1916 Majestic Theater collapse

This New Year's eve marks 101 years since the collapse of the Majestic Theater next to the Weatherford Hotel. The theater was rebuilt two years later as the Orpheum Theater. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the theater re-opening under the ownership of the Orpheum Presents.

125 Years Ago

From 1897 – Ed L. Jordan’s barn in Verde Valley containing 100 tons of baled hay, a buggy and other farming equipment was burned down Tuesday night of last week. No insurance.

Capt. W. H. Hardy just put in 30 acres of grain near town. The first rain will bring it up finely. The Captain’s will be one of the finest crops of hay and grain ever out of Arizona next spring.

The SUN has for some time been trying to obtain weather signal flags and has this week succeeded. We began on Thursday of this week displaying the Fair Weather flag. The prognostications are telegraphed from Los Angeles by the Chief of the Weather Bureau there whenever it is probable that there is to be change in the weather. Ransom Post has kindly granted the use of their flagpole and from this the flag will be displayed daily.

The services of the Sun in the display of the flag signals is voluntary but it will be appreciated by our citizens and Flagstaff is the only place in northern Arizona where they are displayed. Precipitation during the month of November was unusually light with only 1.87 inches reported.

F. M. Ayres the California cattle buyer shipped another 18 carloads of cattle from here on Sunday and then on Tuesday 14 additional carloads. They were from the Verde Valley and for the most part purchased from the farmers in small lots. They went to Bakersfield where they will be placed on alfalfa.

The annual ball given by the Order of Railway Conductors at Williams on Thursday night of last week was a grand affair. The music was furnished by the celebrated Fort Wingate Military Orchestra. The dancing program was a well-chosen one and the dance highly enjoyed. The supper was an elegant one and about 650 guests sat down at the tables. The towns of Albuquerque and Needles were represented and about 20 couples attended from Flagstaff.

The public is hereby notified that there will be a meeting held in Babbitt’s Hall on Saturday night January 7th at 8 p.m., 1893 to discuss the advisability of voting bonds on the Flagstaff School District No. 1 for the purpose of building a schoolhouse and providing a location for the same.

John Marshall, I. M. Hayes and Henry Banta returned from the gold diggings near Bluff City, Utah, saying there is plenty of gold there, that the ground is "lousy" with gold.

100 Years Ago

From 1917 – Just to show that they do something bedsides raising prize hay, grain and potatoes, the ranchers of Doney Park displayed the Yuletide spirit by holding Christmas tree exercises. The entertainment was held in the school building and the room was full of people to witness the exercises, the program being given by the pupils of the Park School under the direction Prof. A. M. House the teacher. The tree was a beautiful one, of spruce pine and well - laden with presents for all residents of the Park both old and young.

When the grazing charge in the National Forests has been advanced to cover the full value of the grazing privilege the income will be close to the cost of operation. Wood and other forest products have almost innumerable uses in modern warfare. Never before has the demand for exact knowledge been so urgent. In the work relating to forest utilization and forest products, the resources of the Service have been employed to the limit of their capacity. Receipts reached a new high of $3,500,000 last year and increase of 22 percent over the previous year.

John Samsky and William Roodvas were at Lake Mary last Sunday for a duck hunt. They succeeded in bagging 11 each.

The Sullivan & Taylor Furniture Store was the center of a great deal of interest on Monday evening when the drawing for the beautiful Howard piano took place. J. C. Simmons was the holder of the lucky ticket. Doubly fortunate is Mr. Simmons' daughter,  who is just the age to take up the study of music.

Wm. Beeson, formerly coal and wood dealer, has been appointed fuel administrator for Flagstaff and has received instruction in conducting the affairs of that office. A war tax of 3 percent and in addition, the freight the dealer is allowed to add the margin which prevailed in 1915, plus 30 percent. This constitutes the maximum price that may be charged for coal in Flagstaff. There is no regulation that prevents a dealer from charging less than is specified.

A large road roller recently ordered by the County Highway Commission was unloaded in Holbrook this week. This machine weighs about 24,000 pounds and is operated by gasoline power. It will be used on the roads and will supplement some of the road machinery now owned by the county.

Notice to contractors. On and after April 1st, 1918, stonecutter’s wages will be $7.00 per day in Arizona. Journeyman Stone-cutters Assn. of North America.

Notice is hereby given that all applications for permits to graze cattle horses, hogs, sheep and goats within the Coconino National Forest during the season of 1918 must be filed in my office at Flagstaff, Arizona on or before January 10, 1918. R. E. March, Supervisor.

