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Flagstaff History

125 YEARS AGO

1894: The Senate sidetracked the Arizona Statehood Bill and nothing will be done until the next session of Congress.

Rain has fallen all over the Territory during the past week. The stock interests in Arizona have increased in value during the past few days.

The Saginaw Lumber Company at Williams is working a day and a night crew at this time in order to fill their current contract on time.

Mr. F.C. Knapp, who was treasurer of the Saginaw Mill at Williams, has sold his interest to Mr. Strohm and returned to Michigan.

The cars used for dwellings in Williams have all been removed and will go into service again.

C. A. Keller and family are now domiciles in their new residence south of the railroad tracks.

The Lowell Observatory will be open to visitors Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Chas. Llen and wife left for Yuma on Thursday with the hope that a change in climate will improve his health.

There will be the usual preaching at the Presbyterian church on the next Sabbath. The Rev. Joseph Overton will be in the pulpit. Rev. Overton is a Congregational minster from California and will be in Flagstaff for several weeks.

A heavy electrical storm occurred in this vicinity Sunday night. The storm centered in Bellemont and extended from Williams to Winslow and the telegraph instruments were burned out at each of the above named places. The lightning also struck six telegraph poles a few miles west of Williams and reduced them to splinters.

The family of Dr. Smith arrived from Los Angeles last week and have moved into the George Hoxworth residence.

C. H. Allen shipped four carloads of cattle to Coolidge, Kansas on Thursday. They came from the range south of here and were shipped as feeders.

There are 809 names on the great register of Coconino County at this time and it is probable that they will reach 1,200 names thereon by the time the register is closed.

A change in the time card of the A. & P. Railroad took place on Sunday. The westbound passenger train is now due here at 12:40 p.m. and the eastbound at 12:35 a.m., 12 hours apart.

A washout at Laguna has delayed the train from the east. It is now bulletined to arrive at 6:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The passenger train from the west did not arrive until 5.45 a.m. Friday. That delay was caused by a passenger falling from the train west of Ash Fork. He was missed at that place and the train was then backed up to where the man was found. He was but little injured.

W. T. Smith, one of the owners of the Phoenix Gazette, is here on business this week. Mr. Smith is an ardent advocate of statehood and it is being said quietly that he has his optics set on a senatorship when Arizona is admitted to statehood.

Al Grady and George Morgan returned on Saturday from Chalcedony near Holbrook where they have been building roads through the park.

100 YEARS AGO

1919: Flagstaff was cut off from traffic either east or west for several days due to a wreak last Thursday night at Hackberry west of here and the washing out on Friday of the big steel bridge at Houck near the eastern boundary of the state.

Tuesday’s No. 2 was the first transcontinental train east and No. 1 that at 6 p.m. was the first through train west.

As a result our mail was pretty much delayed, though a large part of it was detoured and after the first day or, so letters and papers were coming through with fair regularity.

Transcontinental passengers suffered little inconvenience except for the delay occurring in being detoured over the longer route by way of El Paso, Phoenix and Ash Fork.

Those whose points of departure or destination were located along the 250-mile stretch between Houck and Hackberry didn’t have such an easy time of it with the many delays in departures and arrivals.

The wreck at Hackberry occurred when a westbound extra freight with two engines went into a ditch followed by its 13 freight cars at mile post

At Hackberry, the big steel bridge had been giving officials concern for some time and a patrol had been watching the approaches since due to the heavy rains a washout was feared. The Rio Puerco has at this point a habit of changing its course occasionally owing to the treacherous nature of the soil. The recent heavy rains had sent torrents of water around the abutments followed by the collapse of the main structure. No trains went into the river. Huge pile driving equipment was rushed to the scene and a make-shift bridge was thrown across.

A. A. Dutton and his grandson Fred Wheeler arrived in Flagstaff the first of the week after a long trip around the loop from their home in Kingman. They left about two months ago, crossed the Colorado River north of Chloride and then went on to Hamilton, Montana where Mr. Dutton visited his sisters for a short time. They then went through Yellowstone and on to Denver to visit some cousins there. They visited old friends here in Flagstaff before going on home to Kingman.

Walter Whitehead of Del Rio, Texas has been in Flagstaff this week buying bucks for his sheep ranch down in Texas country. He made a large purchase from Colin Campbell from his herd at Ash Fork and shipped them out from here this week.

Postmaster Charles P. Heisser says he hasn’t gone into the grocery business yet, though he expects to be up to his neck in it within a few days. The government’s decision to throw on the market through the post offices all the food on its hands as a result of the end of the war was announced in advance of the presentation of the necessary details for handling orders. Mr. Heisser says he will let the public know as soon as he gets the necessary forms but at present knows nothing more than what he reads in the news papers.

