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Flagstaff History

125 YEARS AGO

1894: At the meeting of the Coconino County Supervisors, it was resolved that the clerk procured official ballots for the various precincts as follows: Flagstaff precinct, 600. Bellemont 200. Canyon Diablo 200. Woods’ Ranch 200. The voting place in Flagstaff is changed from the school house to Acker’s old stand on the southside of the railroad tracks.

It appears that the sale of bonds of Coconino County for the purpose of building a courthouse at the county seat will be delayed indefinitely unless the principal and interest thereof be made payable at the National Bank of Commerce in New York City.

The Arizona & Southwestern Railroad has commenced running freight trains. A passenger schedule has not yet been put into operation.

An agency of the Singer Sewing Machine Co. has been established at J. W. Weatherford's. A full line of family machines are on hand. Machines sold on contract. Old machines taken in exchange. Call and examine.

Pants are very necessary. No one has a harder time keeping pants on than the candidate told to keep his seat, which is indeed an important point. J. W. Weatherford of Flagstaff has on hand an assortment of pants selected with a view of giving the campaigner through satisfaction. Come in and see them.

Harry Hoxworth and Will Friedlein, the dead game sports of these parts, left Thursday on a several days hunting tour of Mormon Lake. They took a good load of provisions with them. Arrayed in spotless new rubber trousers, they intend to invade the watery stronghold of the birds and slay them in numberless quantities. Then we’ll have ducks.

C.M. Montgomery, representing B. Weller, a livestock commission merchant of Los Angeles, on Tuesday shipped three carloads of cattle purchased from E.S. Gosney. Thursday he shipped three carloads of John Donovan’s sheep and four carloads of cattle from Williams. Then Saturday, he will ship two carloads of sheep bought from J.F. Daggs to go over the road. The contents are all billed to Los Angeles, where cattle and sheep are now bringing a fair price.

The body of the man found about 20 miles from Canyon Diablo early last week was buried before Justice of the Peace Prime and Dr. Francis arrived upon the scene. He was identified as J.F. Anderson who had been sent to Cart’s Ranch with an order from Dick Jackson to pick up a stray horse. It is presumed that the cause of the death was purely accidental, as the horse returned itself to Jackson’s and a search revealed the corpse of the rider near the trail. The neck had been broken, and in order to preserve the body from coyotes which had already been attracted to the spot, the unfortunate man was buried at once.

100 YEARS AGO

1919: D.L. Thomas has sold the Odd Barber Shop on Beaver Street to Oliver Raudabaugh, and has retired. He says he will always live in good old Flagstaff, although he may spend the winters back among his old home folks in Ohio.

Deputy Game Warden F.O. Allen went to Lake Mary and Mormon Lake on Monday with a large quantity of wild rice and wild celery, which he sowed on the water. This seed it is expected to grow and furnish good feeding for the ducks when they visit us on their way south. Of course they will spread the good tidings among their friends, who will include this region in their regular itinerary. This is the first time that anything of this kind has been done in our lakes.

Mr. Allen say that when he got to sowing, they gathered in such numbers he was afraid they would capsize his boat. About 14 of them running over him so rudely that he by way of retaliation brought them home with him.

Sheriff Jack Harrington, who recently went to Kanab, Utah to get Forest Willis, got Willis all right, but part of his errand up beyond the Grand Canyon was to collect taxes from Utah cow and sheepmen grazing their stock on our side of the state line. They refused to pay according to a telegram received here last week. But probably by this time, Jack and the new deputy he intended to appoint to assist him have been able to show them the error of their ways. The taxes, if paid amount to considerable total, as there is one band of 1,000 sheep and smaller lots to be collected upon.

Robert Garing, son of Fred Caring the Chairman of the County Board of Supervisor, was very painfully injured about dark on Wednesday night by running into a wire fence near the Riordan barn while coming in from their ranch to town.

Bob's bride was with him and he was racing his Studebaker. They were on their way to a big family dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Garing. Preceding the Garing car were two cars containing L.W. Cress, W.D. Draine, W.Q. Moore, Ed and Sid Raudabaugh, who had been duck hunting at the Garing Ranch.

When they got near the scene of the accident, a big car ahead of them turned out to let them pass swinging back into the road toward Bob who also tried to pass. His car struck a rock and broke the steering gear, and the car struck diagonally into the wire fence breaking off three 8x8 posts. The top wire struck Bob in the face, cutting a ragged gash clear across his face cutting clear to the bone. Mrs. Garing managed to duck under the wire and was unhurt, although she became hysterical. They were taken to the hospital where he was put under anesthesia and is said to be dong nicely.