S. F. Butler, who has been conducting a vulcanizing shop in the Waldhous garage has moved his plant to the rear of the Paint shop on Railroad Avenue.

Flagstaff Vulcanizing Shop. Section work fully guaranteed. Mail orders solicited. – back of paint shop, West Railroad Avenue.

F. Maynard, Santa Fe oil pumper at this place, was painfully though not seriously burned on his left hand and arm early Wednesday morning, the accident being caused by the back firing of oil from the furnace of the engine. Mr. Maynard is not incapacitated to such an extent as to be kept away from his work.

School at Doney Park will continue until the heavy snows and will then again resume work in the spring.

75 years ago

From 1942 – Beer taxes help carry heavy state welfare load. Arizona’s Public Welfare Fund, for only one phase of its many sided program, paid out during the past fiscal year for direct relief alone cash grants for food, clothing, fuel, rent, board and room and foster homes and institutional care, transportation and similar necessities – a total of $710,249.71. Beer’s share of this luxury tax was 16 percent.

Please put off your holiday rail trip until after January 12, 1943. The Santa Fe Railroad in cooperation with other western railroads and the Office of Defense Transportation makes its direct appeal to the general traveling public: "Between Dec. 12 and January hundreds of thousands of our men in our service will have holiday leaves. We all want them to be able to travel without delay on these brief precious furloughs."

Teeney’s Market open until 9:30 every night and Sunday 12:30 to 8 p.m. You don’t have to tell us this is the People’s War. We’re backing up our men in service every inch of the way by pioneering the sale of a new product. Turkish Chevron and kid, substitute for lamb. This will help solve the meat problem for the western states as this meat is not rationed. We have an unlimited supply and can furnish the public with this for the duration.

Orpheum & Flagstaff Theatres is now showing the Vanishing Virginian, SOS Coast Guard, Robbers of the Range, and a romance thriller called Old California, starring John Wayne. 

The new Grand Canyon Café is now open for business. We cater to special parties. We feature steaks, and all kinds of fish and seafoods, as well as chicken, turkey, and rabbit. The finest café serving the finest food in Arizona.

The dining room at VanDeveier Lodge closed last Monday according to an announcement made Wednesday by. Mrs. At VanDevier. Mrs. Dayton Draine, who has been caterer for the past several months, has been unable to secure sufficient help in the dining room.

50 Years Ago

From 1967 - It’s bottoms up at the snow dump south of the Chamber of Commerce Building near the railroad tracks. The problem of removing snow from Flagstaff streets after the big snow is compounded by a lack of sufficient space to put it.

“Mopping up” efforts from the big snow continue with the base of operations moved from Prescott to Flagstaff as rescues continue in the Tuba City, Meteor Crater and Grand Canyon areas. Sheriff’s deputies express continued appreciation of the loan of personel and vehicles from the Forest Service, Mountain States Telephone, the Geological Survey, and many others.

Lt. F. W. Nicolet Commander at the Salvation Army assisted by many volunteers and the Sheriff’s Department have been very active in gathering solicited food to be taken to the airport to be loaded onto helicopters, then air dropped. The VFW has been providing free meals for those who have been evacuated.

3-Day New Year’s Celebration in the Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge.  Reservations for New Year's Eve requested. Entertainment by the "Four-fifths” Friday and Saturday 9 am to 1 am. And then New Year's Eve Sunday from 8 pm to ? ? ?

Spend New Year’s Eve with “Where the Crowd goes” at the Museum Club. Noisemakers and hats.

25 years ago

From 1992 – Bruce Babbitt, committed environmentalist, former resident of Flagstaff, and previous Governor of Arizona, has been named by incoming President Bill Clinton to the Post of Department of the Interior Secretary and is expected to be confirmed by the Senate in January.

Northern Arizona is to be the home of a high resolution optical array telescope that will allow humanity to see and understand far beyond the range of its eyes. It is to be built on Anderson Mesa south of town and is not only the only one of its kind in the country but also the largest in the world.

Runoff from Monday and Tuesday’s rain is flowing under I-17 in Sinclair Wash. The Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality is warning residents that it was noticed Monday morning that a private sewer line was leaking raw sewage from restaurants and hotels in the area into the wash. It has been leaking for an unknown period of time and residents are warned to stay away from the area for the next several days until clear up is assured.

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

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