Sunday, Oct. 8
On this date in 1878, Southern Pacific Railroad received a charter and permission to cross the Military Reservation at Yuma.
On this date in 1908, the announcement was made that as a result of the failure of the reverbatory furnace at Helvetia to give the proper results, 100 tons of ore would be shipped daily from Helvetia to the Old Dominion smelters at Globe. The ore would be freighted to Vail Station, shipped on the Southern Pacific to Bowie, then on to Globe over the Gila Valley, Globe and Northern R.R.
Monday, Oct. 9
On this date in 1898, St. Michael’s Mission, a converted trading post building, was blessed and officially dedicated to St. Michael, the Archangel. The first masses were offered on Oct. 11 with a table to serve as an altar, and salt and pepper shakers as wine and water cruets.
On this date in 1921, the railroad police of the Tucson division of Southern Pacific reported they had removed 3,373 hobos from trains in one month.
On this date in 2009, three people died after a sweat lodge ceremony in Sedona conducted by self-help author James Arthur Ray. Ray served nearly two years in prison after being convicted of negligent homicide charges in the Yavapai County incident.
Tuesday, Oct. 10
On this date in 1908, newspapers reported excellent progress on the new electric power plant under construction on the Hassayampa River south of Wickenburg. The 2,000 horsepower, $250,000 plant was to provide electricity for the town of Wickenburg and mines in the area.
On this date in 1910, the Arizona Constitutional Convention convened in Phoenix with George W.P. Hunt elected chairman. Initiative, referendum and recalls were included in spite of President Taft’s warning he would veto the Constitution if it contained those provisions.
On this date in 1920, the Tucson Gas, Electric Light and Power Co. gas plant was destroyed by fire and Tucson was without gas for three weeks.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
On this date in 1890, the Yuma Prison entered into a contract to supply prison labor for the making of hemp rope.
On this date in 1929, Tucson’s first “skyscraper,” the 11-story Consolidated National Bank Building, opened and was visited by 33,000 people in two days.
Thursday, Oct. 12
On this date in 1849, the first recorded birth of an Anglo baby in Arizona occurred when a “Mrs. Howard,” traveling with a party of immigrants led by Charles E. Pancoast in Flatboats down the Gila River, stopped along the riverbank to give birth to a child she named “Gila.”
On this date in 1869, Miss Charity Gaston, the first teacher on the Navajo Reservation, arrived at Fort Defiance, but because no space was available, she was unable to start classes for two months.
On this date in 1901, Camillus S. Fly, well known Tombstone photographer and Cochise Sheriff (1895-96) died.
On this date in 1940, Tom Mix, early Western movie star, was killed when his car overturned in a wash on what is now the Pinal-Pioneer Parkway.
Friday, Oct. 13
On this date in 1909, President William Howard Taft visited Arizona on a transcontinental tour and promised to do his best to bring statehood there.
Saturday, Oct. 14
On this date in 1934, residents of Paradise Valley burned effigies of Gov. B.B. Moeur, Congresswoman Isabella Greenway and Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes in protest of the revocation of a $4,000,000 allotment which had been promised for the construction of a dam on the Verde River.