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Flagstaff History

125 YEARS AGO

1894: A pumpkin weighing 112 pounds is on exhibition at the store of the Flagstaff Commercial Co. It was raised in Beaver Valley.

John Clark charged “Boss” Acker with evading the cattle inspection fee and they are fighting it out before Justice Prime.

In anticipation of Thanksgiving Day, a High Mass will be sung next Sunday in the catholic church at 9 a.m.

A. B. Crawford, the jeweler, will next week move to the old Cook & Lee Stand. He will add to his stock a line of watches and jewelry.

B. W. Decloss and family will move to Phoenix where they will spend the winter. Probably they will return to Flagstaff in the spring.

A gang of men is here this week rebuilding the A. & P. stock yards east of town. When the job is finished, Flagstaff Stockyards will be in the best along the line.

The building vacated by Cook & Lee is being raised to the level of the Brannen block. When completed, it will be a great improvement in that part of Railroad Avenue.

Bids for the construction of the new public school will be opened on Monday. The specifications call for Winslow Brick on the outside layer and the home product for the inside.

The anomaly of a runaway donkey on one side of the tracks and a runaway horse on the other some days ago created considerable amusement for the loiterers. The donkey didn’t run far.

Williams Lodge No. 15 I.O.O.F. will give the first annual ball on Thanksgiving Nov. 29. Half-fare rates will be given on the A.&P. The SUN acknowledges the receipt of an invitation and a ticket.

Some logs fell upon a man working for G. W. Binkley and he received a broken leg. He was taken to his home in Albuquerque where he will be laid up for some time.

Constable Decloss went to Red Horse Thursday to server papers on Randolph Heiser who is claimed to be in unlawfully possession of cattle belonging to Mrs. Martha R. Kinsey. The defendants to the action are Ed Randolph and Charles Heiser.

George H. Browne, representing the Albuquerque Mercantile Company with a full line of samples of furniture, carpets, matting’s, stationery, wall paper, picture frames etc. will be at the Bank Hotel, Flagstaff about Nov. 24.

A new crossing is being put in across the Central Arizona Railroad track on Milton by the Arizona Lumber & Timber Company. This new crossing and street will shorten the distance to the company’s mill and town and will give a good road all year round.

The great wizard Zamlock, will give a series of his most remarkable performances at the Opera House commencing Thursday evening, Nov. 22. The professor is well known to the people of Flagstaff and he has never failed to draw a good house here.

The Southern Pacific Railroad officials announced that on Jan. 1, 1895 a schedule of freight rates is to be put into effect by which a material reduction in the cost of hauling grain from the interior to the tidewater will be lowered. The reason assigned is that farmers are unable to raise grain at the present rates.

1919: Don’t forget the big interstate road meeting, to be held at the courthouse here on this Saturday. This meeting is called by the Chambers of Commerce of Flagstaff and Winslow. Delegates are expected from all over the northern part of this state, and from New Mexico and California as well. This meeting is of vital interest to all who are interested in the National Old Trails Highway.

The project is launched and the funds are assured for the building of the “Ocean to Ocean” highway, improvement of the Old Trails Highway to a point of being comfortable to ride over. The New Mexico section has been made a part of the state system and will be properly built soon. California has also made it a part of their system to the Arizona border. Mohave and Navajo counties have made arrangements to put their parts in fine permanent shape. All that is left is this section and the bridges to be built to make it a modern road.

Benjamin Franklin Johnson arrived in Arizona on Nov. 4 out at L. E. Johnson’s ranch east of Flagstaff and announced his intention of being among those counted in the 1920 census. Young Ben immediately started chores on the Mountain View.

The Prohibition Enforcement Law passed by Congress last week over the veto of President Wilson is very drastic. Under the law, any beverage that contains one-half of 1% or more of alcohol is declared to be intoxicating liquor. It declares that all places where intoxicating liquor is manufactured or sold to be nuisances and gives the courts power by injunction and otherwise to close them up, forfeit leases etc.

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The Weather Bureau report indicates a continuance of the favorable conditions that have prevailed since the beginning of the spring rains. Absence of stormy weather, rain or snow and an abundance of sunshine over the entire district has made this week a favorable one for livestock. The range grass is abundant and has cured in good shape and stock is holding up well since removal from summer pasture.

Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Lockett returned from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where they had gone about two weeks ago on Saturday. Mr. Lockett seems to be improving, although his mouth was so badly burned by the x-ray, that it was impossible to make a through examination. It is believed that the cancer in his throat is at least under control.

1969: Flagstaff’s first accountable snowfall awaited motorists on Monday morning covering roads with a light blanket of snow that turned to ice at some intersections, and the police reported a number of serious accidents. Then on Tuesday, temperatures made a record low for the date of 25 degrees.

Last Saturday, a crew of volunteers from the Flagstaff Club ‘Derocked’ the slope on McMillan Mesa where city planners hope to establish a ski run complex complete with a rope tow, a warming hut and lights for night skiing. It is expected the facility would accommodate about 150 skiers at a time. This is a part of the plan to develop McMillan Mesa into a winter recreation area that will include an ice skating area.

