Biography of A. J. Head
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A. J. HEAD, pioneer of Hassayampa, and president of Head Lumber Company, has cut more timber in Arizona than any other one man. He is not only a builder by profession but a constructor through force of habit. He was one of the first mill men in Arizona, having come here by stage in 1876. He comes of a line of machinists, brought to Arizona considerable experience as a mill man, and when the great mills were started at Hassayampa was foreman of the Clark and Adams mills for several years. He was born on an Alabama plantation in 1848, and having attended little country district schools, his educational advantages were very limited. His father died at Mobile in the Confederate Army in 1864. He continued to work on the cotton plantation until 1870, when he engaged in saw mill work with his uncle in the southern part of the state, and for six years continued to work in and about saw mills in Alabama and Florida. He left Florida in June, 1876, and arrived in Prescott, August 4th, where his first job was making hay with a hoe near Camp Verde for government post, after which he carried a hod for one week, and moulded brick for one month, when he secured work at his regular occupation, as head sawyer in a saw mill, and has been in that and lumber business since, except from 1886 to 1890, when he was postmaster of Prescott. During this time he bought a ranch, improved it, and sold it at a good profit. He built the Prescott postoffice building, as well as many other notable buildings in the city, and is owner of the Head Hotel, a theater and much other valuable property. The Head Hotel, Prescott, which is conducted mainly by Mrs. Head, is one of the most thoroughly comfortable in Arizona. The rooms are large, airy and well kept, and each one has running water both hot and cold. It is conveniently and pleasantly located, and is consequently one of the most popular hotels in the section for permanent or transient trade. Mrs. Head, who prior to her marriage in 1884, was Miss Susie Tigh, is a native of Wisconsin. She was well known as a pioneer of the territory and was known throughout Arizona as one of the first teachers at Ash Pork and one of the best educated women in the territory. She is a graduate of the State Normal School at Platteville, Wisconsin. They have ore daughter, Viva, who has been graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, and has been in Europe for the Past two years studying grand opera.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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