Homer Martin Tate

 

Homer Tate was born into a typical pioneering family in Poetry, Texas,

on September 7th, 1884.

 

The family moved in 1892 to a small settlement in Indian Territory

(now known as Graham Oklahoma.)

 

Homer Tate Sheriff 1925 - 1926 Safford, Graham County Arizona

 

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General Election Returns Dec 26 1922

 Homer M Tate listed for Sheriff

Safford, Graham County Arizona

 

 

His family push farther westward to Spanish Fork, Utah, three years later in two covered wagons with "a span of mules, a span of horses, and a saddle horse," according to their journal.  The same mules were to carry them in 1898 on a five-week journey to Central, Arizona. 

 

The family grew there to include ten children, Homer being third from the oldest.

 

As a young man he worked for a time in copper mines at Globe, where in 1908 he married Emma Coombs.  They raised for children in the Gila Valley after returning there to farm.  Later, he was elected sheriff of Graham County, and operator a motel and service station in Safford.  In 1945 he moved to Phoenix and started a unique manufacturing business creating strange circus and carnival "oddities" in the lath-house of which he writes.

 

He is currently engaged in religious work for his church in Mesa Arizona.

 

Excerpt from Homer Tates book Through These  Eyes, a Poetic View of Life Published in 1965

by Hormer Tate and Robert T. Kasold

 

Photographs show creations modeled by Homer Tate, a self-trained artist at Safford AZ, including heads, mummies, Indian relics, representations of events. Made chiefly of paper Mache and cactus, bone, wood, and stone. papier mache figures at Apache Junction AZ representing development of state, a tourist attraction.
 

This excerpt from a 1940s travel magazine gives us a window into that sense

of humor, and a rare description of the interior of Tate's workshop and museum:


"Phoenix is still a town where free enterprise can, as a Western saying goes, scratch its own itch. Rugged individualism expresses itself in strange and sometimes awesome ways along East Van Buren Street, one of the principal thorough­fares, where alligator farms, cactus curio shops, junk yards and reptile gardens crowd each other.  None has more fascination than Tate's Curio Shop where in a single room, Homer Tate, a pink-faced Irishman, manufactures oddities for sideshows, carnivals, and "people who like to scare other people out of their wits."

 

On the sides of his four walls are cases of arrowheads, two-headed calves, deer with curly horns, skulls, pictures of freaks, and his own handiwork represented by an appalling assortment of shrunken heads, mummies, Devil Boys, Fish Girls, necklaces of hands, fingers and ears (they'll last a lifetime and only cost twelve dollars). Curled around the room's ceiling are forty five feet of vertebrae ending in a dragon-like skull. This is, according to an attached sign, A GENUINE PSEUDO SNAKE. "Over there,"
 
He says, pointing to a molting creature in one  corner, "is a bamboozle bat - a bird that flies backwards to keep the dust out of his eyes. And them," he adds, indicating some dark crouched figures, "is my mummies. They're liked as much as the real ones.  It's all baloney, of course," he concludes, "but this stuff would have scared my father to death."
 

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Homer Tate - Family Records of Pearl Tate Sanders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Homer Martin Tate Died February 21, 1975 at the age of 90

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Apache Junction Museum


 

 

Skull of the Rickamoracka of Death Valley Discovered by H.M. Tate, Safford, Arizona


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Prehistoric Relics Discovered by H.M. Tate, Safford, Arizona


 

 

Skeleton of Gigantic Prehistoric Reptile, Colossal Cave Man Eating Snake

10,000,000 years old, 45 feet long, Discovered by H.M. Tate, Safford, Arizona


 

 

Skull of Flesh-Eating Antelope discovered in Bloody Gulch, Arizona, by H.M. Tate, Safford, Arizona


 

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Creations of Homer Tate. Apache Junction, Arizona

