The Letters of William Brooks


A selection of letters written by William Eugene Brooks to his mother, Anna Brooks, during his time in Arizona Territory.

Brooks was born August 4, 1874 in Columbus, Georgia and moved to Arizona Territory in 1903. His letters provide accounts of daily life and activities in Solomonville, Clifton, Morenci, Metcalf, and Globe.

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Brooks discusses working in the office, Judge McFarlan's return from a trip to California, studying Spanish, Socialism, Anarchism, his sister's secretarial work, and Sheriff James Parks.

Brooks describes attending horse races and a trip down into a copper mine.

Brooks describes a recent flood in Solomonville, the Democratic County Convention taking place in town, and the Socialist Party

Brooks describes attending a meeting of the Socialist Party in which Eugene V. Debs was a guest speaker. Debs was a Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party in 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920.

Brooks describes a camping excursion in the mountains of Arizona