Flagstaff History: Charter Flights Became Available in Flagstaff | Local
SUSANNAH CARNEY Special for the Daily Sun
100 years ago
1922: George Hochderffer, the popular young rancher from Kendrick Park, suddenly decided the other day that he had been engaged long enough. He wired the young woman, the charming and talented Miss Gertrude Cantrell of Los Angeles, asking her to come back to Flagstaff and get married. She wired asking him to come over there. George took the train to Los Angeles. Then the young woman, changing her mind as young women often do, wired George and said she was leaving for Flagstaff. Mesdames James and Hugh Tillman, who knew all of the previous telegrams, busied themselves with other telegrams so that the lovers did not meet on the road but met at Needles. They returned and were married at the home of JG Tillman on Monday evening by the Reverend HH Gillies. Now they’re snowed in and can’t make it to Watch Hochderffer Ranch, and George doesn’t want the news of the wedding to come out until he and his bride are out of town.
Business conditions will be much better in Flagstaff this summer. There is no doubt about that. With a good range and better prices for wool and sheep, this inexpensive producer will be in much better shape than last year. Livestock markets have not improved, but range conditions have improved, representing a net gain. The mines are reopening as part of a general resumption of construction operations across the country that will keep our large sawmills busy. We need not be surprised if, in a short time, our sawmills produce all the wood they can. Local farmers came out strong from last year’s crops, putting them back in place after the poor previous season, and the late snows kept the ground saturated so agriculture was dry, even though we didn’t have as much Wetland weather this coming summer, the problem will not be as severe as last summer.
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75 years ago
1947: Charter flight service is now available in Flagstaff with the addition of two new aircraft. The Luscombe can accommodate one passenger and one pilot. Three passengers and a pilot can fit inside the Stinson Voyager. A group of three passengers will pay $18.25 per person for a round trip to Phoenix.
Two cabin motor boats, approximately 28 feet long, flat-bottomed for river use, were unloaded in Flagstaff this week and transported by trailer to Lees Ferry on the Colorado River in the northern part of the Coconino County, for use in exploration work in connection with the proposed Glen Canyon Dam project. Preliminary survey engineers agreed with County Engineer Ralph G. Barney to use a heavy Coconino County trailer to move the boats to the survey camp at the ferry. A team camped at the ferry for about three months, compiling data related to the dam project. The boats made the trip to Flagstaff from New Orleans.
50 years ago
1972: Flagstaff police are to return Robert Moormann, who was arrested Thursday in Las Vegas, after driving with his 8-year-old captive, to Flagstaff today to face kidnapping charges. A city police detective was scheduled to travel to Las Vegas today to pick up Moormann and two other Flagstaff officers who were handling investigative and extradition cases. The 8-year-old girl was reunited with her parents shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday at a private terminal at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. The reunion ended a two-day ordeal for the family with northern Arizona lawmen successfully trying to locate Norman and the girl traveling west on Interstate 40 in a marked car. Moormann and the girl showed up at Las Vegas police headquarters shortly before noon Thursday. Moormann laid down a gun and handcuffs before being taken into custody.
Barry M. Goldwater, a young Arizona senator and former presidential candidate, will be the keynote speaker at the 1972 Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Presidents’ Banquet. The banquet will be held Feb. 15 in the Syndicate Ballroom academic center at Northern Arizona University South. Goldwater launched his political career in 1949 when he was elected to the Phoenix City Council. Three years later, he won a seat in the United States Senate until 1964, when he resigned to run as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate.
25 years ago
1997 : Flagstaff Police are investigating the disappearance of nearly $1,400 from Flagstaff City Court during the same period in which a door to the courthouse safe was missing, allowing unauthorized access to court personnel. The city’s collections administrator reported to Flagstaff police on Tuesday that $1,395 was missing in a series of incidents since October. An envelope containing an unknown number of handwritten receipts was found missing this summer. The door to the court’s internal safe, which mainly holds cash and checks that the court accepts, was removed in September by a locksmith when his tumblers failed to fit and unlocked the safe . The internal is housed in another safe which is kept unlocked during working hours.
The Flamingo Hotel, South Milton’s former mainstay and currently its biggest eyesore, is the Palace of Asbestos. It won’t be demolished for at least a month, according to the city’s building inspector. On August 1, 1996, the inspector ordered the Flamingo El Rancho motel closed. But that order was extended twice before it was determined in late December that the building was insulated with the carcinogenic material. The owners hired Western Technologies, a Flagstaff environmental company, to oversee the demolition.
Flagstaff will have to spend a lot of money and step up its conservation efforts to stay thirsty as the city enters the 21st century. That was the message from three water experts at a Friends of Flagstaff’s Future forum held Wednesday at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The city of Flagstaff’s director of utilities and a geology professor from Northern Arizona University spoke to a crowd of about 40 people about the methods and limits of water extraction. Ration is a word people don’t want to hear and politicians don’t want to say. So far, the city is doing well. Upper Lake Mary is generally the town’s main source of water. If not replenished by new runoff, it could still supply Flagstaff’s water needs for another two years on its own. Flagstaff’s water exploration efforts with the U.S. Geological Survey are intended for future and current residents of Flagstaff.
All events were drawn from the issues of the Arizona Daily Sunshine and its predecessors, the Coconino Soleil Weekly and the Coconino Sun.
Bruce Carl Ertmann helped compile the events.