Flagstaff History


From 1893: John McCarty deposited six bear scalps and four mountain lion scalps with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors on Thursday for which he will receive $160, or at the rate of $25 each for the lions and $10 each for the bear scalps. They were all killed within two miles of Mrs. Jackson’s residence on Oak Creek. They were caught in a trap in her sweet potato patch.

Leading railroads are considering how to do away with platforms on express, mail and baggage cars. These platforms afford a place for tramps to steal rides and make it easier for robbers to board a train.

Last Friday, a gang of tramps captured a west bound freight just as it as pulling out of the Williams yard. They stood the crew off being the larger force. The train was backed down to the depot, where a number of railroad men came to the aid of the crew and the tramps were put off.

A washout delayed a passenger train at Williams, so a social dance was put on at Patton’s Opera House for the stranded passengers amusement.

For Sale: A bunch of Berkshire Pigs. Enquire of J. H. Morse.

J. F. Daggs shipped two carloads of cattle Pomona, California on Thursday.

The Board of Supervisors received a petition that a public highway be laid out to Leroux Springs and the Beal Trail. A. W. Kinsey, road overseer, was instructed to make further repairs on the Verde Road and to finish opening the road from Bellemont to Spring Valley.

P. D. Berry was arrested on Sunday for shooting Frank Frankforter in the legs. The shooting is claimed to be accidental. On Monday, Mr. Berry was brought before Justice Prime, he waived examination and was held on $300 bail to appear before the Grand Jury. The bail was promptly furnished.

Wednesday night of last week, washouts occurred on the line of the A & P between Winslow and Laguna, the most serious in Querino Canyon where several bridges were destroyed as well as a number of miles of track were washed away. The rainfall was the heaviest ever known in that section. Trains were discontinued until this Thursday. Telegraph lines were also downed and many of the poles were washed away.

Go to the News Depot for choice fat mackerel. A fresh stock of cream candies has just been received there as well as fresh fruit, creamery butter, and both ranch and Kansas eggs.

Dr. R. M. Francis, while on a hunting trip this week was fortunate enough to kill a deer.

The flocks of sheep owned by E. R. and W. C. Bayless will be sold under mortgage, on the 11th instant. The flocks embrace 1,600 ewes, 250 wethers, 980 lambs and 25 bucks.

The flocks of Humphrey & Austin, with 4,400 head will be sold under mortgage on the 17th instant. On that same date 1,900 ewes, 1,200 ewes and wether lambs, belonging to A. Humphrey will be sold for the same cause. It will be a fine opportunity for parties who desire to engage in the sheep business.

J. Q. Adamson and C. M. Montgomery, both cattle and sheep buyers from Los Angeles, are here looking after fat cattle and sheep.

P. J. Brannen’s discount sale is still going on. Do not fail to investigate the advantage of placing your orders with this establishment as they undoubtedly are giving the largest amount of goods for the least money.

An enjoyable entertainment was given Monday night by the Ladies Aid Societies of the Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Babbitt’s Hall. The “Peaks Sisters,” a comical musical production, was given for the evening’s entertainment.

Our wool growers will not shear their flocks this fall. This is contrary to the usual rule of the majority of growers. The clip of last spring is in most cases unsold. There is no market for it. The factories are all closed down on account of the threatened removal of the tariff for foreign wool and our growers cannot prosper with free wool.

John Sanderson has broken ground for his new building.

A new sidewalk is being built in front of the Babbitt lot on Railroad Street.


From 1918: Saturday Oct. 12 is 426th anniversary of the discovery of America. President Wilson has proclaimed it LIBERTY DAY and requests the citizens of every community in the United States city, town and countryside to celebrate the day.

County ranger Tom Eakins returned Wednesday from up in the Utah country with two prisoners, Carl Antile and Freeman Creer, both being charged as being slackers and also on a felony warrant in which the charge is made that they had illegally killed beef on the Indian reservation. They were found at House Rock and were not inclined to come along at first, but through the efforts of Ranger Eakins they were persuaded. They are now lodged in our jail here awaiting a preliminary hearing.

The Civil Service Commission has just announced an examination to be held in Flagstaff, Arizona on October 26 for stenographer and typewriter positions in the Field Service.

The little 8-year-old son of Bert Cameron had a narrow escape from death Wednesday afternoon. He was playing with his older brother who had a loaded 30-30 rifle. In some manner, the rifle was discharged and the ball cut through the base of his thumb making a flesh wound, then passed through his clothing, making a bruise over his heart, but did not cut the flesh. The older boy rushed to Dr. Wilson and told him that he had shot his brother in the heart. The doctor expected to find a dead boy. It is difficult to tell how the child was not killed.

