Open House hosts (Thursday, Dec. 11, 1969)

Representatives from the three active guest ranches in the Wickenburg area assemble to plan for the Desert Sun Ranchers Association’s annual Open House. They are (front row, left to right) Mrs. Dallas Gant of Rancho de Los Caballeros, immediate past president of the group; C.C. Whitcomb of Remuda Ranch, newly elected president; Mrs. George Wellik of the Flying E, re-elected secretary-treasurer; (back row, left to right) Bill Hazeltine and Dallas Gant Jr., assistant managers at Los Caballeros; and Bill Ballinger, assistant manager at Remuda. (See story in 40 years ago, below).

80 years ago

Rotary honors first anniversary (Friday, Dec. 15, 1939)

The first anniversary of the advent of Rotary International to Wickenburg was celebrated Tuesday evening of this week at El Recreo Pavilion, where members of the local “Out Wickenburg Way” Rotary Club, their ladies and guests numbering 117, held a dinner-dance in celebration of the club’s first birthday.

Honor guests of the evening were Bill Carty, past governor of District 111 and Mrs. Carty of Needles, Calif.; Carol Wood of Glendale, Ariz., sponsor of the local club, and Mrs. Wood; and Kit Carson, the original booster of the organization in Wickenburg, and Mrs. Carson of Phoenix.

Signing the register from Wickenburg were: Messrs. And Mesdames Howard L. Coffinger, William E. Craig, Jesse Henderson, Joe Holmes, David L. Jones, R.F. Johnson, Vernon Knight, Gust Matson, Lester Missall, Oliver Corbin, W.W. Oliver, John L. Perkins, R.L. Richards, Marshall Bacon, Dr. and Mrs. Floyd Bralliar, Mrs. Mabel Ott, Mrs. Lulu Hess Rhodes, Miss Janet Love, Rev. B. Ross Cleeland, Jean Salabert, H.K. McLennan and W.G. Bass.

70 years ago

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60 years ago

Mohave Mining/Milling liquidating holdings (Friday, Dec. 11, 1959)

Stockholders of the Mohave Mining and Milling Co. last Saturday decided to liquidate the company and set Dec. 1, 1960 as the date they expect the task to be accomplished.

During the next 12 months, the sintering plant north of town will continue to operate to fulfill contracts and purchase orders.

This plant, which has four employees, is processing 2,000 tons of manganese per month that is being shipped by railroad to the Kaiser Steel Co. in Fontana, Calif.

50 years ago

Ranches host Open House Sunday (Thursday, Dec. 11, 1969)

“Know Your Ranches” will be the general theme of an Open House this Sunday afternoon at the three active Wickenburg guest ranches making up the Desert Sun Ranchers Association.

They are Rancho de los Caballeros, the Flying E, and Remuda Ranch.

Open House at the guest ranches has become an established event of each fall season.

40 years ago

Council approves solar plant proposal (Thursday, Dec. 13, 1979)

The Wickenburg Town Council, at a special meeting Monday night, gave permission by a 5-1 margin to the Arizona Solar Energy Commission to submit a proposal on behalf of the Town of Wickenburg for a grant from the United States Department of Energy to build a solar thermal electric power plant here.

The site approved by the council for possible construction of the plant is 10 acres of state-leased land that is currently the granite pit across from Constellation Park.

A Department of Energy committee will decide which of several Southwestern communities will receive a single grant.

30 years ago

McDonald’s Classic tradition continues (Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1989)

What has become one of December’s most popular sports traditions in Wickenburg returns this year, as Wickenburg High School hosts the annual McDonald’s Wrangler Classic.

This year’s tournament again will feature eight quality high school basketball teams, including defending champion Chinle, which defeated the host Wranglers a year ago in the title game that went into overtime.

The tournament also includes (besides host Wickenburg and Chinle), Camp Verde, Needles, Calif., Cactus Shadows, Joseph City, Bagdad, and Monument Valley.

20 years ago

Online shopping growing (Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999)

Shopping online - through the burgeoning internet - has come to Wickenburg.

Thirty-three local businesses, most of them retailers but also all of the area’s famed guest ranches, have Websites for prospective customers and guests to browse and make choices.

“If you don’t get in on (providing) online shopping … this e-commerce thing … you’re gonna miss out,” said one local merchant.

Old Livery Mercantile co-owner Gary Wilkins said he hadn’t even touched a computer until four months ago. Now, with a computer system custom-built for his business, he considers online merchandising through the internet as a necessary part of his growing business.

10 years ago

Old bridge to get new life as pedestrian access (Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009)

A grant was recently awarded to the Town of Wickenburg to make possible the transformation of the old Hassayampa River Bridge into a “festival” pedestrian bridge.

The Town of Wickenburg’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Enhancement project will be funded by a grant of nearly $500,000 from Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). The State Transportation board voted Nov. 20 to accept the recommendations of the Transportation Enhancement Review Committee to fund the Wickenburg project.

The completed “festival” bridge will not only provide bicycle and pedestrian access across the Hassayampa River, but it is hoped that events such as concerts, arts and craft shows and the like can be held on the bridge as well.

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