1895: UPPER VERDE CORRESPONDENT; September 26.
"Upper Verde, Sept. 26. --- Rev. Jos. Smale, of Prescott, is visiting our valley this week. He preached at the Upper Verde school house last Sunday. Rev. Smale reached Jerome on the cars, but walked the rest of the way, a distance of eight miles. That is the way our ministers have to do sometimes. We're awfully good to preachers down here. Ministers are welcome to come and preach to us, and we never charge them a cent for it. There's nothing mean about the Verde valley, except the temperature and we can't help that."
"We had a big frost on the night of the 21st. Nearly all the late corn is killed and the bean crop cut short. Very uncertain about the fourth crop of alfalfa this fall. It is still cold and cloudy. This weather doesn't belong down here. They made a mistake in distributing it. The frost was heaviest on Upper Verde. It is reported that Lower Verde escaped entirely."
"The poultry interests of the valley are at a low stage just now. The matronly hens are engaged in moulting, and the maidenly pullets are too young to lay; the consequence is a great scarcity of eggs. By the time we've paid tithes to the hawks and wild cats, there isn't enough chicken left to say grace over."
"We need some things in our valley very badly. We need a lot of good lawful fences around the ranches. Of course there is great complaint of cattle breaking in and destroying crops. The truth is that no cow, of average intelligence, considers one wire and two crooked sticks a fence, and the man who shoots his own or his neighbor's' milch cows for breaking in when there's no fence to keep them out, is doing wrong, and ought to be labored with."
"Another thing we need is something to make the irrigating business run smoother. I say we need something, but what that something is, the Lord only knows. It is said there is to be a law suit over our ditch. I do not know how much truth there is in it. The men on the lower end of the ditch claim that they get no water. The ditch is at present dry as a powder horn, and no prospect of water soon. The average irrigating ditch is the greatest enemy to brotherly love that has ever been known, and the man who can run a ranch under such a ditch, and fail to fall from grace, ought to be taken up to heaven without the pain of dying."
"Our sick ones are improving. Miss Birdie Scott is reported better, [Luna Birdena Scott became the wife of George MacDonald "Mac" Willard] and Mrs. Marshall is improving under Dr. Carrier's treatment." [Martha "Mattie" Ellen Strahan married William Marshall in the Upper Verde on October 5, 1885. After she died in July of 1896, William Marshall served as the Cottonwood Postmaster from August 31, 1899, until January 14, 1901, when Samuel L. Strahan became the Postmaster.]
"Our school is doing quite well. The teacher reports quite a number of very bright pupils in attendance."
"Mrs. William Nichols has gone to reside in Jerome. This deprives us of a good and helpful neighbor. The sick ones will miss her sadly."
"Everybody from the valley is expecting to attend the dedication service of the Baptist church at Jerome next Sunday."
(Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; October 2, 1895; page 1.)