October 21, 2016
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Tombstone inscriptions help tell the story of Clarkdale's past and present.
John Pruitt arrived at Jerome with his parents, brother and sisters, before 1908. His father was hired as a special officer for the Town of Jerome. John attended Jerome schools and the family eventually lived on East Avenue.
Alfredo and Ava Gutierrez operated a Mexican restaurant on 89A at 12th Street.
"Bitter Creek" is a western movie set located on the Bradshaw Ranch west of Sedona.
Construction of the building began on February 4, and will be completed by the end of May, 1927.
Geronimo Pena led a lonely existence for about 40 years on Mingus Mountain.
Barracks Six, one of four remaining buildings, will be used for a museum. The other buildings have been converted into homes.
A collection of newspaper clippings tells the story of Sheriff Cameron, Al. Sieber and 3 Indian trackers.
Changes in Main Street businesses dominated the local news.
New residents of Cottonwood operate the service stations.
After the scenic ride on the railroad to Jerome, tourists may enjoy a series of scenic drives on roads to the mines.
Phelps Dodge Corporation was the largest employer and biggest business concern in Yavapai County.
The United Verde Copper Company purchased land for the railroad right-of-way, for the new smelter site and town of Clarkdale, and for water rights from 1906 until 1913.
Once you have tasted the trout of West Clear Creek you will be reluctant to eat their hatchery-raised cousins.
When Jerome grew to be a lively mining camp during the 1890's, Charles Willard started the Alamo Dairy at his Cottonwood ranch and began delivering milk to the prosperous community.
Jerome is still the most unique town in America.
The old general merchandise store and post office that served as a meeting place for early residents was torn down and salvaged during October.
Surviving the "Depression" in the Verde Valley was difficult for everyone. Some unemployed men were given the opportunity to earn $15 each month.
Richmond Dairy farm was also known as the Verde Valley Dairy.
The "Old Tree Meeting" on October 3, 1875, was the first of 80 yearly Sunday gatherings at Middle Verde by 1955.
After the Bridgeport Tavern was torn down Jim and Virginia McGowan moved to their new Chaparral on South Main Street in Cottonwood.
It caused 1,000 miles of travel and a man's death; the strange story told by a prospector:
The Bob Bradshaw Ranch, 9 miles from the highway, now has a western town ready to be photographed.
Tree-removal projects have already caused stream bank erosion.
After trees were clear-cut or thinned along the Verde River to "save water" and for "flood control" the wildlife habitat was destroyed, and a few residents began to complain.
Mingus Mountain could harbor the very industry needed today. Mining "new" minerals offers a distinct possibility.
Jim and Anne Thomas moved from New York to Sedona last August. They opened Sedona's fifth and largest grocery store in West Sedona.
Tourists booked into a chain of hotels travel through the district in 7-passenger sedans. Ella Lowdermilk was the postmistress of the Rimrock Post Office.
The need for fire protection and a volunteer fire department were discussed during a meeting. During 1922, the U.V.X. had offered 2 acres of land to the town to be used for a park.
About 500 people gathered at the Oak Creek ranch of James Page, who explained that the Cornville Post Office was named for a well-known resident, Elmira Cone, however, "Coneville" became "Cornville" in Washington.
The most serious problem facing Jerome is the rapidly increasing population. Every train that goes into Jerome and Clarkdale is loaded with mining engineers, investors and people seeking employment.
Heavy rains caused the building to slip 1 foot by April 13, and almost 3 feet by April 20. The Baptist Church had been dedicated on September 29, 1895. Later, the building became the Congregational Church. Then, after a fire, the building became the Episcopal Church.
This raid broke up one of the largest moonshine outfits that ever operated in the district.
Professor H. H. Nininger was attracted to this locality by the discovery and excavation of 2 fossil footprints that had been taken to Camp Verde.
Deputy Sheriff James Roberts, a watchman in the company town of Clarkdale, was credited with shooting and killing the bank robber who was driving the car away from the scene of the crime.
Deputy Sheriff James F. Roberts was elected to be the Constable of Jerome during November of 1894, when the copper camp was becoming an exciting and dangerous place to live and work.
This local mill provided lumber needed for the construction of homes and businesses in Jerome and the Verde Valley.
Jerome and its surroundings, including Clarkdale, Cottonwood, and Verde, are said to have more than 15,000 people depending on the mines of the district for their livelihood.
James Williams was a pioneer resident of the Verde Valley where he ran a ranch with the Bush family over 20 years ago.
Illegal liquor sold for $6 a pint until the recent shortage, when the price was raised to $10 a pint, or as high as $25 for two pints.
The new approach does away with a walk of nearly a mile over hot cobblerocks in the bed of the creek.
He was an admired person who prospered and took pleasure in making fortunes for his friends who stood by him when success was problematical.
Labor problems in Jerome resulted in the deportation of members of the Industrial Workers of the World, or I.W.W., a labor union, usually called the "Wobblies," on July 10, 1917. Labor problems continued so Wobblies ordered a strike to begin at 6 o'clock on the evening of February 10, 1919.
His sons, Lewis W. Douglas and James S. Douglas, Jr., are shocked.
In response to a request of the 'Courier's Jerome correspondent, James S. Douglas wrote the following article. "My recollections were renewed of the many visits there on horseback to Mr. Hull while I was working at the Senator mine, and later on Big Bug, in the early nineties."
The explosion of a lamp caused a disastrous fire in the district called "hell's half acre."
"In the Black Hills overlooking the Verde Valley lie hidden oceans of ore containing copper, gold and silver, fully 10% in the former and from one to two hundred dollars per ton in the white and yellow metals. No extensive development was made until the United Verde Copper Company took possession 10 years ago, lacking only 4 months. Eugene Jerome was secretary of the company operating in 1881, and Governor Tritle of Prescott was largely interested about 12 years ago."
"But the smiles are steadily creasing into active concern among downtown merchants as developments at the south end of town continue to lure business establishments to the area around what is known as Sawmill Village. The imminent opening of the new Babbitt's shopping center etches even deeper frowns. What's the problem? What's to be done?"
"Two of the three members of the Apollo 14 crew, scheduled to go to the moon on January 31, rehearsed traverses at the Black Canyon crater field near Cottonwood for almost five hours Monday and then faced a battery of newsmen and cameramen in a 30-minute interview."
"There was a turn-style entrance to our town, or the cattle guard, and across the road was the" Clemenceau "School where my friends and I attended all nine grades. When, as an adult, I saw 'my' school again, the steps to the kindergarten were not as tall and steep as I had remembered them. But the large school building was still imposing and impressive."