Arthur Scott

Arthur Scott

Monday, 30 April 2012 18:33

1876 The Daily New Mexican page 3

Note advertisement for "Carl and Company, Western Brewery, Santa Fe, New Mexico." Beer by kegs, gallons or bottles delivered anywhere. Also "lager report."

Monday, 30 April 2012 17:44

The Daily New Mexican Ocotober 10, 1876

   I will be posting the four pages of the October 10, 1876 "The Daily New Mexican." Two and a half pages are in English and one and a half in Spanish. The newspaper was published by "The Daily New Mexican. Published daily except Sunday by Manderfield and Tucker, Proprietors and Editors." Page one featurs the funeral of my great grandfather's brother, Sigmund Seligman. He died at Fort Craig from an apparent stroke. He dies on October 4, 1876. He was forty six years old. The paper states he was buried at the "Odd Fellows Cemetery. Anybody know this location?'

   Also on page one is an ad for Z. Stabb & Bro. which extols "Fast Mule Teams, The latest novelties of fashion and style from the eastern markets, which we shall offer to the trade at lowest prices."

From personal collection.

Thursday, 26 April 2012 15:47

Mi Casa


Mi Casa


   This was the house I grew up in from birth to about ten or eleven year old. It is located at 610 East Palace Avenue. The picture above was taken in May 1936 by an unknown tourist passing through on a trip from New York to California. My father had the house built in the twenties. Part was adobe and part was hollow clay tile. The lot extended from East Palace to Alemeda. The house was built into a hill so that the front is one story and the back two stories. I well remember the huge steam boiler in the basement that provided heat to each room through three-foot high cast-iron radiators. There was a separate garage in the back facing Alemeda..

   Iron bars are evident on the last window on the left. The bars were installed in August 1933 as a result of a kidnapping scare involving my sister who was five years old at the time. Our grandfather, Governor Seligman, received a letter demanding a ransom or his grand daughter would be taken. The threat was taken seriously and twenty four hour guards of State policemen were stationed at the house for several days. Nothing actually happened.

Thursday, 26 April 2012 00:40

East Side Plaza ca 1940

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 13:53

Exchange hotel ca 1886

Exchange hotel on left. Seligman brothers on right. Woodblock (?) print ca 1886. Personal collection.

The Gallup Coal Strike and Communists in New Mexico


Arthur Scott


   My grandfather, Arthur Seligman, served as Governor from 1930 to 1933, when he died in Office. This was an extremely difficult time in United States history, the midst of The Great Depression. The percentage of those unemployed was in high double-digit numbers. State budgets had to be cut. President Roosevelt’s New Deal was in full swing providing some relief through the Federal public works programs such as the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and The WPA (Works Progress Administration.) As far as I can determine, my grandfather was forced to mobilize e the National Guard and declare Military Law in various counties three times during his administration; once during demonstrations in Taos and Santa Fe against perceived discriminatory practices at the University of New Mexico, during the 1932 election, and during the 1933 coal strike at Gallup. Thiws is the story ofGallup.

The Santa Fe That Was and the Santa Fe That Is


Arthur Scott


   In order to put this into  context, I have to write a bit about my family ties to Santa Fe. I was born, a third-generation Santa Fean on my father’s side, at St. Vincent’s Hospital located on East Palace Avenue in 1938. My Father, Otis Seligman, was born there in 1898, and my grandfather, Arthur Seligman, was also born in Santa Fe in 1871. My grandfather grew up to become Mayor of Santa Fe from 1910-1912. He became Governor of New Mexico in 1930 and died in office in 1933. My great-grandfather, Bernard, was a Jewish immigrant from Germany who along with two brothers established a mercantile business around 1850 importing goods from the east over the Santa Fe Trail for sale in Santa Fe.

   When I was a child the Plaza was the center of the commercial life of Santa Fe. Located on the Plaza or nearby were grocery stores, clothing stores, the town’s only bank, J. C. Penny, two pharmacies, shoe stores, three movie

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