Excerpts taken from past issues of The Wickenburg Sun
80 years ago
Bryant building to be completed soon (Friday, June 16, 1939)
The building being constructed next to Jones Drug that is to be occupied by Bryant’s Variety Store will be completed about Aug. 1, according to contractor Russell T. Johnson.
Of cement construction, the 25-by-70-foot building will be modern in every respect with ample space to provide attractive displays of ready-to-wear clothing and shoes.
70 years ago
Council tables petitions asking for sale of power system (Friday, June 10, 1949)
On a motion of Mayor Joe Walters, who said the council hadn’t had time to investigate them, three petitions said to carry approximately 230 signatures and asking the town to sell its electric distribution system to the Central Arizona Light & Power Company, were tabled at the regular council meeting Wednesday night.
Councilmen Alvin Rees and Delbert Kirby voted with the mayor for tabling. Councilman Tillman Nowlin and B. Gobble were not present.
“The undersigned citizens of Wickenburg believe it would be in the best interests of the Town of Wickenburg if our electric system were operated by a private company rather than have the town continue the present arrangement,” the petitions stated. “We find that the rates being charged by the town in many instances are higher than rates charged for similar service by the power company.”
60 years ago
Manganese buying by government at critical stage (Friday, June 12, 1959)
Unless the federal government extends its manganese stockpiling, Mohave Mining and Milling Co., will cease operations here on or about Sept. 1.
The federal government’s stockpiling program was set up to end when 28 million long ton units of manganese were accumulated or on Jan. 1. It now appears the unit quota will be reached Sept. 1.
With the government no longer in the buying market, that means all future buying of ore will be by private industry only. However, 90 percent of the nation’s supply of manganese, an essential in making steel, comes from foreign lands.
50 years ago
Highway 74 languishing (Thursday, June 12, 1969)
Arizona Highway Department’s estimated budget for the fiscal year once again carries the item of $600,000 under the classification “Carryover not under contract” for State Highway 74 projected from Morristown to New River on the Black Canyon Highway.
No additional work has been done on that highway for several years, despite repeated promises of highway commissioners that 74 would be completed and open to traffic about the same time the Brenda cutoff is.
Highway 74 would prove a boon to Wickenburg and towns west of here to Brenda.
40 years ago
Reunion draws wide interest (Thursday, June 14, 1979)
Graduates of Wickenburg High School from every class for the past 52 years attended the recent high school reunion to honor H.K. McLennan, who for 40 years was superintendent of Wickenburg schools.
Coming the farthest was Lorna Briggs, Class of 1955, who came from Hawaii.
Kevin Mallicoat of the Class of 1979, which was graduated the previous week, was the most recent graduate attending. With him were all members of his immediate family, all Wickenburg High grads.
Kevin’s father Ron was in the Class of 1952 and his mother Jody was in the Class of 1954. His two sisters are Kelly (Class of 1978) and Kimberly (Class of 1977).
30 years ago
Wal-Mart on EDAC’s agenda (Thursday, June 15, 1989)
Economic Development Advisory Commissioners received a report from Town Manager Ben Nardelli last week on Wal-Mart’s plans to seek “three to four concessions” regarding the plans for a huge retail store in the community.
“Remember, we’re not dealing with Wal-Mart corporate,” Nardelli said. “They guy we are dealing with said the project is still marginal. He said Wal-Mart is $170,000 over budget.”
Nardelli said the areas that the Wal-Mart representative said has caused the giant retailer to go over budget in its plans to build a 43,000-square-foot store in Wickenburg include costs of a required fire lane on the southeast corner of the site; paving of Saguaro Street to the west and installation of a waterline.
20 years ago
Moreton Airport is founder’s dream (Wednesday, June 16, 1999)
Many pilots who have their own planes dream of owning and operating an airport that is easily accessible from the front door of their homes. For Doug Moreton and his wife Elinor, this dream is a reality.
Moreton, 82, is the founder of Moreton Airport, which bears his name. The private airport, with residences surrounding it, has been in existence for more than 40 years, dating back to when he first moved to Arizona. Moreton Airport is located just north of town on U.S. Highway 93 in Yavapai County.
Moreton Airport currently has five homes on it, including the Moreton home itself. Moreton explained that he does plan to sell the airport in the future but will retain 35 acres for himself and his wife.
10 years ago
Kenrick inducted into Hall of Fame (Wednesday, June 10, 2009)
Fifteen years after retiring as Wickenburg High School’s baseball coach, Joe Kenrick was inducted into the Arizona’s Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame Saturday night (June 6) at the Surprise Baseball Stadium.
Kenrick, who coached the Wranglers for 30 years (1964-1994) and accumulated a record of 309 victories and only 221 losses, was one of two coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame prior to the Arizona Baseball Coaches All-Star Baseball Game. He was joined by his family at home plate during the brief induction ceremony that also included the induction of Fountain Hills’ Mike Briguglio into the Hall of Fame.