I had the enjoyable experience last fall of Co-editing with Lee Ann Powers, this great history of Miami, Arizona. It is a reprint of an adaptation of Miss Sain's master thesis by Dr. Wilbur Haak. This new edition is in a large format with bigger, and better resolution historic photos and illustrations, plus has many more historic photos added, and a foreword that I wrote giving a biography of the historians who wrote the book: Wilma G. Sain, Wilbur and Lynn Haak. it is an excellent, well documented story of the founding of a copper mining boom town.
Hardcover: 84 pages
Virgil Alexander Biography
I'm a native of Arizona, born in Gila County, near the delightful towns of Globe and Miami. I spent my childhood outside playing, roaming the hills, riding horses, shooting, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and working; and inside reading. My second home was the Miami Library, or the Old Dominion Library in Globe. Because it was low cost all our vacations were camping vacations, all over Arizona. My parents particularly liked the Verde River, so at least once a year we camped a couple of weeks south of Camp Verde; Mom and Dad would later retire across the river from where we camped. Gila County was my home for nearly fifty years (with occasional, short gaps of living in Thatcher, Phoenix, Yuma, and Eastern Canada).
I worked for 42 years for a major international mining company, the last sixteen in the corporate headquarters in Tempe and Phoenix; during that time I travelled extensively to mines and operations in Arizona and New Mexico, throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, and visited operations in Britain and Holland. For most of my career my work and volunteer service has involved writing. I have written reports, proposals, standard operating procedures, technical manuals, training manuals and aids, and newsletters. On my own time I wrote newspaper articles, poetry, short stories, and lectures and papers on community college classes I taught in Instrumentation, Robotics, Business Management, and Public Speaking.
My family had horses and raised livestock. I love the outdoors, history, travel, restaurants, researching, writing, my wife/best friend, my children, and grandchildren. I enjoy the American southwest and Arizona in particular. You will find in my writing the southwest is like a leading character.
My first novel, The Wham Curse, is in part based on the historic 1889 Wham Payroll Robbery, allowing me to tie my love of history to my love of creative writing. I have also authored two sequel novels, Saints & Sinners, and The Baleful Owl, published by Oak Tree Press and all three are available in bookstores and on-line. I have started on the fourth novel in this series and plan to publish early next year. I have been working on a ranch history of Gila County, Arizona for about five years and am aiming to publish volume one sometime soon.
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