A brief history of the 100-year-old Tempe squatter case
Sometime around 1890, a man named Jesus Martinez purchased an adobe home near the Salt River in Tempe from a man named Ramon Gonzalez, who had built the home a decade earlier. Martinez lived there and died there, and his ancestors would live and work on the property and home for the next 130 years.
But decades before Jesus Martinez bought the house, something else had happened.
In 1863, the federal government deeded certain sections of land over to the territory to Arizona. The lands weren’t handpicked; every section a surveyor assigned the number 16 would be property of Arizona.
The adobe... read more