Flagstaff History


1894: Due to the large amount of political advertising, the Sun could not be issued until Saturday.

The new timetable, which goes into effect on Monday, Nov. 4, contains as cheery bit of news as has floated in in some time. We will now have two passenger trains daily each way. According to the new schedule, Nos. 2 and 4 eastbound will arrive at Flagstaff at 7:20 a.m. and 5:40 p.m. Nos. 3 and 1 westbound will be due at 10:15 a.m. and 5:40 p.m. respectively.

A press report from New York said the Santa Fe has decided to make Flagstaff the leading mountain resort on its line. A railway is to be built from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. It will also transport tourists by old fashioned Concord Fourhorse Coach to the famous cliffs and cave dwellings, Oak Creek trout fishing and other points of interest. A $300,000 hotel is to be built to accommodate the tourists.

James Wardlow stole a watch, $5 in cash and a pair of blue jeans from James W. Rowe, his roommate, and left the mill without giving notice. By clever detective work, Constable Decloss nabbed the thief at Peach Springs and returned him to the mills of justice in Flagstaff. Justice Prime sent him up for six months upon his plea of guilty.

If you want statehood, vote for Oakes Murphy. He will be fully vindicated at the polls.

Since his nomination, N.G. Layton has been on the sick list and for this reason he has been unable to see all his friends in the county, but he expects them to vote for him at the polls next Tuesday.

United States Attorney Ellinwood, looking spruce and natty as a well groomed drummer, arrived from Tucson on Thursday. He came up to vote.

Miss Blackburn, representing “The Band Box,” a first-class millinery establishment of San Bernardino, Calif. spent a part of the week in Flagstaff making her headquarters at Mrs. J. E. Palmer’s.

Mormon Lake, and the vicinity, are alive with game this fall and hunters have been very successful. Harry Hoxworth and Will Friedlein returned from their trip on Monday laden with fat and toothsome ducks and several fine specimens of the finny tribe.

Some of the local gamblers are very much “down on their luck” owing to a recent visit of one of the fraternity who is known in the southern parts of the territory as “Bones,” which sobriquet was earned from his clever manipulation of the dice. “Bones” specialty is the popular and elusive game of “craps.”

August Meyer, who for several months conducted the San Francisco Barbershop has gone to Texas. R. J. Crawford is his successor.

Tim O’Brien, an employee of the Saginaw Lumber Company, and an unknown named William Hamilton have been matched for a fight to the finish near Williams on Nov. 23. The purse is $600 for the winner.

Harry Hoxworth saw a cloud of smoke pouring from the rear of the G.A.R. Hall Friday morning and he instantly raised an alarm of fire. The Bucket Brigade responded promptly, but the brave firemen had a desperate time locating the fire. They broke in through the door and the smoke was finally traced to its origin – the big stove from which the smoke from the chimney had filled the room.


1919: A conservative estimate made by those in a position to know says that there were over 8,000 automobile tourists who passed through Flagstaff since the first of the year. This is easy to believe since the garages were crowded inside and out pretty much every day of the summer. They were from almost every state in the Union, and from Canada as well.

Sullivan & Taylor began this week in making extensive improvements at their furniture and music store. They have secured a large amount of additional space upstairs. They are tearing out walls and fixing it up for the display of furniture. The balcony window downstairs will then be used entirely for their big phonograph business.

Mr. Sullivan also announced that as soon the work is completed, he will install new furniture in the Dresswell Shop. A new storefront is also to be put in.

The Flagstaff Athletic Club’s Carnival at the Orpheum this Thursday night was another disappointment financially. Only $142 was taken in on which the show was easily worth $500.

E.H. Corey, who hails from Boston, Mass. and has had a lot of experience in that city, arrived here on Monday to go to work for the Arizona Central Bank. He left Mrs. Corey in “The Hub” until he can make arrangements for a home here. He says he was inclined to flinch a little when he saw the snow on the peaks, but then realized the air here neutralized the cold here instead of enhancing it as it does in Boston. He will probably find that he has dropped into a more salubrious climate than the one he left.

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Mr. and Mrs. Washburn of Oklahoma City have bought the furnishings and leased the building of the Ideal Hotel. They are genial cultured people and will soon no doubt become popular with their neighbors as they already have with the people living in the hotel.

Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan, the former lessors, will move to the ranch home they just bought.

