Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 27, 2012

Elsie on Palomar in 1904

Elsie Reed Hayes moved to Palomar Mountain with her family in 1904 when her parents, Alonzo and Carrie May Hayes purchased the Mack apple ranch, 160 acres along State Park Road, which they farmed and improved.  Those apple trees, over 110 years old, can still be seen, heavy with apples.  After completing college and teaching three years in Arizona, Elsie and her new husband moved to Palomar to operate the ranch, and soon opened Planwydd Resort.  In 1919 Elsie was appointed the mountain Postmistress.

Elsie’s granddaughter, Barbara Beishline Waite, has recently published a book, the memoirs of her grandmother’s teaching years in frontier Arizona.  In this true story, Elsie’s 100-year-old journals, photographs and detailed letters home paint a picture of a time and place that has since faded. More than this, they are a vivid portrayal of colorful adventure, tragedy and a heartbreaking story of lost love.

Looking forward to seeing you at our Booth on Saturday, meanwhile here is a little more of Elsie in the News

Barb will have copies of her book (currently #1 on Amazon Kindle e-books for Western memoirs) for sale at the PMVFD barbecue for three dollars below the Amazon list price. $2.00 from each sale will go to support our volunteers.

Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department BBQ

Saturday, September 1st, 2012    11 to 4:00

At the top of the mountain, at East Grade Road and Crestline

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