An epidemic of what is supposed to be Spanish Influenza came suddenly to the Normal School the first of the week. Although none of the cases seem serious, County Health Officer Dr. Wilson thought it best to close the school for a few days. He believes the disease is nothing more than the ordinary influenza and not the more dangerous old-time distemper which ran over the country some years ago.

I.N. Smollen, a recent arrival from New York died at the Milton Hospital Wednesday afternoon. He had been working at the Valley Experiment Station for a couple of days before being taken with a violent attack of hic-coughs. He was taken to the hospital where it was found that he had Typhoid Fever.

The Arizona Undertaking Company. First class, neat home-like chapel with plenty of comfortable chairs. Lady Attendant – Automobile Hearse. Chapel and Morgue on Beaver Street between Aspen and Railroad next to Marlar Hall. Phone 96.

Women War Workers at Winslow are wearing overalls in the machine shops. War clothes are all right for women, but we bar war paint.

Night schools for Americanization work among Spanish–speaking people are being opened in various parts of the state. One of the latest to report is at St. Johns where classes started last week. Separate lessons are held for men and women. The enrollment is good and the work is being carried on with enthusiasm.

Kodak Developing FREE if we do the printing. Ask for prices. Brook’s Studio, Flagstaff, Arizona.

For Rent: Large sunny front room, newly furnished, suitable for 2 or 4 men: steam heat, modern conveniences, comfortable lobby, reasonable rent. Ideal Hotel.

D.S. Lewis is proud of his war garden potato patch which netted him two tons and over of choice Early Ohio potatoes. Ten of these potatoes weighed 11 pounds each and are good smooth, solid spuds that look good enough to eat.

For Sale: Furniture for 4-room house. Call third house north Ideal Hotel.


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“Extreme Danger”. Arizona’s forests are tinder dry and Forest Service personnel were kept busy all weekend with six man-caused fires – four cooking fires and two careless cigarettes - in Coconino National Forest, as well as the fires Grand Canyon National Park and the Coronado National Forest in Southern Arizona.

There are no restrictions on insulation. Anyone can install this new John’s Manville Rock Wool – Fire Proof Insulation. The cost is low and the results are high. You can save 30 percent or more in heating your home by insulating your ceilings. Babbitt Bros. Trading Co. Lumber Dept.

Points – Sugar stamps 14-15–16 Brown stamps C & D – Blue Stamps U-V-W-Blue stamps X-Y-Z . By the pound: Lamb chops 39 cents. Lamb roast 30 cents. Boiling beef 19 cents. T-bone steaks 31 cents. Cottage bacon 14 cents. Butter 49 cents. Coffee 25 cents. Gro-pup 23 oz. 22 cents. Potatoes 1 ½ ct. Cabbage 1 ct. Babbitt’s Thriftway.

Save 50 percent on your Sears catalog order – call for your purchase at the catalog store. 105 North Leroux.

Have a Coke a Cola = a Short Snorter, It’s how to bring people closer together.

A worthy project has been undertaken by the American Association of University women in the establishment of a children’s shoe exchange in the Red Cross Room, 13 North Leroux St. Mrs. B. Wilson, President.

More than forty $25 bonds were sold Saturday night at the Victory Dance given at the Monte Vista by members of the Bond Drive Committee to swell the funds raised in the Third War Bond Drive. Russell Sweitzer, in charge of the arrangements. The parade planned was cancelled to the inclement weather.

The Navajo Ordinance Depot has been authorized to hire 200 additional employees on a temporary basis between now and December 31. Colonel John Huling Jr., Commanding Officer.

Room and Board – Private home 516 West Cherry Phone 624-W.

Wanted 30x 3 ½ Tires – Jesse Bunch. 3 mi. east Flagstaff.

Lost or Strayed – Large Male Collie and Shepard Dog. Yellow and white. Reward offered for information. Call Miss Laura Kinsey. Emerson School, phone 156 or 321-J after school hours.

Woman wanted to do family washing and ironing. Call Mrs. Lay, 228 W. Birch or Phone 292.

Wanted several loads of pine knots for fireplace use. Write Box 500 c/o Coconino Sun.

Wanted to buy or trade. Hogs for small cement mixer. Hogs and pigs for sale. Also corrugated iron and 9 tube R. C. A. radio. Call after 12 noon. 117 West Birch.

The bus industry could serve the wartime travelers better if the 35 per hour mile speed restrictions were lifted as it applies to buses was stressed by F. W. Ackerman, Vice President of Pacific Greyhound Lines. He stressed that buses are now carrying more than half of all intercity passenger travel and could assume a greater burden of essential travel if road speed limitations were eased.


