Arizona History-Nov. 14-20

Sunday, Nov. 14

On this date in 1891, Gov. Nathan O. Murphy made his annual report to Washington in which he recommended that all Indian reservations — with the possible exception of the Navajo lands — be turned over to white men for sale and settlement.

On this date in 1931, Tucson, the “Sunshine City,” awoke to a thick, morning fog.

Monday, Nov. 15

On this date in 1885, Phelps-Dodge partners bought up competing mining claims in Bisbee, creating the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Co.

On this date in 1915, burglars robbed the Modern Store in Nogales, making off with a great amount of clothing, including 72 silk petticoats and 10 Union suits.

On this date in 1934, 50 Tucson women organized and made plans to establish the state’s first birth control clinic.

On this date in 1985, after years of planning and construction, the first water from the Colorado River was delivered to the Phoenix area by the Central Arizona Project.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

On this date in 1893, the order of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar was organized in Phoenix.

On this date in 1894, Frank Cullen Brophy, banker, rancher and corporation executive, was born in Bisbee.

On this date in 1923, instruction on the theory of evolution at the University of Arizona created controversy in Tucson.

On this date in 1929, nine cases of spinal meningitis were reported in Arizona during the week ending Nov. 16. Five cases were in Miami and two each in Tucson and Casa Grande.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

On this date in 1870, Charles T. Hayden organized the Hayden Milling and Farming Ditch Co., and prepared to establish a ferry and mill on the south side of the Salt River, the site of which was to become the City of Tempe.

On this date in 1914, an arsonist in Phoenix set seven fires in four days.

On this date in 1934, the transcontinental bus arrived at Williams with 20 passengers unconscious from inhalation of carbon monoxide gas.

Thursday, Nov. 18

On this date in 1873, the military telegraph was completed between San Diego and Prescott.

On this date in 1900, the two Haldeman brothers were legally hanged in Tombstone for killing two police officers.

On this date in 1914, a feature story in the Tucson Citizen told how ostrich farms in Phoenix and Yuma were facing ruin as plumes on women’s hats went out of style.

On this date in 1930, The Arizona Republic announced the purchase of The Phoenix Gazette.

On this date in 1931, the Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona recorded a spectacular display of 278 meteors from midnight to 5 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 19

On this date in 1887, a boiler exploded in a Prescott sawmill, killing six workmen.

On this date in 1929, by a vote of more than 2 to 1, Cochise County residents elected to move the county seat from Tombstone to Bisbee.

On this date in 1929, a party of surveyors from the Pima County engineers office left for the Ajo-Sonoyta road project site to begin preliminary surveying.

On this date in 1961, Joe Clark, rancher, city marshal of Willcox, and grandfather of movie and recording star Rex Allen, died.

On this date in 1979, a Nevada Airlines plane crashed near the Grand Canyon’s South Rim shortly after takeoff, injuring seven passengers and two crew members.

Saturday, Nov. 20

On this date in 1899, Pearl Hart, Arizona’s female bandit, was tried at Florence for robbery, convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.

On this date in 1914, James A. Reavis, the Baron of Arizona, died of bronchitis in Denver.

On this date in 1915, the State Board of Trade was organized at Phoenix with the slogan, “I am for Arizona.”

On this date in 1929, the county seat of Cochise County was moved from Tombstone to Bisbee.