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Clyde Tombaugh  historic

Clyde Tombaugh, shown above entering a building at Lowell Observatory.

125 YEARS AGO

1894: On Friday and Saturday this area was treated to a fall of snow. Three inches fell here in town and to a depth of twelve inches in the mountains.

It is of special interest to those in Boston that Mr. Percival Lowell, who has a well known personal interest in the planet Mars, will establish in Flagstaff, Arizona a large and well equipped observatory for the observation of the planet Mars. The observatory will be constructed and equipped for the sole purpose of securing observations under the best possible conditions. Using his own personnel funds, Mr. Lowell will set up this observatory at Flagstaff where he and his associates will spend the summer and fall months.

The President of the Board of Trade has received a letter from Mr. Lowell thanking the citizens of Flagstaff for their friendly interest and the courtesy shown him by our citizens.

The road to the observatory is in place and will be completed next week. It is now passable for light vehicles. The foundation is laid and the material is here and it only remains for it to be put in position to be ready for the instrument.

The Saginaw Lumber Company expects to set their saw in motion in Williams next week and to continue operations through the summer months without setbacks. They have put several more teams into the woods to increase their supply of timber.

C. A. Green an employee of the Arizona Lumber Company was struck in the head by a rock thrown by someone unknown and an ugly scalp wound is now being nursed by Mr. Green.

C. R. Long, manager of the Bee Hive store in Nevada was here on Saturday looking after a lot of merchandise that was burglarized from his store several weeks ago. The goods were not found here.

Post Master informs us that the new money order system will go into effect on July 1, by which both large and small sums can be transmitted by letter with absolute safety at a much lower rates than at present. 

It is rumored that excavations in the name of science will be undertaken in the crater near Canyon Diablo, where the meteoric stone containing diamonds was found some time ago. Geologists say that the pieces found are from a gigantic meteor that buried itself in the earth leaving a hole three quarters of a mile deep which since has partially filled itself. It is still one hundred feet deep with precipitous walls. The diamonds found are too small to be of any commercial value but are of important value in supporting the theory that there are other worlds than ours which are habitable.

George and Fred Huchderffer have purchased the bakery of John Coates and will open a bakery in the building on the corner of Leroux and Aspen.

Dr. Pentland, the Prescott dentist will be in town for a few days and can be found in the office recently occupied by Dr. Marshall.

J. C. Muligan has completed the job of setting the new boilers at the Arizona Lumber Company this week.

John W. Weatherford and bride came in from Los Angeles on Monday. They will make their home in Flagstaff.

100 YEARS AGO

1919: At the the flagstaff Business Men's Booster Club lunch held at the Confection Den Tuesday much enthusiasm for building a new large hotel was generated. The need to accommodate the summer visitors being need that needs to be filled. Severdiffernet ideas were discussed and enthudiaadm is high.

For the past several days Kapanke has looked as if a dozen Germans had had hold of him with his head swathed in bandages and small portions of his head all bruised and and lacking flesh and skin. A car was out on Milton Road rolling along on his motor cycle when it hit something in the road. It skidded from under him, landing him on his face that he slid several feet before coming to a halt. Services of a doctor were required and Oscar is fortunate that there were no worse injuries considering his terrific fall.

The Americanization classes are being held on Tuesday and Friday night from 8 to 10 o’clock. The classes are free and are being offered by Prof. O. H. Richson who is not charging for his time. There are currently eight students  working on the lessons and showing great progress in leaning English. The classes are open to anyone who is foreign born and is over the age of 16.

With the weather warming up the soda fountains are opeing up. Brown’s News Stand and Keller’s Confectionary have both started selling sodas after several months of inactivity.

Brandlis Yaigues was arrested Saturday following an altercation with another man on the charge of drunk and disorderly. In the afternoon Officers Neil and Jackson searched his house on the other side of the tracks south of J.J. Britts. The search was rewarded in the finding of what appeared to be the equipment for a well organized gambling house.

There are plenty of Bass in Lake Mary and Mormon Lake and we have the equipment that will catch them. Look us over for quality and price. W. H. Switzer. 

W. H. Morse has a force of men at work at Lake Mary painting and repairing, getting ready for the rush of summer visitors. Like others, he is finding it difficult to find competent men to do the work. His next job is the Commercial Hotel, then he plans to go on to Lee Harts’ house just west of the Catholic church where he expects to do a complete renovation.

R. Gobble is waiting for the stone masons to finish their current work and expects to be able to begin the work on the new White Garage with them next week. In the meantime his men will finish their work on the Commercial Hotel.

The Secretary of Agriculture has reached a cooperative agreement with Coconino County, covering the cut-off road project south of Flagstaff. The proposed project will start at Munds Park and go to the rim of Oak Creek Canyon near Pump House Wash. The natural contours of the land are more favorable than the current road.

Just received a shipment of Studebaker Cars. Series 20, Model Big Six and Light Six Touring cars. Transmission amidship, Differential doubles the weight of those formerly placed in Studebaker cars. 

75 YEARS AGO

1944: The Flagstaff Public library will print a “Burning of the Books” display between May 8 and May 18. In Germany on May 5, 1933 under the “Straw Monument" of Joseph Gobbels as an act of propaganda thousands of books which were then, and are now, no longer allowed to be read in Nazi Germany were thrown into the flames. This event is symbolic of the Nazi foe with whom we are now engaged in a life and death struggle. “The Burning of the books” display will have some of the books now forbidden to German readers. This display is a promise that the freedom to read your books of choice will remain.

Uncle Sam asks everyone to save as much electricity as possible. There is no shortage but it takes man power, fuel, vital materials and their transportation to create it. It cannot be stored or saved up. Any saving you can make from day to day will contribute to the saving of what it takes to make it which helps us to win this war.

Frank Colcord, the famous Tonto Basin lion hunter and his hounds caught and killed their largest lion yet. It measures a full 10 feet from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. The lion was taken in the remote Matzels some of the wildest and most unspoiled country in the State of Arizona.

25 YEARS AGO

1994: "Christmas in April" will be in May. Last Saturday’s event has been postponed until May 21st. The decision was made at an emergency meeting Wednesday evening. We felt that with all this snow that has fallen it would be impossible to get all the painting and renovation work planned work planned done on the five homes planned for renovations. This is a first-ever project here of a nationwide organization. Other cities have also found a need to change the date from April into May. About 400 volunteers will be working on the renovation projects and cleaning up outside in the Sunnyside area. 

You probably wouldn’t run in front of an on coming tank nor run across an airport runway. Why do people challenge the freight trains coming toward one of our grade crossings? Trains cannot stop quickly. Two more men have died trying to outrun trains at the San Francisco crossing during this past week.

Just think, about 80 times a day those 5,000 ton locomotives often going 70 miles per hour traverse our five grade crossings every day. The train whistles are loud and clear, then the gates come down. You can wait a few minutes and have the rest of your life.

The City of Flagstaff has been awarded a $500,000 grant to build a bicycle path along Route 66. The two-lane path will go from Switzer Canyon Drive and pass along the south side of Route 66 to downtown. The grant comes from the Federal Inter-modal Surface Transportation Act, which provides grants for the preservation and re-use of old railroad corridors.

A case of the plague has appeared in Tuba City re-arousing concerns about its spread in the area and its effects on business as well as the human toll.

The Flagstaff Metro Narcotics unit reported 15 arrests on Friday. Sgt. Pascual Macais Unit Supervisor, said they are part of an eight month ongoing investigation and involved suspects on the east side of town.

The arrests were issued by the Coconino County Supervisor Court following indictments handed down by the County Grand Jury. There are still several more suspects out there that are being sought.

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