Flagstaff History


1894: A pair of oxen drawing about town a big wagon loaded with quinces attracted much attention on Thursday. The outfit was from the lower Santa Cruz and luscious fruit a fair example of what can be raised on the fertile acres of the great valley.

Dr. Hekm performed a most successful operation on Mrs. J. O. Dunbar in removing a 23-pound tumor from her stomach. We are happy to state that Mrs. Dunbar is doing nicely and will soon recover from the effects of the operation.

If you have been a citizen of Arizona for one year prior to the election, get registered. If you have not acquired residence, do not register. The register will be closely scanned this year and all illegal registrations will be presented in the courts.

P. J. Bourbon, the singer agent is in town this week.

For Sale: A new Kimball upright piano. For terms and price apply at The news depot.

T. J. Moyer, the the night messenger at the Western Union Telegraph, is in Los Angeles this week.

Mrs. J. O’Neil has opened the Carroll Restaurant and invites her old friends to call on her.

At the Flagstaff Soap Works, you can get 8 bars of soap for 25 cents. Just laundry soap is made.

The political conventions here Saturday and Monday drew together about all the politicians in the county.

To prevent the hardening of the subcutaneous scalp tissues and the disappearance of the hair follicles that cause baldness, use Halls’ Hair Restorer.

The ranchers are getting ready to harvest the potato crop. The season has been a good one and the yield of tubers will be large and the quality will be good.

Don’t fail to visit the Ladies Bazaar and see the new fall millinery. Mrs. Wilson’s prices will please you. Pattern hats are a specialty. Never so cheap before. Selling out the entire inventory.

H. L. Pattee came up from Bumble Bee on Monday where he has been engaged in mining since May. He went on to Winslow on Wednesday where he will resume his old position in the A. &. P. service.

Judge Hawkins is holding district court in St. Johns this week.

S.S. Acker has completed a large barn on his lots south of the railroad tracks.

Babbitt Bros have put in a new six-ton scale in the alley west of their business block.

T. Montgomery, the Los Angeles butcher, shipped two carloads of sheep this week from Winslow.

The wreak of a freight train two miles east of this place last Monday delayed passenger train No. 1 until 9:30 a.m.

E.E. Ellingwood left on Tuesday for Kingman to prosecute the Mineral Pack Saloon for selling whiskey to Indians.

Harry Hoxworth and wife returned to the Verde on Monday. On the way, they stopped in Oak Creek long enough to catch 50 pounds of mountain trout. They reached home with 40 pounds of trout, 15 quail and six wild ducks.


1919: Mayor Earl Slipher has received a telegram from U.S. Senator Henry F. Ashurst announcing that the King Albert and Queen Elizabeth, the renowned rulers of Belgium who arrived in America this week, will visit the Grand Canyon on Oct. 20.

The senator asked if the citizens of this county wished to make this visit of the royal pair the occasion for a special ceremony in their honor. Governor Campbell advised the mayor that he would be at the Grand Canyon to assist in the welcome.

The Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce has called a meeting for next Wednesday night at the courthouse as the best means to get the people's ideas about the suggestion that the most appropriate thing would be an Indian dance and a rodeo. Mr. Johnson, C.A. Black and G.C. Bedler were appointed as a committee to see if the merchants would close their stores on that day. It has been reported since that the merchants are opposed to closing on that day.

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John P. Kerley, Ed Whipple, Fred Hensing and Geo. Babbitt went to Oatman on Wednesday to look at Oatman Amalgamated Gold Mining Company in which they are all heavily interested.

H. D. Tillman got back from Phoenix on Tuesday morning with a new Franklin car, which he said he had to sail part of the way because of floods, but no matter what he called upon the car to do it was done willingly and smoothly making him ever more enthusiastic than ever his faith in it.

Bennett came in from Oak Creek to hire experienced lumbermen and to rent some of the military’s log conveyors, for it is only by such means as this that he will be able to harvest his corn which he solemnly asserts stands 19 feet high, three ears to a stock and and every ear out of reach of a man standing on the ground.

M. I. Powers shipped four car loads of lambs on Thursday to Los Angeles. This is part of this seasons product of his ‘Frisco Mountain Sheep Company.

Vincent Guteric tried to steer a borrowed car along San Francisco Street last Saturday and the pesky thing showed its antipathy to horses by running into a team belonging to Lightning Delivery man Wyatt’s team, throwing them onto the sidewalk and bruising one pretty badly. Police Justice Gilland directed him to pay $50 to Mr. Wyatt and $5 in court costs.

