Gore founders

Bill and Vieve Gore founded W.L. Gore & Associates in 1958 after Bill left DuPont. The company created a super flexible coating for wires that eventually led to other products, such as the Gore-Tex line of fabrics.

125 YEARS AGO

From 1892: The crater in this county about 7 miles south of the Dennison Ranch which for some time puzzled geologists as to its origin has finally been placed as being of of volcanic origin. Prof. Gilbert and Dr. Baker spent several weeks there last year and made an exhaustive report concluding that the theory of a meteor explosion failed to satisfy the evidence.

J. Lyon the Wool Buyer returned Tuesday from St. Louis and is prepared to make things lively for other buyers in this area.

The baseball team and the dramatic society went to Prescott on Wednesday and expect to return on Saturday.

J. De Selkin was in from Pine Springs this week saying that this vicinity is one of the finest in the territory, with several ranches established and more stockmen coming in.

100 YEARS AGO

From 1917: W.L. Walker was arrested by Marshal Murray on Saturday and on Monday pleaded guilty to contributing to the support of a house of ill fame. He was fined $50 by Judge Anderson, who suspended the 50-day jail sentence during good behavior.

C. L. Dender has arrived from Selma, California, to take charge of T. E. Pollock’s racing horses for the racing season. They will be shipped to Phoenix about October 1 to train for the State Fair races.

Mr. Riordan and Mr. Smalley have been investigating the potato crop of this county for the past week and are arranging for the marketing. They expect to utilize the entire crop to best advantage. The Arizona Lumber and Timber Co. has started work on a spur track between Doney Park and Black Bill that will then connect with the Greenlaw Logging Road. This will then save the long haul to market.

Why send your repair jobs from home when you can get a guaranteed job right here saving you both time and other expenses. Give me a chance to do your work. Flagstaff Vulcanizing Shop, O. F. Butler, Proprietor.

That better conditions for students at the Normal School will hereafter obtain was evidenced when 24 “Tablet" armchairs were taken there from the Sullivan & Taylor Furniture. When the auditorium in finished there will be less crowded conditions as well.

75 YEARS AGO

From 1942: Flagstaff doctors are urging women to enroll in a nurse's aide contract. To do so contact Mrs. Erwin at the County Treasurer’s office and then see Mrs. Tom Pollock Chairman of the Committee on Home Nursing.. Mrs. F. C. Cheappetti has 8 signed up and needs at least 15 to hold the class. The goal is 18. Flagstaff is the only location in Northern Arizona that is qualified to hold this class. A plan is underway to provide a day nursery for Moms in this program.

The Orpheum program to sell more War Bonds and Stamps has netted $4,540 in sales.

Ray Jackman failed to appear at his trial Tuesday morning on a charge of assault and battery. His $50 bond was forfeited in the court of Magistrate W. B. Raudabaugh, Acting Justice, in the absence of W. E. Jolly.

Lillian Dietman, employed at the Navajo Ordnance Depot, is in Los Angeles taking a month of training on the International Business Machine.

Area 2 of the city which lies north of El Street is being scoured for war materials. Women have been giving valuable assistance securing pledges of cooperation from all residents of this section. County trucks and volunteers are now picking up scrap pledged.

The Pioneer Picnic in the Verde Valley has been canceled due to the rationing of tires and growing expectation of the rationing of gasoline. President R. W. Wingfield.

The wartime  speed regulation of 40 MPH is being rigorously enforced as has been noticed by drivers in a hurry.

Final approval of a civilian pilot training program at the Willliams Air Port has been gained. The C A A training will last for 8 weeks at which time another series will be started. Students will be housed at the Williams American Legion Hall and must first pass a sceening exam before being admitted to the program. The program originally had 15 as the number required before beginning instruction. Given the popularity that number has been raised to 30. It is being managed as an adjunct to Flagstaff College. Dr. T. J. Tormey, President.

Among the Flagstaff hunters who got their antelope this week were Sheriff J. Fred Francis, Ed Babbitt, Ray Clements, Francis Decker and Bill Ardrey.

50 YEARS AGO

From 1967: Plant Manager Peter B. Cooper says the finishing touches are being made to the new W. L. Gore & Associates Building on Fourth Street. The Machine Shop is already manufacturing equipment for the production of wires and cables to be used in the electronics industry so specialized that they cannot be bought ready to fit.

The BVD factory plant construction has begun in Winslow at the Hopi Industrial Park. It is to be leased to BVD. There are to be 51 townhomes to be built nearby. Jack Ross, Developer.

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You will notice that work on the 100 miles of city streets is ongoing as usual. It lets up only for winter and the snow.

The City Council has finally approved the controversial re-zone of the land adjacent to the new I-40 Interchange.

A new central library 15,000 to 20,000 square foot in size has seen proposed! It would be expected to cost up to $550,000 exclusive of the land. The current site of the Valley National Bank has been suggested by John L. Anderson Director of Library Services in Tucson in a 24-page report that says that a library must be where the action is and the action is in downtown Flagstaff.

The City Council has finally approved the controversial re-zone of land adjacent to the new I–40 interchange.

FREE – auto service clinic every Thursday night 7 – 9 pm. No gimmicks – no purchase required. Any make – any model. Flagstaff Dodge, 1200 Switzer.

A fire started in the deep fryer at the Western Motel and Restaurant at 1612 E. Santa Fe on Thursday night. The flames spread up the flue and into the attic. There was extensive damage and the flames could be seen from four blocks away.

On September 19, 1940 Company “I” of the 158th Infantry of the Arizona National Guard was formed and activated into Federal Service. It included 35 men from Arizona State Teachers College that later became NAU. They shipped out to the Panama Canal for the first year then were moved on to Australia and later to New Guinea, New Britain and Dutch Harbor. They will be honored at the 41st Homecoming at NAU on Saturday the 7th of October.

25 YEARS AGO

From 1992: The Pace Membership Warehouse project is finally beginning to progress. The site at 1851 S. Butler Ave. was originally the location of a sawmill. When excavation began workers found things like doors, windows and fenders from old cars, as well as a lot of old saw dust, saw blades and concrete footings in addition to the basaltic rocks that underlies much of Flagstaff. Fortunately no hazardous waste was discovered. The construction of the 135,000 –square foot building is now underway. PACE is a subsidiary of K-Mart.

The City Council has given the staff the green light to begin work on a plan to build a multi-family building to house up to 300 families on a 20-acre city-owned site on Izabel Street on the east side. Assistant City Manager John Roberts says that at least two banks in the state have expressed interest in putting up financing for a project like this that would work with a private developer to build owner-occupied or rental units.

Arizonans Concerned About Smoking has designed a sticker that will be handed out beginning this weekend at the Coconino County Fair by Flagstaff United for Smoke-free Public Places. Restaurant patrons are encouraged to place the stickers on the bills presented by local restaurants to their patrons as a low-key nonconfrontational way of expressing support of the referendum that will appear on the November ballot. The current City Council is opposed to the ban plan. Over 2,000 signatures were collected and presented in July in the face of the Council’s decision to abandon the planned ban.

Beginning next Monday the City will begin a new trash pickup policy. Bulky items will no longer be collected on a daily basis. Tree limbs and other items are to be placed beside bins on the appropriate pickup day. The City Chipper will go through each section during that week making mulch with all yard waste.

Also on Monday the new automated trash cans will be required. The first one is being supplied free of charge. If a second is needed it may be purchased for $62.

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

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