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.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
"NEW SCHOOL HOUSE: Work on the new school building which is being erected on the United Verde Extension property in Cottonwood, was commenced yesterday. J. Olsen, of Verde, is in charge of the work and expects to have it completed in time for the beginning of the fall term of school." (Verde Copper News; Jerome; Saturday, August 16, 1919; page 5, column 5.)
"SCHOOL OPENS: The local branch of the Cottonwood school opened this morning in the new school house which has just been completed on the United Verde Extension company property in Cottonwood, formerly used as a ball park. This new building is well finished, commodious, comfortable and is a great improvement over the quarters previously occupied for school purposes in Cottonwood." (Verde Copper News; Jerome; Tuesday, September 9, 1919; page 5, column 3.)
"ABANDONED SCHOOL HOUSE: At a meeting of the board of trustees of the Clemenceau - Cottonwood school some few weeks ago, the school board relinquished the use of the building adjacent to the Cottonwood ball park back to the U. V. Extension Mining Company. The company decided to cut the building up into three-room apartments and the buildings thus created will be used to aid in the housing of the many families who are unable at this time to get a place to live. It is a strange condition that there are any number of people who want to rent houses and so few that entertain the idea of buying a home no matter how cheap." (Verde Copper News; Jerome; Tuesday, July 8, 1924; page 4, columns 1-2.)
In 1939, the new Cottonwood Community Club house was built on this site; the building was later called the Cottonwood Civic Center.