Glenda Farley

Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde Valley history.

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Verde Heritage 1902: PIONEER AFRICAN-AMERICAN, JAMES WILLIAMS, WAS SHOT MARCH 20.

James Williams was a pioneer resident of the Verde Valley where he ran a ranch with the Bush family over 20 years ago.

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Verde Heritage 1918: IMPORTING BOOZE IS RISKY.

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.

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Verde Heritage 1921: MONTEZUMA CASTLE IMPROVEMENTS

The new approach does away with a walk of nearly a mile over hot cobblerocks in the bed of the creek.

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Verde Heritage 1969: PLANE SPOTS LOST HUNTER

The hunter became lost when his own tracks were covered with snow. He found shelter in the Goswick Cabin.

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Verde Heritage 1918: JAMES S. DOUGLAS, WELL-KNOWN MINING MAN

He was an admired person who prospered and took pleasure in making fortunes for his friends who stood by him when success was problematical.

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Verde Heritage 1919: CLOSURE OF MINES AND SMELTERS.

Only 182 of the required 250 miners reported for work at the United Verde Copper Company, and only 65 of the required 100 miners reported for work at the United Verde Extension Mining Company on February 13, 1919. The mines closed, and with no ore available, the smelters at Clarkdale and Verde were forced to close.

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Verde Heritage 1919: FEDERAL INVESTIGATION OF THE WOBBLIES

More arrests may be made of aliens whose presence is considered to be dangerous to the peace and prosperity of the United States. Federal warrants were issued for 7 of the prisoners.

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Verde Heritage 1919: WOBBLY TROUBLE; 42 ARRESTED

Lieutenant Sellers, commanding Federal troops stationed at Jerome, was notified about the plan of the Wobblies to break down the city jail and liberate the prisoners.

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Verde Heritage 1919: WOBBLIES ORDER STRIKE

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.

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Verde Heritage 1910: Land Sales, Verde Fruit Company

An era of prosperity is prevailing from one end of the Verde Valley to the other.

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