Work of Homer Tate. Apache Junction, Arizona

Homer Tate sitting among his creations. Apache Junction, Arizona

Display of work of Homer Tate. Apache Junction, Arizona


Mummies and heads, creations of Homer Tate. Apache Junction, Arizona

Homer Tate making a papier mache head. Apache Junction, Arizona

Shotgun wedding as imagined by Homer Tate. Apache Junction, Arizona

Heads imagined and made by Homer Tate. Apache Junction, Arizona


Homer Tate working on a papier mache head. Apache Junction, Arizona

WPA (Work Projects Administration)  work as visualized by Homer Tate Apache Junction, Arizona

Sequence story of the Old Apple Tree and other work of Homer Tate. Apache Junction, Arizona

Homer Tate, self-trained artist, looking at his model of a hanged horse thief. Apache Junction, Arizona


Trial of an Ozark moon-shiner, made by Homer Tate. Apache Junction, Arizona

While Homer Tate has never seen the cotton South, this is what he imagines it to be. Apache Junction, Arizona

 

Ballad of the Martins and the Coys interpreted in papier mache and wood sculpture by Homer Tate. Apache Junction, Arizona

Little red schoolhouse modeled from school day memories of Homer Tate. Safford, Arizona. Mr. Tate is a self-trained artist working in papier mache and such indigenous materials as cactus, bone, wood and stone

 

Heads, mummies and Indian relics. The heads and mummies were made by Homer Tate and the mummies were so realistic that curators of museums must examine them closely to determine their artificiality. Indian relics are genuine. Apache Junction, Arizona

 


All references to Apache Junction being the location of Homer Tate's Shop were provide by: Shad Kvetko


 

Homer Tate

Homer

Working on one of His Creatures

Autograph

 

With Kindest Thots

Homer M. Tate

Homer Tate

 

Homer Tate

in His Shop


 

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Homer Tate Sheriff 1925 - 1926 Safford, Graham County Arizona


Apache Junction Museum submitted by Vada


The Frasher Foto Postcard Collection - 1936

Burton Frasher Sr. 1888-1955

B3742 - Skull of the Rickamoracka

B3735 - Prehistoric Relics Discovered

B3737 - Skeleton of Gigantic Prehistoric Reptile

B3751 - Skull of Flesh-Eating Antelope

Repository - Pomona Public Library


1940 May. Lee, Russell, 1903- photographer. (b&w film negs)
HT1 Creations of Homer Tate. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036430-D

HT2 Work of Homer Tate. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036418-D
HT3 Homer Tate sitting among his creations. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036481-D

HT4 Display of work of Homer Tate. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036420-D  
HT5 Mummies and heads, creations of Homer Tate. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036507-D
HT6 Homer Tate making a papier mache head. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036495-D

HT7 Shotgun wedding as imagined by Homer Tate. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036480-D  
HT8  Heads imagined and made by Homer Tate. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036419-D
HT9 Homer Tate working on a papier mache head. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036479-D
HT-10 WPA (Work Projects Administration) work as visualized by Homer Tate. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036417-D 
HT-11 Sequence story of the Old Apple Tree and other work of Homer Tate. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036431-D 
HT-12 Homer Tate, self-trained artist, looking at his model of a hanged horse thief. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036447-D
HT-13  Trial of an Ozark moonshiner, made by Homer Tate. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036432-D)
HT-14 While Homer Tate has never seen the cotton South, this is what he imagines it to be. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036433-D
HT-15 Ballad of the Martins and the Coys interpreted in papier mache and wood sculpture by Homer Tate. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036429-D
HT-16 Little red schoolhouse modeled from schoolday memories of Homer Tate. Safford, Arizona. Mr. Tate is a self-trained artist working in papier mache and such indigenous materials as cactus, bone, wood and stone LC-USF34- 036416-D
HT-17 Heads, mummies and Indian relics. The heads and mummies were made by Homer Tate and the mummies were so realistic that curators of museums must examine them closely to determine their artificiality. Indian relics are genuine. Safford, Arizona LC-USF34- 036470-D
Library of Congress


HTC1 Homer Tate in his later years,

HTC2 Homer working on one of his creatures

HTC3 Autograph from Homer Tate

HTC4 Homer Tate

HTC5 Homer in His Shop

Images from Though These Eyes a book of poetry by Homer Tate , a Poetic View of Life Published in 1965


Some of the texts provide by: Shad Kvetko

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