In 1866, Levi Ruggles settled in Florence, bought land, laid out the
townsite, becoming known as the "Founder of Florence". To the left are his two daughters, Florence, born 1873 and Flora, born in 1875. Florence (sitting on the right) was the first white child born in Florence.
Ernest W. McFarland
Ernest W. McFarland was an attorney in Florence and later served as Pinal County Superior Court Judge. He was elected to the United States Senate, where he was the majority leader, and initiated the G.I. Bill. After returning to Arizona, he served as governor and Arizona Supreme Court Justice.
Henry D. Hall and Martha M. Hall
Henry became sheriff of Pinal County after his name was drawn from a hat. Many of Florence's outstanding citizens were descendents of Henry and Martha.
Fredric G. White and Natalia Michea
Fredric arrived in Florence in 1900 and married Natalia Michea who was the daughter of Jean Baptiste Michea and Carmen Robles, prominent Florence residents. (photo shows Natalia with their children)
In 1901, Aquiles opened his store with a great variety of goods lining the walls. Arriola's son grew up to be a well-known cartoonist with his own comic strip, "Gordo".