- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sunday, March 8

On this date in 1882, The Phoenix Herald reported that saloons were soaking their spittoons in the same irrigation ditches where many residents got their drinking and cooking water.

On this date in 1899, the town of Jerome was incorporated.

On this date in 1913, the Calumet and Arizona Copper Co. in Bisbee fumigated the money it paid to employees due to a strict quarantine resulting from an outbreak of spinal meningitis.

On this date in 1924, two crewmen were injured, one fatally, at Congress Junction when a Santa Fe passenger train was wrecked after vandals pulled up spikes, loosening the rails.

On this date in 1934, 85 mph winds took the roofs off of 25 buildings in Williams.

Monday, March 9

On this date in 1864, the first issue of the Arizona Miner was published at Fort Whipple by Richard C. McCormick, secretary of state for the Territory of Arizona.

On this date in 1877, Congress passed the Desert Land Act, permitting settlers to get title to 610 acres of desert land provided they would irrigate it within three years and pay a small sum per acre.

On this date in 1911, The Arizona Republic reported the death of a Papago Indian who had been charged with witchcraft by the people of his village. He was executed by being tied to the tail of a wild horse which was set loose in the desert.

On this date in 1920, the Bisbee Deportation case opened at the Tombstone Courthouse.

Tuesday, March 10

On this date in 1872, the first edition of the Arizona Sentinel was published in Yuma.

On this date in 1881, Graham County was created from parts of Apache and Pima Counties.

On this date in 1881, Tucson’s first telephone company was organized by Charles H. Lord, early merchant and postmaster of Tucson.

On this date in 1898, the General Land Office ruled that the cutting of mesquite trees on government land in Arizona was illegal. A week later, the ruling was reversed with the explanation that “mesquite was not wood.”

On this date in 1909, Greenlee County was created by an act of the 25th Territorial Legislature.

Wednesday, March 11

On this date in 1913, the Guggenheim syndicate obtained an option on the Copper Chief Mine near Jerome, binding themselves to do $500,000 in development work on the mine.

On this date in 1931, the Secretary of the Interior awarded the contract for construction of Boulder Dam to Six Companies Inc. of San Francisco. The $48 million bid was the largest labor contract ever given by the federal government at the time.

Thursday, March 12

On this date in 1885, the 13th Territorial Legislature passed an act allowing the establishment of a territorial university at Tucson.

On this date in 1895, thousands celebrated the arrival of the first Santa Fe train into Phoenix.

On this date in 1913, the president of the Tucson Chamber of Commerce endorsed the Sabino Project, which would provide a dam, reservoir, power plant and water to the city.

On this date in 1928, the city of Chandler dedicated its first airport.

Friday, March 13

On this date in 1913, Eliphalet B. Gage, former superintendent of the Grand Central Mine at Tombstone, president of the Tombstone Consolidated Mines Co. and president of the Phoenix National Bank, died in San Francisco at the age of 74.

On this date in 1913, Mexican federal and constitutional forces battled in Nogales, Sonora. About 25 houses in Arizona were struck by bullets and the U.S. Fifth Cavalry was positioned around Nogales ready for defensive action.

On this date in 1922, the University of Arizona campus was buried under 7 inches of snow.

Saturday, March 14

On this date in 1849, Bill Williams, mountain man, fur trapper and guide, died. The town of Williams, Bill Williams Fork and Bill Williams Mountain are named after him.

On this date in 1911, the polished, native granite cornerstone was placed for the Phoenix Women’s Club Building on First Avenue and Bennett Lane by Mrs. Dwight B. Heard.

On this date in 1913, an 8-foot-long mountain lion was found in a fox trap in Sabino Canyon near Tucson.

On this date in 2013, a federal appeals court throws out the convictions of Arizona death row inmate Debra Jean MIlke, who was convictedy of murder in the 1989 killing of her 4-year-old son. The boy was shot in the back of the head.

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