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Tom Stillison was gone from home in Arkansas for just over two years. He was looking for farm and ranch land for his family. He bought and paid cash for the Tapia Ranch in Peṅasco, New Mexico Territory. It entailed a beautiful home, barns and corrals, fifty four hundred acres of ranch and farm land. Most of the farm was irrigated thanks to the Picuris Indians.

Mister Tapia had said, “The banker in Taos wants this land, wants to steal it. He offered only half what it is worth. Mister Stillison you have property that will feed your family. I am old, now I go to Albuquerque to live with my daughter.”

Tom returned to Arkansas to fetch his family only to find his wife Arlene, only thirty two years old had died of consumption. But he still had two beautiful daughters, Helen fourteen and Maggie sixteen. They loaded two wagons with everything they owned and headed seven hundred long slow miles to Penasco, New Mexico.









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