SUSANNAH CARNEY and BRUCE CARL ERTMANN Special for the Daily Sun
100 years ago
1922: There doesn’t seem to be a lack of Christmas spirit at the local post office this year. The post office handles just about all the traffic it will bear, coming and going by trucks at all hours of the day. The clerks handle the biggest holiday rush ever handled at the Flagstaff office, and even though some of them look hollow and pointy, they deliver the goods with both hands.
The Navajo people of Tuba City now celebrate the Ya-be-chi dance, an annual winter event, which is one of the most elaborate dances the tribe hosts. The dance spans a period of nine days, ending with a big party and other events, including the beautiful sand paintings on Christmas Eve. A large number of sheep and cattle will be slaughtered for the last day, and several hundred Navajo from another reservation will be present.
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75 years ago
1947: Flagstaff officials have been notified of the complaint, but no action has been taken in the lawsuit Coconino County has filed to collect more than $4,000 for the costs of paving two blocks of Columbus Avenue inside the city limits, Mayor Harold Sykes said Tuesday morning. . The mayor said the complaint is being considered by the city attorney for a response, which must be filed in Coconino County Superior Court within 20 days of the date of service. The lawsuit arose out of the city’s refusal to pay roadway fees, the city’s refusal in turn stemming from the action of six landowners whose land abuts the street in refusing to pay their share of the costs because that the final costs amounted to considerably more than what had been mentioned before the development of the pavement agreements. A landlord, under protest, later paid the amount assessed against him.
Three juvenile zoot suiters, arrested by Flagstaff Police Chief William Epperson on Monday after breaking into the university gymnasium, received a new but highly effective sentence when they were taken before the judge for HL Russell miners the same afternoon. The judge ordered the three, all wearing sleek and elaborate zoot hairstyles, to receive G1 haircuts at a local hair salon. Epperson was tasked with ensuring that the sentence was carried out. “It hit them worse than a prison sentence,” Epperson said. “They cried like their hearts were breaking, and maybe they were.” Epperson and Judge Russell ponder the benefits of this punishment for all future zoot suit offenders.
50 years ago
1972: Boy, oh boy, has Santa already had a job ahead of him this season. Young people of all ages made their lists and checked them twice. And they put on their best behavior in hopes that all the presents they’ve been watching will end up under the Christmas tree. They’ve spoken with Santa in department stores and seen him frolicking on the TV screen in a variety of roles over the past few months. But the gift list isn’t really official until the articles are written. A few of those letters were shared with the Arizona Daily Sun. Robin writes, “I want a tender love doll that doesn’t do anything at all just wet and if you have enough money I want to shut her up to go with her.” Consider Richard’s letter: “Please bring me a military set and two electric trains, boats, guns.” And just to make sure Santa can find his way, he adds. “I live in Flagstaff in a brown house, my brother and I have been good boys.” Paul wrote: “I hope you are doing well. We’re fine too. Hope you have lots of forever boy and girl toys in the world. Please don’t forget kind words for the cheerful man from northern Vietnam. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.
25 years ago
1997 : Boosted by an extended construction season as well as solid growth in the construction of expensive commercial and single-family homes, Flagstaff broke a record for construction value in one year. Nearly $104.5 million in new construction went through permits in Flagstaff last year, beating the mark set in 1995 by $90.7 million. A total of 330 homes worth $40 million were approved on the commercial side, 52 permits were granted and were worth over $18 million. Both sectors were $25 million higher than last year’s totals. The city’s building boom has left some in Flagstaff happy, some worried, and others simply overwhelmed. The city’s community development department has been inundated with building requests for the past two years.
America Online was hit with a new technical glitch today even as representatives of state attorneys general met to discuss consumer complaints about the nation’s largest online service. During the last power outage, a power outage prevented America Online customers from receiving email for two hours this morning. Last month, America Online agreed to revise its new pricing strategy as part of a settlement reached with 19 states following complaints from subscribers that they were not given sufficient advance notice when they were automatically upgraded to a new plan that costs $19.95 per month for unlimited Internet time. Today’s issue was triggered by the installation of new hardware to increase AOL’s ability to handle increased new usage.
All events were taken from issues of the Arizona Daily Sun and its predecessors, the Coconino Weekly Sun and the Coconino Sun.