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Flagstaff History


1893: The coldest morning this week was Tuesday when the thermometer dropped to 18 degrees above zero. A snowstorm set in on Friday night and it has continued at intervals since. There is now about a foot of snow on the ground with every prospect of more to come.

The Board of Supervisors will meet Saturday morning to wind up the business of the year.

Prof. William Crowhurst of California, a renowned Temperance advocate, will discuss live issues of the day in the M. E. Church on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m. December 30 and 31.

The Santa Fe Railroad has been placed in the hands of the receivers. D. B. Robinson has been appointed General Agent of the receivers.

Barbour Wynns, of the News Depot, expects to leave Friday for Los Angeles for a visit with his mother and his sister.

B.B. Perez, who was convicted at the last term of court held here, has made application for a pardon.

George McCormick, who came here from Kansas City some eight years ago and ran the lunch counter in the rear of Donahue’s place, died of Bright’s Disease at the Hawks House on Friday morning Dec. 22. He was about 38 years of age and had been sick for several months. Rev. J. T. Pierce preached the funeral sermon and the body was interred in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

The Planing Mill at Williams was sold this week, the Saginaw Lumber Co. purchasing it for $7,000.

Deputy Sheriff Ed Wright was shot and killed Thursday night in Winslow. There was an altercation between three sheepherders who had been going the rounds of the taverns and the cowboy who was running a Monte game. The deputy was called to put them out and having reached for his gun would probably have killed one of them, but his arms were seized from behind by another of them. One of the sheepherders then shot the deputy in the head and he perished. They were arrested by Commodore Owen and examined by before Justice of the Peace J. H. Wilson. They were then taken to the jail in St. Johns.


1918: The weather was down to five degrees below zero on Wednesday morning, the coolest day of the season so far.

Ed Duffy, a member of the firm of Duffy Brothers at Williams, was shot and killed by a burglar last Friday night. He was sleeping in the store. Upon hearing a suspicious noise, he investigated. He found two young men trying to get in. One of them immediately fired at Duffy with a six-shooter, the ball passing through his lung. Thus wounded he ran out of the store and across the street to the office of the Justice of Peace where he fell to the floor. He lived long enough to give a fairly good description of the two young men.

A very short time afterwards, Deputy Sheriff Chas Wade and Bobby Burns picked up a young man on the tracks answering to the description. He gave his name as Ed Sickels and said he was from Missouri. A second young man was captured the following day in a cave some fifteen miles southwest of Williams by a posse composed of Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Brown and a young man working for them. He had stopped at the Brown Ranch for breakfast before they had heard of the murder. As soon as they heard of it, they started on his trail by auto. Upon seeing smoke coming out of the cave they called to him to come out. He did and found himself covered by three rifles.

Last Tuesday afternoon in the Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff enjoyed its first Community Christmas tree. The little fellow who said he had “a orful good time” described the feelings of everyone present.

A small fire at the E.G. Brandt residence on Railroad Avenue Thursday morning brought the fire boys out at 4:30 a.m. The fire originated in the fireplace and burned through the floor doing about $50 worth of damage to the building and furniture. It was quickly extinguished.

Foot-sore and almost frozen as the result of having been caught in a blizzard, John Parks and Charles Parks who escaped from the Grand County Jail Wednesday night, surrendered at a ranch 13 miles north of here early Thursday morning. They said their plans of escape miscarried when they missed a waiting automobile. They had been convicted for murder and sentenced to serve life terms. They had planned to go to Mexico, not back to jail.

The Post Office Dept. is investigating Kingman as one of the stops for the ocean to ocean aero mail route.

With discharged soldiers passing through, it is a wise policy for parents to not permit their young daughters to be at the depot without proper chaperones.

NOTICE: Is hereby given that all applications for permits to graze cattle, horses, swine, sheep and goats within the Coconino National Forest during the season of 1919 must be filed in my office on or before Jan. 20, 1010. R. E. Marsh, Supervisor.

William Feldman is the first casualty of the coasting season. He was among a party who were coming down Observatory Hill. They were headed for a tree and after considering the matter, he decided the tree would get the better of an encounter with a sled so he stuck his foot out to swerve. His foot was caught by an obstruction and the ligaments were severely wrenched and strained enough so that he is now using crutches.

Fuel Administrator Garfield announced that minimum prices on coal and some regulations on fuel shipments will not be removed before February 1, 1919 despite reports to the contrary.

The Pine Hotel: Hot and cold water in each room. Steam Heart. All modern conveniences. Rates from $1.00 and $1.50. Faces the Depot.

Fire last Friday morning about 1:30 a.m. destroyed a home in Old Town. The building was almost gone before the Fire Department could reach the scene. They found it impossible to save. They did all that could be done and their good work saved the other nearby properties.

George A. Reed, proprietor of the “Echo Park Ranch” near the Grand Canyon, writes that there have been several inches of snow previous to the last storms and it has been coldest steady weather he has ever experienced out there.

The public library reports that fully 90 percent of the books read or taken out were fiction. The works of Zane Grey and Rex Beach lead in popularity.


1943: With the 1943 deer season a thing of the past, hunters are turning their attention and efforts to elk. An unlimited number of permits were made available for the 1943 season and it is estimated better than 1,500 of them were purchased by hopeful hunters.

Increased butter available for civilians seems to be unlikely in the near future although the OPA has discontinued purchases until April 1944.


1968: Blowing snow and snow packed roads are hazardous and chains or snow tires are advised everywhere in the area. The Christmas storm dumped four more inches on Flagstaff and more is expected.

The sight of fresh snow in Oak Creek Canyon is beautiful to behold and the road must be traveled with care.

There is fresh powder on top of the already packed base at the Snowbowl. All the facilities are open and runs are open and the skiing is excellent.

A committee has been established to study the school bus transportation system. More than $150,000 per year is being spent in transporting students to and from school. The committee has been charged with studying the role of traffic hazards involved in travel bus, the time and distances spent by students traveling.

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating trailer theft. Fred Keenan reported someone stole his four-track stereo tape machine from his car about 13 miles south of Flagstaff. He had been caught in a large traffic jam on State Highway 79 and had gone for help. Investigators found that a desperate thief had pried open the door to make his heist. It was discovered that he had taken three raw eggs from a cooler and apparently eaten them since the shells where left on the floor! Blankets, clothing and trophy belt buckle were also taken.


1993: Away with Christmas past. Christmas tree recycling is underway. There are numerous locations around the city where you can take your tree. They will be gathered up by the city, ground up and become available for you to come and get the mulch for your yard.

Doctors’ offices report a surge patient appointments as people seek to have care before the end of the year and the new year's deductibles will come into effect.

For all the chill -- not quite frozen water -- there are hundreds of Canada Geese to be seen out at Lake Elaine.

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