Books by A.O. Kime
"Metaphysical realities in America's politically-challenged democracy"
"A sagacious accounting of the Stone Age and the beginnings of civilization"
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U.S. colleges and trade schools
A.O. Kime Articles:
Shoofly Village ruins
Stone Age history
Stone Age timelines
Stone Age tools
Dynamics of now
Evil (nature of)
Gift of life
Light (nature of)
Time (nature of)
Curse of science
Int'l Criminal Court
Rule of law
see below for links to her heretofore unpublished memories (from 1935 & 1943)
From this Mother's Day 2003 onward, a spot on this website will be dedicated to Doris Sturges, A.O. Kime's mother. Doris had an extensive background in the newspaper business as a reporter for the Arizona Republic, Arizona Daily Star, Douglas Dispatch, Arizona Range News and culminated her career as the Editor for the Payson Roundup in Payson, Arizona in the late 1960's. An activist all her life, while both Editor and as the Manager for the Payson Chamber of Commerce, for ten years she promoted the idea of an Indian reservation for the Tonto Apache Indian tribe, otherwise destitute and 'illegally' squatting on U.S. Forest Service property near Payson, Arizona. Dorene Kime, A.O. Kime's sister, recently completed a book called "Ten Years for the Tonto", largely a collection of newspaper articles and correspondence concerning Doris's efforts for this Indian reservation. From those years of pestering Arizona Governors, Congressmen and Senators, Barry Goldwater included, and ultimately with their help, did Doris finally see a reservation for these Indians. Note: Dorene did not intend this book for publication but rather for family only... perhaps one day it will be published. In Dorene's exceptional style, the following is how she dedicated "Ten Years for the Tonto"
MOM'S TEN YEARS FOR THE TONTO
TE-GO-SUK (the place of yellow water)
Tonto Apache, Payson, Arizona
This story is for anyone who wants to make a difference, who needs to follow their dream, who asks to improve the lot of their fellow dwellers on this planet we all call home.
Special recognition goes to Doris Sturges for dedication and bulldog determination. Also, based if nothing else on the sheer volume of correspondence from Henry J. Keneally, Jr., Chief, Area Health Education Branch of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare of the Public Health Service. His comments showed an especial sense of friendship and devotion to duty.
Belated thanks to now deceased Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator; to U.S. Congressman Sam Steiger; Assistant Secretary to the Interior Harrison Loesch; Under Secretary of Agriculture J. Phil Campbell; Vice President Spiro T. Agnew; Nicholas P. Houser, University of Arizona, ethnologist and chronicler of the Tonto history; with the helping funds of the Doris Duke American Indian Oral History Project.
Thanks to the Tonto Apache people for trusting her motives and especially to Melton Campbell, Chairman, now deceased. He was my childhood friend and will always be Chief.
Gratitude to the friends who stood by her during a contentious time. Gratitude also to those unnamed persons who worked with her for no recognition, who tolerated her obstinate foolishness, or who simply did not put obstacles in her way. Topping the list would be Kath (Doris' sister-in-law) Loftfield and Nan Pyle. Their karma will be recorded.
Mom's Ten Years for the Tonto exemplifies the determination and commitment to a purpose and the strength of character needed to accomplish a goal. It is a heritage given to her descendants. It was passed on to her by Richard the Lionhearted and Catherine Hohenshiel and those who came to America on the good ship Speedwell in the 1600's. Her work on genealogy on her mother's side gives explanation of the hardy and hopeful nature of later preacher/farmer ancestors who were warriors as needed.
By no means is this a story about one woman. Rather it is about the dozens, if not hundreds, of people who together made a difference. But. it is about tenacity and not giving up on a goal. She never gave up. Others might, after ten years, have said "Oh, what the heck, forget it". She never gave up. Not Mom.
Finally, boundless appreciation for the artistic creativity and endless patience of my daughter, Valerie Ann Brown. Her computer and skills made this a worthwhile presentation.
Mostly, this is dedicated to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren so they will all know her, or at least know of one small part of who she was and so they can remember some of their past and look to the future with pride. She was English- Irish-German and very-very reserved. She rarely talked to anyone of her hopes, or fears or ambitions. So often it was only very terse and very tough pragmatism. She wasn't a typical Grandma.
I remember a few comments about the faithfulness of Sam Steiger, the loyalty of Kath Loftfield, Nan Pyle and Julia Randall. It may have been her reason for living after the death of her husband and son. At any rate, it is a legacy.
(picture taken in the 1960s at Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim 30 miles east of Payson, Arizona)
Last modified: 09/19/12