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Albuquerque Tribune (Newspaper) - March 6, 1975, Albuquerque, New Mexico Tribune Thursday March 6 1975 Tribune Writer Did you know that nally there were three Old Santa Fe rather than just one? Did you know that the famous Civil War battle of Pass was really the battle of Apache Did you know that around the turn of the century the booming little town of cia had 22 saloons and three banks and nearby Mclntosh had three flour mills ing full blast and even had a THESE AND literally hundreds of other unknown facts have been uncovered by Professor Perry Van Arsdale a resident of the lower Estancia Valley who incidentally values his vacy so highly that he drove some 80 miles into for an inter view with the Tribune rather than reveal where he who has spent the last IS years of his life perfecting by hand drawing and hand lettering a pioneer map of New Mexico The map unbelievably intricate in its perfection contains more than 300 towns that no longer exist in fact or on any other map But they were there arid that is all that matters to the professor He has completed al maps of the entire United States but maps of New Mexico and Arizona are the first individual state maps to be completed He is Tribune Thursday March 6 Professor turns historian mapmaker ly working on individual replies Hundreds nf nnn HP nM ha ly working on individual maps of California and as a full-time project THE PROFESSOR relates that he retired at the age of 45 with enough wealth to see the project through Holding a Ph D in tic languages also a Ph D in mechanical engineering he found himself much in demand during the days of the development of the atom bomb and during the by the U.S Air Force where for several years he de- vised systems for teaching abstract explain it he explains For this he received a consulting fee of per hour Starting his mapmaking as a hobby it soon became a full time career with the encouragement and help of his wife Mildred he calls her mom and before Jie knew it he was besieged with he maps from 176 different nations throughout the world I'M GETTING a little tired he admits though he doesn't disclose his age he allows as to how he's in his sixties So he has given exclusive ing rights to Duke's prises located on SW in Albuquerque NOW I can devote full time to my he sighs How did he obtain the necessary information to draw such an accurate By talking to he replies Hundreds of ple Old dis- attorneys county clerks and others who had access to the records of land transactions dating back to the Hidalgo Grant And what about his tion that there were three Santa Fe WITHOUT HESITATION he replies That's right The first was called the per's trail Coming from the East it headed South to ta Fe around 1796 through Alamosa Colorado But a shorter route soon became necessary so a mapper devised a route that came south turning toward Santa Fe from Pueblo rado and coming on down through Raton Pass This trail sufficed for many years but wasn't adequate for a trade route The Santa Fe Trail came about as a result of Mexico gaining its independence in 1821 THE ARKANSAS River was the boundary between the U.S and Mexico and both nations realized that more extensive trade was necessary So they put gether wagon trains with trade goods and headed in a more direct line for Santa Fe Instead of going all he way to Pueblo they headed south at the Arkansas River and cut across to Cimarron and thus created the final Old Santa Fe Trail that stayed in use for the of the century He adds that the wagons had to withstand constant attacks by Comanche ans with little protection from the Army For one he says until 1846 it was Mexican territory And the Mexicans not only couldn't give them protection but the Padres allowed the Comanches to take slaves under the laws of Burgos left over from the Spanish occupation as long as the given Spanish names and baptized into the church THE AMERICAN that I said try for they had no cavalry until 1829 while the Indians were conducting their raids on only protect the traders as far as the border He went on to explain that when the first U S cavalry was formed it was called the First Dragoons and com- prising foot soldiers from New York City who had er been astride a horse So you can imagine how effective they the professor adds with a wry smile HIS RESEARCH led him to a Polish general who re- signed his commission in the Polish Army to enter the U S Civil War as a general in the Union forces General is credited by Prof Van Arsdale with ning the battle of then as Apache Crossing General Chivington the commanding officer felt that a defeat by the Poor lady spent years paying off burial policy By B AYRES Jr C Times News BIRMINGHAM Poor most of her life Blanche Burge figures that the least she can do is depart it in style So back in 1942 when she was 22 years old she took out an insurance