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Charles Roque Proctor (1889-1978)

Tucson HS Basketball. Seated lower right

Tucson HS Basketball, seated lower right

Charles Roque Proctor was born in 1889 in Tucson, AZ. CRP rode horseback from the Tesota Ranch to Sahuarita to school for 1st and 2nd grade. When he moved to Box Canyon Ranch he went to school in Helvetia, AZ for 3rd, 4th & 5th grade. He was a member of the first Tucson High School graduating class in 1910.

He was married to Ynes Redondo on June 29, 1914 at St. Ann’s church in Tubac, Arizona. They had eight children; Charles Redondo in 1913, William in 1916, George Redondo in 1918, Margaret R. in 1920, Melanie Eladia in 1922, Navor R. in 1924, Robert L. in 1926 and Maria Ynes in 1928. Ynes passed away in 1960. CRP married again on July 31, 1963 in Nogales, AZ.

On December 5th, 1978, The Arizona Daily Star, writes:

“Last living Tucsonian of the first graduating class of Tucson High School. He drove a school bus for the the Continental School District for 18 years while a rancher in the Santa Rita Mountains. In 1960 he was given a 50 year diploma from Tucson High during graduation ceremonies of his grandson, Lewis Adams.”

Extracts from his obituary in the Tucson Daily Citizen December 6th, 1978:

“Born on Convent Street in 1889. He was one of ten students in the first class at Tucson High School in 1905 [1910]. After managing his fathers ranch at Box Canyon he homesteaded his own ranch in Madera Canyon where he lived for 48 years. He sold it in 1968; moved into Tucson. He died, age 89, at St. Mary’s Hospital.”


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