W.D. Draine, manager of the local J.C. Penny store, left on Wednesday for Los Angeles where he will put in a week or more looking over samples of fall and winter dry goods, in company with managers of various Arizona and California Penny stores. Mrs. Draine will visit in Winslow while her husband is away.

S. L. Finley, the merchant and rancher has bought the Brownwell property in Block 6 at Humphrey and Birch, consisting of the dwelling now occupied by H.D. Tillman and two lots. Mr. Finley plans to rebuild and to have a building more convenient to his store.

Captain E.M. Robinson, manager of the Western Union office, has been ill since last Thursday. When he left his office that night he was suffering with a very bad cold. Since then, he has been very nervous and it is feared that his illness may be partly due to the grueling experiences he went through on the firing line in France.


1969: The zoning of 1,782 acres of Fort Valley into two-acre minimum size lots passed the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday at 9:50 p.m. when Chairman H. Stuart gaveled the public hearing to close, ending a public hearing that included heated public debate. The session was threatening to become unruly when one of the commissioners offered to “meet outside any time” a local developer who had berated the committee.

The response to the Chamber of Commerce’s “Try Flagstaff First” has been overwhelming. At meeting of the Downtown Retail Merchants Association, 15 firms indicated that they would send 95 employees to the eight-hour course. The four-week course is being offered by the Economic Development Committee at no cost to employers or their employees through the cooperation of Dr. Gene Grape, professor of marketing, and Larry Loven, director of management Studies at NAU.

One of the regulars is back home. Police Chief reported that Sam Cole gave up boot-legging after his last arrest on that charge, but did not give up having his own kind of fun. One of his neighbors reported that he was drunk and arguing with neighbors and had fired several shots at one neighbor with a shotgun. As a result, patrolman James Maloney arrested him on charges of drunk and disorderly, disturbing the peace and discharging a fire arm within the city limits.

Flagstaffs’ roaming’ buffalo herd was on the loose again on Thursday. Sgt. Byron Allen, patrolmen Kenneth Morse and Edwin P. Madden rushed to the meadow north of the Elks Lodge to make sure the shaggy and potentially dangerous animals did not get into a nearby residential area and into the Sechrist schoolyard where there were children playing. The company operating the park does carry liability insurance. Pranksters were blamed for opening the gates turning the beasts loose.

Buffalo Park is a thing of the past. In a special meeting, the Flagstaff City Council voted unanimously to notify the Buffalo Park non-profit corporation that operates the park that their lease is terminated and that it had two weeks to remove all living creatures from the park area. They have six months to remove all physical assets from the McMillan Mesa area.

The Flagstaff Jaycees have mounted a new “Beautify Flagstaff” campaign and are busy clearing up the unsightly debris that has collected in unused spots around our city. All assistance is welcomed.

The Navajo Army Depot’s float depicting a frontier fort took sweepstakes honors in the NAU Homecoming parade. Second place went to Mountain States Bell, whose float depicted how things were in a telephone exchange in the early days. There were more than 40 entrees in the parade that passed through downtown Flagstaff Saturday morning. The theme was “Yesterdays.”


1994: The City Council is considering accepting offers from two investors to purchase 85.4 acres of Koch Field the city has been selling off for more than a year.

The City Council is considering proposed changes; no smoking in restaurants ordinance that would increase the responsibility of restaurant management in enforcing the regulation, The changes also clarify the definition of restaurants and bars. Currently bars are exempt from the regulation.

Putting out the trash is likely to get pricier. The City Council agreed at their meeting on Tuesday night that there really is no other choices. Beginning on Jan. 1, 1995, the weekly rate will increase 55 cents to $6.95 dollars a month. Tipping fees at the Cinder Lakes Landfill will also increase from $14.25 to $18.25 per ton. The fee increases are needed to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards for closing the existing 140-acre landfill site 12 years from now.

The city plans to expand the landfill to more than 350 acres, which should give a lifespan of between 50 and 80 years depending on how much recycling the city does.

C.F. Motor Freight is planning to transfer 21 drivers out of Flagstaff on Nov. 6, representing an approximate annual payroll of $1.89 million. Yellow Freight System Inc. is also planning to relocate 14 drivers within the year along with their annual payroll of $700,000.

Jim Larson, Yellow Freight Manager, said that we are now putting freight on the rails and now that this is allowed all the major carriers are revamping.

The recently negotiated National Freight agreement, which followed the Teamsters strike in April, allows companies to use rail more often and relocate drivers to areas where they are more needed.

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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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