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Historical Society meets with Marshall Trimble

Chino Valley Historical Society president, Kay Jones, center, and member, Bobbi Wicks, right, pose with Arizona Historian, Marshall Trimble at the Ash Fork Historical Society Open House in December. <br>Courtesy Photo Laura Flood

Chino Valley Historical Society president, Kay Jones, center, and member, Bobbi Wicks, right, pose with Arizona Historian, Marshall Trimble at the Ash Fork Historical Society Open House in December. <br>Courtesy Photo Laura Flood

Chino Valley Historical Society president Kay Jones and members Bobbi Wicks and Harvey Jones traveled to Ash Fork to attend the Open House at the Ash Fork Historical Society in December. It was a brunch with a Christmas theme organized by their director, Fayrene Hume. Arizona historian Marshall Trimble entertained the crowd of about 50 people. The historical Societies work together to preserve their community treasures. Trimble talked with Chino members about their concerns with preserving the Del Rio Springs - the site where Arizona was declared a U.S. Territory in 1863.

"We need young people to carry the torch," Trimble said. "Some day the history of their home town will be very important to them. I remember thinking Ash Fork was huge, when I was young, and it was only one block. When it burned in the 70s, the railroad made a deal to keep the water train going and bring water from Del Rio Springs, in Chino Valley. My dad was an engineer on the Peavine railroad."

Trimble left school in Ash Fork before graduating from the High school in 1955. When he spoke to the class of 2007 this past June, Supt. Gary Spiker and the graduates presented him with an "Honorary High School Diploma."

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