Today in Arizona History

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Sept. 22

On this date in 1554, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, his fortune lost in the vain search for the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola, died.

On this date in 1917, the Nogales jail overflowed with prisoners as draft dodgers from many states were trapped in that border city.

On this date in 1921, the Ajo Road was designated by the U.S. government as a transcontinental military highway.

Monday, Sept. 23

On this date in 1829, Gen. George Crook was born in Dayton, Ohio.

On this date in 1879, the Public Shower Bath House opened in Tucson.

On this date in 1921, an early morning fire at the Arizona Egyptian Cotton Co. caused damage estimated by company officials to cost between $25,000 and $30,000.

On this date in 1921, a total of 963 students were enrolled at University of Arizona.

On this date in 1927, Col. Charles A. Lindbergh arrived in Tucson in his plane, "The Spirit of St. Louis," to dedicate Tucson's new airport. Officials of three Mexican states joined more than 20,000 enthusiastic Arizonans to welcome him.

On this date in 1929, 225 wild and stray horses and burros were rounded up and held at Bonita Creek northeast of Safford by the Graham County assessor's office. The owner did not surface to pay the taxes owed on them and the animals were sold.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

On this date in 1891, Dr. J.C. Handy, physician and former chancellor of the University of Arizona, was shot and fatally wounded by attorney Francis J. Heney during a quarrel at the corner of Pennington and Church streets in Tucson.

On this date in 1929, while the Sunshine Climate Club celebrated at a dinner in Tucson, record floods cut off all highways east and west of town.

On this date in 1929, Phelps Dodge Corp. announced plans to construct a leaching plant and a mill in the vicinity of Bunker Station between Clifton and Morenci.

Wednesday, Sept. 25

On this date in 1868, Arizona became a separate Roman Catholic Diocese under Bishop Jean Baptiste Salpointe.

On this date in 1896, the Tucson School Board decided that it could not afford to open a high school for only six students.

On this date in 1929, 4.7 inches (12 centimeters)of rain washed out bridges throughout southern Arizona, closing roads, isolating towns and stranding motorists, including a school bus which was trapped by mud and deep water northeast of Tucson with 20 children aboard. The children stayed overnight at a nearby home.

Thursday, Sept. 26

On this date in 1864, the First Territorial Legislature convened in Prescott, adopted a code of laws, created the four original counties of Pima, Mohave, Yavapai and Yuma and established a university and a Board of Regents.

On this date in 1876, Taza, the son of Apache chief Cochise, died in Washington D.C. of pneumonia while he was visiting the Capitol with a group of Apaches. He was buried in the congressional cemetery with the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and other noted dignitaries in attendance.

On this date in 1878, a big reception was held at Prescott for Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman.

On this date in 1880, the first Congregational Church in Arizona Territory was established in Phoenix with 13 members.

On this date in 1929, a Tucson resident who had demanded, unsuccessfully, that his next-door neighbor maintain absolute silence between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day erected a wall 14 feet (4.3 meters) high and 8 inches (20-centimeters) thick, extending the full length of the property line from the sidewalk to the alley.

On this date in 1986, William Rehnquist of Phoenix is appointed Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court.

Friday, Sept. 27

On this date in 1858, Rafael Luna petitioned Col. Benjamin Bonneville for a military escort for protection while passing through Navajo Country along Beale Road with a flock of more than 50,000 sheep — the first flock to be driven to California along this route.

On this date in 1910, the town of Naco was destroyed by a fire which originated in a stable on the American side of the line.

On this date in 1922, The Arizona Republic reported government big-game hunter Ramsey Patterson saying that a Grizzly bear and a mountain lion were traveling, hunting and denning together. Patterson tracked the animals and killed the lion.

On this date in 1929, more than 200 horned toads were entered in a race sponsored by the Tucson Lions Club to raise funds for the construction of a road to Mt. Lemmon. Residents and business establishments throughout southern Arizona sponsored entries with such colorful names as "Plumbers Friend," entered by the Arizona Pipe and Heating Company, and "Static," entered by radio station KVOA. The toad entered by the city of Willcox won the race and more than $2,000 was collected for the Mt. Lemmon road.

On this date in 1929, 27 federal prisoners in Maricopa County Jail went on a hunger strike, claiming they had been forced to eat food "unfit for human consumption."

Saturday, Sept. 28

On this date in 1874, the Tucson Citizen announced the first cotton had been grown near Tucson by Steven Ochoa.

On this date in 1910, Phoenix Newspapers reported that earthquakes had been felt for several days over an area north of Flagstaff toward the Grand Canyon. Adobe houses were cracking, chimneys falling and people were leaving the area.

On this date in 1929, the 10th Calvary marched out of Fort Huachuca headed for St. David for field maneuvers. The regiment planned to march to El Paso by way of Bowie, Lordsburg and Deming to Fort Bliss, Texas, expecting to arrive there on Oct. 11.

On this date in 1993, Yavapai County sheriff's deputies searched near Congress for a survivalist they believed had killed at least seven cows and carved off 100-pound (45-kilogram) portions of meat for food.