Verde Heritage By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
1922: VERDE DISTRICT TO ORGANIZE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; January
"The Verde district is going to have a chamber of commerce. It may be called something else, but it is assured that the district is to have a live, active, up-and-coming commercial organiztion, and that at once."
"Details will be settled at a meeting to be held at the Jerome city hall tomorrow, Wednesday evening, beginning at 7:30 o'clock. Everyone who is interested in the idea --- and no one who is interested in the future of the world's richest copper district can be indifferent --- is expected, invited, urged to attend."
"TO COVER DISTRICT: It is particularly desired that no one get the idea that this is strictly a Jerome movement. The proposed chamber is to be for the whole district --- for Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Clemenceau, Cornville, Oak Creek, Aultman, Camp Verde; in short, the Verde District. Chamber of Commerce, Commercial club, or whatever it is named, is to be for all this end of Yavapai county."
"In the past there have been two or three half-hearted attempts to form a chamber of commerce here, but this is the real thing and is going to get somewhere before the mines reopen. Meetings were held without a definite plan, with only a hazy idea of what was to be accomplished, and the movements naturally petered out. But at the Wednesday night meeting a tentative constitution and by-laws will be submitted. No one expects that they will be adopted as offered, but the meeting will have a definite concrete plan to thresh over and conform to local conditions."
"A VITAL NECESSITY: In the last few weeks, or since it became certain that the mines and smelters would soon be going full blast, and that another copper boom is right on the district, the feeling has been growing that a chamber of commerce is a vital necessity which must no longer be neglected. A commercial organization can do much toward getting the proper kind of publicity for the district, keeping out irresponsible wildcatters, and encouraging the legitimate investment of capital."
"It is also realized that the scenic attractions of northeastern Yavapai county are attracting more and more attention from the outside world, without the slightest attempt at advertising them. Tourists by the thousands can be brought here by letting them know of the view across the Verde valley, Oak creek, Montezuma's well, and the numerous other natural wonders of the region. Too long it has been taken for granted that the Verde district has nothing to sell but copper. Those two other great assets, scenery and climate, have been absolutely neglected."
"In matters connected with highways, freight rates, mail service, taxation, and a thousand other things a commercial organization can get attention and action while a few individuals are ignored. Only through organization the business men and private citizens of the district can make themselves heard."
"But the reasons why a chamber must be organized are too obvious and patent to require repitition. The point is that at last a chamber is actually to be organized."