Daysie Sutton Hall and Her “Pearls”

She addressed the note to “My Pearls” and her bold scrawl covered the entire page. For the newly widowed Daysie Mae Sutton Hall her children were her life. She asked them to light the fire and not let any sparks pop on the floor.The mechanics of writing such as grammar, punctuation and spelling were not her…

“A Genius Passed Away”

Encouraged by her father’s success with his now syndicated Salome Sun, and his stories in the The Saturday Evening Post, “little Jane” kept on scribbling. During the fall and winter of 1925–1926, more of her poems were published, and her biography of a little colt told from his point of view came out in the…

How Did Salome Become Famous?

Thomas Lansing Masson (1866-1934)  Mentor to the Hall Family In this age of social networking and instant access to information, it’s hard to imagine life 90 years ago when it took a lot of patience and more than a little luck to put a tiny town like Salome, Arizona, on the national map. That’s what happened…

It All Started in Salome in 1925

On summer days, Salome, Arizona, was so hot, dry, and shade free in the midday sun that its sand hills seemed to be populated only by greasewood and saguaro. In 1925, the would-be town, which had a population of less than two dozen people, sat in a valley framed on its northern edge by the Harcuvar and…

Christmas in Salome, Arizona 1925

Happy Holidays to all! This illustration of “Our Christmas Tree“ (unsigned but possibly by Claude G. Putnam)* appeared in The Salome Sun in 1925. No one imagined it would be Dick Wick Hall’s last Christmas (see prior post).  Dick added the following thoughts using  the sporadic upper case letters that became his signature and some deliberately questionable grammar:  “Christmas comes…

The Laughing Desert

The Laughing Desert, a book about Jane Hall’s father, humorist Dick Wick Hall, and his nationally syndicated newspaper feature that made the town of Salome, Arizona, famous in the 1920s, came out just in time for the 2012 celebration of Dick Wick Hall Days. This year the festivities take  place on October 5. The book includes a complete…