Today in Arizona History

November 9, 2019 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Nov. 17

On this date in 1870, Charles T. Hayden organized the Hayden Milling and Farming Ditch Co., and prepared to establish a ferry and mill on the south side of the Salt River, the site of which was to become the City of Tempe.

On this date in 1914, an arsonist in Phoenix set seven fires in four days.

On this date in 1934, the transcontinental bus arrived at Williams with 20 passengers unconscious from inhalation of carbon monoxide gas.

Monday, Nov. 18

On this date in 1873, the military telegraph was completed between San Diego and Prescott.

On this date in 1900, the two Haldeman brothers were legally hanged in Tombstone for killing two police officers.

On this date in 1914, a feature story in the Tucson Citizen told how ostrich farms in Phoenix and Yuma were facing ruin as plumes on women’s hats went out of style.

On this date in 1930, The Arizona Republic announced the purchase of The Phoenix Gazette.

On this date in 1931, the Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona recorded a spectacular display of 278 meteors from midnight to 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

On this date in 1887, a boiler exploded in a Prescott sawmill, killing six workmen.

On this date in 1929, by a vote of more than 2 to 1, Cochise County residents elected to move the county seat from Tombstone to Bisbee.

On this date in 1929, a party of surveyors from the Pima County engineers office left for the Ajo-Sonoyta road project site to begin preliminary surveying.

On this date in 1961, Joe Clark, rancher, city marshal of Willcox, and grandfather of movie and recording star Rex Allen, died.

On this date in 1979, a Nevada Airlines plane crashed near the Grand Canyon’s South Rim shortly after takeoff, injuring seven passengers and two crew members.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

On this date in 1899, Pearl Hart, Arizona’s female bandit, was tried at Florence for robbery, convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.

On this date in 1914, James A. Reavis, the Baron of Arizona, died of bronchitis in Denver.

On this date in 1915, the State Board of Trade was organized at Phoenix with the slogan, “I am for Arizona.”

On this date in 1929, the county seat of Cochise County was moved from Tombstone to Bisbee.

Thursday, Nov. 21

On this date in 1896, the Phoenix Post Office moved into magnificent new quarters equipped with three windows — two for gentlemen and one for ladies.

On this date in 1929, Sheriff James Polhamus of Yuma County, son of Isaac Polhamus, a Colorado River steamboat captain, died.

Friday, Nov. 22

On this date in 1888, the Florence stage was held up and the two robbers got the Wells-Fargo strong box and $26 in cash.

On this date in 1888, the Sacaton Indian School at Florence was destroyed by fire.

On this date in 1902, the Consolidated Mines Co. reopened the Tombstone silver mines.

On this date in 1913, the San Carlos Hotel at Chandler reopened.

On this date in 1929, four new horses were brought by the University of Arizona Military Department. The horses were intended to be used for polo playing along with their regular department duties.

On this date in 1929, ground was broken for the construction of the Nogales Armory.

On this date in 1929, the vast amount of paperwork necessary to clear title to the town site of Payson got under way. The town had grown for nearly 50 years in a casual “squatter’s rights” kind of way.

Saturday, Nov. 23

On this date in 1923, prohibition agents poured 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters) of captured liquor into the Salt River.

On this date in 1932, the city of Nogales deducted taxes from the power company’s bill for service, and the company shut off the current, leaving the town in darkness.