Copyright 2021 by Rim Country Museum Press. Author – Stanley C. Brown. Paperback – 361 pages.
This historical novel is based on the true story of Sonoran-born Delfina Mazon and Andres Moreno. They were in the vanguard of pioneer settlers in Arizona Territory. He was a vaquero and Indian fighter with the Arizona Volunteers, making the first military forays into this forbidden area known as Apacheria. After mustering out of the army, he moved to the frontier town of Cebolleta, New Mexico where he met Delfina. Andres and Delfina emigrate to Arizona with dreams of owning their own ranch. Their dream is shattered but in spite of hardship and loss, they raise a family of seven children who are destined to become movers and shakers in Arizona in the decades just before statehood. The story concludes with a twist of fate that changes everything for the Moreno family.
After retiring from forty years as a United Methodist pastor, author Stanley Brown majored in his avocation as a regional historian. He has published weekly essays in local newspapers, written several books and is an acknowledged scholar of Arizona history. Many of his papers have been published in the Journal of Arizona History and The Smoke Signal, published by the Tucson Corral of The Westerners. He has received first-place awards for papers delivered at several annual Arizona History conferences.