Sat, July 20


"CLARKDALE COMMUNITY TREE: Six hundred and fifty kids were made happy by Santa Claus at the American Legion Christmas celebration in the park Monday evening. The program commenced at 6:30, with a beautiful number sung by Mrs. W. J. Davey, accompanied on the violin by Mr. Davey and Miss Florence Davey, and on the piano by Miss Martha Mary Davey. Following this number the school children marched in, by classes, and sang a group of four songs, the last an appropriate one for the introduction of Santa Claus, who immediately appeared and commenced to give out the gifts. The big Christmas tree, mounted on a revolving stand, was beautifully decorated, and gave a genuine Christmas appearance to the festivities." (Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, December 28, 1923; page 4, column 3.)

COTTONWOOD CHRISTMAS: "Many quiet home parties and individual family trees figured in its passing, and on Christmas eve through the windows of most of the homes in the town could be seen a tree all glistening with tinsel and laden with presents for the little folks. Shouts of revelry burst forth from the throats of those who tipped the flowing bowl, or they voiced their feelings from high-powered motor cars speeding through the town. There was no rowdyism, but just a kind of reckless holiday hilarity. Taking it as a whole it was a very nice Christmas. The day was celebrated in most of the homes with a spread in keeping with the season, and generally everyone wore a look of satisfaction." (Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, December 28, 1923; page 4, column 2.)


At the Community Christmas Tree, "Santa Claus and his assistants passed out gifts to something over 1300 children who ranged in age from babies in arms to well grown boys and girls. It was a pretty sight and one that bought a new realization of common citizenship and common joy in the children's great festival, Christmas."

"PERFECT ARRANGEMENTS: The committee of the American Legion which had immediate charge of the arrangements is to be congratulated on the excellence of its work. There was no crowding or confusion and the youngsters were held strictly in line and 'put through' in record time."

"Little time was wasted in preliminaries. A choir sang some old Christmas carols and then Santa Claus J. O. Mullen appeared and was warmly cheered by the long lines of waiting youngsters. With a strong staff of assistants he began the distribution of the gifts alongside the brilliantly lighted and beautifully decorated tree. Each child was given a toy, an orange and a package of candy and the long line was served in quick time. The supply of gifts was ample and not a single child was disappointed. The entire affair was as great a success as could be imagined. The street was filled with older folks who seemed to get as much enjoyment out of it as did the youngsters."

"CAROL SINGING: During the evening several parties of carol singers went around the town and were warmly received everywhere. The ancient custom was observed more generally than has been the case in past years and the singers gave the needed Christmas touch. The eve of the great festival culminated in the midnight mass at the church of the Holy Family."

"MIDNIGHT SERVICE: Midnight mass was celebrated on Christmas Eve at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family by Rev. Father Antonio Gete Nebrada in the presence of a great congregation that filled the church to its utmost capacity. Many were compelled to stand both inside and outside the church."...

"The choir under the direction of John Veccrina rendered the mass and several Christmas hymns most acceptably."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, December 28, 1923; page 1, column 4.)


"While the general good order prevailed generally throughout the camp, the police had their hands full with Christmas revellers who wanted to celebrate by firing guns and singing. One pair of gentlemen who had looked freely and frequently on the mule when it was white, started a riot at the English Kitchen and had to be taken to the calaboose for safe keeping. When they got sober enough, they were released on $25 bonds."

"A crowd of young men began shooting at the stars along about 4 o'clock Christmas morning, the mule having taken an unusually long time to get the kick operating in their case. They were all safely rounded up and taken to the can."

"C. Candelario was emptying his gun at the moon and paid a fine of $100 for his fun."

"'SING OR FIGHT:' A gang praded Hull avenue armed with a guitar and a varied collection of flasks. They stopped two men coming from work at the United Verde and demanded that they contribute a song to the evening's merriment. 'Nothing doing,' said one of the miners. 'We don't want to get pinched.' 'You'll take a drink and sing or you'll fight,' said the leader of the choir. The boys didn't want to fight so they sang a stave or two, just in time to have Chief Crowley and his merry men round the crowd up and hustle 'em to the hoosegow."

"HIT HING: Pedro Rodriguez didn't like the service at Hing Sing's place and testified his disapproval by taking a poke at Hing. It cost him just 60 days across the hill."

"ROBBERY: Hardly to be classed as a Christmas celebration was the charge against A. V. Compoy, who was bound over to the Superior court on a charge of robbery, it being alleged that he took $45 from L. C. Lopez."

"'Take it up one side and down the other,' said the chief this morning, 'it was what you'd call a fairly active Christmas and we all had good appetites for our turkeys."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, December 28, 1923; page 1, column 2.)