!!!

13.  Going to Bingo on Monday nights at the Serbian Hall!
Other nights at the Elks, etc. with my Grandma!

14.  The fun that was had by all at the Elk's picnics
.....BEFORE  the Elk's park was built.  They were out in the
Huachuca's someplace!    Sack races, egg tosses, etc!

15. School  night meetings.......C.Y.O. for some and Rainbow
Girls for others!!!
But the fun was afterwards!

16.  Keller Hogan's market in Bakerville .......buying
groceries, along with beer and cigarettes..... for my
parents when I was barely old enough to drive!!!.......and
signing the tab for it!  No questions asked!!!!

17.   Never having a key to your house in Briggs and never
feeling afraid!    Having your bedroom painted a special
lavender by the P.D. painter, Adolph.....who took his
"beverage breaks" at your house even when it wasen't the
house  he was painting!!!  He knew he was always welcome to
raid your refrigerator!!!!

18.  Having one of your dad's friends give you and your
girlfriend a ride home after midnight....bec. he saw us
walking alone!!!!   And you never thought a thing of
it....getting in a truck with a stranger because he said he
knew your dad.....Bennie Hamrick!!

19.  Spending most of your childhood at the Little League
Ballpark.....where your dad was the coach and  you got to
work in the snack bar  making snow cones!!!  And your
grandpa - Print Hamrick,  would buy the winning and losing
teams snowcones after the games!!!

20.  When the Bisbee Babe Ruth team won the State
Championship in 1967 and your dad was the coach and your
brother was the first baseman.......and  the players  sold
autographed baseballs for $5 each to pay for the team's
trip to the Babe Ruth World Series in El Segundo,
Calif.......and everyone in Bisbee bought at least one
ball!!!!!   Unfortunately they lost the first game to
Hawaii.........but it was still a thrill for all involved!

21.  Going fishing and camping out for the first time at
Rucker!

22.  Stories of when your dad worked at the laundry at Fort
Huachuca when he was just a kid going into high
school......and the Fort was all black soldiers at that
time.  And when he worked at the Ice Plant and delivered ice
up the gulch and carried #50 blocks of ice up the hundreds
of steps....to the houses who left a sign in their window
for how much ice to leave in their icebox .....doors were
unlocked and he would put the ice in the icebox,  tear a
coupon for the ice out of their pmt book and leave before
they woke up!   He also delivered to "Ruby's place" at the
end of the gulch and other sorts of  places like hers  just
outside the gates at Fort Huachuca!!!  Then later recalling
him working 27 days on and 2 off in the mines.....and never
complaining!

23. The BHS  Cuprite Follies every year !  Esp. the year
Larry Mattingly, Norm Cox,  Royce Puckett, Greg Yuncevich,
Gary Morgan, and Mike Ryan.....WERE  "The
Beatles"........1964! They brought the house down with their
rendition of the real Beatles, newly released
records...."She Loves Me" and "I Want to Hold Your
Hand"....... What a night that was!!  Screaming girls  in
the auditorium just like on the Ed Sullivan TV show!

24.  You, and many of your girlfriends,  met your future
husbands  while working at Fort Huachuca or going dancing at
the Military Inn!!!!

25.  When The Bisbee Lunch had the best hamburgers and the
most delicious cream pies made by Erma Mattingly!

26.  Bisbee Blue.... and  "Red and Gray" anything brings a
smile to your face!

Thanks for all the wonderful memories of growing up in
Bisbee!
Sincerely,
June Hamrick Schaub - B.H.S. 1965
archer@uswest.net

02. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

I remember moving to Bisbee in 72. My husband had been an architecture major
at the U of A. I was trying to complete a degree in art & art education. Tom
bought a house in Bisbee for about $2,000 & at that time, we found out later
we had been "taken". Houses around us were going for $500 in back taxes.  Tom
was an electrician at Black Cloud Electric. We lived at the top of Moon
Canyon Drive & we got married on the hill behind our house. Yes, we were some
of the first "hippies" to move to Bisbee. I've got a great picture of all of
us on that hill & when I have time maybe I'll send it to the newspaper.  

What I remember about Bisbee was......one night our yellow bug light went out
& we found a soft pink bulb to replace it. The next day a middle aged
neighbor man came over & gave us a whole hand full of different colored
bulbs. He said we could really get our neighbors going, especially they were
so curious about us young folks moving in. I got the biggest kick out of it!
Sueronfunnyfarm@aol.com

03. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

For the Catholic kids, who went to St. Pats, who can forget Sister Cecilia Loretto, and her ubiquitous clicker to bring her charges to heel, and the way she would point when angry with her index and middle fingers together and he ring and little fingers together.  That was so neat, we all tried to mimic her.

She was born in Bisbee around the turn of the century, and her mom still lived in Warren in the late 50's.  She actually attended St. Pats when she was growing up. When we had Civil Defense Drills, to protect ourselves from a Russian nuclear attack, she would afterwards regale us with stories of how, when she was a student there, they would have to go hide in the basement when Poncho Villa's marauders were spotted near town.

