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Flagstaff History

125 YEARS AGO

1894: The effect of the strike on Winslow is deplorable depression and all are deeply concerned in the outcome. It depends almost solely on the railroad for support. The partial suspension of business and the withholding of paychecks for past wages has had a demoralizing effect on the businesses and it is hoped that the end may soon be reached.

The effect of the imposition of a license fee of $45 per quarter had the effect of causing all the sports businesses to leave town. Either the people of Flagstaff don’t patronize the games or money is mighty scarce, for the game playing must be in hard luck when it can’t afford $15 a month.

The County of Coconino is in pretty good shape financially in spite of rumors to the contrary. All of its indebtedness is paid up to date and there is still a little money in the treasury.

Snow fell on the top of Humphreys Peak Sunday night. And by Friday morning, there was snow on the San Francisco Peaks as far down as the timberline. Showers have fallen in nearly every portion of the county during this past week. The supply of water on the range is ample for the rest of the season and the grass is growing. The stockmen are rejoicing over their prospects.

Between 1 and 2 p.m. Friday afternoon the hardest storm of rain and hail which has ever occurred here took place. The hail fell fast and furious and soon covered the ground with an inch of hail. Water stood everywhere as it fell faster than it could run off. The banks of the Rio de Flag ran full to over flowing for several hours. A cloud burst in the mountains caused the rise in this eccentric stream.

J. C. Mulligan has a force of men in his brickyard hard at work making a kiln of brick.

F. W. Smith, T. J. Ross and John Love left Thursday for Oak Creek. They expect to catch all the trout in the stream and to kill all the bears in that vicinity before they return.

A herder in the employ of Campbell & Francis was found dead 14 miles south of here on Tuesday. His death is supposed to be from natural causes.

The Coconino Lumber Co. at Chandler are rebuilding their mill and as soon as the machinery arrives and placed in position they will resume operations. Their new sawmill will have a cutting capacity of 50,000 feet in 10 hours.

Francisco Domingues returned from Chicago on Saturday. He was bitten by a skunk several weeks ago and went to Chicago for treatment at the Pasteur Institute. He was there for 15 days of treatment and the danger from hydrophobia has now passed.

The Bloom Cattle Co. of Colorado have purchased a large number of cattle on the ranges south of this place. They have several hundred head which they are holding near this place awaiting cars for shipment. During the next 60 days they expect to ship 10,000 head from this place to their ranges near Thatcher, Colorado.

Deputy Sheriff McKinney arrested the man he was after last week a short distance beyond Tuba City. His name is John Dunlap, better known as “Three-fingered Jack.” He is said to be a well know thief and is wanted in Graham County on a charge of stealing cattle. Deputy McKinney left Monday with his prisoner for Graham County.

The bill for the building of a courthouse in Coconino County has passed both the House and the Senate and is in the hands of the President for his signature when it will then become law.

So far, the new registration shows that 717 electors have registered. Flagstaff shows the largest registration with 412, Williams come next with 150.

The Coconino Commercial Company is the name of the new incorporation which was organized here last week, for the purpose of doing a general merchandise commission business. The incorporators are well-known and reliable citizens. Thomas Sayer, Jared Woodbridge, Hugh E. Campbell, and J. F. Daggs.

100 YEARS AGO

1919: The Flagstaff Marble Works Company of L. B. Lanaham and Ed Hill were awarded the new street and alley crossing work by the town council.

The donation by the Flagstaff Marble Works of two carved marble standards and two drinking fountains was accepted. One will be placed in from of the Arizona Central Bank and the other in the city park.

Council decided that the city cannot afford to pay for the paving of concrete from curb to sidewalk line. The expense of which must then be borne by the adjacent property owners.

The matter of having the northeastern section of the city paved was deferred, it being understood that the only bidder whose figure was too high could still submit greatly reduced prices.

Water Superintendent Marshall was instructed to order 700 feet of four-inch pipe and two fire hydrants, one to be installed on North Beaver Street and the other at Aspen Avenue and Elden Street.

Much sympathy has been expressed for the family who live in Kansas of Arthur Rogers, a cowboy only about 20 years old, who died at Winslow Monday as the result of a horse kick. He and some other young men were transferring cattle between two of Mr. O. L. Hart’s ranges. At first it was thought he was not much hurt, but he grew worse after being taken to Winslow. He was brought here where his brother is living. He was buried Thursday in our cemetery from the home of Robert Cleason. Dr. O. S. Braun conducted the ceremony.

Jeff Venters, whose former association with the Navajo make him a valuable assistant at an Indian Trading Post, left this week for Blue Canyon where he will help take in Navajo blankets dish out goods to the Indians for Joe Lee.

Robert Pegrain, well-known to several of our business men with whom he has dealt before, is in town in the interest of a syndicate of landholder’s in the Pecos section of Texas for the purpose of selling leases to some of the land on which it is expected oil will be discovered. His family are at Lake Mary until he can find a house here.

