Arizona History – August 5th

Wednesday, August 5th

On this date in 1892, Grady Gammage, former president of Arizona State College, now Arizona State University, was born.

On this date in 1895, Pete Kitchen, one of the earliest ranchers in the Santa Cruz Valley, died.

On this date in 1911, William C. Greene of the Greene Cattle Co. and the Greene Cananea Copper Co. died after being thrown from a buggy.

On this date in 1917, the first Arizona Regiment was drafted into the United States Army. By the end of World War I, 8,113 men in Arizona had entered the National Guard, 1,854 were in the regular army, 1,269 in the Navy and 147 in the Marines. Three hundred and twenty-one Arizonans died in military service.

On this date in 1931, the Southern Pacific passenger train, The Argonaut, was derailed east of Yuma, killing two and injuring 15.

(Photo : Pete Kitchen)

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