Verde Heritage 1917: COTTONWOOD, 100 Years Ago.

"From the reports of hold-ups and robberies that go out, the natural inference would be that Cottonwood is a hot-bed of bandits, cut throats, highwaymen and robbers. But that is not the case; there is no more peaceful law-loving and law-abiding citizenship in the state than that of Cottonwood proper. There are no banks, very few safes, no street lights nor police protection here; hence the floating element of adventurers and rough-necks that drifts this way finds the business houses, under these conditions, an easy mark on which to ply their nefarious trade, so they go after them, and then drift on to parts unknown."

"The feature dance at the Bungalow pavilion Saturday night was the greatest success of the season. More than 100 couples, coming from Jerome, Clarkdale, Verde and other points in the valley were present and participated. The Mongovan orchestra furnished the music."

"A new gasoline tank has been put in front of the Kovacovich Mercantile establishment."

United Verde Extension Mining Company: "George Gemahling, foreman in charge of a crew of 6 bricklayers, came in from Douglas and began work this morning on the big stack at the new smelter. The men came through in their own car."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; October 1, 1917; page 5.)

"The Cottonwood Progressive Association will have many things to consider at its meeting to be held at the Bungalow pavilion tonight. Among them will be the streets. It is understood that Mr. Emery, representing the Arizona Power Company will confer with the association in regard to the lighting of Cottonwood and furnishing power for local use."

"The question of public schools for Cottonwood is another matter of vital importance. It has been rumored that the United Verde Extension Mining Company proposes to erect on its own ground a school building of substantial material sufficiently large to accommodate Cottonwood and Verde."

"Lon Mason has decided to subdivide that portion of his orchard fronting on Main Street at an early date. He also will move his store building back on a line with the other buildings on Main Street and probably will enlarge it to accommodate his fast growing business."

(The Jerome Sun; Monday, October 1, 1917; page 4.)

"L. B. F. Wigginton, the live real estate dealer of Cottonwood" conveyed to Mike Lymuch a Verde Valley Improvement Company lot next to "the one occupied by the [notorious] Reed Pool Hall on the south and fronts on Main Street. The owner will begin work on a two-story building."

"McGimsey Bros. have just completed an addition to their store building, which they are using as a warehouse. Their large and increasing business demanded more room. They begin on contracts today for the delivery of fresh meats and packing house products that will treble their former volume of business in that line."

"Contractors began the construction of a 2-room cottage in the eastern part of the town, for Carl Arminto, yesterday morning. By 6 o'clock this afternoon, the finishing touches will have been added and the key turned over to the owner. The way things move in Cottonwood keeps a new man hustling to keep up with the progress and development that is going on."

(Verde Copper News; October 2, 1917; page 5.)

"Work on 2 more new buildings on Main Street, in front of the [Lon Mason's] Post Office, began yesterday. One is being built by G. A. Patterson, who will occupy it as a furniture store [now, a vacant lot south of Bocce]. The other will be occupied by William Lee as a boot and shoe repair store."

THE VERDE BRIDGE: During the Cottonwood Progressive Association meeting; "C. D. Willard just returned from Prescott where he had a conference with the County Supervisors in regard to the bridge proposition across the Verde River in the vicinity of Cottonwood [now called Bridgeport]. A motion was duly made and seconded that a committee of 3 be appointed to meet the County Supervisors and engineer, who had agreed to come down and get grades and look for a location for a bridge at an early date. Messrs. Willard, Mason, and Wigginton were appointed."

(Verde Copper News; Wednesday, October 3, 1917; page 5.)

THE HILL SOUTH OF COTTONWOOD: "L. J. Kranso is building a new house on the hill near the pool hall, which will be occupied by the help employed at the new lunch house and café, which has just been completed. H. P. Rivas has under construction on the hill adjoining the company [U.V.X.] grounds, a large house which he states will be used for a rooming house when completed."

"Jess Castleberry will begin the construction of a building tomorrow, just across the draw on Main Street, which he will occupy as a blacksmith shop."

"Wyatt Smith has completed his new residence on the Willard Addition and is now living under the shade of his own vine and fig tree."

"Officer Jack Lane, of Verde, now holds a commission as deputy sheriff of Yavapai County, and Cottonwood and the vicinity around are his special jurisdiction. No comment as to his ability and efficiency as a peace officer is necessary, as he served several years as Deputy U. S. Marshal and later as Sheriff of Mohave County and enjoys a statewide reputation as ranking with the best in the land."

(Verde Copper News; Thursday, October 4, 1917; page 4.)

"W. H. Casey and C. R. Heath, recently from San Francisco, have rented the south store room in the Stemmer cement building where they will open up a line of haberdashery, merchant tailoring and cleaning and pressing business." [Pioneer Hotel upstairs: building re-built by W. F. Edens for Cottonwood Lumber; now a bookstore.]

Cottonwood Progressive Association meeting: "J. E. Baker, engineer for Fleming & Stitzer, was present and submitted a new profile and estimate of the proposed grading on Main Street, from the south end of the street to extend about 50 feet beyond the residence of C. D. Willard, including a culvert between the O.K. Hotel and Amiel Williams properties [between the Cottonwood Hotel and the new LeMain project], and a bridge, 1 span and concrete abutments, across the big washout opposite the Post Office [The W.P.A. reconstructed this span at the north bend leaving town, called Cottonwood Bridge]. He explained in detail all points in connection therewith."

(Verde Copper News; Wednesday, October 10, 1917; page 5.)

"The large rooming house building Dolores, Lopez & Co. are putting up south of the Bungalow, on Main Street, is well under way, and Contractor Smith says it will be completed in a very few days."

"M. J. Rounseville is getting the material on the ground for the construction of his bake oven. He promises the people of Cottonwood that it will not be long before they can be eating home-baked bread." [This cement block building survived the 1925 fire and is the bottom floor of the 2-story building on the west end of Olive Oil Traders on the corner of Main and Pinal.]

"Here is something that will interest the ladies: Mrs. W.B. Harrison has opened millinery and hair dressing parlors at the Antonio Roscetti store."

(Verde Copper News; Friday, October 12, 1917; page 5.)

"C. C. McAdoo has in course of construction a business house, on Main Street, just north of the Cottonwood Garage, which he will occupy as a contractor's office and carpenter shop as soon as it is finished." [Located on the south side of what is now the Iron Horse Inn.)

"J. J. Hunter is moving his business establishment to the New Main Street building which he has just completed, and where he will have more commodious quarters for his growing business."

"R. E. Greenson, formerly an employee of the Clarkdale Garage, is now in the employ of the International Garage at Cottonwood. [Later, Lindner Motors, now, Jim and Ellen's.]

"Alonzo Mason, postmaster and merchant of Cottonwood, is having an addition built to his store and Post Office building, in order that he may keep pace with the development of the town and serve the public with more comfort." [Located south of the Upper Verde Justice Court ("Old Town Jail") and north of the A.P.S. Building, now a parking lot.]

"B. S. Parker, formerly connected with the Post Office cleaning and pressing establishment of Clarkdale, spent a couple of days in Cottonwood prospecting for a business location. Mr. Parker seems to be firmly imbued with the idea that Cottonwood is the center of gravity --- that all the good things are dropping this way and he wants to get in on the ground floor, provided he can rent a suitable building or lease a lot properly located, on which to build."

(Verde Copper News; Friday, October 19, 1917; page 4.)

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