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Flagstaff History


1894: The year of 1893 will be remembered by citizens of Flagstaff as the dullest in the annals of its history. Notwithstanding this fact, Flagstaff has had a fair share of prosperity and the outlook for 1894 is encouraging. Our businessmen are hopeful.

We have two passenger trains in each direction every day that travel between Ash Fork and Prescott. The trip to Prescott is now a pleasure. Formerly, the trip was one to be dreaded and it required 24 hours to reach that town. At present one can leave Flagstaff at 10:55 a.m. and reach Prescott at 5:15 p.m. of the same day. The new order of things has been made possible by the completion of the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railroad to Prescott.

The line from Ash Fork to Prescott is first class in every particular and is made up of a combination baggage and smoking car, and finely furnished passenger coach hauled by a fine Brooks locomotive. The officials of the road give the public courteous treatment. The road deserves the patronage of the public.

In passing through Limestone Canyon some difficult engineering was encountered, but it gives passengers a view of some fine scenery.

The weather this past week has been cold. On Saturday morning, the thermometer dropped to 9 degrees below zero. On Sunday morning it went to 19 below, the lowest point in years. Monday it marked 5 below.

Dick White was brought in from Coconino Forest on Friday and placed in the County Hospital. He had accidentally shot himself in the right leg.

A couple of accidents occurred at Milton on Tuesday. W. H. Sparklin was feeding the rip saw in the mill when he was struck by a board, receiving injuries which will keep him from work for a few days. The same day, a man named Scott had the fingers of his hand injured while coupling logging cars. Dr. Cornish attended both injured men.

George F. Schaal has returned from Williams and is again at his old place in Cook and Lee’s Jewelry Store.

An entertainment will be given at the School House by the public school on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. It will consist of declarations and music. The public is invited.

Sponging the face and hands with a weak extract of pennyroyal will keep away mosquitoes and will allay the pain from their bites.

The Board of Trustees of the Reform School met Thursday in the office of H. D. Ross with president George Babbitt, vice president John Vories and member A. H. Smith, present. J. E. Jones was elected Secretary and Chas. Canall Treasurer each with a required bond fixed at $1,000. The secretary was instructed to correspond with C. H. Fancher, local land agent of the A. & P. Railroad Company and notify him that the trustees are ready to receive the deed for the grounds for the reform school and to pay for same.


1919: Five persons were placed under arrest on last Friday morning on charge of selling whiskey. They are J. J. Donahue, Sidney Barron, Tiburchi Lopez. Maria Arango and Urbana Moler. The arrests were the result of work done here during the latter part of September and the month of October by operatives of the Thiel Detective Agency of Los Angeles. A total of 24 charges were filed with County Attorney C. B. Williams.

Messrs. Poston, Neil, Pulliam, Dickinson, Heckethorn and Fairchilds get credit for the arrests. Their cases will come up in Superior Court convening on Jan. 20.

Investigation brought out the fact that, according to Mrs. Arango, three bottles had been in the house for some time and becoming afraid of him (the Marshall), she had put them in the stove. A jug of wine in a sack, encrusted with snow had been mashed with an axe so recently as to leave the wine still dripping. At Sidney Barron’s, 14 pint bottles of whiskey were found in a cache under the house.

Monday was general moving day at the courthouse. While some did not move clear off the premises, they changed quarters and are now pretty well settled down with plenty of business on hand to keep well occupied.

The White Garage on West Railroad Avenue has changed hands. W. E. Beard, the former owner, has sold the business complete to H. B. and J. G. Tillman. The Tillman brothers are automobile mechanics of long standing and experience in the East. They plan to add new equipment and bring their experience and management skills to the new firm’s business and guaranteeing satisfaction to their customers.

Miss Leedom, a teacher in the Brannen Addition School slipped on an icy sidewalk on way to school and broke her ankle Tuesday morning.

The Normal School opened its doors for the new year on Monday, Jan. 6. Over 200 boarding pupils and 80 day students were on hand for the first day including nine new students. Included are some ex-privates from Uncle Sam’s Army: Messrs. Hubbard, Turpen, Pitts and Hanley. The first two weeks of classes will be devoted to a review of the first semester which was interrupted so much by the influenza epidemic. The new semester will then begin on Jan. 20.

You will be surprised at the end of the month when your grocery bill is lower when you have shopped at Crawford Grocery. Fresh Fruits - Seasoned Vegetables - Fresh and All meats - Canned Goods. We Deliver.

The ban is off dancing beginning next Saturday, Jan. 11. Public dancing will again be allowed to be held in Coconino County, the influenza situation having improved to such a stage where it is no longer dangerous to hold dances or other public gatherings. Dr. H. K. Wilson, County Health Officer of Coconino County.

