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Flagstaff History

125 YEARS AGO

1894: While the prices of everything we wear, eat, use, need and want, generally speaking, are still too high to think of with any comfort, once in awhile something drops. Billy Borum and Ray Ramsey, at The Confection Den, have started the good work in their line. Beginning last Saturday, all phosphates, sodas and coca cola were reduced to five cents. This change was made in the view of their putting their business on a strictly cash basis. Plus other changes beneficial to their business could be obtained by cutting out the charge accounts in all lines.

We would favor a bill in the legislature prohibiting credit business. This bill would be on a par, as far as sensibleness is concerned, with some that have been introduced down there this year.

Dr. Thomas P. Manning, as county health officer, and the entire colony of local physicians are unanimous of the opinion that the extension of the present sewer system is needed and needed badly. They look at the matter from the standpoint of those desiring to protect the health of the community and have the advantage over the layman of knowing whereof they speak when it comes down to a question of the health of the town.

A shooting scrap in Williams on Monday afternoon in which Mrs. Blanche Nichols, wife of a telegraph operator, fired five shots at Mrs. Tressie Wolfe, resulted in Mrs. Nichols being placed in the county jail here under $2,500 bond. As of this date of writing, bond had not been furnished.

Mrs. Nichols entered the front door of Babbitt’s Williams store, where Mrs. Wolfe is employed. Seeing Mrs. Wolfe behind the counter, Mrs. Nichols immediately opened fire, firing five shots none of which took effect. Sheriff Jack Harrington returned from Williams with Mrs. Nichols in custody on Tuesday and placed her in the county jail.

The fire department was called out about 8:30 a.m. last Monday morning to the old Fairchild property on West Aspen Avenue. The house is occupied at present by Lee Pishno. The fire was caused by a defective flue and, while the blaze itself did not amount to much, water and smoke did some damage. The firemen also had to tear up the floor in the second floor so as to get to the origin of the blaze.

Last Monday was Library Day among the local merchants. In an answer to a call from the Library Board the merchants, they offered to give 5 percent of their gross sales for the day to the funds of that institution. The sum realized will be used for the purchase of new books, salary of the librarian and for general maintenance. Once a year this plan is carried on, generally around the first of March and always gets a good sum for this worthy cause. Last year, $175 was obtained. Mrs. C. P. Heiser, chairman of the Library Board, thanks the the merchants for their cooperation and donation to our library.

To our patrons. Given the impossibility of securing sufficient help, it has been made necessary to cease delivering milk to customers until this condition can be solved. Patrons will be freely supplied with milk by calling at my residence on Milton Road. We will commence delivering milk again as soon as conditions will warrant. FLAGSTAFF DAIRY.

100 YEARS AGO

1919: WOMEN WHO CAN MET THE REQUIREMENTS CAN VOTE THIS YEAR AS WELL AS THE MEN. Register to vote now that you can.

Up until 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, only 145 persons had registered at city hall for the bond election to be held on March 20. If your name appeared on the last assessment roll of the town as a tax payer on personal or real property, and you are an elector in other respects, you are entitled to register and to vote.

If there is any question as to your eligibility to vote, call at the city hall and the officials there will be only too glad to give you the desired information. For the convenience of those whose duties are such as to keep them from calling at city hall, Clerk Alex A. Johnston has made arrangements to have officials go to each person and register them at their home or place of business If you fall in this class, call the city hall over the phone and it will be attended to.

It seems assured that Mr. C.F. Heiser will be our new postmaster. His nomination was sent to the Senate by President Wilson on February 26th. It is not known yet whether the Senate in the press of the business attending to its adjournment, found time to confirm the postmastership appointment or not. Mr. Heiser was expecting a wire on Wednesday as to whether this had been done.

If it was not confirmed, it is likely that the appointment will be included among other necessary recess appointments by the President. After confirmation, it will only be a matter of 10 days or two weeks until Mr. Heiser will take active charge of the local office. He will enter his new work with the well wishes of a host of warm friends.

When asked what he thought of the free delivery system for Flagstaff, Mr. Heiser said he felt sure it could be gotten and that he thought Flagstaff would without difficulty meet the requirements as to house numbering, sidewalks etc. The system would at first be a “trial” and if found satisfactory would be made permanent.. Tempe and Mesa, in meeting the requirements of the department no better than Flagstaff, now have the delivery under that system.

At Monday’s meeting of the County Board of Supervisors, the question of selling the Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon to the Federal Government was the most important. The purchase of the trail was embodied in a recent Act of Congress creating the Grand Canyon National Park.

The trail lies within the territory of the park as outlined and is the property of Coconino County which derives considerable revenue from it. It is not expected by the government that the county would be parted with it without a price of some measure commensurate with the loss of that revenue which will be sustained throughout the coming years.

In discussing the price, Clerk L. C. Riley showed that the average annual income for the past four years was $3,000, while noting that 1915 was the year of the World’s Fair at San Francisco and also it was the first year the trail was advertised. The following years were very lean given the World War restrictions on travel by the government.

25 YEARS AGO

1994: GET OUT AND VOTE ON TUESDAY – There has been 300 requests for absentee ballots from the city’s 28,717 registered voters. The polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. We have 24 precincts in our city. Check your voter registration card for the location of your polling place. In addition to the candidates for the City Council the question of renewal of the city 1 percent sales tax is on the ballot.

With plans for at least 500 new homes to be built in Flagstaff during the 1990s, the Flagstaff United School District school officials are wondering what effect this will have on school enrollment. Enrollment has been in increasing at about 3 percent each year for the past 10 years and now stands at about 12,000.

A conference sponsored by Youth and Elders Against Tobacco Use, to keep kids from smoking will be televised between noon and 2:30 in Flagstaff at two locations on March 23. One will be at the Flagstaff School Auditorium Administration Center, 3285 E. Sparrow

Dr. and the other in Room 12 of the Liberal Arts Building on the NAU Campus. The latest findings about tobacco addiction and the link between smoking and other addictions will be presented. Also included will be how to discourage young people from using tobacco and the impact of the advertising of tobacco on youth. The deadline for registration to attend is Friday.

Agents of the Flagstaff Narcotics task force around 6:30 on Friday and had the series completed by noon. This brings the series of arrests in the past week to 20. Sgt. Pascual Marcias.

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