Both the McNeil and Stratton families were among the early pioneer families that arrived in the Show Low area in the early 1900’s. The strong suit of both men and women are featured in this room. Ben McNeil’s saddle, spurs & chaps, handed to his son Jim then to his son Duke, one can imagine the tales the cowboys would tell at the end of their day spent in the saddle. Mary Ann McNeil was mother to fourteen children, yet found time to hand write the area’s first newspaper, creating beautiful hand sewn clothing for her family, and tending her magnificent flower and vegetable gardens. Shirley Stratton Jones was one of the area’s first Registered Nurse’s working with Dr. Dysterhaft in McNary. Shirley’s nursing uniform, stethoscope, & glass needle syringe are featured, along with her lovely silk dance dress with a mink stole, one can imagine how beautiful she was dressed to the nine’s for the dance at the Blue Moon. Additional heritage items are quilts, family bible, hand tools, home-made soap and family photos. Many of the families descendants still live in the area.
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