Sunday, Dec. 18
On this date in 1924, elaborate plans for a spectacular drive of 5,000 Kaibab deer across the Colorado River to new grazing lands were frustrated when the animals stampeded in a blinding snowstorm and disappeared.
On this date in 1929, seven prisoners escaped from the Maricopa County Jail by crawling through a small opening they had sawed.
On this date in 1933, the building and plant of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson were totally destroyed by fire. The Star continued to publish at the Tucson Citizen plant.
Monday, Dec. 19
On this date in 1874, after two trials, J.T. Holmes was finally convicted of the killing of Milton B. Duffield, former U.S. Marshal, in a quarrel over a mining claim. Holmes was sentenced to three years in prison.
On this date in 1909, two trainmen were killed and 40 passengers injured when the Southern Pacific jumped the tracks near Benson.
On this date in 1917, the governor of Arizona offered a $250 reward for the arsonist who set fires which destroyed hay fields in the Salt River Valley and attempted twice to burn the new Phoenix YMCA building.
On this date in 1929, a fire of undetermined origin partially disrupted the water supply and destroyed two buildings in the business district of Chloride, causing $40,000 damage.
Tuesday, Dec. 20
On this date in 1888, work was begun on a bridge across the Colorado River at Needles, California.
On this date in 1914, it rained in Phoenix for 72 consecutive hours, causing the reservoir behind Roosevelt Dam to gain 40,000 acre feet in one day.
On this date in 1925, 1,200 boxes of dynamite exploded at the United Verde Copper mine causing $20,000 damage to walls and window glass in Jerome.
On this date in 1929, the town of Miami discovered it would need heavier manhole covers when the Arizona Road Department’s electric magnet was put to work picking up nails and metal scraps from the city’s streets. The machine picked up all the manhole covers along its route.
Wednesday, Dec. 21
On this date in 1920, educational circles were horrified when only five applicants were able to pass the teacher’s examination in Maricopa County and none could pass at all in Pima County.
On this date in 1929, two miners were killed when an explosion was set off prematurely in the Blue Bird Mine, 12 miles east of Mammoth.
On this date in 1929, Dr. O.A. Turney, a Phoenix resident for 42 years and a prominent archaeologist who traced the prehistoric canals in the Salt River Valley, died.
Thursday, Dec. 22
On this date in 1902, certain parts of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation were restored to public domain by executive order.
On this date in 1929, several boys, all under 13 years of age, broke into a railroad car belonging to the Arizona Packing Co. in the Southern Pacific yards in Tucson and stole several whole hogs and assorted packages of pork. For most of the night, the Tucson Police Station resembled a packing house storage room as officers recovered and brought in loads of meat.
On this date in 1936, the announcement was made that The Associated Press trunk line would establish a mainline office in Phoenix.
Friday, Dec. 23
On this date in 1854, Albert Steinfeld, who became one of Tucson’s most prominent businessmen and civic leaders, was born in Hanover, Germany.
On this date in 1883, the Salt River rose 14 feet after a prolonged rain. The dam and headgate of the Grand Canal were torn out as a result.
On this date in 1883, Felix G. Hardwick claimed a $500 reward offered by the Arizona Territorial Legislature for the first bale of cotton to be produced in Arizona.
On this date in 1914, swollen by a week of rain, the Santa Cruz River flooded its valley and flowed a mile and a half wide at Amado.
On this date in 1929, Bishop Daniel Gercke dedicated the bells of the little chapel at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson.
Saturday, Dec. 24
On this date in 1888, the Solomonville and Bowie stagecoach was robbed of the mail.
On this date in 1915, the Phoenix Business Association opened a campaign to sell Congress on the idea of buying land from Mexico on the Gulf of California so that Arizona could build a sea port.
On this date in 1926, the U.S. government paid the Southern Pacific Railroad $1 million to move 15 miles of track between Bowie and Globe to clear the way for the construction of Coolidge Dam.
On this date in 1929, Frank Curley, who had served as president of the Arizona State Bar, Pima County Bar Association and city attorney of Tucson, was killed in an auto accident on the Nogales Highway.
On this date in 1929, Judge Charles Payne Hicks, Probate Judge of Yavapai County for 23 years during Territorial days, died.
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