A Book Review
I found this historically important book accidentally at an I-10 truck stop near Vail. Vanished Arizona is the autobiographical account of Martha (Mattie) Durham Summerhayes, who was born to a prosperous New England family in a spacious, comfortable home on Nantucket Island in 1846. She was well-educated and, as a young single woman, spent two years in Germany where she lived with the family of a Prussian general and became enamored with the structure, pomp and glitter of military life and fascinated by German literature and music.
When she returned to Nantucket, she soon married handsome John (Jack) Summerhayes, a Civil War veteran and a lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry. In 1874, Jack’s 8th Infantry regiment was transferred to Arizona, a U.S. Territory with a non-Indian population of about 20,000. Mattie went with him. She would live to regret it, yet ...
As she explained 30 years later, “I had cast my lot with a soldier and where he was, was home to me.” However the hardships she had to endure in 1870’s Arizona Territory are nearly unimaginable today. Read More