Sunday, Oct. 26 at night, 2 a.m. to be precise, is the time when according to the dictum of your good old Uncle Sam or the people who are trying to manage his business for him, the present advanced time changes back to the good old prewar schedule.

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The City Council inspected the new rock crusher and street roller Wednesday night. It is placed on Geo. Babbitts’ land where it is presumed the first rock surfacing will be done as the citizens in that section have already put up their half of the money necessary for the work.

R.T. Brown, Dan Francis and Judge F. W. Perkins autoed down to Camp Verde on Tuesday where they bought the trail rights across the Verde River in the interests of the Northern Wool Growers Association. They also arranged for the building of a new sheep bridge across the irrigation canal to replace the one that recently washed out.

50 YEARS AGO

1969: Halloween will be celebrated on Friday night at all the City Recreation centers with events for Flagstaff youngsters. All three recreation centers will have a haunted house and other spooky events, as well as a goody filled pinatas, game booths and bobbing for apples. There will also be a costume parade with winning prizes and refreshments will be served. There is no charge for any of this.

An ice skating rink is to be built in the McMillan Mesa area and bids on the rink were opened but all were approximately $100,000 higher than the funds available for the project. Meetings are being held with architects and planners to discover where changes can be made to reduce the costs.

The City Council has decided to try for sidewalks in the entire Upper Greenlaw area following the presentation of a 76-signature petition by the owners of properties for the formation of an improvement district along busy Lockett Road.

The City Council has agreed and voted to join the rest of the nation in renaming Armistice Day on November 11 as Veterans Day honoring all United States Military service men from all wars, not just limiting it to the signing of armistice at the end of World War 1.

Co-ed Maria Sherman of the Kayettes Campus Service Organization has set Saturday as a work day to raise funds for the benefit of the Indian School children at Flagstaff’s Indian Dorm. They are seeking projects from typing to leaf raking in their effort to raise funds to help the children have a “better balanced life” while staying at the school. Contact her at the Kayettes on the NAU campus.

A hearing will be held in Tucson next Monday in Superior Court to review a decision earlier this month which ruled as unconstitutional Flagstaff’s anti-topless ordinance.

The Board of Directors of the Winslow Memorial Hospital have accepted a bid of $1,236,000 by Northern Construction Company of Flagstaff for construction of a 40-bed addition to their hospital, thus doubling its capacity.

25 YEARS AGO

1994: Halloween got off to a good start Saturday at Bookmans with stories from the Great Rock told by Tom Stewart with grand gestures and booming voice that brought the youngsters crowding forward so as not to miss a single word. He tells yarns and tells stories to anyone who will listen every Saturday at 1 p.m.

A line of about 40 kids and their parent waited in line outside NAU’s Taylor Hall on Friday night wanting to anxiously to get scared out of their wits. It began when the lights in the Hall went out. Inside, people were still painting their faces and getting into their places. A sign went up “Only sober patrons admitted.” That sign was intended for the later uncensored version. It would be a little cruel to reveal what sickening sights lurk within Taylor’s Halls, but it is not too much to reveal bits of wisdom you’ll discover. Stay off the tracks and people taste like chicken.

If your children are going trick of treating, make sure they go early, make sure you go with them, make sure their costumes are safe to wear in the dark and don’t let them go into anyone's house no matter who they are. Flagstaff is still a pretty safe place for children, but things are not as they were when you were growing up.

Although the majority of the work on the downtown renewal program has been completed, you will still find some streets closed for sealant on our new paving paving and new curbs and gutters. Affected streets will be marked with no parking and flags.

Despite a citizen committee’s unanimous recommendation to postpone it, the Flagstaff School District Governing Board voted unanimously to get work on a public survey for the Flagstaff schools that will begin this week.

A $300,000 Federal grant will create service jobs for 40 young Flagstaff adults, according to Flagstaff’s Alliance for the Second Century. The money will come from AmeriCorps, President Clinton's national service movement to rebuild communities. Anyone 18 or older can qualify for the program, which requires 900 hours of service between Jan. 2 and Aug. 31. Participants won’t get salaries, but are entitled to a living allowance of $3,825 and an education award of $2,362.50. It is one way to help pay back student loans. The service jobs will be in the area of education, the environment, human needs and public safety.

Voters have a few more days to request an early voter or absentee ballot. Send your request to the Coconino County Recorders office. Early ballots must be received by Nov. 4 in order to be counted.

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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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