It is often said that a picture is worth 1,000 words. But Mesa resident James Tanner has thousands of images on glass negatives that are invaluable to the history of Arizona and the families who transformed it from a territory to a state a century ago.

They are from the photographic collection of his great-great grandfather, Charles Godfrey DeFriez Jarvis, and great grandmother, Margaret Jarvis Overson, who took the bulk of the pictures as professional photographers in St. Johns and Apache County during the late 1800s to the early part of the 20th century.

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