Arizona history-Nov. 21-27

November 17, 2021 GMT

Sunday, 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.

Monday, 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.

Tuesday, 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.

Wednesday, Nov. 24

On this date in 1914, Signey R. DeLong, the first mayor of Tucson, died.

On this date in 1915, Louis C. Hughes, former territorial governor of Arizona and founder of the Arizona Daily Star, died.

On this date in 1927, seven miners died when flames destroyed one shaft of the Magma Mine at Superior. The damage was reported at $500,000.

Thursday, Nov. 25

On this date in 1868, the Military Division of the Pacific ordered the name of Camp McPherson changed to Camp Date Creek, and Camp Lincoln changed to Camp Verde.

On this date in 1878, the famous Gunsight Mine near Ajo in Pima County was discovered.

On this date in 1923, University of Arizona scientists investigated a mysterious disease that had caused the death of many cattle in the Whetstone Mountains. Mineral licks, plants and water supply were to be checked for possible poison.

On this date in 1926, Southern Pacific trains from Tucson through Yaquai country in Mexico began operating on daylight schedules only, and with Mexican military guards to protect them against Indian attack.

Friday, Nov. 26

On this date in 1893, William Hicks, charged with the sale of whiskey to an Indian in Yuma, pleaded in federal court that he’d actually been in California at the time of sale. The defense argument would have placed all of northern Yuma, including the Territorial Prison, in California.


On this date in 1915, the 12th U.S. Infantry under Col. W.H. Sage at Nogales, Arizona, and Obregon troops attempting to drive Pancho Villa from Nogales, Sonora, fought a 30-minute battle across the international border. Later, both commanders met at the border and apologized.

On this date in 1929, while 250 men were working underground at the mine in Globe, flames nearly consumed a nearby blacksmith shop and threatened machinery in a house.

Saturday, Nov. 27

On this date in 1850, Capt. Samuel P. Heintzelman arrived at Yuma Crossing with three companies of troops and named the nearby fort “Camp Yuma,” later dubbed Camp Independence and then Fort Yuma.

On this date in 1853, John Lorenzo Hubbell, former sheriff of Apache County, senator in the first State Legislature, merchant and Navajo Indian trader, was born in Pajarito, New Mexico.

On this date in 1875, the citizens of Tucson held a dance to raise $1,675 for the support of a public school.

On this date in 1880, one person was killed in a stage holdup on the Black Canyon Road in Yavapai County.

On this date in 1886, the Board of Regents met at the University of Arizona and accepted a gift of 40 acres (16 hectares) of land for a campus. Regent J.S Mansfield had persuaded two gamblers and a saloon keeper to present the land to the UA.

On this date in 1920, Cananea Consolidated Copper Co., the largest American-owned copper company in Sonora, closed.

On this date in 1928, police were called to the State Capitol when Gov. George W.P. Hunt and Sen. Fred Colter engaged in a fist fight while debating a Colorado River issue.