A. F. Kinnison, Agriculture Extension Specialist from Arizona University, has been visiting the farmers around here and says the prospects of a bumper crop of oats, wheat and potatoes are sure. Weeds got a good start in the potatoes during the rains but will probably be rooted out between the showers. Hills are setting 12 to 20 tubers each.

Our baseball team added another victory to their list last Saturday when they defeated the Williams team 10-7.

Simpliceo Torez, Altadoni Bigue No. 1 and Aldatoni Bigue No. 2 are now on their way to the penitentiary. Under Sheriff William Hicklin and Deputy John Garrett took them to Florence.

50 YEARS AGO

1969: The city council has endorsed a set of strict regulations for the use of the city’s watershed in the Inner Basin of the San Francisco Peaks as a recreational area and asked the Coconino County Board of Supervisors and the U. S. Forest Service to do likewise. This action came as a result of the application for an off-road vehicle tour company application to take visitors on jeep tours the area where the city has been getting its most reliable water supply for the past several years. The ultimate decision rests with the Forest Service.

Almost everything is all computers these days and the city of Flagstaff is right in step with the times. On Aug. 11, the computer system leased at cost of $1,950 a month, began computing water bills and soon will be phased into handling the city’s payroll and numerous other tasks.

Mount Elden Drive-in Theatre. Gregory Peck and Eva Marie Saint in “The Stalking Moon” and Glenn Ford in the “The Days of the Evil Gun." Show starts at dusk.

Are you a newcomer? Never lived in Flagstaff before? Like to know about your new area? Western Welcome Service welcomes you.

Henry Dyer and Mary Lou Baca have received certificates from the Communications Workers of America - Local 510. They were presented with Certificates of Achievement at the CWA Training Conference held in Dallas, Texas last week. They received their certificates for their participation in local federal anti poverty and community action programs for the purpose of helping the unemployed get jobs and to better their home and work conditions.

The Fire Department responded to call at Fine’s Ready to Wear, 15 North San Francisco, on Sunday afternoon when an electrical short in the firm's neon sign caused a small fire. They also responded to a similar fire at the El Pueblo Motel later that day.

At a Sunday meeting in Flagstaff of the Coconino County Medical Society, D. W. Melick M.D., suggested the creation of a “pool” throughout Arizona that could supply needed medical manpower on a temporary basis to shortage areas in the state saying, “ Our present Arizona medical manpower shortage is acute.”

Superior Court Judge Morris Rozer has ruled that five northern Arizona counties must collect and hold in reserve a $350,000 tax refund for the Four Corners Pipeline Co. for this year.

The U.S. Civil Service Commission announced an examination for temporary worker clerk typist positions with a local government agency at a starting salary of GS-2, $4,360. Further information and applications may be obtained from Howard A. Yost, Room 6 in the basement of the Post Office.

Maids wanted: Americana Motel. $1.30 per hour. No phone calls. Apply in person.

Barber wanted. Monte Vista Barber Shop. Monte Vista Hotel.

Administrative Secretary. Short-hand required – 10 key adding machine desirable. Salary commensurate with skills. Call NAU.

25 YEARS AGO

1994: So far this year 487 building permits have been issued in the city of Flagstaff with a value of $28.95 million, a 37% increase over last year and expensive houses have a lot to do with this increase. There are a lot of single-family homes and they are larger and more expensive than last year. Most of these are going up in the Continental area. There are also a lot of homes at $200,000 and some as high as $650,000. Most of these homes are infill as there are a lot of vacant lots around waiting to be built on.

This week the city was awarded $330,000 in state HOME funds, which will be matched by $110,000 in city funds and $5,100 from the Northern Arizona Council of Government. At least 25 homes will be selected through an supplication process. To qualify the home must be within city limits and owner occupied. For a family of four the median income is $29,100, so families earning less than $23,280 will qualify for this program. Rich Meacham, the city’s chief building official.

The Coconino County Community College Governing Board has paved the way for the college to purchase the building it is currently using in Page. The owners of the building are putting it on the market for $315,000. It is the only suitable space for the college available there.

Historically Oak Creek has shown increased levels of coli form contamination during the Monsoon season. Currently new tests are being preformed and U.S. Forest Service officials are warning people not to drink the water. Oak Creek and Slide Rock remain open.

Utah’s Dylan Yates isn’t giving up on the Red Lobster project and telling the city council to deal with the development code and not to hold this project hostage. He also apologized to city officials for just assuming that his project would immediately go ahead.

The Northern Arizona High Altitude Sports Training Complex opened this week in a temporary site on the Northern Arizona University campus where it will be located until its permanent location the in the Lumberjack Stadium is ready. Rick Smith, the facilities director, says there is good response from the elite athletic contestants who recognize the advantage of even 10 days at 7,000 feet of elevation can make a substantial difference in their performance in contests.

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