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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.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

1893: LOWER VERDE NEWS, April 22.

Verde Heritage

"LOWER VERDE, April 22. --- This settlement is called Lower Verde, for the reason that it is the lower settlement on the Verde river in Yavapai county, and embraces all that portion of country blow the northern boundary of the old Fort Verde Military Reservation, and is one of the best farming and fruit sections in northern Arizona. It is situated 40 miles east of Prescott and 75 miles south of Flagstaff. The elevation is about 3,300 feet. The climate is mild and very healthy, although the first settlers here were subject to chills and fever. Our population is made up of people from all parts of the United States, and a few foreigners."

"The stock interests have suffered a fearful loss in these parts. Fully one-half of all the range stock have died during the past two years, and the increase has been less than twenty-five per cent of former years. Horses are as cheap as they were in California twenty years ago. The range 'mustang' must go. The 'broncho buster' and 'cow-boy' will ere long be a thing of the past."

"Hay is scarce and selling at $12 to $14 per ton tag weight, which means twelve to fourteen dollars for about seventeen or eighteen hundred pounds for weighed hay. It is an imposition on dumb animals, to say nothing about the bad influence on the growing generation of young, honest farmers."

"The dam in the river for the Verde Irrigating Canal is about completed, and there will be plenty of water for irrigating purposes on the west side of the lower Verde. Eaman and Co.'s new canal, on the east side, will be completed in two or three weeks, and will cover about one thousand acres of land. It will be a great benefit to the settlements on the east side."

"Quite a lot of fencing has been done the past winter. The fences are being put in on the surveyor's line, and roads are being changed, the result is that quite a lot of kicking is being indulged in. For the information of the public in general, they are referred to paragraph 2650, section 15 (page 495) Revised Statutes of Arizona."

"Our school closed yesterday, after a highly successful term of seven months, with a basket pic-nic. The closing exercises were very entertaining, and showed the teacher, Miss Sarah B. Hewett, a graduate of the State Normal school of Bridgewater, Mass., had done her part well toward the youngsters. Although it is a hard matter for a teacher to please everybody, Miss Hewett has come as near filling the bill as any teacher in Arizona."

"The death of Miss Jennie Lay in Prescott, April 5, 1893, took from us one of our most lovely and best girls. She was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. John Lay, and was almost worshiped by her kind parents, and a universal favorite with all her acquaintances. About two or three weeks before her daughter's death, Mrs. Lay was taken sick, and was for several days not very far from death's door herself, during which time the condition of the mother was kept from the daughter, as well as the failing condition of the daughter was kept from the mother, for fear of the worry of each other. Hoping to nurse them through their sickness so they could meet again, but it seems fate had deemed otherwise. What it is to sustain such a loss they know best who have had such experiences. Mrs. Lay's condition was such she could not go to Prescott to attend the funeral. Taking it all in all it was a sad affair, and the relatives and friends of the deceased feel very grateful to the good people of Prescott for their many kind acts during the sickness and the arrangements of the funeral of the deceased."

"The general health of the valley is good. The feed for stock is fair on all the ranges in this section. Several parties are living in the old post, and a good many are expecting to invest in land when the reservation is sold."

"Mr. F. M. Ayers, the cattle buyer is among us interviewing the cattlemen to buy steers. There will be plenty of fruit in the valley this year; all the fruit trees are heavily loaded."

"Times are rather corky financially speaking. Quite a number of men are working in the mines in the Squaw Peak mountains, on all kinds of ledges gold, silver, copper, iron, onyx and lithographic stone. Hope they will all strike it rich and start up a town down this way. I know of several ranches down this way that would work up into good town lots."

"Very truly, Geo. W. Hance."

(Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; April 26, 1893; page 4.)

JENNIE LAY died April 4, 1893, and was buried in Citizens Cemetery, plot B/07-05. (Sharlot Hall Museum Library and Archives)

"The funeral of the late Miss Jenny Lay, of the Verde valley, took place this afternoon from the M. E. church." (Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; April 12, 1893; page 3.)

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