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Flagstaff History

125 YEARS AGO

1894: Notice to contractors: bids will be considered by Coconino County for the construction of a schoolhouse in School District No. 1 in Flagstaff according to the plans and specifications which will be available for in inspection after Oct. 6.

Dr. Pickering is already reporting interesting new observations of the planet Mars and its markings from the new Lowell Observatory telescope in Flagstaff. Mars, during September and October, will be in an excellent position for observations. It will be in opposition on Oct. 20. Its distance from Earth will then be about 40,500,000 miles or about 5,000,000 greater than it was at the opposition of 1892. However, it is about 33 degrees further north so that for northern observers the planet is in a much more interesting position. It is not too much to expect that more and better observations will be obtained this year.

Mars is now in the constellation Pisces. This week on Sept. 15 it began its  retrograde motion. The reader will easily recognize Mars by its ruddy color and great brilliancy, it being the brightest object in the southeastern sky.

Mrs. L. L. Burns was bitten in the hand by her dog on Tuesday when she went to chain him in his kennel. The brute sank his teeth into her hand inflicting a painful, but probably not serious wound.

If every patriotic American will buy goods for his consumption only those made in America, then the effects of the Gorman free trade bill will be less damaging.

H. 78 Thurs. L. 32 Tues.

100 YEARS AGO

1919: A storm of protests has broken out over the announcement by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction C.O. Case, to distribute copies of the new state anthem “Arizona” to all the public schools to be used as a part of the public school instruction. The sum of $350 has been appropriated for making the copies. Charges are made that the song lacks much in the way of musical excellence as well as meter and rhythm, that it is illogical in construction and is rhetorically at fault. Others claim that the song is well-nigh perfect.

Mr. J. C. Penny, founder of and head of the J.C. Penny & Co. store system, was in Flagstaff last Friday, spending several hours with W. D. Draine, manager of the local store. He was here looking for employees. He is making a coast to coast tour as he plans to open 75 new stores next spring. This will necessitate the employment of a large number of clerks. Many of the current clerks will be offered managerial positions.

The District Post Office inspector C. D. Dutton reports that it may be that unless there are applicants for the position of mail carrier, there may be no city mail delivery for which the city now qualifies. Up to now there have been no applicants. Free city mail delivery will have to go over until such time as carriers can be secured.

Elmer Jackson has resigned his position at the Western Union Office and is now with The Reliable Auto Spring & Supply Co.

Frank Pendley brought in a wagon load of prize peaches from his ranch on Oak Creek. They were especially selected and were the kind that always look good in the pictures.

Post Master C. P. Heisser says he will notify those who ordered the surplus government groceries as soon as they have received their complete orders. Some of the goods are here, but none of the orders are as yet complete.

E.R. Woods, who for the past several months had charge of the Auto Top and Painting Factory of W. H. Switzer, has returned to his old home in Ashland, Kentucky and is now succeeded by Earl Anderson who has been in Flagstaff for several months and has had four years of experience in Los Angeles auto shops.

Feed and Fuel -- Coal and Mill Blocks -- Slabs and Fire-Place wood. Frank Bennett. Phone 3.

Concrete dams and floored reservoirs for maximum water conservation. We will go to the ground at any place at any time and give you an estimate of cost at our own expense. Kilmer & Davy Contractors and Builders.

50 YEARS AGO

1969: Flames shot 300 feet into the air at Seligman on Wednesday following a blast from an El Paso Natural Gas pipeline. It was set off by a caterpillar tractor with a ripper bit that bit into the 24-inch natural gas pipeline. The two men who perished were employees of the R. H. Futon Construction Company who were engaged in building the Black Mesa Coal Slurry line across northern Arizona. A third man remains in the Flagstaff Hospital.

A $2,500 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist who set the fire late Sunday night that destroyed the storage area of the Flagstaff Kaibab Industries molding plant. Investigators probing the ruined building found a five-gallon gasoline can in the southwest corner of the ruins.

The announcement of the reward was made on Thursday by the Kaibab plant Manager A. W. Salter at the same time that he announced the ruins are being cleared away and rebuilding is underway. He also said the building expansion will continue. The expansion includes the doubling of the capacity of the molding plant and tripling the capacity of the firm’s refinishing plant.

