In this year 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.

Dec. 7, 1912

Dreams of toys galore at Christmas time will come true for little Eugenie Noriega who was given to Mrs. Refugio Rambaud, a philanthropic woman of this city, by the child's father yesterday. The gift was formally acknowledged before Justice of the Peace Comstock.

Mrs. Rambaud, having no children of her own, took a fancy to the little girl and in exchange for the love and affection of the little four-year-old tot she gladly gives the joys that the child's heart longs for, so it will be a happy Christmas for both.

It was not the desire to have the child's wish for toys gratified that the father, Jesus Noriega, consented to give up the child, the living reminder of this dead wife, but it was the promise of the philanthropic woman, given in Justice Comstock's court, that she would give the child an education, something that he was unable to afford.

Little Eugenie, however, is too young to appreciate the gift of an education, but she is happy that her dreams of toys galore will come true.

The acknowledgement of the double gift in court yesterday resulted in it becoming known that Mrs. Rambaud has adopted, cared for and educated several other children.

Arizona Daily Star

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