William Henry Roll

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. --Laurence Binyon,"Ode of Remembrance"

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the string that binds them is mine own. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Documenting your family history is a lifelong pursuit, a task of pleasure and research that is never completely finished.

Not to know one's ancestors, is to be a tree without roots, a stream without a source. --Kung-fut-se

The wind whispers through the trees, recalling words and dreams and memories of those who left us long ago. --Unknown

St. Basil of Caesarea, born about 330 A.D., said, "A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."


This website was created the old-fashioned way; it has been hand coded.

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Eloy, Arizona

Eloy was the name of the switch that the Southern Pacific Railroad built approx. 6 miles away from the town of Picacho in 1902. Developement started in the area in 1918, when W.L. Bernard, John Alsdorf and J.E. Meyer purchased land east of Eloy. They named the area Cotton City. An application for a post office at Cotton City was submitted in 1919, but the name was rejected and replaced with Eloy.

John Alsdorf, 1954

Name: John Arno (Arnold) Alsdorf 28 Apr 1884-16 Jul 1959
native of the Netherlands
Eloy Pioneer
Member of the building committee for St. Helen's Church

Name: John Arnold Alsdorf
Birth Date: 28 Apr 1884
Age at Death: 75
Death Date: 16 Jul 1959
Burial Place: Eloy, Pinal County, Arizona, USA
AKA John Arno Alsdorf

St. Anthony Mission, Eloy, Arizona
December 12, 1936

Old St. Helen's Church, Eloy, AZ

St. Anthony Mission, 4th Street, Eloy, Arizona, 1936-1951

Dedication of St. Helen's Church, Eloy, Arizona
December 14, 1952

The booklet Dedication of St. Helen's Church, Eloy, Arizona, December 14, 1952, which is the original paste-up that was sent to the printers, contains, in addition to the history of the parish, photographs of the church buildings, hierarchy, pastors, nuns, the building committee, and major contributors.

I am interested in acquiring an actual copy of the printed booklet, if you have one to offer, contact me at the email address below.

Dedication of St. Helen's Church, Eloy, Arizona, December 14, 1952, booklet


Eloy, Arizona, Nov 1940

Migrant farm workers crowd the new cotton town of Eloy, Arizona, Saturday aftrnoon, November 1940.

Beatriz Café

Beatrice Cafe, 205 E. 3rd Street, Eloy, Arizona, 2008.
Owned and operated by Beatriz Sotello and her daughter Francis Montijo from about 1946 until 1996, it was demolished about 2009 or 2010. The residence was behind the restaurant.
Source: Google Maps.

Mr. Blanton stated that Sunlife Health Center would be breaking ground as soon as the old, existing structure (Beatriz Café) was demolished and removed.

Source: Meeting Minutes of the City of Eloy Planning and Zoning Commission, Regular Meeting, 18 Nov 2009. p. 1.

Eloy - Bullets Taimed It!

Bullets Taimed It

Source: Beaver Valley Times, Beaver, Pennsylvania, Oct 20, 1954, p. 19