125 YEARS AGO
From 1892: It is the custom of the Jailer Henry Banta to carry prisoner’s meals from Hawk’s Hotel accompanied by a prisoner to assist him. On Tuesday per usual the indulgent and unsuspecting jailor reached the door and unlocked it. The prisoners were waiting, stepped out quickly and seized him firmly from behind. They then, led by J. J. McGuire, bound and gagged the struggling jailer, took his gun and his keys then locked him in the cage were soon breathing fresh air and left town.
Shortly after, Banta was able to ungag himself and caused James O’Neil, who lives nearby, to hear him calling. Sheriff Francis was summoned, arrived and after sometime of searching, the keys were found behind a rock. He then liberated the imprisoned jailer.
One of the prisoners, “The Kid”, who did not leave town with the others, informed the Sheriff of their general direction and a search party set out with so far no results. The cost of this falls upon the Sheriff, who is using all effort at his command. Once the story got out a lot of citizens were amused by the series of events.
On Sunday last while hunting cattle south of Chandler, David Pace Jr. was thrown from his horse and dragged for some distance before he could untangle himself from his stirrups. He was rendered unconscious for some time once he got loose. When recovered he walked about two miles into Chandler and took the train to his home in Williams. He did not think his injuries were of a serious nature but Monday morning he was found to be much worse. He then died about 3 p.m.
Dispatch from John T. O’Kelly, Southern Pacific Foreman for New Mexico. My track walker has gone off. Do you want this job? This vacancy must be filled at once. Contact me at Longmire, New Mexico.
About 60 people traveled from Flagstaff to attend the Fair in Albuquerque.
Hot days. Cold nights. No rain
100 YEARS AGO
From 1917: A farewell banquet at the Commercial Hotel Dining room, then on to a dance at Marlar Hall by members of the citizens of this town was held for the contingent of men who left on Thursday morning on special train for the Cantonment Camp at Camp Funston in Fort Riley, Kansas. Before the train pulled out they were presented with a silk flag to fly over their encampment.
Supervisor Hart T. Clark of the Board visited the Road Gang working south of Flagstaff on Wednesday morning and reports that the Evil Doers are making good progress on the road under the guardianship of Charlie Babcock.
The Corporation Commission has, as is required by the law, issued an order for the selling of the Flagstaff Sewer Co. to the Town of Flagstaff. A court order is required before this deal can be consummated.
A blaze broke out in the house in which Jose Enriguez was living on South O’Leary Avenue on Sunday morning. For a time it threatened to destroy several other small houses in that neighborhood. The Fire Department got on the job in quick time and only through their efforts was a serious fire averted. The house belonged to Babbitt & Taylor.
A fire broke out in the boiler room of the Arizona Lumber & Timber Co. on Thursday afternoon. It was extinguished by the company firemen before the Flagstaff Fire Department arrived.
Royal Linen Tablets are the kind to use when writing home. Marlar Drug Store. Ph. 24. Free Delivery.
Block and heavy slabs. Get you supply for winter now. Fred Russel. Ph. 238.
Wanted: A reliable girl to learn sorting and marking. Good position for the right party. Flagstaff Steam Laundry.
At the Orpheun. Virginia Pearson in “Wrath of Love”. 5 Piece Orchestra. Seats 10, 15 & 25 cents.
Rains early in the week were beneficial to the ranges, which are in fair condition. The cattle as a rule are in very good condition.
75 YEARS AGO
From 1942: Otto B. Meyer took over as manager and Pharmacist at the Flagstaff Pharmacy on Sunday, accepting the position left by Jack Knowles who has moved to Denver. He has been acting as backup Pharmacist there for the past several months.
James Eagan, former CCC Foreman in the Coconino National Forest, has transferred to Southwest Lumber Timber Sales. For the past year he has been on special detail duty in Washington taking a course in management.
The Red Cross Relief and Production Unit has moved from Emerson School to 6 Leroux Street through the generosity of Mr. & Mrs. George Walters Jr. There they will be provided with ample space in which to carry on their activities. They are now open in this new location, Mrs. C. W. Isham, Chairman.
It was a banner opening day at the Game and Fish Commission Office, with both men and women ready to sign up before the doors were open. Over half the available hunting permits were issued before the day was over. Most permits were issued for Anderson Mesa.
On display: 100% wool fabrics are here for you to see. Stop in today. We make both men’s and women’s suits and coats. Cress Bros. Cleaners and Tailors.
Defense workers at Bellemont are buying war bonds payable to the Atkinson Kerr Construction Co. to pay for traffic violations committed within Navajo Depot.
50 YEARS AGO
From 1967: The MARS I electric car owned by Arizona Public Service will visit Flagstaff on October 1. It is making a 2,000-mile Cross Country journey to promote all-electric vehicles. Flagstaff is one of its “Re-charge Stops.”
YES: Western Auto has Snow Tires @ $18.95. Don’t wait. A shortage is expected due to the lengthy Tire workers strike.
Edgar Allen Henderson was returned to Flagstaff from Albuquerque by County Investigator Sheriff Jack Nelson. He is charged with First Degree Murder in the death of a decomposing male body found on the county side of Woody Mountain Road by a Navajo Depot wood-cutting expedition on August 4. Chief Elmo Maxwell said he had admitted the killing and given investigators considerable detail without identifying the victim.
On Saturday, a school bus with a group of children from the Leupp Boarding School rolled over on the Snow Bowl Road when its axle broke. The driver Alex Williams was able to guide the brakeless vehicle for several 100 feet of sharp deep edge before bringing it to rest on an embankment. The teacher Dorthine Renform urged the children to hang on to the seat rails as the bus rolled thus keeping them from tumbling about. They were examined at the Flagstaff Community Hospital found to be only a bit bruised and released.
25 YEARS AGO
From 1992: For the 19th straight year last year’s Arizona high school juniors have scored above the national average on the American College Testing program. The national average is 20.6. Flagstaff students averaged 20.7.
The fully restored Santa Fe Steam Engine #3751 passed through Flagstaff on its way from Chicago to Los Angeles this week. A full panoply of Flagstaff railroad fans gathered at the depot to admire the old engine bright and shining as when it was new with cameras in hand.
1992 Fords are on sale and going fast at these prices. Crown Victoria LX 4 door $17,795 -- F-150 4x4 truck $14,495, Ford Probe $11,881. See them at Babbitt Ford.
NAU is growing. Despite the enrollment freeze there are 15,270 students enrolled, a 4.1 percent increase since last year. About 3,130 attend one or another of the statewide locations, up 12 percent from last year.
Safeway Specials this week include sliced bacon 89 cts., Bar-S Jumbo Franks 49 cts., Boneless round steak $1.49, Raspberries, 6 oz. 89 cts.
Following a century of mismanagement our forests are turning into tinderboxes. The prognosis for our Ponderosa Forests is not promising. The young trees that are filling in where the huge old pines were logged into extinction are skinny and are too close to grow well as they compete for root space, sunlight and water. Ravaging forest fires are expected to develop leaving the remaining trees weak and subject to massive insect infestations.
There is need to severely increase thinning and the burning of the dead branches and pine needles on the forest floor and the funding to accomplish this.
Off-roaders listen up. There are over 20 brand new signs and several new gates in Walnut Canyon telling motorized nature lovers to stop and turn around. The Forest Service may assess a $100 fine and is stepping up law enforcement to protect the delicate nature of this Canyon from the damage of heavy tires, noise and fumes. The area is still open to horses, mountain bikes and pedestrians. This is not new but off-roaders have been ignoring the signs and circumventing the gates. Debbie Kill, Coconino Forest National Forest Planner.