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1961 Winter carnival

A snow sculpture from the Winter Carnival sits in front of the old student union, now the 1899 Bar and Grill, at Northern Arizona University in 1961.

100 Years Ago

1918 – “Save your soft tin cans” is the latest slogan of the Red Cross workers in Arizona. The cans are being gathered by school children, mashed flat and sold.

Wright Clark, a rancher east of town, was riding his horse through town on Friday afternoon when the animal slipped on the pavement near Babbitt’s Store, falling upon Mr. Clark and breaking one of his legs. The accident will lay up the gentleman for several weeks.

“Today” is coming to the Orpheum Theater on Sunday next. It deals with the story of a pampered wife, wonderfully attractive physically, yet weak morally.

On account of the prevalence of smallpox at Bisbee, stage traffic has been discontinued between that town and Douglas.

Make each home a supporting unit by raising more hens, which means more eggs. Eggs and poultry meat are very good substitutes for pork and other meats, which are badly needed for the troops. This can be done in the back yards of Flagstaff, increasing the flocks now on the farms and growing poultry on those which currently have none. Dispose of male birds at the end of hatching season. None are needed in the backyard poultry business. De Lore Nichols, Farm Agent. Coconino County.

Six thousand additional men are wanted at once to bring the 20th Engineers (Forest) Regiment up to full strength. This is the second Forest Regiment formed by the War Department and will be the biggest regiment in the world. Applicants for enlistment or induction may apply by letter to R. E. March, Flagstaff, Arizona.

E. A. Baker, who has a mountain ranch 18 miles north of Flagstaff, was in town Monday. He reported snow 15 inches deep at his place.

Miss Lucy Branch has accepted a position as saleslady in the J.C. Penney store at this place.

Charles Greene is conducting the Flagstaff - Tuba City Stage Line for W. S. Beard, whose garage work has increased to such an extent that he has no time to look after the other portions of his business.

Lee Vishno, while going to his home late Sunday night, fell from the bridge over the Rio de Flag on West Railroad Avenue and severely injured one of his shoulders. The accident will lay him up for several days.

75 years ago

1943  Remember to register for your ration book this week.

The Ski Carnival was a great success, with a good crowd at Sheep Hill as well as skiing exhibitions and races. The Down Hill was won by Shelton Powell and the Open Slalom by Lee Walshaus.

The County has stepped in with their heavy equipment to help clear the middle of the streets and other places where the snow was heavily banked up. There are only two pieces of heavy equipment available and not all city and county roads are yet cleared for travel. The Snow Bowl Road will be cleared and opened as soon as the work on other roads is completed.

Wanted: A piano bench in a dark finish. Cash. Call 21.

Anyone who has books that our boys in the service would enjoy, please leave them at the library before March 5 for the Victory Book Campaign. If it’s a book you want to keep it’s a good one to send.

The Black Cat Café on South San Francisco closed on Monday for renovation and repairs. Papa John the Manager expects to reopen on March 1.

Sears and Roebuck, 105 North Leroux. $2 trade-in for your old, worn-out battery. Get your Cross Country Battery for $6.65 with your trade-in. Size 40 fits most cars. Help save metal. Buy your motor oil in bulk. $1.40 value 74 cents a gallon.

The new Radio Course to be offered at Arizona State Teachers College has attracted many more students than expected so there are to be two additional sections offered.

Shoe rationing begins on Tuesday and takes Stamp #17 from your Ration Book for one pair. The supply of shoes is adequate for citizens but must be conserved. W. H. Rudebaugh, Chairman of the local War Price Administration Board.

50 Years Ago

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1968 – There were a record-breaking number of voters in last Tuesday’s election; 3,285 to be exact. 

Northwest Forest Industries and the NAU School of Forestry will jointly sponsor a 3-day course on Lumber Drying February 13-15. Contact NAU to enroll.

Three days only. SEARS Heart Warming Gifts. Gas Dryer that never over-dries. $177.77. No trade-in required. Kenmore Washers $148 - $168. Plaza Shopping Center where there is plenty of FREE PARKING.

A Chamber of Commerce campaign has been launched to counter the much reported snow problems on Route 66 with information about the new Interstate 40 and its 700 miles of open and beautiful divided highway from Oklahoma to Los Angeles.

ALL you can eat at the Lumberjack Cafe, 218 S. Sitgreaves, $1.49, Daily Specials include soup, rolls and coffee.

Our only commercial air carrier, Frontier Air, has cut off two of its flights into Flagstaff. Cliff Maggard, Frontier’s Station Manager here, says although the number of boardings is up, there is a lack of equipment to provide service here. We will still have the 10:50 a.m. flight coming from Albuquerque and going on to Phoenix and the 7:20 p.m. departure for Denver. It does not appear that the length of our runway is a part of the problem.

25 years ago

1993 – The Milligan House Trust, a private entity working to restore the historic home on Aspen across from the library, has raised $94,000 for the renovation work. The group is currently finishing an addition to the house. Redoing the front walk and steps is next. They also plan to furnish a conference room. The city is being asked for $17,000 in funds for completing the remaining work in the restoration of this historic, city-owned building.

The City Recycling Program has collected enough plastics to fill 23 semi-trailers, according to Jan Kerata, Recycling Coordinator. Bashas' has provided free transportation for the plastic, and recycling continues at the store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The Water Commission is recommending another rate increase to meet the rising costs of supplying water. The sewage rate also will need to rise to meet the cost of the $14 million Rio de Flag Waste Treatment plant.

Voters approved a bond issue in 1990 for improvements to the sewage reclamation plant, which is scheduled to begin operating this coming summer. The use of reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and commercial businesses is expected to ultimately be increased as its distribution system becomes established.

Many low areas are still flooded from the last storm and more snow and rain is expected to fall over the weekend.

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


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