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Ruth Franklin

Ruth Payne Franklin came with her parents to Chandler back in 1941. The Paynes moved from a cotton camp near the river in Eloy. As a child, right up to adolescence she picked and chopped cotton along with her other siblings. At that time most people who came to Chandler came to pick cotton. They came to explore their dream. Cotton was a vital part of that dream. That dream was to have a better life. Picking cotton would afford them a better life. “My father said that is where he wanted to be and so we came.” Picking cotton was hard, backbreaking w