James Potter had his preliminary plan for a 99-home development in Switzer Canyon approved last week by the Flagstaff Planning and Zoning Commission, albeit a bit reluctantly. Concern was expressed about the location -- Switzer Canyon is one of the most scenic areas in the city -- and also about the width of some of the streets in the development -- 20 feet -- which could prove a problem in many ways.

Massive sections of the press for Southwest Industries new particle board plant in Flagstaff have been arriving this week from Germany. The 91,000-pound, 11-foot units are being moved into place by two cranes, from the beds of the trucks that brought them here into the new particle board manufacturing building. The new building, which is as large as a football field, is scheduled for completion in January. The press is composed of eight units and will utilize of kinds of scrap wood products to manufacture the particle board.

A petition drive is underway to secure the required signatures of at least 51% of the property owners along Lockett Street on petitions calling for the installation of sidewalks. This is a first step taken as a safety measure to keep the students going to and from the three schools in the area located off this busy thoroughfare. At present, only a few blocks of Lockett have sidewalks so the students are walking to school along the edge of the street.

The Flagstaff City Police are investigating a series of thefts involving everything from a car to change taken from a soft drink machine.

They have made one arrest, Michael Miller, who accompanied by his attorney Kenneth J. Lincoln, surrendered himself to Dispatcher Dan Dowis Thursday afternoon in connection with grand theft charges -- the theft of an expensive television set from the Flagstaff Community Hospital. They had already appeared before Flagstaff Justice of the Peace James F. Brierley and a bond of $1,000 was set in the case.

Dowis served the warrant of a rest on the suspect, took his fingerprints and identification picture and released him immediately. The theft took place almost two weeks ago and has been under investigation by Detective Bert Stamper.

25 YEARS AGO

1994: Smoking in a Flagstaff restaurant could land you in jail under proposed revisions to the city smoking ordinance. The ordinance was approved 11,699 to 8,696 on Nov. 3, 1992 and went into effect on June 18, 1993. It does not cover bars.

The changes being considered include changing it from a petty to a criminal offense and changing the definition of a bar to an establishment that grosses sales of alcohol equal or exceeding the gross sale of food.

Pipeline Road also known as Forest Service Road 146, is open to the public again. It has been closed to allow city work crews to replace a section of pipe. The work is now complete and the road open for travel.

The Flagstaff Medical Center is about to undergo a $4.2 million expansion. The new construction is slated to expand the hospital’s lobby, refurbish the West Campus Tower. The West Campus improvements will include a new entrance, refurbished elevators and provide new quarters for Administration which must move when expansion begins. There will now be two labor, delivery and recovery rooms.

Also included are options for moving Beaver Street so it would not pass through the middle of the hospital campus. This would eliminate the hazard to hospital workers crossing the street as their work takes them from one side to the other. The problems this would cause with traffic flow are numerous and it strongly opposed by local residents.

Joseph Kortum, president and chief executive officer of FMC, said the expansion is part of a 20-year plan intended to keep up with the population growth in northern Arizona.

The Flagstaff Police Force and the Flagstaff Youth Task Force are sponsoring a graffiti eradication project. It kicks off on Sept. 29 with about 200 gallons of paint. Anyone interested in picking up a brush can contact Sgt. Dennis Connell. The start up meeting site is the National Guard Armory parking lot, 320 N. Thorpe Rd.

Connell said “ I don’t see any art in graffiti. We’ve come to a point where we have enough of it in town, we want to start at ground zero and get rid of it.”

About 50 volunteers from AmeriCorps, the new national service program, will be in Flagstaff on the 29th to lend a hand. Two AmeriCorp divisions are at Camp Navajo for orientation.

Bill Gibson, a citizen volunteer who coordinates the eradication project, has a list of reported graffiti sites and is trying to get written permission from the owners of the vandalized properties to clean up the paint so as to avoid objections by owners to the volunteers entering their property. In the future, an officer who writes up a criminal report on graffiti will ask the owners if they want it cleaned up.

Writing graffiti can be a felony or a misdemeanor. Any damage to property totaling less than $250 or $100 on school property is a misdemeanor. There will be a second clean up day on Oct. 22.

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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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