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Flagstaff History

125 YEARS AGO

1894: Miss Flora Weatherford, who has been teaching school in the Beaver Creek District, returned on Monday.

E. R. Bayless is having his barber shop renovated. When finished, it will be the finest tonsorial parlor in northern Arizona.

City Marshall George Hochderffer has gone to his ranch for a few days and his duties are being performed by his brother Fred during his absence.

The old members of the baseball club will meet for practice at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. They will come together on the grounds and Gene Syke requests full attendance.

R. H. Black of Phoenix, brother of Ben Black of this city, is here on a visit. He made the trip overland with a horse and buggy and says that the outlook for good crops on the ranches is most excellent.

J. R. Kilpatrick and A. T. Cornish had a meeting Tuesday with C. J. Fancher of Albuquerque, agent for the property lying just south of town. No definite arrangements were made, but the probabilities are that 40 acres of the land will be secured for the new race track. If it is, an effort will be made to have it ready for a race meeting in July.

Rubber Face Shorty, the acrobat and cuspidor juggler, failed to maintain his equilibrium the other evening while trying to stand on both feet near the depot. Constable Dickinson helped him up and Judge Prime decided that too much fusel oil was the cause of his downfall. He is now practicing manipulation of a hoe on the streets.

Will Bayless has opened up a liquid refreshment establishment in the building formerly occupied by the Daggs’ Meat Market. It is one of the neatest and quietest places in the city, and has a pleasant card room in the rear. Harry Killingsbury, one of the most genial and best known young men in town, presides over the bar and is serving the finest liquors and cigars in Flagstaff.

100 YEARS AGO

1919: Small stockmen are bombarding the governor with telegrams asking that he veto the new legislation passed by the last legislature that they say will eliminate the small ranchers since it favors larger spreads. Sheriff Jack Harrington, who is also president of the Independent Cattle Growers Association, has also wired Governor Campbell asking that he veto the measure.

After months of study, the city council passed a new schedule of city license fees. They deem it to be more equitable. This is a partial list of payments to be paid quarterly: $2.50 for each billiard and pool table. Circuses or other ring shows, $50 each performance. Each side show connected therewith $10. Hotel or lodging house, $2.50 to $6.00 according to size. Restaurants $3.00. Lumberyards, $5.00. Soft drink manufacturers, $3.00. Dealers in ice, $2.50. Steam laundries, $7.50.

Capt. E. M. Robison and his wife will arrive in Flagstaff from the east sometime next week. He has been in the hospital for some time suffering from gas and shell shock, but has about fully recovered.

Ross Vishno came in Wednesday night from a long siege over in France. His folks have been looking for him for several days. He materialized at last on Wednesday night and was given a hearty welcome here by his family and friends.

Two men set out to destroy each other in Williams Tuesday night over some disagreement. One of them was shot in the arm. Assistant County Attorney Harben and Deputy Sheriff Hicklin went to the scene of bloodshed and returned with the best marksman leaving the wounded man behind in Williams.

The Coconino County Farm Bureau is taking a decided interest in the potato growing business with the purpose of giving the already famous Coconino County potatoes their rightful place in the sun. They propose to have all potatoes inspected and guaranteed by a competent representative of the bureau. Cars that have been inspected will be placarded announcing the fact and showing where the potatoes came from.

The sewer bond issue carried in Tuesdays’ election almost unanimously. The total vote was 242 - a good representative showing. The vote stood 224 for with only 18 against. Before snow flies next fall, Flagstaff should have the best sewer system of any town in the state.

While not causing alarm, the shortage of water during the last few weeks has prompted a discussion of Flagstaff’s water supply in official and unofficial circles, principally around the adequateness of our supply for years to come. The present water system was built by the Santa Fe Railroad Company and cost around $165,000 with the work being done in one season. A few days ago the water got so low, the town was compelled to ask the lumber companies to discontinue using the water for manufacturing purposes. With present daily average use by everybody connected with the system usage averages around 500,000 gallons a day throughout the year. At the middle of last week, there were only 2,500,000 gallons in the reservoir and about 80,000 flowing into it.

75 YEARS AGO

1944: On Monday and Tuesday in less than 12 hours, 15 inches of snow fell, the heaviest storm of the season. With the first day of spring being Tuesday, it would seem the weatherman stayed up all night just to provide this prank. It began on Monday with rain sleet and soon became a raging blizzard. The snow plows were out full force, but were still unable to keep ahead of it. Hotels and tourist courts were filled to capacity. The state patrol urged them to stay put until the roads could be cleared be safe for travel.

