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    Dr. Noel J. Stowe:  Dr. Noel J. Stowe was a leader in Arizona’s historical community. Initially coming to Arizona to teach at ASU, he eventually became the Associate Dean of Graduate Study in the History Department. His interests in history soon led him into the community, locally, statewide and nationally. He made many innovative contributions to the furtherance of opportunities for historians.  In June 2008, he received the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award. 

    Joe & Alice Woods: Joe and Alice came to Chandler in 1931, shortly after they were married to buy the Chandler theater.  They renamed it “Rowena”, Joe’s mother’s name.  A few years later they converted the old Monroe Building into the Parkway Theater. Later yet, they added a third theater to their business, the Mustang Drive-in. One or more of their theaters were in business for nearly 40 years, providing reasonably priced family entertainment and jobs for Chandler residents.  In addition to their businesses, they found time to raise a family and become active in various civic organizations.  Joe was active in the Chandler Rotary Club and the Mesa Elks Lodge. Alice was a life member in the Chandler Service Club, East Valley Altrusa, the Desert Samaritan Advisory Board, volunteered at the Salvation Day Care Center for over 20 years and served several terms on the Board of Directors for the Chandler Historical Society.  Alice was also honored by the Chandler Historical Society as an “Outstanding Woman of Chandler”.

    John Dick: John Dick, came to Chandler in 1953 and established a successful law practice.  He has served the City and Maricopa County as part of his legal profession, holding offices in some of the allied association organizations. He was honored by the Arizona State Bar Association in 2004 for over 50 years as a practicing attorney.  John has been active in his church also for over 50 years, serving in many positions and helping establish the Chandler Christian School and serving on its Board.  As a charter member of the Chandler Kiwanis Club, he is part of all the activities of the Kiwanis and the City of Chandler, including helping to construct the first Tumbleweed Tree. He is a member of Chandler’s “Adopt a Park” program.  The Chandler City Council proclaimed May 27, 2004 as “John Dick Day”.

    Nathan J. Harris: Nathan J. Harris, one of Chandler's first African-American residents, came to the city with founder Dr. A.J. Chandler and served as his chauffeur.  In 1932, Harris opened his own restaurant, Harris' Bar-B-Q (known as the best bar-b-que in town) originally on Arizona Ave.  The initial structure for the restaurant after the move to Saragosa Street (which was one of the more popular places to eat in the city for decades) was a decommissioned 100,000-gallon city water tank. Harris prided himself in hard labor.  One of Harris' great contributions to the City of Chandler, was encouraging people to remain law abiding citizens, and another was feeding the local laborers and allowing them to pay when their funds permitted. People from all walks of life sought him for direction in life's tumult and NJ always shared words of wisdom.  He enjoyed making jewelry, fishing and hunting as his favorite pass time, the other was carpentry.  Some of his craftiest work is the current bedroom suit of his great granddaughter LaVon Woods. Harris remained in the neighborhood until his death in 1958.  In recent years a Neighborhood park formerly known as Elgin Park, was renamed after Harris and a history kiosk erected in the park details the history of the African-American and Hispanic communities that developed in the area surrounding the park in the early days of Chandler. Harris was one of Chandler's first African American residents and business owners.

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    Dr. Noel J. Stowe:  Dr. Noel J. Stowe was a leader in Arizona’s historical community. Initially coming to Arizona to teach at ASU, he eventually became the Associate Dean of Graduate Study in the History Department. His interests in history soon led him into the community, locally, statewide and nationally. He made many innovative contributions to the furtherance of opportunities for historians.  In June 2008, he received the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award. 

    Joe & Alice Woods: Joe and Alice came to Chandler in 1931, shortly after they were married to buy the Chandler theater.  They renamed it “Rowena”, Joe’s mother’s name.  A few years later they converted the old Monroe Building into the Parkway Theater. Later yet, they added a third theater to their business, the Mustang Drive-in. One or more of their theaters were in business for nearly 40 years, providing reasonably priced family entertainment and jobs for Chandler residents.  In addition to their businesses, they found time to raise a family and become active in various civic organizations.  Joe was active in the Chandler Rotary Club and the Mesa Elks Lodge. Alice was a life member in the Chandler Service Club, East Valley Altrusa, the Desert Samaritan Advisory Board, volunteered at the Salvation Day Care Center for over 20 years and served several terms on the Board of Directors for the Chandler Historical Society.  Alice was also honored by the Chandler Historical Society as an “Outstanding Woman of Chandler”.

    John Dick: John Dick, came to Chandler in 1953 and established a successful law practice.  He has served the City and Maricopa County as part of his legal profession, holding offices in some of the allied association organizations. He was honored by the Arizona State Bar Association in 2004 for over 50 years as a practicing attorney.  John has been active in his church also for over 50 years, serving in many positions and helping establish the Chandler Christian School and serving on its Board.  As a charter member of the Chandler Kiwanis Club, he is part of all the activities of the Kiwanis and the City of Chandler, including helping to construct the first Tumbleweed Tree. He is a member of Chandler’s “Adopt a Park” program.  The Chandler City Council proclaimed May 27, 2004 as “John Dick Day”.

    Nathan J. Harris: Nathan J. Harris, one of Chandler's first African-American residents, came to the city with founder Dr. A.J. Chandler and served as his chauffeur.  In 1932, Harris opened his own restaurant, Harris' Bar-B-Q (known as the best bar-b-que in town) originally on Arizona Ave.  The initial structure for the restaurant after the move to Saragosa Street (which was one of the more popular places to eat in the city for decades) was a decommissioned 100,000-gallon city water tank. Harris prided himself in hard labor.  One of Harris' great contributions to the City of Chandler, was encouraging people to remain law abiding citizens, and another was feeding the local laborers and allowing them to pay when their funds permitted. People from all walks of life sought him for direction in life's tumult and NJ always shared words of wisdom.  He enjoyed making jewelry, fishing and hunting as his favorite pass time, the other was carpentry.  Some of his craftiest work is the current bedroom suit of his great granddaughter LaVon Woods. Harris remained in the neighborhood until his death in 1958.  In recent years a Neighborhood park formerly known as Elgin Park, was renamed after Harris and a history kiosk erected in the park details the history of the African-American and Hispanic communities that developed in the area surrounding the park in the early days of Chandler. Harris was one of Chandler's first African American residents and business owners.

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