WPA Mrs. Sara (
Writer: Georgia B. Redfield
Mar 14 1938
Interview with: MRS. SARA (
IN WHOSE MIND A MUSEUM FOR
Mrs. Sara (
Since the first day the idea was
instituted, and actual building of the museum had begun, Mrs. Bonney has been a
continual inspiration in the achievement of new plans, that have gradually
developed onto one to the finest cultural institutions in
Mrs. Bonney herself, is one of the pioneers and outstanding builders, to whom a large share of honor is due. She has been treasurer of the Archaeological and Historical Society - that sponsored the building of the museum, thro'ugh all of the years since its organization in 1930. As one of the members of the building committee she worked untiringly with other faithful members, until the plans for the building were set in operation.
Mrs. Bonney realized that the
valuable archaeological collection which she assisted in collecting - some of
which were donated by the
As the first teacher in the
Sara Lund (who is now Mrs. Bonney)
was born in
After graduating, Sara Lund, with her parents and a sister, Maude and three brothers Fletcher, Bert, and Robert moved in 1886 to White Oaks, New Mexico for the benefit of the [h?] of her brother Bert.
Shortly after the arrival in New Mexico of the Lund family, a new, large, one room, adobe school building having a stone foundation, wooden floors, and a shingle roof, was completed nearly a half a mile southeast, across the Hondo Rover from the village that is now the City of Roswell. This building replaced the first small sod covered, dirt floor, adobe structure erected in 1885, which was taught by Asbury C. Rogers, an attorney.
A new teacher was needed for the larger and better school building, which was planned to serve as Sunday school, church, dance hall, and community gatherings of all kinds.
Judge Edmund T. Stone who settled
Sara Lund, happy and excited over the thoughts of the responsible and important position that awaited her at the end of what she hoped would be a journey of thrilling adventures, could eat no breakfast.
Arriving about noon, somewhere near [Picacho?], Judge Stone approached a man at a camp fire and asked if he would cook a few bites to eat for his young lady companion. The obliging camper consenting, placed a frying pan on a bed of hot coals, took a soiled red bandana handkerchief from his pocket and with it carefully wiped out the frying pan before placing in the meat. Needless to say, the hungry young traveler ate no lunch. Later, some food was obtained at the home of a widely known and respected old German man, August Cline, whose kindly hospitality and generosity, caused many travelers to stop and enjoy a meal in his humble adobe home, presided over by a quiet, dark eyed, little Mexican housewife.
Another adventure of the journey
Miss Lund as the attractive and
talented young lady teacher soon made many conquests and became a leader in all
the pleasures and social gatherings in the
She boarded in the home of Pat Garrett who had become famous as the sheriff who in 1881, rid the country by shooting the young desperado, William Bonney - who was better known as “Billy the Kid.”
Miss Lund and three Garrett children - her pupils - rode horseback to school from the Garrett ranch home, which was about three miles northeast from the new school house.
Some of the pupils (taught by Miss
Lund) who grew up and became prominent
Soon after coming to Roswell Miss
Sara Lund met C. D. Bonney, the interesting young, early day, Indian scout, who
was also a successful merchant and stock man, to whom she was married December
18, 1888. This happy event ended her career as teacher of the first
Four children were born to Mr. and
Mrs. Bonney, two boys Cecil (who lives in
Mrs. Bonney is one of the popular
leaders in the social life of
Mr. and Mrs. Bonney who live at
Many beautiful paintings created
by the brush of Mrs. Bonney, hang on the walls of her home. Painting as an
expression of her artistic temperment is a hobby enjoyed by her, and is
appreciated by her
Source of Information
Mrs. C.D. Bonney in
Personal knowledge of writer.