Today in Arizona History
PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Dec. 1
On this date in 1883, a fight broke out in the Third District Court in Prescott over water rights litigation. The attorney general and district attorney engaged in a fist-fight, and the defendant drew a knife, stabbed two litigants and was finally fatally wounded.
On this date in 1920, the Nogales Chamber of Commerce presented Alvaro Obregon, newly inaugurated President of Mexico, with a solid-gold paperweight which was a replica of the Sonora border between the United States and Mexico.
On this date in 1924, the town of Benson was incorporated.
On this date in 1929, the formal dedication of the Globe airport, with an elaborate program scheduled, including exhibition flights by Army and Navy planes, a speech by the governor and entertainment, took place.
Monday, Dec. 2
On this date in 1852, the first steamer on the Colorado River reached Yuma. Uncle Sam was brought to the mouth of the river in sections on a schooner and assembled in Yuma.
On this date in 1861, Mormon settlers established the community of Beaver Dams, now known as Littlefield.
On this date in 1920, Arizona raised the salaries of teachers in one-room schools from $80 to $100 per month and paid them in state warrants.
On this date in 1927, Arizona became the first state to regulate and control airplanes engaged in the commercial transportation of passengers and freight.
On this date in 1929, an American Indian of a huge build, armed with a knife and a big appetite for liquor, took over as “mayor, sheriff, prosecutor and executioner” of the town of Twin Buttes. When county deputies arrived, they found most of the rest of the population hiding in the brush outside of town.
On this date in 1936, the Yuma Morning Sun and Arizona Sentinel newspapers merged to become the Yuma Daily Sun.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
On this date in 1933, Arizonans passed the million dollar mark in income taxes paid — the total was $1,164,000.
On this date in 1933, 15,000 people attended an enormous barbecue in Paradise Valley to celebrate the receipt of a federal grant for the Verde River Project.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
On this date in 1856, the first Post Office to be opened in Arizona Territory was established at Fort Buchanan in the Sonoita Valley.
On this date in 1871, it rained continuously in Clifton for 30 hours. The resulting floods killed 18 people.
On this date in 1871, the Silver Queen Mine was recorded.
Thursday, Dec. 5
On this date in 1873, a Telegraph Ball was held in Tucson to celebrate completion of the first military telegraph to the town.
On this date in 1905, there was great public indignation when President Theodore Roosevelt’s message to Congress recommended joint statehood for New Mexico and Arizona. Towns over the Territory held mass protest meetings.
On this date in 1907, Henry C. Hooker, pioneer Arizona rancher who established the Sierra Bonita Ranch, died.
On this date in 1923, the first 200 cases of the new crop of grapefruit from the Salt River Valley were sold in England.
On this date in 1929, Paul Geary of Holbrook — former district attorney of Navajo County and deputy attorney general of Arizona, past departmental commander of the American Legion in Arizona and a lieutenant colonel in the Arizona National Guard — died.
Friday, Dec. 6
On this date in 1913, the U.S. District Court awarded the 100,000 remaining acres of the Baca Float grant in southern Arizona to the heirs of the original grant.
On this date in 1921, Yuma’s business section was gutted by a $250,000 fire.
On this date in 2012, Arizona’s first legal medical marijuana dispensary opens in Glendale, two years after voters approved the use of the drug to treat certain health problems such as chronic pain and cancer.
Saturday, Dec. 7
On this date in 1875, John Clark brought the first herd of sheep into Arizona by way of Hardy’s Ferry across the Colorado River near the present site of Bullhead City.
On this date in 1875, under an act to raise money for public schools, the Territorial Legislature appropriated $250 for the first public school.