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Arizona history from July 18 through 24
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THIS WEEK IN ARIZONA HISTORY

Arizona history from July 18 through 24

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Sunday, July 18

On this date in 1864, Charles D. Poston was elected Arizona’s first territorial delegate.

On this date in 1864, the Mowry Mines were sold at public auction for $2,000 by Gen. James H. Carleton who had ordered the mines confiscated on the charge that Mowry was a Confederate sympathizer.

Monday, July 19

On this date in 1898, Gov. Myron H. McCord resigned from his office to lead a regiment in Cuba, and Nathan Oakes Murphy was appointed by President William McKinley to replace him.

Tuesday, July 20

On this date in 1917, lightning struck a tent occupied by Company I of the 1st Arizona National Guard at Naco, splintering the stock of a rifle and causing several cartridges to melt and become soldered together without exploding.

On this date in 1920, tourists in Phoenix were warned that the gasoline supply in Arizona was so low that it would be unsafe for them to leave for the next stop west without a supply of 20 gallons of extra fuel for their tanks. Also on this date, rabbits damaged cotton fields in Safford to such an extent that a rabbit hunt was organized which eliminated 2,000 of them.

On this date in 1935, Willcox and Benson citizens circulated a petition asking for a special election to form a new county with Tombstone as the county seat.

On this date in 1996, the name of the road commonly known as the Beeline Highway was changed to the Duthie-Martin Highway in honor of two law enforcement officers who were killed on the road while on duty. The name was changed as a result of a resolution approved during the legislative session that year.

Wednesday, July 21

On this date in 1901, Burton C. Mossman was named captain of the Arizona Rangers and authorized to raise a company of 10 or 12 men to hunt cattle rustlers and other criminals.

On this date in 1903, a severe rainstorm between the Dragoon Mountains and Tombstone washed out six El Paso and Southwestern Railroad bridges and flooded Fairbanks with 6 feet (1.8 meters) of water.

On this date in 1917, two ladies, traveling east from California, left Tucson in a rage after being ordered to remain in their hotel until they were ready to leave town. Their offense was wearing masculine attire, particularly “very tight fitting pants.” One lady said, “We’ve been to Phoenix and nobody said a word to us.”

On this date in 1931, the Arizona State Motor Vehicle Division authorized copper license plates for automobiles.

Thursday, July 22

On this date in 1893, the city of Nogales was incorporated.

On this date in 1898, the Phoenix Daily Herald announced the marriage of Thomas Sorin, a prominent developer of Cochise County copper mines, to Sarah Herring, Arizona’s first woman attorney.

Friday, July 23

On this date in 1844, James “Uncle Jimmy” Pearce, discoverer of the Pearce copper mines in 1895, was born.

On this date in 1882, the Mormon settlement of Tempe was founded after it purchased 80 acres of land for $3,000 from Charles T. Hayden, pioneer merchant, miller and ferryman.

On this date in 1909, armies of grasshoppers stripped the alfalfa fields of Mesa.

On this date in 1927, residents of Willcox, unhappy over the division of tax receipts, voted unanimously for separation from Cochise County.

On this date in 1931, a new $500,000 bridge was opened over the Salt River in Tempe on the anniversary of the settlement of the city by Charles T. Hayden.

Saturday, July 24

On this date in 1890, a gasoline stove exploded in Yuma, setting off a fire which destroyed eight business buildings.

On this date in 1896, the city of Globe was extensively damaged by a flood. The Silver King Saloon, with its entire stock of liquor and cigars was wrecked by flood waters, as were many private homes. Mines in the area suffered flooded and caved-in tunnels, shop buildings were damaged and roads washed out.

On this date in 1917, a 22-year-old Douglas housewife was shipped back home by the Army when she was discovered aboard a U.S. troop transport ship with her husband.

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