1916: STORMS IN JANUARY.
"BREAKS THE RECORD: Granville Fain was an arrival yesterday from the Verde valley, and reported snow was 18 inches deep on the level. He stated the pioneer resident was astounded and never since the place was settled had such a clamatic freak been recorded." (Prescott Journal-Miner; Thursday, January 6, 1916; page 6, column 2.)
"STILL SNOW CAPPER: Fred Back, a rangeman of the Verde valley was an arrival yesterday, and stated that the country was still covered with snow, and residents were complaining of slow traffic and business generally being at a standstill. Cattle, he says, as yet have not suffered, and no losses have taken place." (Prescott Journal-Miner; Saturday, January 15, 1916; page 6, column 3.)
"SECURELY MAROONED WAS VERDE VALLEY: Arrivals from Camp Varde during the week, in rehearsing the recent big snow, stated that for the first time known since the settlement had been founded, there was a total suspension for ten days of the postal service in or out. All traffic, even in teams, was at a standstill, and not until only a few days ago was communication re-established. Travel as yet is impossible in teams or auto via Cherry Creek. Jerome and Clarkdale are being used as gateways to reach outside points. Friday's storm in that section is stated to have all the more intensified the deplorable condition." (Prescott Journal-Miner; Sunday, January 16, 1916; page 5, column 4.)
"RIVER LEAVES BANKS: FARMS ARE DAMAGED: The Verde River at Cottonwood went out of its channel Wednesday afternoon and reached a depth of over 19 feet on overflowed lands, was the report sent in yesterday by a young man named Willard. Such a volume of water has never been known at that point and several farms in the path of the overflow are badly damaged. Travel by any means between Jerome and the Verde Valley has been entirely suspended owing to washed out roads, and the telephone is the only means of communication." (Prescott Journal-Miner; Friday, January 21, 1916; page 3, column 4.)
"DESTRUCTIVE STORM SWEPT VERDE VALLEY: Arriving from the Verde Valley on Monday, Henry See stated that the snow and rain storm of early January did more damage than was generally known. For the first time known in the history of that country many buildings collapsed from the heavy weight of snow and in addition farm lands were flooded and fertile soil under a state of cultivation washed away. At the high water mark of the river some families were advised to be ready to leave their homes, and in some instances women and children sought shelter at neighbors on elevated locations. The home of W. G. Wingfield was flooded and generally speaking such a condition was never before experienced in high water inundating a long stretch of country. Mr. See also states the storm was without parallel in the memory of the oldest settlers." (Prescott Journal-Miner; Monday, January 26, 1916; page 3, col. 4, and page 6, cols. 3, 4.)
"FURIOUS STORMS AGAIN ENVELOP COUNTY."
"Another terrific storm, the third one since December 28th, is passing over the county. Heavy snow in the mountains and rain in the lower elevations are creating somewhat of an alarming situation. The present downpour is exceptional in precipitation and reports from all sections would indicate heavy floods are taking place, and property damage is anticipated."
"Reports from all sections of the county picture scenes such as have never before prevailed. Such a series of storms in the short space of one month has not been known for nearly half a century." ...
"TRAINS AGAIN ANNULLED: Some idea of the heavy downpour may be inferred from the S. F. P. & P. annulling its train service yesterday to Crown King, for the second time in two weeks. The Verde Valley line has also gone out again from rock slides."
(Prescott Journal-Miner; Friday, January 28, 1916; page 1, column 6.)
"SERIOUS DAMAGE BY FLOODS TO RAILROAD: It was stated that ten big rock slides had occurred on the Verde Valley to Clarkdale, which resulted in a complete suspension of traffic. What damage was done will only be known after an investigation is made. Some of the slides were said to have been of large proportions, carrying out the track for over 200 feet." (Prescott Journal-Miner; January 29, 1916; page 1, column 3, and page 3, column 4.)