From a Vision to Today
History of Ranch
Anne and Fowler McCormick (grandson of John D. Rockefeller) began to assemble the vast McCormick Ranch parcels of land between 1942 and 1954. At the time of Anne’s death in 1969, the ranch covered nearly seven square miles. Within the 4,236 acres were over 640 acres of irrigated land, plus water tanks for livestock and wildlife. The ranch was also used for raising the finest purebred Arabian horses and Angus cattle. The McCormick Ranch horse operations were located at Scottsdale Road and Northern Ave., where the main entrance to McCormick Ranch housing development is today.
History of Guy
Guy Stillman, the son of James Stillman and Anne Urquhart Potter, was born in New York, NY on November 7, 1918.
Guy’s father, James Stillman, was the president of National City Bank of New York (now Citibank). His mother and father divorced and Anne eventually remarried to Fowler McCormick, the last remaining grandson of John D. Rockefeller. Fowler’s Grandfather was Cyrus McCormick, the inventor of the reaper, which forever changed the way the world harvested grain. After graduating from Princeton, Fowler McCormick went on to become the Chairman of the Board at International Harvester.
Guy Stillman’s impressive life was filled with extensive military service, civic and professional duties and membership in multiple societies. He was a well educated man with a background in business and also was very involved in political issues of the day.