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Flagstaff History

125 YEARS AGO

1894: Have you used your Homestead Right? Do you want to make an entry? Have you a land contest in the local land office? Do you want to secure a patent for land or mining claim? If so, write R.J. Hartman, Attorney at Law, Prescott, Arizona. (Late Chief of the General Land Office, Washington D.C.)

Passenger trains are now running on the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix railroad to a point 104 miles south of Ash Fork. Hillside is the name of the present terminal.

Henry Winfield shipped on Wednesday 12 carloads of cattle to Kansas City, and the Arizona Cattle Company shipped 18 loads to Western Kansas on Thursday.

T. R. Nelson, who has the contract for building the Postal Telegraph Line, was in town on Tuesday and reports work on the line is progressing finely. The line will be completed to Mohave, California in December.

Recorder Bush has handed in the Great Register with 1,200 listed to the SUN for printing. It will be in typed in a few days.

Bicycling is becoming quite a popular fad in Flagstaff as may be evidenced by the number of riders on the streets as of a Sunday afternoon.

Miss Laura Hoxworth has closed her kindergarten school and will leave in a few weeks to join her parents in Denver.

Three four-horse teams with trail wagons left for Tonto Basin with supplies from Babbitts' big establishment on Wednesday.

R.R. Willard was in town last Saturday. He brought 3,000 pounds of evaporated peaches for Harry Hoxworth.

J. W. Weatherford has just received the best assorted line of underwear ever brought to this city.

Lockett Bros. sold this week to T. Montgomery, the Los Angeles butcher, 1,000 head of fat sheep, The sheep were shipped on Tuesday.

G. H. Fine is doing duty as agent of the A.& P. during the absence of C. W. Davis.

100 YEARS AGO

1919: The Athletic Carnival at the Orpheum on Monday night was a live entertainment, but the Flagstaff Athletic Club, under whose auspices it was held, did not more than break even. The house was only about half filled, but the show was so good that the next time those who failed to go will be on hand.

The preliminary hearing of Mrs. Jean Perry Farrell, charged with the murder of her husband, J. D. Farrell, at their Garland Prairie ranch on Sept. 24, was held at on Tuesday before Justice of Peace Button. She was held over for trial at the next term of the Superior Court and bond fixed at $2,000. No bondsmen have appeared. Her little children – Leonard and Bessie – remain in the care of Mrs. Heiser. All of Mrs. Ferrell’s’ relatives live in West Virginia. So as far as anyone knows, none of them have indicated that they would come to her assistance.

Chief of Police R.E. Neill says that the first nine months of this year show an increase of $46.40 in business fees over all of 1918 and it is very probable that the receipts for 1919 will exceed those of 1918 by $1,100.00.

Flagstaff is to be the turning-back point in an automobile endurance run on Sunday and Monday. Each of the contestants is out to prove that his model is the best one for all kinds of road conditions, that it can run with the least trouble, and the least fuel and damage expense. The route begins at 9 a.m. in Jerome and there will be an hour stop at Major Midgely’s ranch at Clay Park. In the afternoon, the machines will tackle the grades in Oak Creek and they should reach here at about 4 p.m.

A committee of people, including the governor and Mrs. T.E. Campbell, Flagstaff Mayor E.C. Slipher and a number of other citizens invited by the town council will meet the King and Queen and the Crown Prince of Belgium at the Grand Canyon station Saturday morning. They will then escort them to the hotel and later back to the train in the evening. The governor will speak a few words of welcome. There will be no entertainments.

The C-O-Bar outfit shipped about 600 northern range cattle from Bellemont this week to the Pacific coast.

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Edgar Hash, manager of the wholesale department of Babbitt Bros., has just returned from a four-week buying trip to the east. He spent most of his time in New York, then went by steamer to New Orleans.

Klim powdered whole milk is made from pure, fresh liquid pasteurized milk containing 3.5% butter fat. In the powder, the percentage of butterfat runs from 26 to 27.5 per cent. Fred J. Lusk, Distributor.

