80 years ago
Pre-school dance at Recreo (Friday, Sept. 8, 1939)
According to publicity sent out this week, El Recreo will be the scene of its annual pre-school dance this coming Saturday night, Sept. 9.
Sam Cooper’s orchestra has been engaged for the evening, and dancing will get under way promptly at 9:30, according to W.E. Bass.
With many of the residents returning home from vacations, and practically all the pupils now in town to commence school next Monday, it is thought that Saturday night’s dance will be well attended.
70 years ago
Dr. Shannon is locating here (Friday, Sept. 2, 1949)
Dr. J.R. Andes announced this week that he and family are leaving Wickenburg for an indefinite period and that his office and practice here have been taken over by Dr. Fredrick Shannon of Champaign, Ill.
Dr. Andes also stated that Dr. and Mrs. Shannon are taking over the Andes home in Vista del Rio Estates, west of Wickenburg.
Dr. Shannon is a native of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, but spent most of his youth in Manhattan, Kan., where he attended elementary school.
60 years ago
George Wellik buys Rafter Ram Ranch (Friday, Sept. 4, 1959)
George Wellik of Wickenburg and Bellflower, Calif., owner of the Flying E Ranch, has purchased the Rafter Ram Ranch on the California Highway from Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mertens and will take possession later this month.
Mr. Wellik has designated J.B. Smith of Bellflower to operate the eight-apartment establishment for him.
Involved in the sale are the eight apartments, a home, swimming pool and approximately 20 acres.
50 years ago
33 straight days of 100-plus (Thursday, Sept. 4, 1969)
When the temperature dropped to 95 degrees Aug. 29, it was the first time in 33 straight days that the maximum reading at the U.S. Weather Bureau station on North Washington Street did not read 100 or higher.
The respite was short-lived. The very next day the high was 102, and indications were that September would come in riding the same heat wave that has plagued the area all summer.
40 years ago
Local driver honored at Darlington (Thursday, Sept. 6, 1979)
Wickenburg race driver Earle Canavan was honored this weekend for setting a track record last year in NASCAR Grand National Winston Cup competition at Darlington Speedway in Darlington, S.C.
Canavan, who lives with his wife Betty and daughters Tracy, Heather and April at the Rio Vista subdivision, was inducted into the Union 76 Club for his feat. He joins racing celebrities Cale Yarborough, president of the Union 76 Club, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty and many others.
The 38-year-old driver drove a 1978 Dodge Magnum to the record-setting pace last year and will drive a 1979 Magnum in this year’s Southern 500 Grand National competition at Darlington.
Canavan has won seven races in his Winston Cup racing career.
30 years ago
Voters must change address name (Thursday, Sept. 7, 1989)
Wickenburg residents whose current voter registration address reads “Center” or “Whipple” street should have their address changed to Wickenburg Way, said the town’s court clerk.
U.S. Highways 89 and 60, which cut an east-west swath across Wickenburg, are known by names: Grand Avenue, Phoenix Highway, Center Street, Whipple Street, California Highway and now Wickenburg Way.
Since a recent Wickenburg Town Council decision deemed Wickenburg Way to be the entire east and west stretch, addresses need to be changed.
20 years ago
It’s now official: Ralph G. Moran Field (Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999)
Wickenburg High School’s Wrangler Field was officially renamed Ralph G. Moran Field in a 15-minute ceremony preceding the Wranglers’ home game Friday night against Phoenix Christian.
Moran, a graduate of Jerome High School and Northern Arizona University, taught and coached at Wickenburg for 32 years. His football teams compiled a record of 200-109-3 and won state championships in 1957 and 1977.
Born Oct. 24, 1920, Moran, who died Oct. 10, 1984, was a member of the first group of coaches inducted into the Arizona Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984.
10 years ago
Wranglers stun Fountain Hills, with thrilling comeback in opener 27-21
Wow..what a debut!
But Wickenburg High School’s new head football coach Mike Pagliaro wasn’t worried after his team gave up two quick touchdowns early and trailed at halftime, 21-7. He saw some encouraging signs.
As it turned out, his No. 8-ranked Wranglers scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to stun No. 3-ranked Fountain Hills Friday night (Aug. 28) 27-21. And the clincher was a trick play - a reverse half-back pass - that resulted in a 50-yard touchdown with only 30 seconds remaining in the game.