Four bootleggers, two automobiles and two auto loads of whiskey were collected Monday night a short distance below Black Canyon by Deputy Sheriff John Munds of Verde. He was accompanied only by a sawed-off shotgun and a boy whose principal duty was holding a flashlight for Munds while his prisoners and their cars were being searched. He had been tipped off that a big consignment of Christmas booze, which had been brought by auto all the way from Needles was en route to the Verde District.

He stopped his car squarely in the middle of the road and called to the other driver to halt. A young man stepped out of a practically new Dodge with a revolver in his hand. Munds cut loose with his shotgun and blew the bootlegger’s gun into small bits so that it and his hand were scattered along the roadside. That ended the scrap.


1944: The new Air Waves members of the Womens’ Army Air Corp serving in the Air Force are now being paid at the same rate as the men in the same duty.

Another record was broken on Tuesday at the Navajo Ordinance Depot when the depot handled the largest volume of shipments of ammunition in its history. This improvement was credited to Depot Commander Colonel John Hulings’ improved planning and management.

Another 40 of our young men left on Monday for the Induction Station at Phoenix. The Marines announced that they are still accepting 17 year olds for enlistment providing they are in good physical condition and have the consent of their parents. They are placed on inactive status for a time called to San Diego for training.

Federal job non-agriculture placements reached an unprecedented number of 68,202 in Arizona in 1943 of which 6,623 were in Flagstaff.

Between the 17th and the 29th of January, the nation's shoe stores will be able to sell ration free at $3 or less a pair -- a percentage of women’s footwear. The percentage is limited to 15 percent of the available stock. This does not mean the shoe supply picture has improved, but is taken to help dealers dispose of limited quantities of wearable shoes mostly of novelty types which have been lying idle on dealers’ shelves under rationing restraints.

A miner E. T. Eckel, was unable to find a Gold Scales in Flagstaff! He tried the banks and he tried the jewelers. No one had suitable scales to weigh his gold bars with which he had planned to buy some lumber. So, he headed back for the hills near Prescott with his six gold bars and no lumber.

Do you feel left out of it? Are you missing the chance to share in this war – missing an experience you’d value all of your life? Right now in the WAC, you could be doing a vital Army job. You could be getting valuable training, meeting new people, seeing new places while serving your country. More WAC are needed. Go to the nearest Army Recruitment Training Center.


1969: Platt H. Cline, president and editor of the Arizona Daily Sun has been named as the Arizona Newspaper Association, Master Editor and Publisher for 1969. The award as presented to the veteran newsman and news executive at the annual ANA banquet in Tucson Friday night and was obviously a popular choice with the estimated 300 newspaper executives present.

The Williams School Board has taken a step toward establishing a kindergarten program next year, authorizing superintendent Mike Star to include provision for it in the next school budget.

Highway research experts suggest that radio stations and advertisers cover the local radio area with advertisements about Flagstaff to be heard by passing travelers. Also to create “Official Looking” signs advertising goods and services available locally and telling what is available that is unique about our city and our area in general. Studies show that people plan ahead about where to stop for gas, to eat and to sleep.

Collie caused confusion. It all began Saturday when Sue Aubrey reported that her champion collie “CD” had been taken from his kennel at Silver Saddle Trailer Court. The Sheriff’s Office investigated and learned that the dog had been turned in to the Coconino County Humane Shelter. When Miss Aubry went to get him, she learned that he had already been adopted by a family in Tuba. When officials contacted the Tuba family, they said they had paid $1,000 for the dog and refused to give him up. The Humane Society said the price was $17.50. The situation is further complicated because Sheriff's deputies can’t take anyone or anything into custody on the Navajo Reservation. In the meantime, the dog missed a chance to enter the first American Kennel Club Show in Coconino County. Miss Aubrey has signed a complaint in the hope of getting her dog back.

A “Scenic Easement” on Cedar Road was created on Tuesday by the Flagstaff City Council in the passing an ordinance on the easement prepared by the City Planning Commission. It sets aside 200 feet of land on each side of Cedar-Turquoise Drive to West Street that will be maintained in a natural state. It provides that no “improvements may may be placed there, but that new utility lines may be laid underground.”


1994: Where there is now a downtown dirt parking lot there may become an outdoor park and concert area. The city owned lot is on the northeast corner of Aspen and Leroux. The proposal includes the creation of an underground parking area beneath the new park.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is examining Fort Valley water. The state is delaying all permitting until this study is complete. Although there is no hard evidence of contamination, all the wells between the Baderville Road and the Snowbowl Road are being tested. The Fort Valley Lodge well shows an over contamination of nitrates and residents along Fort Valley Road are being advised to boil and or chlorinate their water since there is some indication of contamination. The issue is concern for residents and a problem for developers.

Developer Flagstaff-Black Canyon Properties is trying to reassure residents and county authorities that building “Quality Homes” in the Pump House Wash flood plain will not create problems with septic tank over flows during floods.

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