Hotel Weatherford

This photo of the Hotel Weatherford, located at what is now 23 N. Leroux St., was taken by an unknown photographer in 1901.

125 YEARS AGO

From 1892: The supper at the Grand Army of the Republic held last Friday night was a brilliant success. Beans and conviviality reigned supreme. The hall was handsomely decorated and the inner man was amply filled. It was a fine celebration in honor of our fighting men.

Chas A. Bush, present County Recorder and candidate for re-election, is 35 years of age. He is a former sawmill worker who lost his left hand in pursuit of that business. This has not diminished his enthusiasm nor does he let his missing hand interfere with his efforts to provide for himself and his family.

The Catholic Fair at Babbitt’s Hall has been well attended and has many attractive features, among them the Australian system of voting. The fair will end tomorrow night.

Claus Jensen, who was shot in the arm and is slowly recovering, is currently the only patient in the County hospital.

The circulation of books in our Public library is increasing on a daily basis.

Our roads are currently is good condition and the ranchmen are hoping they will continue to stay that way indefinitely.

Unless there is abundant fall of snow and the weather is warm enough to melt it, the ice crop this winter will be light.

The livery stables and corrals were doing a rushing business early this week due to the unusual number of teams coming into town.

Flagstaff is growing steadily. There have been quite a number of buildings erected along our streets this past year and the sidewalks are much improved.

Joe Howard and Fred Tunnel went hunting in the foothills of the San Francisco Mountains and as result brought back 2 deer and half a dozen wildcats.

The Miltonese is the name of a new social club recently organized in Milton. They will give their first entertainment on Friday night, a Ball at Powell’s Opera House.

The ladies of the Presbyterian Church will give a supper on Friday evening November 18 in the store recently occupied by Mr. P. J. Bannon. Oysters will be served. The proceeds will be applied to the Parsonage Fund.

100 YEARS AGO

From 1917: At the close of the second Liberty Loan campaign it was found that Flagstaff has responded to the nation’s call with a subscription of $105,000 and that the total amount for Coconino County was nearly $130,000.

The Flagstaff depot has been the scene of several large cheering crowds as the Arizona soldiers passed through on their way to their new quarters at Camp Kearney near Linda Vista, California.

Chairman M. I. Powers of the Coconino County Chapter of the American Red Cross has been advised by the director of the Pacific Division that Flagstaff has been designated as a Canteen Depot. This means that Flagstaff should be prepared to feed and serve meals to any number of soldiers at any time that they should arrive.

A division of the Military and Naval Insurance of the Bureau of War has been organized as a part of the Treasury Dept and is in active operation. Premiums for a $10,000 policy begin with $6.30 per month at ages 15 -17, $5.40 per month for 18 -20 and $6.50 for 21-13 going on up to $7.00 per month for 31 years of age.

“Join the SPUGs” is the latest economy movement. It stands for the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving. Christmas giving is one the greatest extravagance of the American people today.

Better grading of the Flagstaff potato crop seems more certain than before. Arizona potato dealers feel safe in dealing with the Flagstaff product this season. Consumers like potatoes that are well graded into sizes and properly sorted, with the rough and bruised and inferior ones excluded.

An examination for the position of clerk in the Post Office will be held in this city on November 17, 1917. Applicants must be citizens between 18 and 45 years of age, be physically sound and male applicants must not be less than 5 feet 4 inches in and weigh not less than 125 pounds without overcoat or hat.

75 YEARS AGO

From 1942: There’s a “V” for victory-shaped spud on display at the Bank of Arizona. It is accompanied by 3 others, one- and two-pounders all grown by D. K. Ward on his Ranch at Black Bill.

As Gold Miners are being released from duty under Federal Order L-208, they are being reassigned to copper, aluminum and zinc mines where they are then contributing to the war effort. A single copper miner can produce enough ore that when it is refined it makes 4 tons of copper per month.

Basic mileage gasoline ration applications became available at local service stations Monday morning. Get yours there, then take it to the Elementary School to get your “A” Ration book.

678 tons of scrap metal have been collected in Flagstaff since the 1st of August. Ross B. Spear, High School Principal, reports that the High School Scrap Pile is estimated to be at about 35 tons. It has been growing under the efforts of the Shop and Physical Education Depts. Transport has been provided by the County Highway Dept. with the liberal use of their trucks. Wilfred Killip, Shop Instructor.

Representatives from the State Office of Price Administration met with local merchants at the High School on Tuesday night to acquaint them with the Government Price Control Program.

