Flagstaff History


1894: The Railroad Workers strike tie up is now affecting the Santa Fe and the Rock Island. Officials have made up passenger trains today and plan to set up two freight trains and are going to start them west. All the crew men on the Santa Fe are out. Twelve of 60 engineers have also quit. The switchmen generally did not obey the strike call.

In Winslow at a meeting all the railroads having schedules with the Atlantic and Pacific agreed to stand by the A.& P. in the present trouble with the Railroad Union.

For a time things looked gloomy for for the Independence Day celebration, but the committees rallied and Flagstaff was herself again notwithstanding the strike. Of course, with the road open we would have had crowds from as far away as Albuquerque, the Fort Whipple Band and Prescott Baseball Team, but we had to “go it alone” baring our neighbors from the country who were “strictly in it” enjoying the best we had to offer.

The Grand Stand was filled, mostly by ladies, the band played a selection, a prayer was offered by Rev. Father Freri and the District Court Clerk. Oscar Gibson followed in the reading of the Declaration of Independence which he delivered in style. The choir sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America." Attorney Elias Clark gave an address with pleasing remarks of a local nature and the history of our country. It then began to rain just as the ceremonies ended.

In the afternoon there were the horse races, a half-mile bicycle race, a tug-of-war between the Milton boys and the Flagstaff Boys. The rain continued intermittently, but did not dull the enjoyment of the holiday in spite of the amount of mud.

P. Jacoby and J. M. Price of Winslow sent horsemen here for the Fourth of July race. Jack Fox tried to ride a bronco. The bronco objected to being busted and Jack is now wearing a sling as his arm is broken and is also nursing a broken collarbone.

The showers are doing the ranges a lot of good.

The A. & P. is slowly resuming operations. Freight trains began moving Thursday and passenger train No. 3 came in from Albuquerque on time Friday morning.

A severe electrical storm played havoc with the road gang working under Geo. Camped on Cedar Hill project last Thursday. Ten of them were sitting in the tent just after dinner about 12:30. A bolt of lightning hit the ground just outside the tent and presumably passed through the tent. Nine of the 10 men were were knocked over, but none were seriously hurt. Wilson was rendered unconscious, but recovered in a few minutes.

The celebrated Hewett Muzettes will appeared at the Opera House Saturday night. They come well recommended. There will be no disappointment in those who attend the performance.

I will have my phonograph at the News Depot on Saturday afternoon and evening. This is an opportunity for the ladies and children to hear some good music. Come and hear the wonderful Edison Phonograph in charge of C. B. Morrison.

Last Saturday evening at Government Prairie eight miles north of Bellemont, a young Mexican sheep herder shot Charles Dixon, a white youth in the head. The bullet passed through the side of his head. The weapon was a six-shooter. So far as can be determined the shooting was unprovoked. The sheep were in the corral for the night and the men were on their way to their camp. Dixon fell and the shooter turned his gun on his other companion, shot at him twice and missed. That youth took up rocks and began throwing them at the shooter who then turned and fled. Dixon was taken in to Bellemont and Dr. Cornish was telegraphed for. Dr. Cornish then left here at 2:30 a.m. on his bicycle. The wounded man was given every attention, but his wound being a serious one it is doubtful if he will recover. The men were in the employ of Gus Maderbach and had seemed to be on good terms.

The Woolgrowers and Sheepherders Association met and issued a resolution asking the Board of Supervisors to offer a reward of $250 for the arrest of the Mexican shooter. There is a large party out looking for him and it is hoped that they succeed in finding him.


1919: FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION. Sponsored by the Elks. Log-sawing contest at the Race Track. Baseball Game Flagstaff vs. Williams. In the afternoon cowboy relay race, Indian free-for-all race, Pony Express race, Indian relay race, steer riding contest, motorcycle race, auto race, bronco busting, airplane exhibition, boxing and wrestling contest. Then at 9 p.m. an auto raffle for an Oldsmobile “8” in front of the Orpheum.

The Bureau of Biological Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Arizona, the Arizona Livestock Sanitary Commission and Arizona Extension Service entered into an agreement effective on July 1 of cooperation in the elimination of predatory wild animals. Under the agreement no bounties will be paid to hunters or trappers. Hunters will be paid for their furs by the state of Arizona.

In the matter of Free Residential Mail Delivery, the chief obstacle found by Inspector Mr. Sutton was the lack of concrete sidewalks on the southside of the Santa Fe Railroad tracks. In some cases boardwalks connecting stretches of concrete are considered acceptable.

Elmer Jackson is home from Holbrook and taken up as telegrapher with the Western Union.

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J. R. Morris, the painter, was severely burned Thursday morning while he was preparing to take his car from the White Garage. He had planned to put some water in his radiator, but accidentally got hold of some gasoline. As the liquid lowed into the radiator some of it spread to the hot engine and an explosion resulted throwing the burning liquid about with some of the flaming liquid getting on Morris.