We’ve often heard the story of the man throwing the bull, but the tables were decidedly reversed last Friday when W. H. Hudgens, foreman of Babbitt’s slaughter house, attempted to kill a 1,555-pound bull and the bull almost threw him. The animal went through the slaughterhouse, corrals and gates as if they were not there and headed east. The men made chase in a car and finally headed the animal off two miles below the slaughterhouse on the railroad tracks. Mr. Hudgens took careful aim and shot him with a 30-rifle. This only knocked him down and after completely turning over, got back on his feet and started out again. The third shot finally felled him.

Miss Matilda Weber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Weber, narrowly escaped serious injury and possible death Tuesday noon when she slipped and fell in the path of an oncoming train as she and her father were crossing the tracks at Santa Fe Depot.

Trees are a crop. We are long past the harvesting of timber trees when forests were cut to provide fields for agriculture. This is no longer necessary and the land now classified as forestland can be kept intact for the purpose of growing more trees. This is an era of managed forests and the forest industries are looking ahead and planning for the continuous precaution of tree crops. Saginaw and Manistee Lumber Co. and Southwest Lumber Mills.

50 YEARS AGO

1969: A citizens group is forming in Flagstaff to support the proposed city sign code ordinance. “Please pass the sign code” is circulating nearly 100 petitions in the city to seek citizen support in obtaining this ordinance. Efforts for both support and opposition are snowballing. The plan includes signing in accordance with zoning. Proponents say it will end sign clutter, promote traffic safety, favor regulation of "information" signs on I-40 exits and allow liberal provisions in amortizing illegal signs, but rid the city immediately of non-maintained signs. Opponents believe a code will do nothing to improve the attractiveness of signs. And do nothing to improve the readability and will discriminate against tourist-oriented businesses.

Spring skiing is upon us again – Gone is the fluffy powder snow of winter which provides the advanced skier with some of the greatest pleasure. Then in the spring the warmth brings “corn snow; which is great for everyone.

The snow is four times deeper than normal in Arizona’s watershed area, but Soil Conservation Service supervisor Dick Enz says there is virtually no chance of floods caused by rapid melting. The deepest snow is 113 inches on the San Francisco Peaks. Water content is 28.4 inches, which Enz calls a possible record.

One of the greatest problems in Flagstaff is the need for low-cost housing – a reasonable house for a reasonable price. Commission Chairman Dr. Peter J. Lindemann.

Flagstaff police are now using the latest in speed. It’s a small computerized machine that fits under the patrol car seat and instantly records speed of a vehicle under almost any conditions.

Flagstaff city officials have set special “guidelines” for police department speakers given adult education programs on drugs and hippies.

You are invited to a meeting of the Coconino Advisory Council to be held in the County Health building at 7 p.m. on Monday.

25 YEARS AGO

1994: The city council is cool toward the return of a topless bar in Flagstaff and the issue could fail due to lack of support. All seven members agreed they would vote against issuing a liquor license for the Excalibur Club North Inc., the new owners of Shaky Drake’s Bourbon Street Bar, 110 South San Francisco Street.

Thomas Mastrosimone, owner of The Crystal Creek Sandwich Company at 1051 Milton Road, said he’ll likely appeal the city ruling that his business is a restaurant and must prohibit smoking. He said the city's distinction between a bar and a restaurant is unfair.

The plan to improve safety on 180 has been approved by the National Forest Service. If there are no appeals, the road will be widened and some trees will be trimmed for a 30-mile stretch from the Flagstaff city limits to the border between the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. The ADOT decision comes after two years of hot debate between the need to improve safety and the desire to retain its natural beauty.

An 84-year-old recreation building and library that was originally the Babbitt General Store at the Grand Canyon was destroyed by fire Friday morning. It was located right on the rim of the Canyon in the center of South Rim Village. The building was registered as a National Historic place, owned the National Park Service and operated by the Fred Harvey Co.

The Main Street Foundation is not quite ready to go off city funding. It is asking for $500 more than it received in taxpayer dollars this fiscal year. It is now coming into its fifth year and plans to eventually operate totally independently. This extra $500 was requested to fund an historical slide show of Flagstaff to show students and to be available for any group interested in seeing it.

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