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Today in Arizona History

July 31, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Aug. 4

On this date in 1859, the first issue of the Weekly Arizonian was published, with J. Howard Wells as editor. The Weekly Arizonian was the first newspaper in Arizona, having been established in Tubac on March 3, 1859.

On this date in 1895, the first packing house in Arizona was opened in Phoenix. The plant included 400 acres of alfalfa, a system of gates, lanes and driveways leading to the slaughter house, sausage rooms and cooling rooms.

On this date in 1908, a heavy rainstorm sent floods roaring down Tombstone Canyon in Bisbee. The library, post office and many store basements were flooded.

Monday, Aug. 5

On this date in 1892, Grady Gammage, former president of Arizona State College, now Arizona State University, was born.

On this date in 1895, Pete Kitchen, one of the earliest ranchers in the Santa Cruz Valley, died.

On this date in 1911, William C. Greene of the Greene Cattle Co. and the Greene Cananea Copper Co. died after being thrown from a buggy.

On this date in 1917, the first Arizona Regiment was drafted into the United States Army. By the end of World War I, 8,113 men in Arizona had entered the National Guard, 1,854 were in the regular Army, 1,269 in the Navy and 147 in the Marines. Three hundred and twenty-one Arizonans died in military service.

On this date in 1931, the Southern Pacific passenger train, The Argonaut, was derailed east of Yuma, killing two and injuring 15.

Tuesday, Aug. 6

On this date in 1873, Vincente Hernandez, keeper of a general store and jewelry shop in Tucson, and his wife were beaten to death and robbed. Two days later a citizens committee hanged the killers from gallows in the plaza.

On this date in 1879, the first ice-making machine in Arizona began operation in Tucson.

On this date in 1880, the first bar of bullion was turned out from the Bisbee smelter.

On this date in 1891, an earthquake followed by a tidal wave caused extensive damage to the Cocopah Indian villages and lands along the lower Colorado River.

On this date in 1896, the Black Jack Christian gang attempted to rob the International Bank of Nogales, but were defeated by John Dessart, president of the bank, who held off the five armed men until help arrived.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

On this date in 1833, Frederick A. Tritle, who became Arizona’s seventh Territorial governor, was born in Pennsylvania.

On this date in 1909, Arthur Joseph Bayless, founder of the A.J. Bayless grocery stores, was born.

On this date in 1922, the Tucson Citizen reported that I.T. Frazier, state highway maintenance superintendent, talked to Cochise County officials about a house which was standing in the middle of the highway between Douglas and Rodeo.

Thursday, Aug. 8

On this date in 1876, Dr. Walter Reed reported for duty as post surgeon for Fort Lowell.

On this date in 1930, cloudbursts over the state caused extensive damage. A trestle gave away near Winslow and the Santa Fe eastbound passenger train dropped into a wash. Two were killed and 39 injured. Nogales was swept by a wall of water which filled streets, leaving four dead and hundreds homeless. The Red Cross and Salvation Army rushed aid.

On this date in 1933, Arizona became the 21st state to sanction the repeal of national prohibition in a landslide vote.

Friday, Aug. 9

On this date in 1860, Sylvester Mowry became the owner of the Patagonia Mine for which he paid $22,500.

On this date in 1909, a party of six men with Dean Byron Cummings, archaeologist from the University of Arizona, became the first white men to see the Betatakin Ruins.

On this date in 1913, 25 citizens of Douglas were sworn in as special officers and armed for the purpose of patrolling the city at night to stop crime.

Saturday, Aug. 10

On this date in 1861, declaring that Arizona had been deserted and left to the Apaches by the federal government, 68 citizens held a mass meeting in Tucson and voted to join the Confederacy.

On this date in 1867, the U.S. Army established Fort Crittenden between Sonoita and Patagonia.

On this date in 1869, Jack Sumner, one of John Wesley Powell’s boatmen, noted in his diary that the Little Colorado River was a “loathsome little stream, so filthy and muddy it fairly stinks.”

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