Also when Sister Crispina would come by and twist your ear if you forgot your multiplication assignment in 3rd grade.  And the dreaded Sister Catherine Michelle, who single-handedly filled the office of the only child psychologist in the county (in Douglas).

These were the days when there was universal agreement that Bisbee was on the 'Top 10 List' of cities the Russians intended to nuke when they attacked the US (because of the copper mines, of course).

And you must be from Bisbee when you can remember eating tacos at the OLD El Charro Restuarant, before they tore it down to enlarge the Pit.

Bert Whitehead, '62  = Bert@BertWhitehead.com


50.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

When you knew that Guy and Flash were the bartenders (Zookeepers) on Ftiday and Saturday nights at Emo's.

Flash

Can't deside
(every picture tells a story)


54. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you went to school at Lincoln, and had Mrs Ragsdale for a teacher, and every Mothers Day she would take her students to pick flowers from her garden for our mothers,
and when you were chosen to be a crossing gaurd,
also when you would go to catacism at your teachers home,
those are special memories
Azuriteskky

51. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

...you are male and you lost your virginity across the border?
...you're female and you lost your virginity at the Drive In?

Or...you just don't remember where you lost it, only that it's gone.
John Vaughn

18. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

You can tell your from South Bisbee when the teachers were Mrs. Davies (primary) 1st. Grade Little Miss Regan, 2nd Grade Big Miss Regan 3rd. Grade Mrs. Bergman, 4th. Grade Mr. Smith 5th. Grade Mrs. Polick, 6th Grade Miss Emigine Brooks, 7th. Grade ??, 8th Grade Miss Molly Bendexion, at Lowell School.
I also have some class pictures from the 1st thru 8th. 1945-1953
Those of you who remember POP McGary, also Mr. Herman T Price, be thankful We lived in and was schooled in the best environment possible.
Max Mikels

P.S. Don't forget the rock fights with Tin Town before the dump was there. Then in the 50's someone wanted to change the name to Shamrock Village.
On the route delivering ice with Jack Lazovich. see the window tag for 50# at Slag Dump Hill, when you carry it up 9,999 steps, you are told they forgot to take the sign down,  

 


55. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you remember Doc.V. making house calls in his hearse.

you remember Joni Giacomino was the first girl to play babe ruth

and she kicked butt too....

Darvi Verhelst

56. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you remember the skating nights they use to have at St. Pat's.  Those days in Bisbee were truly the best!

Anita Lawson Evans

30. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

the minerals and chemicals fom the water have interfered with the firing of your synapse to the point where you start putting up retarded websites.
when you're kids are on every drug known to man and they don't have to pay for 'em
when the cops have a couple million a year to blow on bulletproof vests and  night vision goggles but there is no youth center or movie theater....
elvis spacey

17. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

Going to the shopping in the big city meant driving to Sierra Vista or Douglas.

Being able to watch the ball games in the Warren Ball Park from your front porch.

Falling in the copper ditch.

You used to pick up fist-size chunks of malachite, azurite and turquoise off the railroad tracks and throw them at the train (Cha Ching!)

You remember the Warren Drug Store, Mrs. Browder's, Dirty Brother's and P.D. Mercantile.

You felt like a foreigner cuz your last name didn't end in "vich".

You learned to cuss in Spanish before you did in English.

You remember Dr. Czuppa's World Record eyebrows (Principal of BHS in mid '70's)

You learned to drive in Tombstone Canyon, Brewery Gulch and Youngblood Hill.

You swore you would NEVER work in a mine.
 

 

 

17'. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

Happy Harry's Mortuary (Harry Mitchell's Hubbard Mortuary)

Your yearbook photo by Ernie Beyer (the guy that did crime scene and accident photography for the cops)

Saint Elmo's

Country hicks lived in Double Adobe or Palominas

the baby in the jar in Mr. Killian's room at the Lowell School

4th of July meant Bisbee was the center of the Universe
"george"

16. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

  I am reminded every time I visit of the time I should have lowered the bed of the dump truck.  I dumped the load behind Lowell School and pulled out from under it.  I then drove across the street to go back to the pit for another load.  I forgot to lower the bed of the truck and needless to say 12 telephone poles were never the same again. The bosses informed me they didn't like the poles snapped in half. This little absence of mind ended my career with Phelps Dodge. My brother Fred informed me after I left, he was asked several times if he was the Wright that pulled the telephone poles down.  He always informed them he didn't know what they were talking about.  Do you think he might have been ashamed of me?  Ha  I still have the fondness memories and enjoy all the comments as I can relate to them all.
Harold Wright   POORBOY1934@YAHOO.COM

27. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

your friends come over with a case of beer after your A.A. meeting.

your shopping for a new girlfriend and the measure of the hair under her arms has to reach a certain length.....

your teeth(or Tooth) has copper fillings and you have "Bisbee Blue" streaks in your underwear.

You drive 35 miles to buy underwear

05. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

WHEN  YOU KNOW THEY BLACKTOPPED THE STREET IN FRONT OF SACRED HEART CHURCH AND  OK STREET  THE DAY WE GOT MARRIED  BY FATHER MACHAIN  ON 6/ 1 /57 (STILL MARRIED ) BUT MISS BISBEE

04. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

I get a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat reading all the comments you put on this web. page....THANKS FOR DOING IT.