The fire department was called to the scene and put the fire out. There was no damage to the garage and very little to the automobile.

The Board of Trustees of the Flagstaff Public Schools has unanimously confirmed their confirmation for the building of a High School in Flagstaff and urges all citizens to vote in favor in the election on July 13th.

All returning service men from all the arms of military service are requested to met at the Office of the Western Union at 6 p.m. on July 5 to discuss the matter of forming an American Legion at Flagstaff.

One of the big Santa Fe engines was in the local yards last Saturday looking as though it had been to war. It and three freight cars had gone off the rails just this side of Ash Fork. The cause of the wreak is unknown and fortunately no one was hurt even though the cab of the engine was completely destroyed. It took the wrecker from Winslow two days to clear the damage.

A message from Williams Tuesday night put Sheriff Harrington on the lookout for a suspicious character on No. 10. Deputy Sheriff W. Powers a and others were at at the depot to meet the train when it came in. The man was found “riding blind” between the baggage and mail cars. He was taken off and is now spending his time in in the county jail. He was riding in a very dangerous position and could be got out only by opening the end door of the mail car and taking him out from there. He gave his name as Jack Cook and it was thought he may have been connected with one or another of recent robberies further up the line. However, no evidence could be found against him and he was released on Wednesday morning.


1969: The Pow-Wow – Independence Day weekend came to an action filled end as police department responded to 176 calls and made 117 arrests between 10 a.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. on Monday.

Police detectives are continuing an investigation of the theft of over $1,000 worth women’s clothing from cars at the Trails End Lounge and the Holiday Inn. There were 117 people in the city jail. Those arrested for minor violations at the Pow-Wow grounds were sentenced to cleaning up the grounds.

The clean-up of the city park following the Pow-Wow is a massive task. Twenty members of the Neighborhood Youth Corps headed by Martin Anucchi pitched in to load city trucks and to cart the refuse away. This annual project is handled by the City Parks Deptartment and takes about 12 days to complete.

A Flagstaff Juvenal was arrested for pickpocketing a Pow-Wow Ice Cream vendor. Three juveniles were arrested for their attacks on elderly Navajo women. All the same, the 41st annual Southwest All-Indian Pow-Wow over the Fourth of July Weekend was a record-breaker all across the board. Pow-Wow officials were quick to issue a blanket “Thank you” to the hundreds of Flagstaff residents who volunteered to help stage the three-day show.

On Sunday, firefighters climbed atop a stopped freight train to battle a stubborn brush fire that had popped up along the track on Sunday. It was extinguished before the railroad was able to bring an alternative engine to move the train away from the fire location. There were a total of 17 brush fires that day, the most ever on one day in Flagstaff Fire Department history.

The City Council has scrapped plans for any sort of federally-aided urban renewal programs in the city for at least a year. They reached consensus that neighborhood groups had not exhibited the level of interest necessary to commit Flagstaff to any redevelopment projects during this fiscal year.

A CBS News special events unit began a major filming effort in the Flagstaff area this week in its support of its worldwide network coverage of man’s first lunar landing on the moon. It will show segments on CBS’s “Face the Nation” from northern Arizona during the Apollo Mission. The focus will be on the U.S. Geological Survey’s Center of Astrology, the Lowell Observatory, Meteor Crater and the U. S. Simulated Crater Field - a Moonscape replica of the projected landing site of Apollo located northeast of Flagstaff.

Between 45 and 50 personal in professional, technical and operational fields will be taking part in the Flagstaff filming and broadcasting. The tentative title is “Man on the Moon - the epic journey of Apollo 11.”


1994: Record breaking heat and electrical storms sparked dozens of forest fires this week. In the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, 200 new fires were sparked into life Friday and Saturday. The largest of which is south of Beaver Creek near Sedona. Another flared on Mt. Elden just north of town. It was quickly was extinguished by the dropping of water from a helicopter. Governor Symington has asked the federal government to declare a state of emergency for the entire state of Arizona in the hope of getting more money and more manpower.

Few eyes were batted last month when the City Council announced a 600-page budget of $83.87 million for the new fiscal year which began on July 1st. It covers the costs o the city's 537 full-time employees, seven elected council members and 137 temporary employees. The city also keeps a 1976 Plymouth at Sky Harbor Airport for city officials who who land in Phoenix. It is parked free of charge. It is only one of 400 vehicles and other machines on wheels maintained by the city.

Our local weather reports are going high-tech. As of July 1st, a row of bizarre looking machines at Pulliam Airport is changing the way Flagstaff receives its weather reports. The system cost close to $15,000 and is a part of a joint project between the National Weather Forecasting system, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense. The move to computerized weather reporting is a part of the nationwide overhaul by the National Weather Service. This system will substantially expand the information available to forecasters and the aviation community. The new system includes an increase of Flagstaff staff, from five to about 30 including meteorologists.

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