Remember to vote Saturday on the road bond issue. The bonds for $150,000 to be matched by federal funds will bring better roads, complete the highway between Flagstaff and Williams, continuation of work on the Williams–Clarkdale road, more work on the road going west from Williams, as well as the Flagstaff-Oak Creek road. With these bonds to be paid off over 20 years, the cost to individual taxpayers is so small as to be hardly noticed.


1969: October 1969 was the coldest October in Flagstaff’s 78 years of weather record keeping history.

Patrolman Christopher Bavasi of the Flagstaff police now believes almost anything can happen, including a “fender bender“ between two airplanes. He went to the airport where Paul Pettray, of Skyways International Airlines, reported that one of the line’s Cessa 175s had been damaged apparently by another airplane. The damage apparently occurred while the plane was tied down on the apron of the airport and the damage came to about $500. Bavasi investigated and found paint matching the paint on the damaged plane on the tail section of yet another Cesna 175 that was also tied down at the airport.

The Daily Suns’ article in last Saturdays’ issue on the vicious tricks being played on small goblins across the nation may have saved a young Flagstaff girl. Mrs. Jerry Clark of Mt. Elden Apartments, having read it, decided to check her daughters’ bag of treats and discovered a candied apple that got her attention. In it she discovered a sharp pin. She turned the pin over to Sgt. Harry W. Bailey of the Flagstaff Police Department. Check your children’s treat bags.

The Flagstaff Police Department is investigating an apparent Halloween prank that caused an estimated $1,500 to a “bobcat” loader owned by Mr. Ortiz. Someone sprayed the vehicle’s engine with the foam from a fire extinguisher and ripped the headlights off the fenders.

The first weekend of deer season passed without serious incident in Coconino County and the kill was about normal. Floyd Collins is leading in Ruff’s Liquors deer contest with a 217-pound buck. A total of 35 to 40 deer have been brought in there so far.

County Supervisors laid to rest the controversial zoning of Fort Valley Monday by approving two-acre minimum on the final 1,782 unzoned acres following the recommendation of the County Planning and Zoning Commission. This action taken in favor of the residents desires had been opposed by developers.

The City Planning and Zoning Commission has heard plans for development of what is called the “Old Mill Neighborhood” and learned the area will possibly contain a plush “mobile home park” to provide additional housing for NAU students. The “Old Mill Neighborhood" is located in the southern part of the city near where the old Saginaw-Manistee Lumber Mill was located and is now the site of the Holiday Inn.

The idea of rerouting route 180 to run up through Switzer Canyon is a plan to reduce the problems caused to local traffic by through traffic running through the city on its way to the Grand Canyon remains under consideration.


1994: One of the most visible items on next week's ballot is the new cigarette tax. If passed, anyone who buys cigarettes here in Flagstaff will pay a tax of 40 cents per pack, on top of the state tax of 18 cents and the federal tax of 24 cents already in effect. Other tobacco products are taxed by weight.

The City Council has given the go-ahead to an Iowa based development company to purchase 5.5 acres of North Isabel Street land and to build a low-income apartment complex there. City officials consider housing affordable if it’s costing families or households, less than 30% of their income. The proposed rental could be $400 for a two-bedroom unit and $467 both exclusive of utilities.

Kaibab National Forest is conducting a prescribed burn in the Parks area this week. Nearly 1,000 acres of grassland in Government Prairie, east of Williams in an effort to get rid of small ponderosa pine trees that are invading the prairie, and to provide for fresh growth of grasses. This fire will be conducted by the Chandler Ranger District fire crew.

A Charter School initiative with a Waldorf-based curriculum is forming in the Flagstaff area.

Trash collection fees are going up and and City Hall is inching closer to curbside recycling as the city moves closer to an expansion of its landfill. The larger plan started Tuesday night when council members voted 4–2 to increase the trash collection rates. Public Works Director William Menard told the City Council, that meetings of the recycling task force will begin next month, saying that recycling could extend the life of the Cinder Lakes land fill by 30 years. One issue is discovering who will process the recycled materials.

Flagstaff’s future funding problems center on transportation, including the expansion of the Butler–Enterprise Road intersection and the highway exit of I-40 at Lone Tree. Another need is to connect the north and south ends of Fourth Street across the railroad tracks and the interstate. The last time voters approved a bond issue was in 1990 when the $47 million water and sewer bond and the $3.45 million Airport bond issues were approved.

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All events were taken from issues of the Arizona Daily Sun and its predecessors. The Coconino Weekly Sun and the Coconino Sun.


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