Today in Arizona History
Aug. 22, 2018
PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Aug. 26
On this date in 1921, the postmaster at Ruby, Arizona, and his wife were murdered by bandits.
On this date in 1936, a Parker high school, completed five days previously, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.
On this date in 1852, William Cornell Greene, owner of Greene Cattle Co. and of Greene Cananea Copper Co., was born.
On this date in 1893, a Phoenix court reporter invented and applied for the patent on a center space bar which would be operated by the thumb for typewriters.
On this date in 1928, cyclonic rains lasting nine minutes did $250,000 damage in Phoenix.
Monday, Aug. 27
On this date in 1915, four passengers were killed and 16 were injured when the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix train crashed through the Date Creek bridge.
On this date in 1925, Picacho Dam broke and thousands of acres in the vicinity of Picacho and Randolph were flooded.
On this date in 1929, the airship Graf Zeppelin sailed over Tucson on its world girdling journey. Citizens watched from their rooftops as the bells of St. Augustine Cathedral were rung.
Tuesday, Aug 28
On this date in 1868, Theodore Dodd, first agent to the Navajos after Fort Sumner, issued the first trading license at the agency to Lehman Spiegelberg of Santa Fe to trade at the Fort Defiance Agency or at any place of his choice on the reservation.
On this date in 1920, the mustering out of Pancho Villa and his army was completed. The men surrendered their arms and ammunition, were given three months pay and transportation to their homes.
Wednesday, Aug. 29
On this date in 1905, James H. Tevis, who settled the town of Teviston, now known as Bowie, died. Also on this date, Dr. Richard A. Harvill, former President of the University of Arizona, was born.
On this date in 1935, four passengers were drowned when the bus on which they were riding was swamped by a 7-foot (2-meter) wall of water in an underpass near Dragoon, Arizona.
On this date in 1987, Lee Marvin, a tough-guy actor who won an Academy Award in 1966 for his role in "Cat Ballou" and played an unwanted part in a landmark palimony suit that set a precedent for legal cases involving property rights for unmarried couples, died at a Tucson hospital at age 63.
Thursday, Aug. 30
On this date in 1881, troops from Fort Apache, under the command of Gen. Eugene A. Carr, arrested the Apache Medicine Man Noch-ay-del-klinne in his camp at Clibicue Creek, thus setting off a battle in which the Medicine Man, several soldiers and Apache Indians were killed.
On this date in 1913, G.W. Caywood, returning from a cross-country auto trip, found the last leg of his journey from Phoenix to Tucson the most difficult. It required 36 hours to drive, the time being spent mostly digging out of flooded arroyos.
Friday, Aug. 31
On this date in 1886, Jacob Himblin, Mormon missionary, scout and explorer who was in charge of colonization along the Little Colorado River and served as guide to Maj. John Wesley Powell over the Lee's Ferry route, died.
On this date in 1896, Territorial Gov. Benjamin J. Franklin received cuts, bruises and loosened teeth when the train on which he was riding was damaged as a result of a broken coupling.
On this date in 1902, Thomas Rynning was sworn in in Bisbee as Captain of the Arizona Rangers.
On this date in 1936, an enraged burro attacked and critically injured a woman near Ash Fork. The burro knocked the woman down, pawed and bit her.
Saturday Sept. 1
On this date in 1865, the first public mail to reach Tucson since the beginning of the Civil War arrived from California.
On this date in 1876, Dr. Nelson Bledsoe, former chief surgeon of the Calumet and Arizona Mining Co. at Bisbee and for many years a practicing physician in southern Arizona, was born.
On this date in 1894, a cloudburst in the Graham Mountains swept Willcox with 2 feet (0.6 meter) of water, causing the adobe buildings in town to crumble away.
On this date in 1921, detachments of U.S. troops from Camp Stephen D. Little were ordered stationed at Ruby, Arizona, following the murder of the Ruby postmaster and his wife there.
On this date in 1932, fire on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon destroyed the main dining room and cottages valued at more than $500,000.