...I remember my first coach in Bisbee, Angel Salas, Sr.....what a great guy! He used to tell us he got so brown because of the sun.....

...I remember the organized grade school touch football games on Sat. mornings....Greenway  vs Lowell, St. Pat's vs "Horse Man", etc....then the real games between the same teams on Sunday afternoon...tackle, unsupervised!!

...the Warren Ball Park was always open on weekends for pick-up football and baseball games on weekends....why is it locked now? Bill Taylor, you need to do something about that!!

...I remember Coach Fuzzy Warren yelling at the Douglas fans, "Which one was Dawson?", after BHS had upset the previously unbeaten Bulldogs and their great Gib Dawson in the 1948 Turkey Day Game in Douglas!

...I remember carving my initials in the adobe bricks in the Warren Ball Park as a kid, and then years later bringing my 3 children to the park and finding some of the "HH"s were still there.

...I remember telling my 3 children that I posed for "iron man statue" by St. Pat's and not telling them any different until they were old enough to figure out that their dad lied.

...I remember "Rock" Miller, at one of our class reunions, listing the Presidents of The United States in order....backwards!

...does any one know where Jim "Lefty" Weld is?

...and, finally, I remember my wife going into a Frozen Yogurt shop in South Caroling in 1985 and finding out that the parents of the young girl who waited on her were from Bisbee....and my wife forgot the name!!! My wife, obviously, is not from Bisbee!!

Hadley Hicks hadley@sterlingks.net


41. YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

you

 

Just finished reading the "You Know" column.  It was great.  Unfortunately, I had to go to the last 'history lesson' to find someone I knew, Hadley Hicks.  Of course, he was several years younger.  I might add, that Hadley was on of Bisbee High School's greatest athletes.  He was a running back who ran like the wind and wiggled like a snake.  I did not get to see him play but one game when I came home on leave from the Marine Corps. 

You can tell you are from Bisbee when you participated in snow ball fights (rock inside) against the superior force from Horse Mann.  We would climb to Higgins mine and made our stand there.  There were more of them then us and we were ultimately slaughtered.   Oh yes, fistacuffs including the gals.

You can tell you are from Bisbee when we played two games against Douglas, Armistice and Thanksgiving. 

You can tell you are from Bisbee when you played for BHS in a game that Douglas won 54-0.   Ouch.  We, BHS, officially won the game because Douglas had WWII vets playing on the team.  Score 2-0.  The Bisbee crowd (game was in Douglas) got tired of standing for the kickoffs.

You  can tell you are from Bisbee, when the following year, they beat us 6-0 and we won the 'copper pic' on Thanksgiving. (1947)

You can tell you are from Bisbee when every Saturday in the morning, you could find the game of the season being played with one neighborhood against the other in Bisbee, Lowell or Warren.  Of course, there were always fights but come what may, just before noon, everrything stopped.  We went home for lunch, picked up our nickels and went to the Lyric.

You can tell you are from Bisbee when you went to Economy's little candy store next to the Lyric to buy candy.  A Hershey which cost a dollar now went for 5 cents.  

You can tell you are from Bisbee when if you lived up Brewery Gulch and Zacatecas, you cleaned all your trash and dumped in on the 'river' going down the gulch during heavy rains.

You can tell you are from Bisbee when the 'river' picked up and carried Mr. Clarks 16 wheelers as if though they were rafts.

There are hundreds of incidents which would let people know that I am from Bisbee but I believe that you knew you were from Bisbee when people would help people when in need.   When people would pick up the children and take them home til a new home was found when those children's mother died.  When people would gather and pay for funerals of the poor.  When merchants would donate clothing and food to poor families. This is what Bisbee was and I pray that it still is.

The people of Bisbee I knew and I will meet again, hopefully 'up there'.We will light a bonfire at Horse Mann field then play Douglas the next day.

Ralph  Echave-Class of 1948
1930-1935...Chihuahua Hill, the cut facing the pit
1935-1948...134 Opera Drive

Now:    7871 Mission  Grove Pky 83
               Riverside, CA 92508

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57.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....

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John Vaughn

61.  YOU CAN TELL YOU'RE FROM BISBEE WHEN.....
 

you would go to the reservoir up on Locklin Ave and fish for Blue Gill with a line, hook and bubble gum that you bought from the Canyon Store.

you would play basket ball at the Garfield on the green wooden backboard and twist your ankle when you made a lay-up.

you would swat dragon flies and play with the sand lions in the ditch.Can you tell I was Canyon Rat.

you would go to the Artic Circle and get a Jumbo Chili Cheese and BBQ chips with a Strawberry Shake.

call Mr. Frosco Garvin, and now my son is one of Garvin's boys.

I grew up in Bisbee and still live in Bisbee. I have been offered more money to work in other places.I have gone and come back, I missed the town I always tried to run away from. When I came back through the tunnel and felt the cool breeze I knew I was back home.I think this is the best place in the world for me my wife and kids.

Norman Munsey

 


 

 

 


 


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