The City Council met Wednesday morning to authorize payment in full for all the completed sewer that thus far has been accepted by the engineer. The weather has handicapped the contractor so much that the council felt justified in no longer observing their rule of holding back a quarter of the amount until the entire contract is fulfilled.

50 YEARS AGO

1969: Winter is here at last. Snow began to fall mid-morning on Sunday.

The Arizona Tax Commission announced that Flagstaff will receive $39,407.52 in returns from sales tax during the month of September.

The petition for sidewalks to built along Lockett Drive between Patterson Blvd. and Thomas School has been successful. Mrs. Shirley Mogensen, who spearheaded the signature campaign, presented it to city officials this week.

Ray Rubio is being held in the Flagstaff jail on a charge of grand theft of a $260 fur stole that went missing from the Greyhound Bus Station Monday night. Its owner had put it down in the restroom and then forget it when she went out. She then shortly missed it and found it was gone. She called the police who ordered the bus held and instituted a search. It was found in the back of local resident Ray Rubios’ truck.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is considering the development of low-cost housing in the Switzer Canyon area with developer James M. Potter. The commission unanimously, but reluctantly, approved rezoning the area under an emergency clause in the subdivision ordinance that allows for construction of the project. Quite a number of citizens have expressed concern over this project. There will be a series of public meetings to determine the public’s attitude on the matter.

The City Council recently placed a moratorium on the construction of private streets within city limits. The proposed Switzer Canyon project includes a private street.

The Forest Supervisor proposed to sell an estimated 1,500 feet of live and dead ponderosa pine, white fir, and Douglas fir and saw-timber, marked or otherwise designated for cutting on an area embracing approximately 91,323 acres in Gooseberry Salvage, Coconino National Forest, Long Valley Ranger district. Sealed bids will be received by the Forest Supervisor, Federal Building, Flagstaff, Arizona at 10 a.m. Nov. 20, 1969.

After a week of careful assembly, Lowell Observatory’s new 42-foot reflecting telescope now awaits the first clear night for final testing and alignment. Lowell astronomers and workmen have uncrated and hoisted section by section the 40,800-pound instrument into place in an Anderson Mesa observatory overlooking Lake Mary.

25 YEARS AGO

1994: The first snowfall of the season arrived on Saturday with 1.08 official inches.

The Fly Flagstaff committee started a media blitz this week urging community support of Pulliam Airport. They are looking toward a future with larger planes and lower prices. They envision more than one airline with a 19-seat plane that has only one destination. Presently, the only airline flying out of Flagstaff is America Express West. There is a need to change thinking from “it’s cheaper to drive to Phoenix” to the convenience of just simply flying down to catch your flight from Phoenix. The goal is to keep the add-on fare to under $20.

Flagstaffs’ snow removal ordinance kicks into effect on Tuesday. It prohibits vehicles from parking on streets or in alleys for more than an hour between midnight and 7 a.m. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed to speed up snow removal. This ordinance is in effect until April 1.

For those who need special assistance to get to the polls on Nov. 8, the Coconino County Recorder will send someone to the house to assist. All voters are now able to enter an early ballot on Election Day staring at 8 a.m. and are eligible for an early ballot by writing to the County Recorders’ Office at 100 E. Birch Ave.

A lot of people say “I don’t like what is going on.” and then say “But what can I do about it.” You can get out and vote.

The Arizona Snowbowl has purchased the Flagstaff Nordic Center 16 miles north of Flagstaff on the Fort Valley Road. It's in the Coconino National Forest. Bowl Manager J.R. Murray said that since the skiing season begins soon, he doesn’t plan to make any major changes to the cross country ski facility for this season. It includes a lodge, parking and about 25 miles of trails. It was closed for the 1993-94 season.

The Property Administration will hold a surplus property public auction on Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. in the Surplus Property Warehouse. Inspection of merchandise will be on Nov. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the day of the auction. An itemized list of of all available property will be posted at these times.

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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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