SBHS News . . .
Hello Everyone: The first Bulletin of the year was sent Jan. 18 to all members who have paid dues for 2015. The second Bulletin of this year will be emailed April 12. Our next meeting will be Thursday, April 16, at 6 pm in the Chula Vista Public Library auditorium at 365 F Street. The speaker will be Mike McCoy who was one of the founders of the Tijuana River National Estuary.
Laura Charles spoke at our meeting Jan. 22, and told interesting tales of her many years as a teacher at Sweetwater High School. She spoke of the importance of Guy Hutchins, first superintendent of the new Sweetwater Unified School District in 1922. Hutchins was the uncle of South Bay Historical Society member Pat Wagner. Also at this meeting it was reported with great sadness that Society Treasurer Pattie Frazer had passed away just a few days earlier, the result of a fall during her recent trip to Arizona.
Peter Watry has been researching the military history of the South Bay, and has found an answer to a question often asked by local residents. . .
Why is Telegraph Canyon Road named "Telegraph Canyon Road"?
followed the current route until almost Wueste Road, then turned north and out
what is now called Proctor Valley Road to Jamul. The road to Yuma went through
Campo and then to Yuma, roughly following the present Highway 94. General
Crook said "only an Apache can catch an Apache," and made much use of
his Apache Scouts. That worked several times, including with Geronimo,
but then the Indians would leave the reservation and continue raiding.
General Crook was replaced by General Miles, who held that
American soldiers did not need any Apaches, he could conquer
the Apaches using just American soldiers. That was when
one-third of the U. S. Army was in Arizona. They did
not even come close to succeeding. Finally, a Captain
who had served under General Crook took a couple
of Apache Scouts with him and they found
Geronimo deep in the Sierra Madre
mountains in Mexico. They talked
Geronimo into surrendering, and
then General Miles, after taking
credit for it all, stuffed them
on trains and hauled
them off to Florida.
More history news to come next month.