Today in Arizona History
PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Feb. 18
On this date in 1896, a dentist’s ad in the Arizona Gazette offered extractions for 50 cents, silver fillings for $1.50, gold fillings for $2 and plates ranging from $7 to $10, with a Saturday Special of 25 cents for extractions.
On this date in 1908, the school teacher at Greaterville, Arizona, filed charges against the saloonkeeper of that town because he sold liquor to school children and they came to classes drunk.
Monday, Feb. 19
On this date in 1891, Coconino County, largest in Arizona and second largest in the United States, was established.
On this date in 1904, Burt Alvord, Cochise County outlaw, was wounded and captured near Naco, Arizona.
On this date in 1907, Al Sieber, U.S. Army scout and guide, was killed by a falling boulder during construction of the road north of Roosevelt Dam.
On this date in 1914, Thomas Jeffords, Chiricahua Apache Indian agent and close friend of Cochise, died.
On this date in 1927, the Grand Jury barred 13 “art” magazines from the Tucson newsstands.
Tuesday, Feb. 20
On this date in 1912, the Glendale News was established.
On this date in 1925, the construction of Mormon Flat Dam was completed and Saguaro Lake began to fill.
Wednesday, Feb. 21
On this date in 1881, the Flagstaff Post Office was established.
On this date in 1908, representatives of the Kickapoo Indian tribe were in Douglas negotiating for the purchase of 200,000 acres (80,939 hectares) of land 50 miles southeast of Douglas for a permanent home for the tribe.
On this date in 1930, Arizona hanged a woman for the first time for murder when Eva Dugan died on the scaffold at State Prison for killing A.J. Mathis, Tucson rancher.
On this date in 2008, Evan Mecham, a firebrand conservative who served 15 months as governor of Arizona before an impeachment trial removed him from office in 1988, dies at age 83 in Phoenix.
Thursday, Feb. 22
On this date in 1825, John Baptiste Salpointe, the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Arizona, was born.
On this date in 1876, a five-stamp quartz mill was put into operation at Mineral Park by the Mineral Park Mill Co.
On this date in 1890, Walnut Grove Dam on the Hassayampa River broke after heavy rains, causing the loss of 50 lives.
Friday, Feb. 23
On this date in 1540, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado set out from Mexico in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola. His expedition was the first to explore what is now Arizona, and his men were the first Europeans to visit the Hopi Villages and to see the Grand Canyon.
On this date in 1931, 15 convicts escaped form the State Prison at Florence.
Saturday, Feb. 24
On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Territorial Act, creating the Territory of Arizona.
On this date in 1879, Apache County was created from Yavapai County.
On this date in 1897, reports were received from Tucson, Benson, Tombstone and Pantano, describing a brilliant meteor which passed over at a very low altitude.
On this date in 1901, the first Arizona state song, “Hail to Arizona, The Sun Kissed Land,” was sung in public for the first time at the dedication of the new Territorial Capitol.
On this date in 1929, the Pima County Fair was leveled by high winds and closed. Winds of up to 80 miles (129 kilometers) per hour were recorded.