From 1968: The Flagstaff Bypass has become a reality. It opened a 7 a.m. Thursday and seems to be functioning well climaxing about 10 years of debate and construction. State highway district engineer, John Chapman. Flagstaff has access through interchanges at the Continental Country Club, at the Walnut Canyon National Monument turnoff, Riordan Overpass west of the city and the interchange with I-17.

When you divert the bulk of motorists using the major U.S. East-West Highway Route 66 artery from the heart of the city to an Interstate 40 “Super Highway” bypass there is bound to be an impact on business in the town.

East side motels are reporting a deep drop off in registrations due to the shifting of traffic from Route 66 to the new I-40 bypass. So far, west side is about as usual due to the ongoing presence of athletic reservations. The lack of appropriate signage on I-40 is a serious issue.

Mayor Sylvan Harenburg proclaimed the period from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15 as the “United Fund Month” in Flagstaff and urged all citizens to give their share toward the 1969 campaign goal of $100,500. The United Fund previewed his proclamation with a parade through the down streets on Saturday morning in which an estimated 1,000 men, women and children marched. There is to be a kickoff luncheon for more than 50 key campaign workers who will carry the United Fund story and the stories of its participating agencies directly to the people.

The Presidents of two Flagstaff Publishing firms, Paul Weaver and K. C. Deal Doven of the Northland Press and K.C. Publications revealed their business merger this week. K.C. publishes Western Gateway Magazine and will continue to publish it as a division of Northland. The two publishers who draw much of their customer base from outside the area said “the merger of the firms represents a strong force in Flagstaff’s economy.” They have a combined workforce of 20 employees and an annual payroll of $160,000.

Detective Walter Hinson arrested two youth believed to have stolen 10 gallons of gas and a 10-horseposer pressure pump from the Arizona Cattle Co. last Saturday. The pump was found in the back of their green pick-up truck at the junction of Leupp Road and Old Highway 66. Joe Widdell of the cattle company had observed them and their pickup, but could not over take them since he was on horseback.

Sirloin Steak 95 cents chuck Roasts 59 cents, round bone roasts 59 cents. Namco Meat Market, 2713 S. Larkin Drive.

Flagstaff police are investigating the theft of a color television set and all the bedding from two beds from one room at the Western Hills Motel, 1612 E. Santa Fe Ave. Manager Gilbert Ghysellinch also reported that the vibrating machines in two other rooms had been robbed of their coins.

State Attorney General Gary Nelson says three Arizona cities, including Flagstaff, will be used as “stocking points” for shotguns, tear gas and chemical mace for use by police agencies in event of civil disorders.


From 1993: The name of the former Navajo Depot in Bellemont is now officially Camp Navajo and is no longer a subordinate of the Deptartment of the Army’s Material Command. The Arizona Army National Guard has been operating the Bellemont facility since 1982.

The city council is considering another raise in city utility bills following the 7 percent increase in water and the 9 percent in sewer rates that occurred in May saying they would not go into effect until after January 1, 1994. Public hearings will be scheduled.

There are a number of city utility customers whose numbers are increasing, who may find their service cut off for non-payment ten days beyond due date. In the past it has been the practice to send out a pink reminder post card but this practice is no longer followed due to cost in staffing and in postage.

Solutions for the cramped facilities for the county’s over 600 employees and the general deteriorating conditions of the facilities are to be addressed by a $50,000 study that will address the problems that will continue to grow as the population of the county continues to grow.

The city council has voted against giving itself a pay raise. Currently council members receive $300 a month plus a travel allowance of $150. The mayor earns $450 a month and is allowed $210 for expenses.

Corporal punishment in the Flagstaff Unified School District schools is now outlawed. The practice has been in decline and all of the school principals favor ending it entirely.

Plans are underway to replenish the supply of Flagstaff's 567 federally subsidized units all of which are full. There are rarely any vacancies and the list of those waiting has grown to 422 including those with Section 8 housing vouchers. The plan includes construction of 16 apartments on Isabel Street and an increase in the number of houses at Clark Homes.

See the savings in 1993 Mercury automobiles. Tracer $9,995, Capri $11,495, Cougar RX7, $14.995, Sable $14,995. Jim Babbit, Lincoln - Mercury, 11 North Verde.

City crews were up early Thursday morning to change the signs of South Milton to Sun Boulevard between Forest Meadows to Route 66 in honor of the Phoenix Suns Week in Flagstaff. ADOT approved the change which is costing the city $543.

The wreckage of a small pane reported missing in the Oak Creek area last Thursday was located on Sunday south of Slide Rock. There were no survivors.

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