policy that guaranteed her what she considered a respectable ending a wooden coffin a somber shroud a long black limousine THE PREMIUM WAS 11 cents a week and for years an agent showed up every Wednesday morning or was it Thursday to collect her little envelope filled with change Standing at the front of her house bantering he would leaf through the thick black notebook crooked in his arm and put down an- other mark by Blanche name Then he would go next door or cross the street and repeat this dunning that is the way of death for many of America's poor particularly the impoverished of the South Finally the week came when the agent failed to call The policy was paid up Confident at last how it all would end Mrs Burge worried little about death in the years that followed Then a few weeks back someone called her attention to a news item that was Burial insurance paid off cy no good MRS BURGE READ on and ered that she is one of ans whose million in burial policies are now because of a statewide combine of 11 funeral in- surers have gone bankrupt It was a terrible she says because themain things thai most people I know worry about If she continues you feel as though you can go and not be a burden to your survivors Why went to a funeral the other day where just the blanket of flowers on the coffin cost Imagine And you know it wasn't near as pretty as the one 1 paid for when my band died a while back Modern Home the bankrupt ance combine in which Mrs Burge put her few pennies is now caught up in a tangled legal web in which state are looking into the possibility that some of the combine's officers siphoned off much of its assets to pay phony debts MEANWHILE ANOTHER Alabama I insurer Vulcan Life has agreed to help the courts clean up the actuarial debris in return for a portion of the remaining assets and the right to drum up trade among the jilted ers Vulcan is honoring the policies of Modern Home clients who died in the weeks immediately following the combine's failure At the same time Vulcan is offering the Modern Home ers still living people like Mrs Burge a special policy that will pay in funeral expenses for an annual premium of That works out to about 13 cents a week MRS BURGE SIGNED up ately for the new policy along with most of the other Modern Home clients Vulcan has been able to locate thus far through the mails and a sive advertising campaign Oh thank you Mr Tyler thank you Mrs Burge blurted out the other day when Charles Tyler a Vulcan at the sparsely furnished house crates was the professor says And so he ordered the bayonetting to death of more than 700 es and mules to preclude their falling into the hands of the rebels But General ky was a student of leonic the pincer movement It was his idea to steal out at night surround the confederates and burn their wagons with all their supplies HIS TACTIC worked and stopped the con- federate advance and thus won the battle Later he tled down in Puerto del nas right here in New Mexico and opened a al store where he became an Acquaintance of Billy the Kid and sold him plies and bullets Prof Van noted that the descendants of Gen still live in Puerto del Lunas The professor of course is not the only talented member of his family Mildred or will be having an anthology of her poetry published soon and is a geologist to boot His son Norman is an executive with Lockheed Aircraft Cor- WHAT IS the most sual request the professor has Well he muses 1 would say it was a request for a pioneer mop of Arizona from an inmate of the Arizona State Prison fore long I got a letter from the the a request that the inmate's money be returned The warden explained in the letter that the map was just a little too detailed to the hands of the prisoners WITH THE back roads and all it simply showed them too many escape routes And right about here Prof Perry Von Arsdale points to approximate area in New Mexico where pioneers founded the third and final Old Santa Fe Trail A dent of the South Estancia Valley the professor drew A CsW and hand-lettered this map of pioneer New Mexico in honor of the coming bicentennial Lower photo illustrates a very small portion of the overall map of the state Out world premiere is your living room tonight Just lean back and let Love Among the Ruins surround you with wit laughter and charm Irs a delightful romantic high the first time together for gta Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier Directed by George Cukor and written by James Costigan Have a good time Lift for the handicapped A special bus providing ramps for the handicapped It displayed outside City Hall Keith Schollander and Sara try out the new bus City transit officials are negotiating with a federal agency for a three-year grant to demonstrate such a bus Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier Love Among the IBM
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