[Source: Chris Markham, Tribune] -- Chandler will honor several of its pioneers at the 23rd annual Pioneer Luncheon. Jan Dell, director of the Chandler History Museum, said the event honors past and ongoing contributions of the city’s founding citizens and families. One of those families, the Dobsons (pictured), will be among a handful honored as “citizens of history.” The farming and ranching family has been in the area since 1896, running cattle and sheep between winter ranges in Chandler to summer ranges in northern Arizona. The family has branched into other things, but the agricultural operation still continues today, said Carol Dobson, who along with her husband, Dwayne, will represent the family at the luncheon.
The luncheon also will honor this year’s pioneers of the year, whose names have not yet been released. “It’s for those who have lived here 50 or more years and have made a significant contribution to the city,” Dell said. The event also will feature a presentation on Chandler’s history from 1938 to 1950 as well as displays on the outstanding women of Chandler and previous pioneers of the year. But most of all, it will be a chance for residents to remember what Chandler was like before Intel and Motorola, Carol Dobson said. She said she misses the camaraderie that came with knowing many others in the once-small community. “I think that’s probably the biggest thing I miss,” she said. “But other than that, it’s gotten to be a nice city.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]