Fred H. Paine Branch, Manager of Standard Oil Co., brought in the first elk this season. It weighed in at 700 pounds when dressed. There are few hunters this year and there are deer, elk and turkey in plentiful numbers.

For Sale. Fat turkeys from Tilliman Ranch at the Kendrick Market Place.

Lost: One-man saw on Kendrick Park road. Return to Coconino Sun.

There were over 800 guests on Sunday when the U. S. Engineers and the Navajo Ordinance Depot were hosts at the mythical “Tokyo” station in their area. The highlight of the day was when the gold stake was driven into the newly completed railroad line to that location by Lt. Col. Cox, Area Engineer in command of the Navajo Ordinance Depot.

The manufacture of Farm Machinery except for repair parts has been frozen. 

The Forget-Me-Not sale is tomorrow – buy yours. Honor our Veterans. All funds gathered are used in the support of World War I Veterans.

50 YEARS AGO

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From 1967: Police Chief Elmo Maxwell reports that some of the Halloween “Tricks” were rotten, destructive or just plain mean. A lot of really rotten eggs were thrown at passing cars, two hydrants were egg smeared and turned on, some costly windows were broken and groups of older children engaged in extorting the treats” collected by younger ones.

Open a savings account of at least $25 in Valley Bank and receive a free table setting of beautiful “Tulip Design” stainless steel, hand crafted in Holland. Your account will also gain 4% interest compounded quarterly.

The first week of hunting season already has the Forest Service concerned about the number of forest fires begun by camp fires or tossed cigarettes and the toll they are taking of valuable timber acreage. The dry season and high winds are contributing to the spread of the destruction. Watch for fires. Put them out quickly.

Jake’s Steak House Special Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Swiss Steak Dinner including vegetable, your choice of potato, coffee and dessert. Child $1, Adults $1.50, 1012 East Santa Fe.

On Monday in a brazen daylight robbery a thief held up the First Navajo National Bank in Winslow. He forced the Manager and his Assistant at gunpoint with a snub-nosed revolver to allow him into the vault. He then fled with his $17,300 take through the back entrance. A witness observed him entering a red and white 1958 Station Wagon that was parked about half a block to the west. Roadblocks were thrown up immediately but he escaped by some side road.

Residents of the new Pinecrest development west of Switzer Canyon are asking that their children be bused to Emerson, Marshall and the new Thomas School. The School Board voted to stand by the “Walking Mile” standard.

The Council, having met with vigorous opposition from the Lowel Observatory, has changed their decision about the new Junior High School location. Lowell’s Assistant Director, Henry Giclas, pointed out that in a Special Act of Congress a one square mile buffer zone to prevent artificial lighting from encroaching upon its area was granted due to the importance of the Obervatory’s isolation for night viewing. .

Santa Fe Avenue is to be closed on Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for an overlay and resurfacing project. All streets will be blocked at Aspen.

Spend less at Bayless. This week’s specials. Meat by the pound, Pork Chops .69 cts, Bar S Ham .49 cts, Corned beef 69 Cts. Apple Sauce 16 oz. Can 10 cts. Cane Sugar, 5 Lbs. 49 cts. Limit rights reserved.

25 YEARS AGO

From 1992: Smoking is now banned in restaurants by a vote of the people in Tuesday’s election.

A last minute surge in the number of registered voters caused a shortage of ballots in the election. So Steve Peru, Assistant to the County Manager, brought out the ballots used in training the election workers and saved the day. Although 78.5 percent of registered voters showed up there were no delays and voting went smoothly.

Mesa Airlines began service replacing America West out of Pulliam Airport on Sunday. There will be six arrivals and departures a day, the same as American and the people you find behind the counters will be the same as well.

Concrete railroad ties are being installed in a portion of the Santa Fe line west of Flagstaff. These are the first concrete ties to be used by the Santa Fe and are expected to last longer than the wood ones that have been used in the past.

The freight depot in Williams is about to be converted into a new visitors center. The project is partly being funded by an Historic Preservation grant from the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund and additionally by a grant from the Forest Service as well as by the City of Williams which has purchased the building from the Santa Fe. The 1901 building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Candidates: Take down those signs or you will pay. The political signs festooning Flagstaff roadside must be down by Sunday. Community Development Director, Jack Cumming.

Avoid the power crunch. Pay attention to the overnight parking law. When it snows the plow always wins, unless the tow truck gets there first.

Compiled from the archives of the Coconino Sun and Arizona Daily Sun by Susannah Carney.

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