Today in Arizona History
PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Sept. 8
On this date in 1850, Congress passed the Omnibus Bill, making Arizona and New Mexico one territory with the proviso that “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to inhibit the United States from dividing said Territory into two or more Territories.”
On this date in 1886, Geronimo and his band were assembled and marched from Fort Bowie to Bowie Station where they were loaded on trains bound for Florida. The 4th Cavalry Regimental Band played “Auld Lang Syne” as the Apaches boarded the trains.
On this date in 1936, a wild buffalo was discovered 4 miles (6 kilometers) south of San Simon. It was finally chased into a corral on the Melvis Smith Ranch where it tossed range cows over its head.
Monday, Sept. 9
On this date in 1899, the Southern Pacific train was held up at Cochise and $10,000 stolen. Two Cochise county law enforcement officers were later caught and convicted of the crime.
On this date in 1921, Old Fort Rucker burned. The 42-year-old fort, situated far up in Rucker Canyon in the Swisshelm Mountains, had been serving as the home of cattleman Charles Rak and his wife at the time of the fire.
Tuesday, Sept. 10
On this date in 1916, Glendale and Phoenix were flooded when the Arizona, Grand and Maricopa canals were breached by flood waters.
On this date in 1929, Judge J.E. Jones, northern Arizona’s pioneer, died at his home in Flagstaff. Judge Jones had been the first probate judge of Coconino County and had once published a weekly paper — the Flagstaff Democrat.
On this date in 1936, Francisco Hernandez, pioneer Tucson stone mason, died. He had helped build the old courthouse, the Carnegie Library, St. Joseph Academy and the first structure at the University of Arizona. Also on this date, Tucson and Pima County applied to the federal government for permission to construct a 250-foot high dam in Sabino Canyon.
Wednesday, Sept. 11
On this date in 1898, a fire destroyed the city of Jerome. Every residence and all but one business in the town was destroyed. Three people were killed and 1,500 left homeless.
On this date in 1899, the doors of the Northern Arizona Normal School, now Northern Arizona University, opened for the first time.
On this date in 1911, free liquor passed out at Republican Campaign Headquarters on Meyer Street in Tucson resulted in two shootings.
On this date in 1929, the municipal market in Nogales, Mexico, burned down. Fire equipment from Nogales, Arizona, and from Camp Stephen D. Little crossed the line to assist Sonoran firefighters until the city hall siren brought them back into Arizona to extinguish a blaze at the George B. Marsh hardware store.
On this date in 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a button in Washington D.C. and 12 huge valves opened at the Hoover Dam to generate the first electric power produced by the dam.
Thursday, 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.
Friday, 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 double 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.
Saturday, 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 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, Ariz., signed 11 warrants for Globe High School boys charging them with a misdemeanor after they destroyed the Miami High School “M″ on Schome Hill.