Click here to view a panorama photo of Dawson (circa late 1940's)
|The 2016 Dawson Reunion will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4, 2016. You may open and download the Dawson Association Newsletter for the 2016 reunion by clicking here. If you wish to receive future Dawson Association Newsletters by email with details of these reunions, send your email address to Joe Bacca. Many former reunion attendees recently received a post card in the mail which asked for their updated email addresses. On that card was the photo below which is a of a sculpture reproduction of a Native American Indian by Frederick Remington, famous artist of the early American West. This sculpture, purchased by the current owners, stands above the area which was the former town of Dawson, NM as a memorial to the original natives of this area.
The 2014 Dawson Reunion Held on Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, 2014 Was A Success! Click here to read about the reunion in an article published by the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle. You can click here to see the Dawson Reunion Social photos and click here to see the Dawson Reunion Picnic photos.
The 2014 Dawson Reunion was a great time for everyone. At the picnic, John DiRuggiero, who represented the Italian Consulate from Los Angeles, was present and re-dedicated the Dawson plaque that was presented last year to the Raton Museum. Georgeo Mayro, from the Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Fe, was also present and performed a memorial ceremony at the Dawson Cemetery. Deacon Aldertte gave a mass for the miners killed in the 1913 and 1923 explosions. For the first time, a Japanese speaker gave a memorial service in Japanese for all the miners and the one Japanese miner killed in the 1913 explosion. There were 630 waivers signed at the Dawson gate to enter the reunion picnic on Sunday, August 31, and over 200 people who were at the social at the Elks Club on Saturday night. Over 200 people signed the registry at the Raton Museum. The raffle was a great success. Here are the names of the people who donated and who won items for the raffle.DONATIONS FOR THE RAFFLE:
1. DAWSON NM 1985 CALENDAR DONATED BY: JOE & SUSAN BACCA
2. MINERS METAL LUNCH PAIL DONATED BY: ED & BETTY ZAVALA
3. COAL BUCKET DONATED BY: ED & BETTY ZAVALA
4. WATER COLOR PICTURE OF DAWSON DONATED BY: FRED BECCHETTI
5. LETTER D DAWSON HIGH SCHOOL DONATED BY: JOAN CHAPATTI
6. DAWSON NEW MEXICO TOKEN DONATED BY: CAROLYN REDOLFI
7. PHELPS DODGE AWARD DONATED BY: JOAN CHAPATTI
8. 1925 DAWSON NM CLASS RING DONATED BY: JOAN CHAPATTI
9. TURQUOISE HORSE PICTURE DONATED BY: EMERY CORLEY, PHILMONT STAFF ASSOCIATION, VALERIE KUTZ, VICTORIA FERNANDEZ
10. 1948 DAWSON PHONE DIRECTORY BOOK DONATED BY: JOHN GABRIELE
11. QUILTED WALL HANGING DONATED BY: VIVIAN ANDREWS
THE WINNERS OF THE RAFFLE WERE:
1. DAWSON NM 1985 CALENDAR: DELORES SANCHEZ
2. MINERS METAL LUNCH PAIL: GERALDINE TRUJILLO
3. COAL BUCKET: L. MURKEY
4. WATER COLOR PICTURE OF DAWSON: MAURIS FAMILY
5. LETTER D HIGH SCHOOL LETTER: PEGGY BIZYAK
6. DAWSON NEW MEXICO TOKEN: JOHN GABRIELE
7. PHELPS DODGE AWARD: STELLA TRUJILLO
8. 1925 DAWSON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS RING: KATHLEEN FARLEY
9. TURQUOISE HORSE PICTURE: FRANKIE BOHANNON
10. 1948 DAWSON PHONE DIRECTORY BOOK: ROBERT MUNOZ
11. QUILTED WALL HANGING: PHILLIP CORDOVA
Emery Corley who attended the 2014 Dawson Reunion and was a raffle donor, wrote an article about his experience in the Philmont Staff Association publication, "High Country" (February 2015). Click here to read the article on page 33 of the magazine. Special thanks to the Philmont Staff Association for allowing us to share this article. Emery Corley is an Attorney at Law in St. Louis, MO. Reprinted on the Dawson Association web site with permission of High Country ®, the official magazine of the Philmont Staff Association.
Dawson Remembered in Ceremony at Raton, NM:
In 1913, the mining community of Dawson, New Mexico was rocked to its very foundations by an explosion in the Stag Canon #2 Mine that killed 263 miners. On October 20, 2013, Irene Buongiorno representing Giuseppe Perrone, the Italian Consul General of Los Angeles presented Joe Bacca from the Dawson New Mexico Association with a metal plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of that deadly event. The plaque will be installed at a ceremony at the Dawson Cemetery during the biannual Dawson reunion picnic held on Labor Day weekend. Click here to see the presentation and photos.
I received an email from Manlio Badiali who lives in Modena, Italy. He asked that I share the names of 15 Dawson miners from his village of Modena who lost their lives in the 1913 Dawson mine explosion. This loss of life was a terrible tragedy for the families and loved ones of these miners who left their homes to work in the Dawson mines. Click here to see the names and ages of those brave men.
Also click here to see coverage by KRQE Albuqureque, NM television coverage of the event.
KRTN Radio of Raton, NM has posted a very interesting interview of Emagene Saracino and her memories of living in Dawson, NM. You can read the interview by clicking here for their KRTN Radio web site.
New Documentaries about Dawson
An experienced documentary film director and producer are in the process of creating a public documentary of Dawson, New Mexico titled, "Canaries in a Coal Mine". The documentary will be directed by Fulvio Ottaviano and produced by Claudio Ruben. The story will be told through the point of view of its immigrant communities. Please visit their web site here and learn more about this amazing documentary by viewing a brief preview.
Emily Fraser, an alumni of the Stanford Documentary Film MFA program, is currently producing a documentary film about Dawson's closing in 1950 and the remarkable way Dawsonites from around the country have kept its spirit alive in the 65 years since. If you'd like to share your stories for the film, please contact Emily at 703.220.4971 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Emily and her work is available at emilyelizabethfilms.com.
Joe Bacca and his daughter have scanned over 400 old Dawson photographs taken over the years and place them on a CD. The photo CD is available for a $10 purchase by contacting Joe at his e-mail which is email@example.com . The proceeds from the sales of the CD will be used to offset expenses incurred in sponsoring the Dawson Reunion every two years. We were also pleased to hear that over 200 folks visted the Raton Museum and toured the Dawson exhibits.
We received an e-mail from Marty Tschetter from Greenville, NC stating that he recently came across an old 1924 Dawson, NM photograph at the Raton Museum. What makes this photograph so interesting is that it shows a Dawson coal miner writing the final score of the 1924 Baseball World Series on the side of a coal car that is going to be sent down into the Dawson coal mines to let the workers know the final score. You can see these two photos by clicking here. Marty has also sent copies of these photographs to the National Baseball Museum in Cooperstown, NY on behalf of the Raton Museum. A special thanks to Marty and to Roger Sanchez, Curator of the Raton Museum, for allowing Marty to scan these old photos and sending them to the National Baseball Museum.
There has been a special request made by Brian Beker, a documentary film producer, for anyone who might have information on early 1920 Dawson resident and aviation pioneer by the name of Jules "J. J." VanDersarl. The Raton Range newspaper published a short article on Mr. Beker's request on October 4, 2010. You can read this article by clicking here.
If you have any questions about future Dawson reunions, you may contact any member of the Dawson Reunion committee who is listed below: