125 YEARS AGO
From 1892: The camp of John Rhodhammer, a sub-contractor on the S. F. P. & P. railway, has been permanently established at McCrum’s Ranch in the Point of Rocks about 8 miles east of the city. The camp is but a week old, and about 100 men are at work with their forces ranging for about 2 miles.
Dr. D. J. Brannen has placed a new and attractive sign across the sidewalk in front of his drugstore.
Bayless Bros. have moved their barbershop to the building opposite the public library.
A good many tourists have stopped off here of late and made a trip out to the Petrified Forest. They can easily go out and back in one day from here and have plenty of time to see the wonders. It is only 18 miles on an excellent road. Two gentlemen from Colorado have recently located “claims” in the forest, and are now preparing to put up machinery to cut the stone and utilize it for all purposes for which it may be used.
100 YEARS AGO
From 1917: The office of the Arizona Food Administration is working out plans for the enforcement of rules and regulations to be placed in effect Dec. 10 when every bakery in the state using more than 10 barrels of flour a month will be placed under government control.
The local Band Boys, under the direction of Mr. L. P. Miller, will give a Hard Times dance at the Marlar Hall Friday evening. The boys have been practicing for a month and have reached a degree of efficiency that will please the dancers of Flagstaff.
Owing to the increased work incident to the classifying of the drafted men under the new regulations, the local draft board has secured an office room in the Babbitt Building and has engaged the services of Joe Higginbotham as clerk.
Arthur C. Payne of New York has been appointed general manager of the Navajo Copper Company to succeed Robert Mitchell. Mr. Payne and a number of the directors of the company arrived in Flagstaff last week and left Monday for an inspection trip of their property on the reservation.
Fresh Vegetable Specials – Flag Spuds 5 lbs. 25 cts., Ranch Eggs 65 cts. a dozen, Maricopa Butter 55 cts. lb., Cranberries 20 cts. qt. Special prices on potted ferns to make room for a BIG holiday shipment of flowers. The Delicatessen Shop.
It is reported that several farmers in this section have lost a considerable amount of potatoes by not having them properly pitted.
The town placed a new foot bridge over the Rio de Flag on West Birch Avenue and has also repaired the one across the river near the Emerson School.
Several of Flagstaff’s young people went out to Greenlaw’s Mill Saturday night to attend the semi-monthly dance given by the people of that district. The proceeds from these dances go toward paying for the player-piano recently purchased by the trustees of that school district.
75 YEARS AGO
From 1942: William Kreiger, aged 45, was struck and perished on Monday morning as he was checking railroad cars at Bellemont. He was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad as a clerk. The coroner’s inquest found that his death was accidental.
It has been revealed that Indians in Arizona and New Mexico are serving in our armed forces in higher percentages than white men. They are in particular demand in some very specialized needs. The Apaches of Arizona are producing increasing quantities of high-grade beef for our armed service.
Ed Grosbeck, chairman of the Salvage Committee, reports that they have shipped 100 tons of scrap metal to the war effort as well as 15 tons of rubber.
Local liquor dealers have agreed to close on Sundays, voluntarily conceding to more stringent regulation. In addition, at their meeting on Wednesday, the Flagstaff Liquor Dealers Association agreed not to increase the number of hours they will be open and serving liquor for the duration of the war.
Motorists are warned, you have until Jan. 31 to have your tires inspected if you expect to receive new gasoline ration coupons in future allotments.
The Arizona Department of Natural Resources has announced the discovery of a large area of potential low-grade copper. It is perhaps the largest in the nation and is located on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona. The find extends eastward into New Mexico and northward into Utah, and looks as though it will be less costly to operate than most other copper fields.
About 1,000 children attended the annual free show "Christmas Gift," presented to the children of the community by the Orpheum on Saturday morning.
Ray Martinez, aged 38 and employed by the J. A. Utley Company at the Navajo Ordinance Depot as a carpenter, died at Flagstaff Hospital on Thursday morning as the result of a fall from a scaffold the day before. He was a resident of Holbrook and is survived by his widow and three children.
FOR RENT: 5 acres, fenced. Furnished house, piano, oil heater, city water, school bus. Place for stock -- 5 miles east of Flagstaff on U.S. Highway 66. $15 per month. Inquire at 201 W. Santa Fe Ave.
Mrs. Joe Sandoval was fined $5 Wednesday afternoon by Justice of Peace J. C. Maxwell after pleading guilty to refusing to allow her two children, 8 and 10 years of age, to attend school. Mrs. Frank Thomas, truant officer, signed the complaint and Justice Marshall ordered the children be sent to school.
50 YEARS AGO
From 1967: Attention all Flagstaff residents. Enter the Christmas home decorating contest. One first-place and two runner-up trophies will be given away. Just clip the coupon and mail it to the Arizona Daily Sun. Judging will be held on Dec. 16. Pictures of the winners will be published on Dec. 18.
Three doctors and three nurses from the Crippled Children’s Hospital in Phoenix who had been treating Indians on the Navajo Nation were stranded for 37 hours on snow-slick Highway 89 25 miles north of Winslow. Officers knew where they were but could not reach them due to the 10-foot-high snow drifts and the continuing steady fall of more snow. When they were finally reached they were found to have been able to keep themselves fairly warm and to be good condition, though very chilly and hungry.
District Ranger Dick Cox has confiscated 69 Christmas trees that were cut illegally in the Cedar Ranch area north of Flagstaff. Rangers patrolling the area found evidence of commercial cutting and Forest Smith of Phoenix in possession of the trees. Judge Bierley ruled on the violation and Smith received 90-day suspended sentence and is restricted from cutting Christmas trees on National Forests land. He was also required to pay $83.90 in civil damages. The trees, which are being held at the Knob Hill Ranger Station on Beaver Street, will be sold at $1 each.
Lt. F.W. Nicolet of the Salvation Army announced that Army’s Christmas Exchange will open at 10 a.m. next Monday in their new quarters at 6 W. Santa Fe. In conjunction with the Christmas Exchange, a Toy and Joy Center will be maintained at the Salvation Army Headquarters.
The Northern Arizona Community Health Council will consider possible future moves in their campaign for fluoridation of the Flagstaff water supply at their meeting on Tuesday. Flagstaff dentist John Yockey has been actively backing the proposal recently rejected by the City Council.
This week’s massive snowstorms have caused the cancellation of numerous events, others have been or will rescheduled -- look for future announcements in the Sun.
25 YEARS AGO
From 1992: The lights are on at Little America, with a merry image of Santa Claus and his sleigh among the trees.
Scattered storms over the weekend caused icy roads and numerous minor wreaks and fender benders particularly on I-17, 3-4 miles south of Flagstaff, where unsuspecting drivers suddenly came upon black ice while traveling at interstate speeds. Scattered snow fell at the Grand Canyon, where driving conditions caused a closure of the Rim Road for much of the afternoon.
Visitors to the park are allowed to take pictures and pick up pieces of the fossilized wood; however, they are required to put them back down. This does not always happen. The forest is being pilfered. Over the years thousands of pounds of petrified rock have disappeared. Some is returned often with detailed tales of bad luck following the theft.