Asa Packer 83rd Birthday Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona 7 January 1961
State Pioneer Asa Packer Will Mark 83rd Birthday MESA—Asa Packer, Arizona pioneer who used to be a teamster for the U.S. Army at Fort Apache and later for the Indian agency at Whiteriver, will be a happy man tomorrow.' All of his nine children will gather at his home, 260 S. Leseuer St., in Mesa, in honor of his 83rd birthday on Wednesday. Also visiting him on that day will be many of his 44 grandchildren grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. great-grandchildren. There also is one great- great-grandchild. Packer came to Arizona from Utah in 1889. His family settled in Bryce, a farming community in Graham County a mile north of Pima. About a year later the Packers moved to Pinetop. They then moved to Duncan where they farmed. There • young Packer met and married Mary Bethana Brewer in May, 1901. It was after the two were married married that Packer worked as a teamster in charge of transportation transportation at Fort Apache for about 10 years. He later worked at the Indian Agency at Whiteriver for 3 years. Packer farmed in Gila Valley from 1920 until he retired and moved to Mesa about 10 years ago. Their nine children are: Mrs. DeLos Kempton, Eloy; Howland Packer, Mesa; Mrs. Leonard Bal lard, Miami; Leo Packer, 1405 E. Hubbell, Phoenix; . Mrs. Earl Black, Geronimo; Lincoln Packer, Packer, 4427i/$ S. Seventh St., Phoenix; Phoenix; Mrs. Willard Holyoak, Miami; Miami; Lawrence Packer, Seattle; and Mrs. Lloyd Marvin, Thatcher. Mrs. Packer died three years ago. He has been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all his life and has • held many positions of responsibility, responsibility, including that of being being counselor in the bishopric of the Emery Ward at Fort Thomas. Radio Power Failure Caused By Pigeon GREENVILLE, S.C. (UPI) — t pigeon caused a major power failure yesterday that knocked a radio station (WESC) off the air for 45 minutes. The bird flew into a trans former, causing a short circuit that knocked out power in a two- block area.