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Eagar in Apache County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Oscar Jepson Home

 
 
Oscar Jepson Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
1. Oscar Jepson Home Marker
Inscription. Built c.1892, this adobe structure once housed the Eagar School & later a bootlegger's still. Jepson purchased & enlarged the home in 1925 & moved his family from Alpine so his daughters could attend Round Valley High School.
 
Erected 2002 by Round Valley Positive Action Tourism Committee and Springerville-Eagar Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 12.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arizona, Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour marker series.
 
Location. 34° 6.315′ N, 109° 17.506′ W. Marker is in Eagar, Arizona, in Apache County. Marker is on Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 332 Main Street, Eagar AZ 85925, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eagar Elementary School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benjamin B. Crosby Home (approx. ľ mile away); Joseph Udall Barn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rencher Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Harry Colter Home (approx. 0.7 miles away); William LeSueur Home
Oscar Jepson Home image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
2. Oscar Jepson Home
(approx. ĺ mile away); Snyder-Cavanaugh Shoot Out (approx. 0.8 miles away); Brawley Boarding House (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eagar.
 
More about this marker. This is Marker Stop #12 on the Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour.
 
Regarding Oscar Jepson Home. One of the oldest homes in Eagar, this thick walled adobe building was built by the John Coleman family. It was constructed using forms and not bricks. The adobe mixture was poured into wall forms with rocks and wood added for strength. Originally, with only two small rooms and a fireplace, the adobe served as Eagarís first schoolhouse.

Around 1925 Oscar Jebson, a farmer and rancher from Alpine, bought the home and moved in order for his four daughters to attend Round Valley High School. He added a frame addition to the rear of the house for a kitchen, pantry, bedroom and bathroom.

In later years, during Prohibition, bootleggers rented the building to run a still. Operating a still in the midst of a Mormon community was “the height of stupidity”. As soon as the neighbors smelled the corn mash cooking, they called the county revenue agents who shot it out with the bootleggers, leaving bullet holes in the bedroom walls.
Source: Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour Brochure.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 782 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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