J. W. Francis has sold the Northern Arizona Motor Co. Garage and its Machine Shop as well as the Automobile and Farming Implement business to C. J. Curtis of Detroit. Mr. Curtis, with his wife, arrived here recently. W. M. Parkinson, who helped Mr. Francis sell Studebaker cars, will remain under Mr. Curtis employ.

There will be no more fishing in Oak Creek above the falls until July 1, 1920. The fish need time to recover from the having been constantly fished by tourists and campers. It does no good to depend upon regulations conserving the fish size since it is impossible to prevent the catching of undersized fish. State Game and Fish Warden Joe V. Pochaska.

A mass meeting of the citizens will held at the courthouse Friday night at 8 p.m. It is called by the Chamber of Commerce, the Town Council and the Coconino Supervisors to discuss the way and means by which to county and the town may finance street and road improvements on the highways in and around Flagstaff to meet Federal Aid requirements. It is an opportunity to get good roads at about half the cost and is of interest to every taxpayer. All are urged to come.

Improvements are nearly completed at the Commercial Hotel will vastly improve the the good looks and convenience of the lobby of that popular hostelry. A force of carpenters and painters have been at work for some time tearing out walls making a big double archway, thus doubling the size of the lobby. New counters, shelves and a big humidor have been placed to accommodate supplies for magazine readers, smokers, candy eaters and chewers of gum. All the fixtures and the woodwork are of Circassian walnut, handsome and rich looking. A good sized writing room has also been added.

Ed Whipple is still at work on the proposition to erect a tablet bearing the names of the Coconino boys who were in various branches of the service during the late war. There are about 500 of these names.

50 YEARS AGO

1969: Authorities are seeking clues to the identity of an ARSONIST who ignited an Arizona Public Service electrical power pole above Isabel Street. It pulled down anther electrical utility pole blacking out all of the city east of McMillan Mesa. APS was able to switch power to alternate lines for most customers in about 25 minutes although Coconino High School, the U.S. Geological Service Astrology Center were without power for about eight hours. It was one of three suspicious fires reported within the same hour in the same area. The Forest Service also reported finding a pile of fire wood heaped around another pole in the same area.

Summer rains are beginning at last through much of dry Arizona and have dropped enough moisture to allow a partial relaxing of fire preventive restrictions. But the continued dry climate in northern Arizona has necessitated the keeping in effect of stringent camping and smoking restriction within the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests.

There have been several lighting caused fires near Lake Mary, on Lockett Meadows and the Saddle Mountain area.

The City Council has approved a tentative budget for the 1969-70 fiscal year budget. The tax rate must be approved one week after the public hearing on August 12.

The Apollo lift off is on its way. Work on the Apollo Moon project and training has been going forth here in Flagstaff as scientists have been using our natural features to simulate expected features of the moon’s surface. This area was selected by the scientist since we have near at hand, not only the San Francisco Peaks natural volcanic craters and Sunset Crater where carefully prepared explosions created wanted features to simulate the lunar surface, but also Meteor Crater, where it is known a meteor crashed into our planet which is thought to closely resemble the moon surface. The Grand Canyon and its depths was also a part of the project. The Flagstaff USGS worked on developing moon exploration vehicles and the Lowell Observatory scientists and technicians engaged in creating a worldwide planetary map geared to aid the space program in photographing the lunar surface.

State Highway workers have gone out on strike and have been advised that if they do not return to work they will be fired. In the meantime, work being performed by private contractors is continuing to be done.

25 YEARS AGO

1994: The tourism numbers are down this year over last. The Grand Canyon reports a 25% drop in entrances and Flagstaff Motels and Hotels report a 5% drop. Flagstaff’s Tourism Commission believes it can overcome the slump by working with other gateway cities and the city has agreed to provide $15,000 for supplying the kiosk at the Grand Canyon for promotional materials about Flagstaff in cooperation with the Grand Canyon Historical Association and other gateway cities.

It's not just all confusion and inconvenience of the downtown renovation project that is affecting the businesses of our merchants. It may also be part of a general drop in tourism all over the southwest.

This Saturday downtown businesses are holding a “No Sidewalk Sale.“ Downtown Main Street will be selling hot dogs and Pepsi and the Downtown Clown, the areas new mascot will be making its first debut and handing out balloons. Other events are planned for the months of August and September including a rummage sale, a “Blue and Gold Day,” a community dance and then a Make-a-Wish Day. This week you can come down and view the new paving of two streets proving progress is being made.

The Arizona State Liquor Board has refused a liquor license to a new Topless Bar for Excalibur North Inc. which also owns Shakey Jake’s Bourbon Street Bar located at 110 South San Francisco. Mayor Chris Bavasi said “Needless to say, I am pleased. It shows that neighborhoods can make a difference," and praised to efforts of Molly Murglia in gathering the signatures of protest.

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