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.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
"CATTLE SHIPMENTS: Stock growers of the district state that 11,000 head of cattle were shipped from Clarkdale and Perkinsville since June 1. This figure includes the cattle shipped to the local slaughter houses, which numbered about 1,000. It is believed that the season's shipments are the heaviest recorded for several years." ... "Bill Gray and Frank Howard, cattlemen from out in the Black Bank district, were in" Cottonwood "Thursday on business."
"CAMP VERDE LIGHTS: Now that Camp Verde is booming as never before in its history, the Arizona Power company is preparing to give our good neighbor the benefit of electric lighting. A largely attended meeting of the Commercial club was held last Thursday evening and arrangements were made for the immediate wiring of some 50 residences and places of business, with many more to follow. The Arizona Power company is now supplying power to the Sodium Products corporation and the lighting of the town will be but incidental to the current demand. Now that Superintendent Campbell is making so distinguished a success of the sulphate plant, other business interests are beginning to look up. All that Camp Verde needs is a rail connection --- and it will have this before long."
"NEW SEDONA STORE: L. E. Hart of Sedona is starting to put up a new store building at the popular little ranger station town. He reports a very successful season and is preparing for the big business which will undoubtedly come when the Oak Creek canyon road is completed. Sedona and Oak Creek are admittedly among the most attractive beauty spots in the world and when the new road is finished, thousands of people who have never made the trip, on account of the extremely rough roads, will come in from Flagstaff and eastern points through Sedona and the Verde district. It is expected that a large percent of the tourists to and from California, who formerly went by way of Ash Fork, will route themselves through Jerome, Cottonwood and Sedona as soon as the new road is completed." ... "Henry Sherman and Ambrosio Armio were in" Cottonwood "from Red Rocks Wednesday with a load of apples." ... "Jackson Wilson was in" Cottonwood "from Boynton canyon Wednesday."
"SHERIFF VISITS: Sheriff George Ruffner paid a visit to Cottonwood Monday. It is reported that he made personal calls on a few pool halls and restaurant proprietors who are said to have been in the habit of selling refreshments slightly more refreshing than soda pop. Just what he told the gentlemen is not recorded, but it is stated on good authority that it is now practically impossible to obtain anything stronger than lime juice in Cottonwood."
"HOTEL IMPROVED: Stich & Shaffer have just completed a new sign and sun-shade for the Cottonwood Hotel."
"TO NEW BUILDING: Ivan Barnes, Cottonwood manager of the Paige-Jewett-Packard agency, has moved into his new building and is ready for business, in the cement building just east of the new bridge on Main street. Barnes also has secured the agency for a line of tires which are guaranteed unconditionally for a year, regardless of mileage." [This remodeled building is now Bocce.]
"NOT 'CRACKING WHIP:' The Cottonwood correspondent of the Verde Copper News wishes to correct an impression which seems to have been gained that Miss Billye Miller sustained a fractured arm as the result of 'cracking the whip' at the Willard Hall skating rink. As a matter of fact Manager Sheldon has not allowed this practice since his return from New Mexico, and the reopening of the rink. The accident seems to have been one of those which happen in spite of all precaution." [This skating rink was in the upstairs part of the Willard Building, which collapsed during the 1967 snow storm.]
"TO FLAGSTAFF: Beatrice Shivers left Monday for Flagstaff, where she will take a course at the state teachers' college."
"A FAST FORD: In one of the first jury cases to be tried in the Clarkdale precinct, the verdict was given Saturday to Bob Garrison, who had been indicted by Deputy Edwards of Clarkdale on the charge of operating a motor car at an excessive rate of speed. Edwards stated that he had followed Garrison for half a mile on a straightaway between Clarkdale and Cottonwood and that Garrison was doing 45 miles an hour in a Ford. Hammond & Eckert, attorneys for the defendant, proved to the satisfaction of the jury that there is no half mile straightaway between Clarkdale and Cottonwood. There was also some doubt as to whether Edwards' speedometer was correct, as he had not had it tested for some time." [This was on the "Old Clarkdale Road."]