More on the Phillips family, the pioneers who erected the Hersch building which still stands on Pagosa Street. My source is a letter sent me by Sarah Phillips Masco in 2001.
“Since no more children were born to Jud (Hallett) and Terressa they decided to adopt a child. A boy Bob McFarland and his sister were available and they adopted the boy who became Robert Hallett when he was about 10 years old. However, about two years after the adoption, a son was born to Jud and Terressa. Gale Hallett came into the world November 20, 1896, followed by another boy, William Henry (known as Hank) born June 3, 1898. Hard work, little income, and a restless husband began taking a toll on Terressa Hallett and her health began to fail, so much of the care of Gale and Hank fell to older sister, Pearl. Bob Hallett stayed with Jud and Terressa until he was 18 at which time he married Arlie Humphrey and had two children, Harold and Hattie Hallett. Bob left his young wife and children, left Pagosa never to return, and never to contact his adoptive parents again.
“Soon after this, Jud Hallett decided he had had enough and went to Arizona in late 1905 or early 1906 to investigate possibilities there. He moved his family to Verde Valley in December 1906 and farmed on a ranch there. The Jud Halletts spent the remainder of their lives there, moving from the lower Verde Valley to the upper Verde Valley in 1914. Their daughter, Pearl, homesteaded a parcel on Oak Creek for her parents who were by this time getting older. Her plan was to have a place where her parents would not have to pay rent and could concentrate on vegetables and small crops and still turn a profit. Pearl had become romantically involved with Everett Jordan, a man 30 years older than she, who retired after selling the last of three alfalfa ranches he had developed. He was a non-smoker, non-drinker, and did not swear. He treated Pearl with great respect. After years of experiencing financial hardship and loneliness for her mother due to her father’s drinking habits, Pearl was looking for such a man as Everett Jordan. They were married June 16, 1915, and he took her on a fabulous honeymoon to Maine where his family home was. Pearl and Everett have a story of their own which I will not relate here. They had four children: Shirley, Katherine (who died at seven months of age), Dale and Horace Jordan.
“Jud Hallett was killed in a runaway horse and wagon accident on Sept. 4, 1917, near Jerome, Arizona. Terressa could not continue on the Oak Creek property alone. She moved to Clemenceau, AZ, and kept house for her two sons, Gale and Henry, until about 1928 when her health began to fail. She then moved back to the ranch with Pearl and Everett Jordan until her death Nov. 3, 1938.
“Jud Hallett had two brothers who lived in Pagosa Springs at the time he did. One was George Hallett, younger than Jud, who married Ora Sewell in 1897 at Pagosa Springs. George Hallett was born in Lucas County, Ohio, March 5, 1860. Ora was born Dec. 28, 1877, in Gunnison, CO. George Hallett died in 1923. Ora married John Garvin in 1926. He died in 1933. She married Ralph Rose in 1942. Ora died in July 1964 in Durango. The other brother was Charles Hallett for whom I have no birth date or death date. He married June Minium Sept. 6, 1896, at Pagosa Springs. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Minium. She was born in Meadville, PA, Nov. 11, 1879. She died June 3, 1921, at which time Charlie Hallett was still living. They had three children, Hazel, Bradford, and Howard.”
Motter: Sara has been reporting the genealogy of the Phillips family, and her story includes many other names Pagosa oldtimers will recognize.
More names are coming and next week when we will be introduced to Alice Phillips, who started building the Phillips building, known today as the Hersch building.