In leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Jan. 3, 1912

William Zent, who is farming (near) the city, was in town yesterday. A great many people were in town, but most of them had not had experiences similar to his. He has been a resident of Arizona for more than forty years, counting out a period of about eight years while he tried his fortunes in Mexico.

Mr. Zent started out in life more than sixty years ago with much more capital than most people have had for the foundation of wealth. If his had been properly invested and accounted for, he would be running a close second to John D. Rockefeller.

On the day he was born, back in Ohio, his grandfather, John Weaver, in the exuberance of his spirits, hurried to the nearest town, placed $100 to his credit in a bank, the condition being that it should remain there until his newest grandson should attain the age of twenty one.

But before Mr. Zent reached that age, he started out on his western wanderings, and some years later his grandfather died. The affairs of his estate were settled by an administrator. Mr. Zent did not go back to Ohio until after the administrator too was dead and when finally a few years ago he visited his old home and made inquiry about his legacy he could find no one who knew anything about it.

It had become a tradition as vague as the claim of the numerous heirs of Aneke Jans to the property of Trinity Corporation (a high-profile New York land dispute).

- Arizona Daily Star

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