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Author to speak Nov. 13 about the Bangharts, pioneer family to Chino Valley, Prescott

The Chino Valley Historical Society will have guest speaker Fred Veil present, "The Bangharts of Prescott" at its meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov.13.

The meeting is held at the Chino Valley Senior Center on the corner of Butterfield Road and Road 1 West.

George Banghart was one of the pioneers who arrived in the Arizona Territory in its formative years. In 1870 he moved to the Chino Valley where he ranched and operated a popular hotel and stage stop, and ultimately a station on the first railroad line to service the Prescott area. His rise to prominence as a citizen and businessman, however, was arguably surpassed by the stature obtained by three of his daughters, each of whom married distinguished and recognizable figures in 19th Century Arizona law, politics and journalism.

Fred Veil is the executive director of the Sharlot Hall Museum. As a past sheriff of the Prescott Corral of Westerners, he conceived and organized the Western History Symposium that has been held annually in Prescott since 2004.  

Veil is the author of a book on baseball in the Deadball Era, and numerous articles published in the Journal of Arizona History and the Territorial Times.  His papers on his great-granduncle, an early Arizona soldier and pioneer, and an 1874 Prescott murder trial, won the Don Bufkin Awards for the Best Territorial Period Papers at the 2008 and 2009 Arizona History Convention, respectively.

The pubic is welcome. For further information, call 636-1622.

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