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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 31, 2013

1916: ANOTHER BIG STORM IN JANUARY.

Verde Heritage

"During 24 hours ending on Friday morning about 8 0'clock a storm of terrific proportions passed over this section of Arizona, and even those of early day residence admit such a climatic explosion is without parallel. From different sections come reports of an extremely surprising climax to this downpour, that in many respects was characterized as nothing more than a northern blizzard and from beginning to end asserted its fury to the fullest."

"HOUSES BLOWN DOWN: From Jerome yesterday morning was received the surprising news that a residence occupied by a Mexican family was picked up during the high wind and sleet storm, and thrown over into Deception gulch, and the occupants, five in number, had a close call from being killed outright. When the building commenced to rock, the warning was heeded, and man and wife grabbing their children sought the open, less than three minutes before the building toppled over. It was splintered into kindling wood, and carried below for a distance of over 130 feet."

"The storehouse of Mrs. Guy Bailey, situated on the Hogback at Jerome was also totally demolished by being toppled over by the high wind. It was lifted and thrown down a ravine for over 20 feet, and considerable property therein was badly damaged."

"MOVING MOUNTAIN: Three rows of cottages owned by the United Verde Company, situated at Jerome on the steep hillside, and all occupied, were in danger Friday morning as the formation on which they are built, commenced to give way. Land slides started, and many left in fear of a collapse from the foundations being undermined. Fortunately, no trouble occurred up to a late hour yesterday afternoon."

"TELEPHONE SHATTERED: The Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Co., again bore the brunt of the severe storm on Thursday, all their lines going out with the exception of those between Prescott and Jerome and to Humboldt. The Crown King line, which was placed in good condition only last week, held out to the last, as did that to Copper Basin." ...

"FLOODING: Jerome also sent in a report that every ravine on the Verde Valley side of the Black Hills range was pouring water into the Verde River. Valley lands were under various depths of water, and it was believed heavy damage to farmers would follow." ...

"Jerome reported at 2:30 o'clock p.m., that the storm had apparently ended, after 40 hours of a continuous bombardment." ...

"VERDE GETTING HIGH: Telephone information over the local line of the Arizona Power Co., stated that the Verde River at Fossil Creek reached a height of 20 feet and was still rising at 4 o'clock. The new power house was inundated."

(Prescott Journal-Miner; January 29, 1916; page 6, columns 4, 5.)

"BIG DAMAGES REPORTED: Hillary Harbeson writes to J. R. Lowry from Camp Verde that high water in the river had caused an immense amount of damage to farm lands, and in addition a large domain of fertile soil had been washed away. The present storm, Harbeson states, is without parallel in the history of that community." (Prescott Journal-Miner; January 30, 1916; page 6, column 2.)

"FIRST AUTO TO VERDE: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Heath, who returned a few days ago from Texas, left yesterday for their home in the Verde Valley, in the auto of Frank Chilcote. This was the first machine in or out of that country in over six weeks, and Chilcote stated that considering the condition of the roads, good time was made." (Prescott Journal-Miner; February 4, 1916; page 6, column 2.)

"POSTAL SERVICE RESUMED: Grant Eads, who has the mail contract between Dewey and Camp Verde, stated yesterday that auto service has been resumed between both points, after a tie up of several days. In breaking the road out of Camp Verde, three days were required with an eight-horse team, before any vehicle could make the trip. For 12 consecutive days no mail was received at Camp Verde." (Prescott Journal-Miner; February 6, 1916; page 3, column 6.)




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