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April 18, 1996

Leasa Howard, daughter of Ed and Mary Malzahn, used to dream about having her own horse farm one day. An article in the February issue of Arizona Horse Connection, a magazine widely distributed among horse people in Arizona's East Valley, tells how Leasa realized that dream come true after three years of converting nothingness to physical reality. Leasa's Tierra Farms in the Chandler, AZ, area have brought her happiness and success. The writer of the article adds: "...Because she has a strong sense of family and community values, she opens the doors to her 'land of dreams' so that others can experience the wonder of horses."

Tierra Farms has become a bustling hive of activity. Two large arenas, one lighted, are leased to clubs and groups to stage their particular activities. Leasa and her husband, Bruce, are attentive to developing horse activities and are always willing to help groups. "Our main objective has been to provide a safe, affordable facility to allow everyone, young and old, to pursue their equine dreams, whatever their favorite breed or particular interest," Leasa says.

Last year Leasa donated a purebred Arabian foal to a 4-H club girl who lost her horse. This year she is donating a yearling purebred Arabian gelding to a 4-H essay contest winner. Tierra Farms is a family operation. Leasa's two sons, Zahn, 16, and Matthew, 13, work on the farm and in the feed store, during the summer and on weekends. Eight-year-old Whitney has begun to work around the horses. Leasa's husband is in charge of the arenas and all the events held at the farm. It is a family-oriented business, besides being a dream come true.

The cover of Arizona Horse Connection is a color photo rendition of Tierra Farms, a panoramic view of the entire layout showing how it nestles at the foothills of a mountain range. Two horse photos are superimposed for added interest, and "Making Dreams Come True," the title of the article about Tierra Farms, is scripted onto the cover. All in all, a very interesting and comprehensive treatment.

Edythe Tilman of Oklahoma City, who grew up here as Edythe Gottlieb, daughter of Rudolph and Elsie Gottlieb, also remembers the Easter day runs at the home of W. N. Stahl. The Gottliebs lived just across the alley from the Stahls, and one year Elsie could not understand why Edythe and her sister, Ethel Maurice, declined to take part in the races. Finally, the two daughters explained to their mother: "If we enter, we'll have to run against, the Lindeman girls, and they always win because they're so much faster. And we're afraid that even if we won, they'd beat us up." With parental reassurances, the girls took part, but failed to capture one of the Easter bunny prizes. The Lindeman girls were Mary, Lucille, Ruth and Philamene, and they wouldn't have beaten up on their friends, Edythe and Ethel Maurice.

Glenda Martin, a resident of Arkansas City, Kan., with family roots in this community, called the other day seeking information about the "Royal Hotel," which she had been told once operated here. The best information I could furnish concerned the "Royl Hotel" (note the spelling) from some 50 years ago, last managed by Mrs. Evelyn Rathbone at 309 1/2 Seventh street on the second story of the building now occupied by the Senior Citizens Center. If any reader has additional information, including the possibility of another hotel with this name from pre-statehood days, I'll try to pass it along to Ms. Martin. She is doing research for a family tree project.