- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sunday, Dec. 28

On this date in 1866, the Rev. Charles M. Blake held the first Presbyterian Church service in Arizona in a log cabin in Prescott.

On this date in 1881, Marshall Virgil Earp of Tombstone was shot in the back and crippled for life.

On this date in 1903, a fire started in the furnace room of the Arizona State Capitol. Because of the distance of the building from the nearest fire hydrant, nearly an hour elapsed before firefighters were able to turn their hoses on the blaze. The only loss was two and a half cords of cedar firewood.

On this date in 1929, it was announced that military airplanes would be used to make serial photographs of the ancient irrigation canals of the Gila and Salt River Valleys before all traces of them were destroyed by modern farming and irrigation.

Monday, Dec. 29

On this date in 1863, Gov. Richard C. McCormick, the first territorial governor, and a party of newly appointed officials reached Navajo Springs where McCormick administered the oath of office to his party, read his proclamation and raised the flag.

On this date in 1919, fire broke out in the 96th Aero Squadron camp at Douglas and 250 aerial bombs exploded, causing $100,000 damage.

On this date in 1931, the University of Arizona College of Law was elected to membership in the Association of American Law Schools.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

On this date in 1853, under the terms of the Gadsden Purchase, the U.S. agreed to pay Mexico $10 million for 45,535 square miles of land below the Gila from the Rio Grande to the Colorado River.

On this date in 1911, the Federal Court sat for the last time in Tombstone. After adjourning there the court was scheduled to reopen in Phoenix under a new judge to be appointed by President William Howard Taft.

On this date in 1916, as a result of a very close, contested election, Thomas E. Campbell, Republican, and George W.P. Hunt, Democrat, both took oaths of office as governor of Arizona - after which Hunt refused to vacate the Governor’s office and Campbell opened a temporary office in his home.

On this date in 1929, the annual meeting of the Arizona Pioneers’ Historical Society was held in the Society’s new quarters in the University of Arizona stadium building.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

On this date in 1908, Dr. James Douglas was named president of the Phelps Dodge Corp.

On this date in 1914, 300 Arizona saloons reported a rush of business as they prepared to close at midnight in compliance with the new prohibition amendment.

On this date in 1934, the second earthquake in two days shook Arizona with damage reported from Phoenix to Nogales.

Thursday, Jan. 1

On this date in 1875, four convicted murderers escaped from a jail in Tucson.

On this date in 1877, the 9th Territorial Legislature, the last one to meet in Tucson, convened.

On this date in 1921, a damage suit was brought against the Arizona Eastern Railroad alleging negligence. According to the complaint, 34 ostriches died or were killed in transit.

On this date in 1927, the first seven in a series of 50 earthquake shocks occurred. The shocks lasted three days and caused extensive damage in areas of Arizona, California and Mexico.

Friday, Jan. 2

On this date in 1868, the contract was signed for construction of the first Pima County Courthouse.

On this date in 1912, Professor G.E.P. Smith of the Department of Agriculture, University of Arizona, arrived in Douglas to install complete meteorographic equipment on the roof of the Gadsden Hotel.

On this date in 1949, James Stuart Douglas - founder of the city of Douglas, founder and first President of the Banks of Bisbee and Douglas, developer of the Verde Extension mining properties near Jerome and father of Lewis W. Douglas, ambassador to Great Britain - died.

Saturday, Jan. 3

On this date in 1787, mountaineer Bill Williams was born. The city of Williams and the Bill Williams River were named after him.

On this date in 1912, the Bisbee Daily Review announced that more than 6,000 acres of land in the Chino and Lonesome Valleys near Prescott had been homesteaded during the previous 90 days.

On this date in 1924, 117 automobiles became stalled in the mud near Casa Grande. The vehicles had to be towed to the Southern Pacific tracks, where they bumped over the ties 1 1/2 miles before reaching a stretch of road they could negotiate.

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