Arizona history-Sept. 12-18

September 8, 2021 GMT

Sunday, Sept.12

On this date in 1890, the Democratic Territorial Convention met in Phoenix and police had to be called to quell the floor battle for control of the convention.

On this date in 1893, cattlemen and farmers of Cochise and Graham counties were warned to go armed at all times as the Apache Kid was believed to be in the area.

Monday, Sept. 13

On this date in 1886, Hiram Stevens “Hi” Corbett, son of early Tucson pioneer, J. Knox Corbett, was born.

On this date in 1898, four troops of Rough Riders, numbering about 250, were mustered out and the Rough Riders flag was sent to the governor of the Arizona Territory.

On this date in 1920, a shortage of dormitory space compelled students at the University of Arizona to canvass the city of Tucson, house by house, in search of room and board.

On this date in 1929, lightning struck into a band of sheep on Chevelon Creek, killing 182 of them. Also on this date, excavators digging at the new Pima County courthouse site uncovered the mesquite floor of the first jail in Tucson. A huge block of stone with a hand-forged ring bolt in the center was found set in the old floor.


Tuesday, Sept. 14

On this date in 1898, the first carload of almonds form the Salt River Valley was shipped.

On this date in 1921, J. P. Lowrie’s grocery store at Greaterville, 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Tucson in the Santa Rita Mountains, was robbed. A large quantity of provisions and a gold watch were taken.

On this date in 1929, William W. “Billy” Moore, pioneer cattleman who came to Arizona in 1885 and ran the Fort Reno Ranch during the Tonto Basin feud period, died. In 1889, he moved to a ranch on the Verde River north of Fort McDowell.

On this date in 1936, a justice of the peace from Miami, Arizona, signed 11 warrants charging Globe High School boys with a misdemeanor after they destroyed the Miami High School “M” on Schome Hill.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

On this date in 1851, Fort Defiance was established.

On this date in 1857, the U.S. government signed the Overland Mail contract with John Butterfield.

On this date in 1902, a portion of Camp McDowell, abandoned by the military, was set aside as the Fort McDowell Reservation for Mohave-Apache Indians.

On this date in 1921, Maricopa Hall, the largest dormitory for women on the University of Arizona campus was completed and ready for occupancy.

On this date in 1927, a 1,200-foot (366 meters) gash, varying from a few inches to 5 feet (1.5 meters) in width suddenly opened in the earth near Picacho.

On this date in 1929, the tri-motored Fokker plane, “Arizonan,” owned by Southwest Air Service and piloted by Jack Frye, set an altitude record of 23200 feet (7,071 meters) .


On this date in 1929, articles of incorporation with the Arizona Corporation Commission were established for a new broadcasting station in Phoenix. The new station, KAR, would be 1,000 watts and represent an investment of $100,000.

Thursday, Sept. 16

On this date in 1879, the Reverend R.A. Windes, the first Baptist missionary to Arizona, arrived in Prescott.

On this date in 1882, the first flow of Santa Cruz River water through the nozzles of the Tucson Water Co.’s mains took place at Congress and Main Streets in Tucson.

On this date in 1899, a Southern Pacific engineer, coming in to Globe, sounded his whistle to clear cattle off the tracks and stampeded the steer into the Globe stockyards.

On this date in 1922, Ed W. Jones, one of the original settlers of the city of Mesa died. Jones arrived in Arizona in 1877.

On this date in 1929, fire broke out in the stables at Fort Huachuca, killing six mules and nine horses and destroying a large quantity of feed. Defective wiring was believed to be the cause.

On this date in 1962, Route 1, between Tuba City and Cortez, Colorado, was dedicated in conjunction with ceremonies celebrating the dedication of the Four Corners Monument.

On this date in 1993, U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini announced he would not seek a fourth term because he was sick of all the “B.S.” involved with fundraising.

Friday, Sept. 17

On this date in 1927, the contract was awarded to Sumner-Sollitt Co. of Chicago for the construction of the U.S. Veterans Hospital in Tucson.

On this date in 1929, the final game of the Arizona League baseball race between Bisbee and Miami ended in a riot on the diamond after the umpire refused to call the game on account of darkness.

Saturday, Sept. 18

On this date in 1925, Gov. George W.P. Hunt warned the federal government that Arizona owned all the game within its borders and that included all National Forest lands.

On this date in 1925, the federal government withdrew two sections of Tucson land and designated them as the site of an airfield for the city.

On this date in 1929, the first case of bubonic plague ever found in Arizona was reported in Yuma.