November 2020

A partnership among Scottsdale Neighborhood College, Scottsdale Public Library and the Scottsdale Historical Society to provide information, news and resources about Scottsdale history.
What's in a masthead?

Have you ever looked at the image in the masthead of this email and wondered who were those people and why are they important to Scottsdale?

The image was created from a photo of Winfield and Helen Scott with Helen sitting on Winfield's army mule "Old Maud." The photo was taken around 1900 on Winfield and Helen's land. The land today would be Scottsdale Road to Hayden Road, Indian School Road to Chaparral Road. Their home was on the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Indian School roads.

Winfield and Helen are the "Scott" in Scottsdale. Winfield purchased 640 acres of land in 1888 for around $2.50 per acre. He retired from the army and the Scotts moved to to the area in 1893.  

Today, Winfield and Helen Scott are considered the founders of Scottsdale. Digital Media Specialist Brian Gregory used this image to make the masthead uniquely "Scottsdale." We think it's the nicest masthead of any of the Scottsdale newsletters!

(Photo courtesy of the Scottsdale Historical Society.)

Learn more about Scottsdale's movers and shakers 

The Scottsdale Heritage Connection hosts a collection from the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce that features programs and videos from one of its special annual events, the Scottsdale History Hall of Fame. At this event, the Past Presidents’ Council of the Chamber recognizes several people and non-profit organizations that have made long-term, meaningful contributions to the heritage of Scottsdale, from its founding in the 1880s to the present. The Scottsdale History Hall of Fame was started in 1994.

The Scottsdale Heritage Connection at the Scottsdale Public Library has the full collection of induction ceremony videos that can be viewed online through the library's catalog. Start exploring this wonderful collection!  
(Photo Credit: Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce.)

Scottsdale Heritage Connection: Virtual Programs from Scottsdale Public Library

The Scottsdale Heritage Connection is proud to offer a selection of Scottsdale history presentations by community historian Joan Fudala, a Scottsdale History Hall of Fame inductee. This fall, she’s sharing her knowledge of the colorful history of Scottsdale’s resort and tourism industry, taking us from early “health camps” to today’s luxurious spas and resorts. You can find Scottsdale: Welcoming by Nature on the library’s YouTube channel.  

In November, Joan shared Scottsdale’s World War II history, including the glamorous Hollywood backstory of Thunderbird II airfield, which we know today as Scottsdale Air Park, and recounts the wartime engagements of prominent Scottsdale citizens in battle and on the home front. Her video, Salute to Scottsdale World War II Veterans, premiered on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2020. 

In December, Joan will explore the history of Scottsdale Art and Artists, premiering Dec. 11 on the library’s YouTube channel. We will premier new virtual programs by Joan on the second Friday of each month, January through March, including the history of Scottsdale’s love affair with the automobile, Scottsdale’s rise to one of the top golf destinations in the West, and Scottsdale’s role in baseball history as one of the major Spring training locations. And you can always find Joan’s programs on our YouTube channel by searching under her name.

(Photo Credit: Scottsdale Public Library.) 

New videos on Scottsdale history

There are two new videos on Scottsdale history that you can view on the Scottsdale Video Network, Scottsdale YouTube channel and the Neighborhood College Video Series! The direct link to the video is below.

  • The Great Desert Escape. The largest escape from a prisoner of war camp during World War II in North America happened right here in Scottsdale. Join historian and author Keith Warren Lloyd as he explores the factors leading up to the escape, the escape itself and the aftermath. 
  • Scottsdale Stories Rediscovered. Learn about a breakfast cereal and how it connects to a Scottsdale resort (or not) and a little boy's wish that became an international organization. Presented by historic storyteller Bruce Wall. 

For more information, explore the Scottsdale Video Network or the Scottsdale YouTube Channel

(Photo courtesy of Keith Warren Lloyd.)

Famous Alumnus

Can you guess who is this famous alumnus of a Scottsdale high school?

This Scottsdale area graduate excelled in three sports: baseball, basketball and football in high school. He was co-captain of two of the teams and won several awards for his excellent play. He was also prominent man on campus being crowned "prince" of prom one year. He went on to a hall of fame career in baseball. During his 19 year playing career, he was a champion in three decades - 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. After retiring, he became a TV spokesman for different products and did sports commentary for several TV broadcasts.

Scroll down to see the answer!

(Photo credit: U.S. School Yearbooks 1900-1999.)

Two restaurants play a role in starting Spring Training in Scottsdale

Baltimore Orioles baseball player signs autographs for young fans.

