Essays for history can be written memoir style, based on family memories. It can be your own family, or an interview of an older citizen. While memoirs do not necessarily need to be actual true fact – but memories, it is better to find some statistics as proof. There are a few basic rules to follow which make it easier. An example is in comparing January 8, 2012 Memorial to Arizona’s 100 years of history.
Research: Start with what you know: For instance, the January 8 Memorial for those shot in Tucson January 8, 1911 mentioned a Judge John Roll. A Courthouse in Yuma has been named in his honor.
Family info: Arizona’s Judge Fred L. Ingraham, first appointed in 1910, and on the Constitutional Committee to formulate the Arizona State Constitution, was a pioneer resident of Yuma.
Ask other family members: Wayne Douglas, of Phoenix, had 2 articles on Judge Ingraham taken from Arizona History books located in the Tempe library. History of AZ, Biographical Vol.III, pg.58-61, Record Publishing Co. Phoenix, AZ., 1930. History of AZ. By Edward H Peplow, Jr. Vol. III, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc. New York, 1958, 979.1 P4224
Check information sites. Google, Bing, etc. Bing produced an article rerun in the Yuma Sun as part of the AZ. Centennial.
Judge Ingraham came to AZ. from Michigan in 1901. Like many others, he came to Arizona’s dry climate in hopes of curing his tuberculosis. His health improved, and he began practicing law in 1902. Judge Ingraham continued to work in private and public law practice until the age of 90, passing away in 1958.
During those 56 years, he served as Yuma City attorney in 1904-1905; as deputy county attorney in 1912; and Yuma County attorney from 1914 to 1916. Meantime, in 1910, he was elected on the Democratic ticket to the Arizona Constitutional Convention, and served until 1912, when Arizona was admitted to the Union as a state. He served on style, revision and compilation, a subcommittee to set up the different sections of the constitution in proper order and to prevent contradictory provisions.
In 1918 he was elected judge of the Superior Court, and served until 1931. During his tenure as Superior Court Judge, he was frequently called on Supreme Court cases. He was respected by his fellow lawmakers.
In addition to being a judge, Fred Ingraham was an active member of various organizations and committees in Yuma. He also served on the Yuma school board, and set up the high school district for Yuma.
In 1907, Fred Ingraham married Inez Louise Jacobs. Mrs. Ingraham’s wedding gown is on display at the Yuma museum. She was born in Nebraska, and journeyed with her family across the U.S. to Washington on the Oregon Trail. Later continuing to California by boat, and thus to Yuma. Her sister, Maude Jacobs Douglas was a teacher in Somerton, near Yuma, in 1901.
Judge and Mrs. Ingraham had two children, Alice Louise and Fred Lewis. Son, Fred, later became a judge also, married and had three children. Thus, Judge Ingraham’s legacy continues to the benefit of Arizona. One might wonder, with all his service to Arizona since before Arizona was a state, why his name is not on the new courthouse built in Yuma, where he lived and served for 56 years.