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Henry Patrick Proctor (1895-1978)

Henry Patrick Proctor WWI

Henry Patrick Proctor WWI

Henry Patrick Proctor was born in March of 1895 on Franklin St. in Tucson, AZ. He lived on the Sopori Ranch then ranched the Box Canyon Ranch with his brother. As a teenager he rode horseback from the Sopori to Box Canyon everyday. Henry took the road through Helvetia to get to the Box Canyon Ranch, as there was no White House Canyon Rd. He served in the U.S. Army for WWI. But was sidelined with influenza [Influenza Pandemic] in a New York port. After returning from military service, he bought the Box Canyon Ranch.

Henry married Gertrudes “Tula” Valenzuela around 1925.  Tula died abruptly from a stomach issue in 1934. He built an enshrinement for her at the Amado Pioneer Cemetery in the late 1940s. He married in Feb of 1935 to Evangeline “Lina” Valenzuela. Their only daughter died just after child birth. They had two boys, Henry Frank and (living).

Henry and Lina had a hardworking yet happy home on the ranch. Henry could rope, brand, butcher, fix or build anything on the ranch. He poured the cement for the cattle guards you use today to cross on to the property. Next time you are on HWY 62 (Box Canyon Rd), stop to see the HP carved from the 1950s. He was also an excellent marksman, lighting match sticks from a distance with his 10-22 rifle. Also in the 1950s, he was a special deputy for Pima County Sheriffs Department for illegal cattle slaughtering going on in the area.

In 1958 HPP sold the last of the Box Canyon Ranch and bought a small farm off of Old Nogales Highway.

Henry Patrick Proctor died in Tucson, AZ in January of 1978. He is buried at South Lawn Cemetery.


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