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.
Monday, December 23, 2013
1867: "CHRISTMAS. --- Wednesday next, December 25th, will be the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christmas; in every clime and country people honor this day above all others, and pass it in devotion and joyfulness. We hope our readers will make the best of the day possible under the circumstances. We wish each and all of them a merry Christmas." (Arizona Miner; Fort Whipple; December 21, 1867; page 2.)
1867: "A THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE will be given by the O'Neil Dramatic Association, in the new theatre, at Camp Lincoln, Rio Verde, on Christmas night, December 25. The Association is made up of old New York actors, who understand the business and are well up in their parts. The performance on this occasion will consist of the three act drama of Rory O'Moore, and the laughable farce of The Happy Man. Singing and dancing will also be indulged in, and a merry time is anticipated. It is a free thing, and the boys wish us to extend a general invitation to the citizens of Prescott. It is the intention of the Association to give several performances in Prescott soon, commencing about New Year's. Dan Roth, a first-class minstrel, is connected with the Association." (Arizona Miner; Fort Whipple; December 21, 1867; page 2.)
1875: "Verde, Dec. 22. --- There will be a horse race here Christmas between Co's. I. and E. Sixth Cavalry for $200 a side; distance, 500 yards. The boys are already dabbling in pools. There will also be dancing in the evening, a general good time is anticipated." (Arizona Weekly Miner; Prescott; December 24, 1875; page 2.)
1876: "VERDE ITEMS: Our Verde correspondent sends us the following items for which we tender thanks: A horse race is to come off Christmas day between two horses belonging to Campbell and Steadman for $100 --- a side ---. Messrs. Davis, Montague, Brown, Elliott and Day, returned recently from Baker's Butte: on the new Camp Apache road, where they had been hunting, bringing with them 80 deer and quite a number of turkies, etc. A new school house has been erected and a splendid school is in full blast. Parson Groves has permanently located himself in the Verde Valley and will preach to the residents and others who may feel inclined to visit his sanctuary. ... W. C." (Arizona Weekly Miner; Prescott; December 22, 1876; page 2.)
1889: "CAMP VERDE TOURNAMENT: A Tournament will be held at Middle Verde, A. T., on Christmas day, Dec. 25th, 1889. There will be purses given for Horse racing; prizes given for Steer Tying, and Bronco Riding; also a Ladies' race --- dash of half-mile. The whole to conclude with a Grand Hop at night. All are cordially invited. By order of the ... Committee." (Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; December 25, 1889; page 3.)