The Snowbowl opened for the season on Saturday with snow depths on the runs measuring from 12 to 24 inches. Although not all the runs are open, the Snow Lodge and other facilities are in full swing.

The Neil V. Christensen elementary school was officially dedicated on Monday evening in an open house. William Cummings, the principal, addressed the guests and parents visiting the shiny new class rooms.

Action has been brought against the permitting a series of large signs within the city with a complexity of claims and counter claims, including the date at which the post holes were said to have been dug there being 17.5 inches of snow on the ground that day, the new permit regulations added to the confusion. At this point, it seems unlikely that the 14 large billboards intended for the interstate as it passes through Flagstaff will not be built.

A thief made off with $1,300.00 on Thursday in a brazen daylight armed robbery of an east Flagstaff tavern. A man dressed in a blue jacket and brown trousers forced the barmaid-manager of the Trails Lounge to stand with her face to the wall, shortly after 9 a.m. while he emptied the establishments safe of $1,300.00 in currency and change. He then fled the scene and two witnesses saw him heading west on U.S. Highway 66 in a brown convertible having first turned into an adjacent motel. The police immediately set up road blocks, but failed to yield any suspects.

The Black Bill and Doney Park Water User Association is to appear in Superior Court to answer a complaint made by the Espil Sheep Inc. asking for an injunction be issued to restrain the water users group from constructing a water system in Township 22 north, ranges seven and eight east, located northeast of Flagstaff. Espil claims that any water system will affect water rights granted to them by the U.S. Forest Service. The Arizona Corporation Commission has granted the water users group a Certificate of Necessity to construct the new water system.

Prompt action by the Winslow City Fire Department, and the employees of Duke City Lumber Company, avoided a serious loss at the sawmill on Thursday. It was apparently sparked by a welder and caused about $5,000 in damage in fire and water damage to the electrical equipment. Fortunately, plant operations were not delayed.

1994: Downtown is getting a break in construction until early spring, it’s open all over for Christmas and winter shopping. All the underground street work on underground utilities is completed, so Spring Street work will be less of a problem. Much of the building restoration and aesthetic improvement remains to be completed.

Just shopping locally is handier now and there are a lot more options than there have been in the past. New stores in Flagstaff at the Mall, the new Target in South Milton and improvements in Downtown area are bringing more shoppers to stay here instead of heading for Phoenix or just shopping by mail.

Winter is making itself known, making a challenge for motorists with over 100 accidents reported over the weekend and bringing the ski season closer with more snow at the Snowbowl.

The barn stands old and alone at the corner of Country Club Drive and Soliere Avenue, the last of the buildings on the homestead of John C. Kester who was Flagstaff’s sheriff between 1928 and 1932. Today people are carrying away arm loads of memorabilia. He was one of the first potato farmers in the area when he settled on his 120-acre homestead on Walnut Canyon Road in 1910. He raised clydesdale and Percheron draft horses to sell to the Greenlaw Lumber Company for timber hauling and kept 70 acres in grain. In recent years, the 84-year old building that was built to last has been unused and deteriorating while passers-by help themselves carrying away pieces of our history piece by piece.

Things are looking up for the Utah developer who wants to build a Red Lobster in Flagstaff. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-2 in favor of allowing a land use change on 9.75 acres along South Beulah Boulevard where develop Dylan Yeats wants to build both a hotel and a restaurant development. There is to be a public hearing next week which may be followed by the City Council decision. They have been deadlocked over this issue.

Thanks to CliniComp, nurses at FMC are no longer spending up to two hours a day entering data on patient charts up to four different times on different charts. Eleven computers were installed in the maternity area. They were also next to each bed in the Intensive Care Unit a couple of weeks ago. Next year, a computer will be placed in all the nursing units. All this allows data to go automatically to multiple places where it is needed, and thus frees the nurses from much repetitive work. When the design works correctly as planned, it will increase the efficiency of patient care.

It is expected to improve the patient meal service as well since what is ordered can then be delivered where it is supposed to be at the expected time. The system also reduces the amount of paper used since it is printed only once upon the patients’ discharge. The goal is to become paperless.

Technology is coming to Flagstaff schools as well. Cecilia Owen, counselor at Flagstaff Middle School, will be the district’s new Technology Coordinator. She will begin working with the school librarians in a couple of weeks and aides will be hired to help with refreshing the books in the new system.

There are 24 members on the Recycling Commission all dedicated to extending the life of our dump through recycling and finding recycling facilities to handle a gamete of the materials that the city currently does not pick up at its drop-off centers.

They are also expecting to push forward with curbside recycling. This will make recycling useful materials much likely to happen than when there is a need to carry them to a drop-off bin. Once the material recovery facility is in place, the project should take off. Currently household garbage accounts for about 28% of what’s dumped in the city land fill site. The rest is primarily commercial and construction waste, as well as refuse from paper processing and sludge.

The commission particularly wants to keep items like egg cartons, construction materials, asphalt, appliances and sludge out of the landfill.

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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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