When community historian Joan Fudala was researching a book on the Scottsdale Charros, she heard the story of Baltimore Orioles manager Paul Richards in town playing golf around 1955. He had just played at the then-new Paradise Valley Country Club. As he finished lunch at the Pink Pony restaurant, one of the locals called out, "Why don't you bring your baseball team to Scottsdale for the winter?"

"Build me a stadium and maybe I will!" replied Richards.

Eight months and $70,000 later, Scottsdale hosted the Baltimore Orioles for Spring Training.

There was a lot of work that went into the quick turn around according to Scottsdale Historical Society board member Don Hadder. The Scottsdale Baseball Club was formed on May 1, 1955. Their goal was to bring baseball to the small town of Scottsdale. Many of their meetings were held at the Lulu Belle restaurant on east Main Street. 

Several of the organizers were also members of the Civic Coordinating Council who owned land at the northeast corner of 74th Street and Osborn (both were dirt roads). Construction on the new Scottsdale Stadium started in October and it was completed in January of 1956. The opening day with the Baltimore Orioles was on March 9, 1956. The Scottsdale Baseball Club was a predecessor of the Scottsdale Charros.

You can find out more about the history of Scottsdale at the Scottsdale Historical Society. The Scottsdale Historical Society operates the historical museum located in the Little Red Schoolhouse near Brown Avenue in the Old Town area.  Although currently closed, when they re-open they will need volunteers to serve as docents. This involves about four hours of time, generally once a month, and is a great opportunity to meet visitors from all across the country as well as all over the world and to introduce them to Scottsdale. Read their latest newsletter to learn about the Scottsdale Historical Society.

(Photo courtesy of the Scottsdale Charros.)  

Scottsdale City Council recognized Make-A-Wish 40th Anniversary

L-R: Scottsdale Mayor Lane, Make-A-Wish Co-Founder Linda Pauling, and Make-A-Wish Arizona President & CEO Elizabeth Reich.

Scottsdale Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane declared Tuesday, Sept. 8 as "Make-A-Wish Day" in Scottsdale. This was announced in the last issue of Scottsdale History newsletter. 

The back story concerns seven-year-old Scottsdale boy Chris Greicius. Chris was diagnosed with cancer and was treated at a local hospital. He loved the TV show "Chips" and wanted to be a police officer when he grew up. Thanks to a family friend who was a US Custom's agent, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) granted his wish on April 29, 1980 - forty years ago!

Chris was flown to DPS headquarters aboard a DPS helicopter and toured the facility with his mom. He was sworn in as the first honorary DPS officer and was given a DPS badge and "smokey bear" hat. Two days later the officers went to Chris's house and presented him with a customized DPS uniform and helmet. Chris went on "patrol" in his neighborhood at 8600 E Solano Dr. 

Chris died a few days later and was buried with full police honors in Illinois. Two DPS officers went to Illinois to participate in the funeral of their fallen comrade. 

Chris's wish led to the creation of Make-A-Wish which has since granted more than 500,000 life-changing wishes for children living with critical illness worldwide. The headquarters of the Arizona chapter - the founding chapter of the organization - is at 78th Street and Thomas in Scottsdale. Chris's mother - Linda Pauling - still lives in Scottsdale and is a tireless advocate for Make-A-Wish. 

At 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 8, Mayor Lane proclaimed the honorary designation of "Make-A-Wish Way" for 78th Street at Thomas. An honorary sign was installed on top of the street sign. 

You can watch the video "Scottsdale Stories Rediscovered" to see the whole story, including photos of Chris and Linda and the officers granting the wish. You can also see more photos from the proclamation at the Scottsdale Heritage Connection.  

(Photo courtesy of the city of Scottsdale.)

Answer to Famous Alumnus

Jim Palmer graduated from Scottsdale High in 1963 where he excelled in baseball, basketball and football. He had a 19 year playing career as a baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles. He won three World Series, six American League pennants, six American League All-Star selections, three Cy Young Awards for best pitcher in the league and four Gold Gloves for best defense for each position in each league. In 1990, he was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. After baseball he became a pitchman for Jockey brand men's briefs and was a baseball color commentator for ESPN, ABC and regional networks.     

You can find most of the yearbooks from Scottsdale high schools in the Scottsdale Heritage Connection located in the Scottsdale Public Library's Civic Center Branch, 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd.

(Photo credit: Baseball Hall of Fame.)


We'll be sending out the next e-newsletter around February/March with a list of upcoming virtual Scottsdale history classes presented by Scottsdale Neighborhood College and the Scottsdale Public Library. There will also be more resources from the Scottsdale Historical Society. In the meantime, stay healthy, wash your hands and practice physical distancing.

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