Friday, April 8, 2016

1912 Fire in Tucson

While looking again at the Arizona newspaper archive, I found this article mentioning Ataulfo Campuzano from 10 May 1912 in Tucson (via the Copper era and Morenci Leader newspaper of Clifton, Arizona). He witnessed a fire and sounded an alarm, likely saving many lives. Ataulfo was a son of Jose Jesus Campuzano and Elvira Felix. Jose Jesus was a brother of my 2nd-great-grandfather Vicente Plutarco Campuzano.
I have not yet covered the family of Jose Jesus and Elvira in great detail. By coincidence I have been trading email throughout the month with a daughter of Ataulfo. Three of his children are alive and well. We first made a connection through our AncestryDNA results, where she showed up as a match for my Aunt. I reached out to see where the connection may be, and after exchanging information, it turns out we share a common ancestor in Vicente Antonio Campuzano. Out of respect for her privacy I will not reveal her name here, but it has been wonderful to see her photos of the family's journey from Mexico and to hear about her experiences.

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