80 years ago
Wayside shrine at Yarnell dedicated (Friday, July 28, 1939)
A wayside shrine, one of the few in this country, was dedicated to St. Joseph, the protector of homes, by a Catholic church at Yarnell Heights last Sunday.
The shrine, constructed by Phoenix artists in a beautiful natural setting, was sponsored by the Catholic Action League.
Father Arthur Crook of Prescott officiated at the blessing and dedication.
70 years ago
Well-known caf/ on Center Street bought by Brosts (Friday, July 22, 1949)
An interesting business transaction this week saw the sale of the Texas Caf/ on Center Street by John Kinateder and Norman V. Richardson to Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Brost (rhymes with frost) of Kansas City, Mo.
The new owners, who are now in Wickenburg and residing at Horseshoe Lodge, will take possession the first of the month.
Driving through Wickenburg last winter, the Brosts were quite taken with Wickenburg. After looking over several business propositions in the Southwest and on the Coast, they decided to locate here and purchase the well-known Center Street restaurant.
The Brosts have three sons - Fred, 9; Bill, 6; and Rich, 3.
The sellers came to Wickenburg just four years and one month ago to operate the Texas, which they purchased from Charles Strephans.
60 years ago
Air Force has radar station west of town (Friday, July 24, 1959)
An Air Force radar station is now in operation at Quail Tank about 11 miles west of Wickenburg.
It is understood that this is one in a chain of such stations throughout the nation as a part of the country’s defense against surprise air attacks.
Three Air Force men assigned to operate the station are said to be residing in Wickenburg.
50 years ago
Browns are in; Sabin as mayor, Garth as vice-mayor (Thursday, July 24, 1969)
Sabin Brown, owner of the Double B Studio in partnership with Fred Babcock, is the town’s new mayor - chosen by fellow councilmen Monday night to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Sam Hammerstrom.
Garth Brown, local plumbing contractor who is serving his second term on the Town Council, was chosen vice-mayor.
The mayor was first elected to the Town Council in 1954. He did not run for re-election in 1958 but was a successful candidate in 1962 and at that time was elected mayor. He later resigned that office due to the press of his business affairs.
Garth Brown is a long-time resident of Wickenburg. He was a plastering contractor for years before entering the plumbing business.
40 years ago
Gas shortage reduces tourist traffic (Thursday, July 26, 1979)
The hot summer months have always been a “slow” time for tourist-based communities like Wickenburg. From late spring until the early migration in the fall, the motels, restaurants and gift shops serve fewer patrons, get by on less and look to the upcoming winter with impatient anticipation.
And while the summer doldrums are nothing new, a spot survey of 20 local merchants suggest this year’s energy crunch and impending recession may have taken even more wind out of the sails.
Gene Perusse, president of the Wickenburg Motel Owners Association and owner of the Westerner Motel, said business for his and other motels is noticeably down from the same period last year. He blames the gas shortage not only for the reduced summer traffic but also for the earlier-than-usual exodus of Wickenburg’s winter guests.
30 years ago
Bashas’ chain buys McKeever’s IGA (Thursday, July 27, 1989)
The era of the independent grocer is passing in Arizona, said Wickenburg businessman Jerry McKeever who has sold McKeever’s IGA to Bashas’.
McKeever, who came to Wickenburg in 1982 and first located in the site of the-now Chaparral Restaurant before opening his supermarket at the Frontier Center in January of 1984, said, “The day of the independent grocer in Arizona is numbered,” in announcing the sale of store to Bashas’, a huge valley-based supermarket chain owned by Eddie Basha.
“It’s getting too difficult (in Arizona) to compete against chains,” said McKeever, who moved to the community from Eagle River, Wis., a town he said was almost identical in size to Wickenburg.
20 years ago
$15 million job down to the wire (Wednesday, July 28, 1999)
Wickenburg’s proudest new addition is “99-plus percent complete” and will be ready for an estimated 600 students when it opens its doors for classes on Sept. 7.
Construction of the new $15 million Wickenburg High School is down to landscaping, site paving and a number of “punch list” items, said Scott Stoddard, the school district’s construction manager for the project.
Stoddard credits the smoothness of the construction schedule on the 15-month job - noting the first bulldozer carved an entry road into the site off South Vulture Mine Road on May 5, 1998 - to a “fantastic working relationship” with prime contractor Haydon Construction and its site superintendent Jack Rose.
10 years ago
No photo radar for Wickenburg (Wednesday, July 22, 2009)
Photo radar will not be coming to Wickenburg in the near future and may never get here if certain members of the Wickenburg Town Council get their wish.
The subject of photo radar was back on the agenda this week, though the council had decided earlier this year to not discuss the issue again until all photo radar issues had been resolved at the state level in the legislature and with Arizona voters.
There were a number of photo radar bills introduced into the 2009 legislative session, but no action was taken on any of the bills due to the amount of time legislators spent on this year’s budget.
There is also a possibility that an initiative to ban photo radar will be on the 2019 Arizona ballot. Slightly more than 153,000 signatures are required for the initiative to be placed on the ballot, and organizers have until July 2010 to obtain those signatures.