Sunday, May 11
On this date in 1889, a band of masked men ambushed Major J.W. Wham and his military escort carrying a $26,000 army payroll to Fort Thomas. The payroll was stolen and eight soldiers were wounded.
On this date in 1910, the Maricopa-Phoenix train was held up about eight miles from Maricopa. Two bandits relieved all the passengers of their valuables and one passenger was struck over the head with a revolver.
On this date in 1910, work began on the north-south territorial highway out of Prescott.
On this date in 1934, Tucson’s first city hall building, which was built in 1881, was destroyed by fire.
Monday, May 12
On this date in 1886, fire destroyed the Grand Central pumphouse in Tombstone, causing the mines to flood and shutting down all mining operations.
On this date in 1887, the Tombstone Epitaph reported that a volcano had erupted in the Dragoon Mountains following an earthquake.
On this date in 1897, Ed Schiefflin, discoverer of the Tombstone silver mines, died.
On this date in 1913, Herbert Brown, who had come to Arizona in 1873, engaged in lumbering in the Santa Rita Mountains and in the mercantile business in Tucson, died. Brown was the owner of the Tucson Citizen and the Tucson Post newspapers and in 1902 was appointed warden of the Yuma Prison, and operated the Gondolfo Hotel there.
On this date in 1924, Evan Mecham, the first governor in Arizona to be impeached, was born in Duchesne, Utah.
Tuesday, May 13
On this date in 1846, President James K. Polk declared that a state of war existed between the United States and Mexico.
On this date in 1905, the dams at Greer and St. John gave way and the St. Johns Valley suffered heavy flood damage.