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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.
Friday, January 17, 2014

1876: VERDE NEWS: January 16.

Verde Heritage

John Davis has a vineyard that will bear this year. John Johnson, Theodore Maxwell, Joseph Melvin and John Davis have each finished fine residences and have young orchards. The wagon trains and families that arrived during the fall of 1875, have increased the business done by W. S. Head in his Camp Verde store.

"CAMP VERDE, A. T., Jan. 16th, 1875."

"EDITOR MINER: --- Major Maynadier U. S. A. arrived here Wednesday Jan. 12th. The next morning he proceeded to scatter the chink among the boys in blue; after paying off he took his departure for Prescott."

"Lieut. Scott arrived here last Friday with a detachment of recruits for this post. He left this morning for Prescott."

"C. W. Beach freight contractor U. S. A., arrived with his train from Apache Wednesday Jan. 12th. He reports snow thirty inches deep for twenty miles on the Wingate road near Pine Springs. He left with his train Friday for Prescott."

"S. E. Patton, Sergeant Signal corps, now detailed as inspector of stations of U.S. Military telegraph, after inspecting the Verde telegraph office and finding eveything all right as a matter of course, he took his departure for Prescott. After inspecting all the telegraph offices he will proceed to San Diego where he will make his headquarters and act in the capacity of chief line repairer of the Arizona and New Mexico U. S. telegraph lines."

"W. S. Head has just received another large invoice of goods for the accommodation of his many customers. He complains of having to buy so many goods in order to keep his store supplied with sufficient stock. His trade is rapidly increasing as well as the population. He says for cash is the way to sell goods."

"Wm. T. Burbridge is engaged in teaching a select school in his telegraph office. He says he has no trouble in keeping discipline as he shocks them by telegraph when they overstep the rules of the school; that is one of the many advantages of a telegraphic education."

"C. Mushaweek, commissary Sergeant, at this post, is contemplating a trip East. We anticipate it is to indulge in matrimony."

"Quill Driver."

(Arizona Weekly Miner; Prescott; January 21, 1876; page 3.)

"VERDE VALLEY. --- A letter from Verde, of Jan. 24th, much of which has been anticipated by letters from our correspondent, 'Quill Driver,' reached us yesterday. From it we learn that the names of the young ladies attending the ball at Maxwell & Johnson's, Jan. 14th, were Miss Sarah Brown, the Misses Roberts, Miss Ella and Miss Martha Bufford, Miss Martha Dickson and Miss Smith. There were also several married ladies."

"Johnson & Maxwell, J. Melvin and J. Davis have each finished fine residences and have young orchards and ornamental trees planted and growing. Davis has a vineyard that will bear this year, and two acres of strawberries."

"Campbell, Davis, Wood, Koontz and Thompson are about completing their irrigating canal which is six miles in length, nine feet in the bottom and capable of irrigating 800 acres. Some 300 acres will be in cultivation under it this season. On the east side of the river, 200 acres are being prepared for cultivation."

"From the tenor of the letter, which we have not the time to copy in detail, we infer that the Verde is about the most desirable place in the county for those in search of rural homes."

(Arizona Weekly Miner; Prescott; January 28, 1876; page 3.)

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