Joseph City is a quiet little town, which until the building of a power plant by Arizona Public Service some years ago, was primarily a farming community. It has little in the way of esthetics to recommend itself to the reader, but is a marvelous place to raise children. The Hatch family have lived in Joseph City for nearly 35 years, and are one of the "newcomers", as this community has strong family roots for the Hansen's, the Tanner's, the Despain's, and others.
The Rock Art Ranch.
Brantley, Katie, and the Kids of the Baird family have spent much time and cash in putting together the Rock Art Ranch. They would have me mention their friend Clem Rogers, without whom the task would have been much more difficult. For a great experience, I recommend a visit to the Ranch for just a fun time, or perhaps for a family reunion....Great food, great fun, and lively entertainment at a price far below comparable experiences elsewhere!!
Now that I've told you about my kids' hometown, may I just tell you that like most men, I believe, my true hometown
remains the town of my youth. I grew up in a little town on the banks of the Silver Creek, about 40 miles south of Joseph City. No young man ever
lived in a better place and at a better time in history than did I.. Taylor Arizona in the 1950s is that type of town of which movies are made...
Andy and Opie would have been right at home in the Taylor of my youth. Whether it was swimming
at the old Willow Hole, riding Rex Shumways cows, playing marbles, or hanging around Speed's Garage, the days
were full and fulfilling. These were years of community and national pride which put to shame
the attitudes of today.
Now the reader needs to understand that Taylor is but 3 short miles from the town of Snowflake-- in my youth there was a friendly, yet serious competition between these two communities. As I have grown older, the competition has wained, but the desire to keep the identity of my hometown seperate from Snowflake remains. There are those in Snowflake who look as Taylor as merely a suburb of their town, and I tend to have the same feelings in reverse. You'll notice that even the link I put in above has that dreaded "Snowflake-Taylor" phrase!!!
There had been some disputation over the years as to the senority between the two towns. It should be noted that my Grandfather, James Pearce, along with other fine families, officially founded Taylor, Arizona on January 23, 1878, several months prior to the founding of the "younger" Snowflake.. The reader may well think this to be nit-picking by myself, and you would be right.. But the pride of some of the families in the Taylor-Snowflake region prompts me to make sure the facts are correct.
As a final note, one should understand that the property which is now Taylor was purchased by my Grandfather and others with their own monies, sweat, and struggle, not relying upon the aid of anyone else nor using any monies from the Church. Perhaps not a point of any particular worth, but we do take some strange sort of pride in the self reliance and dedication or our forefathers, both in Taylor as well as Snowflake..
NOW.... In 2010 we returned to Taylor to finish out our days. When my Mother passed away I bought the old house and land from the estate. We sold the house to Jordy & Jessica Fuentes who had wanted it for years. They remodeled it and it is lovely. We built a home on the Southwest corner of the property and moved from Joseph City back to the very soil of my youth. As of this writing we have lived here for about 4 years and have found much happiness here. Our children aren't quite weaned from their roots and some may never be but while we miss the great people of Joseph City, we have found that the people here are part of the same heritage and are every bit as great. We have been accepted back despite the missteps of my youth and love our home, our ward and our friends both old and new in our new surroundings.