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Verde Heritage: JEROME: JAMES S. DOUGLAS RECALLS EARLY MINING HISTORY.

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."

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Verde heritage 1937: COTTONWOOD LUMBER COMPANY; Attempted Murder on Main Street, Part 2

The trial of Olin Langford for the assault of W. Frank and Elta (Langford) Edens began in Prescott on January 5, 1938.

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Verde Heritage 1937: COTTONWOOD LUMBER COMPANY; Attempted Murder on Main Street, Part 1.

Owners, W. Frank and Elta (Langford) Edens were shot on November 17, 1937.

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Verde Heritage 1938: MARCUS JAY and JANE (STOUT) LAWRENCE Divorce Hearing

When Mrs. Lawrence filed for a divorce, the specific charge was habitual intemperance. She forgot to mention that they were living together, etc.

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Verde Heritage 1939: MARCUS JAY LAWRENCE MEMORIAL CLINIC

"Glowing tributes to the memory of Marcus Jay Lawrence marked speeches at Cottonwood yesterday," October 29, "as the Marcus Jay Lawrence Memorial Clinic was dedicated and formally opened in ceremonies attended by more than 300 residents of the Verde Valley and Northern Arizona."

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Verde Heritage 1939: HIGHWAY 79 DEDICATION PLANNED

The date of the dedication will be determined when the bridge across Wilson Canyon has been completed.

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Verde Heritage 1969: LOWER CLARKDALE SOLD

Verde Properties, Inc., will begin remodeling the 71 homes after the first of the year.

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Verde Heritage 1920 ELECTIONS: "This Situation Is Nothing New"

"It will be some time before the leaders can settle among themselves the bitter feelings engendered by the disaster of November. ... After a political defeat the defeated fall out among themselves, instead of trying to find the real reason for the disaster, with a view to avoiding the defeat factors in the future."

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Verde Heritage: 1897: JEROME FIRE on Christmas Eve

The explosion of a lamp caused a disastrous fire in the district called "hell's half acre."

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Verde Heritage 1905: VERDE NEWS

Jerome had 15 inches of snow on the ground before Christmas.

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Verde Heritage: CHRISTMAS MEMORIES

"The year was 1921, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gray had just been married a year. Mrs. Gray was the daughter of the pioneer Verde Valley family of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Jordan who lived in the big two-story red house beside the present Evalyn Jordan home at Bridgeport."

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Verde Heritage 1917: CHERRY CREEK MINING DISTRICT

"Indications are that there will be general activity in the Cherry Creek District this coming year. Several new companies are being organized among the best mining men of the State. Capital is being interested in California, Ohio, Chicago and other places east."

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Verde Heritage 1897: JEROME; United Verde Copper Company Mine and Smelter

"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."

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Verde Heritage 1877: Letter from J. H. Lee; Verde River Frozen

"I left home on the 13th of last month, accompanied by my nephew, Jas. Michael, to look out a situation for my sheep, for the winter, which I had started 14 days previously. We went by way of Chino Valley, and took, what is called the new road, crossing Hell Canyon."

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Verde Heritage 1916: JEROME; New Life Given to the Great Mining Camp

"When the United Verde Extension struck ore it hit with a resounding blow that was heard all over the mining world. The people who inhabit every quarter of the globe heard it. It started something."

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Verde Heritage 1916: BIG JEROME COPPER COMPANY

"One of the interesting financial developments of the past week has been the forming of a syndicate composed principally of well-known financial interests of Arizona for the purchase of a copper property in the Jerome district consisting of 32 claims, approximately 640 acres, and well known in and around Jerome as the 'square mile of mineral land.' The syndicate which has purchased this property will organize under the name of the 'Big Jerome Copper Company' and it is its intention to immediately begin an aggressive development campaign on the large acreage it has acquired."

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Verde Heritage 1974: Cottonwood Buildings To Have An "Old West" Theme

"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?"

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Verde Heritage 1916: SQUAW PEAK & L. M. OLDEN

"That the L. M. Olden property, 2 miles south from Camp Verde, is to be rapidly developed, is no longer a prediction, but a fact. A company composed of a number of Arizona's most prominent business men and capitalists, including Mayor J. J. Cain, Eugene M. Barron, Edison Thacker, H. W. Thacker and R. Thacker and several other Jerome people, has been formed and called The Squaw Peak Copper and Mining Company. Enough money has already been subscribed to place the company on a substantial starting basis and in addition to this a limited number of organization interests are being offered at 15 cents per interest."

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Verde Heritage 1916: PLANNING A NEW TOWN

"Plans for the construction of a model town on the hogback partly on United Verde Extension ground and partly on Dundee-Arizona property are well under way. The new town is to be right at the eastern edge of Jerome. It will cover part of the Extension company's Florencia claim and most of the Maine Fraction, which is held by the same company. It will also cover the Green-up, the westernmost of the Dundee-Arizona's two claims."

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Verde Heritage 1918: What Mining Has Done in the Jerome District

"The magic of mining has been well exemplified in the Jerome district the last two years. When Senator Clark decided to build a new smelter for his United Verde mine output, he determined at the same time upon the founding of a model mining town. Practically with the ways of the magic wand of money, Clarksdale sprang into existence. Today Clarksdale is a thriving city, but unlike camps of mushroom growth, it is built to stay as long as the big smelter is supplied with ore from the mine which has made Clark many times a millionaire. Clarksdale will grow and prosper."

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Verde Heritage 1953: CAMP VERDE RODEO

"Perfect weather and a good crowd of enthusiastic onlookers made the Lions Club rodeo and barbecue a very enjoyable affair in Camp Verde last weekend."

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Verde Heritage 1956: FORT VERDE MUSUEM Opened November 23

"Years of hard work and planning will bear fruit tomorrow with the formal opening of the Fort Verde Museum by the Camp Verde Improvement Association, at 1:30 p.m. The date selected for the ceremony has significance, because, on November 23, 1868, the name was changed from Camp Lincoln to Camp Verde."

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Verde Heritage 1911: RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION

"Grading on the new railway from Cedar Glade to the Verde Valley is now under headway, and 18 miles are fully covered which will bring the work up to the point where a bridge will span the river. Several large outfits are located along the entire route to the above point, and every mile is occupied, from which will be learned the practical and energetic efforts that are being made by the L. J. Smith Construction company, to complete the railway at the earliest possible date."

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Verde Heritage: 1970: MOONSCAPE USED BY APOLLO 14 CREW

"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."

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Verde Heritage 1927: OAK CREEK HIGHWAY PLANNED

"In an exclusive report to the 'Verde Copper News' today it was disclosed that an appropriation of $100,000 for the construction of the Oak Creek Canyon highway was agreed upon at the conference of officials of the United States Bureau of Public Roads, the Forest Service and the state highway department, held in Phoenix Thursday. The allocation will permit construction of the road from Sedona to Indian Gardens, work to begin July 1, 1928."

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