Tuesday, December 15th
On this date in 1871, the first telegraph station in Arizona Territory was set up at Pipe Springs in the Arizona Strip.
On this date in 1878, Edith Stratton Kitt, daughter of a pioneer Arizona mining family, was born. She was Secretary of the Arizona Historical Society, collecting thousands of biographies of Arizonans for its files.
On this date in 1899, the Gila Valley Bank was founded at Solomonville. The doors opened to the public Jan. 16, 1900. It was the first of what would become the Valley National Bank.
On this date in 1903, Billy Stiles and Burt Alvord, convicted train robbers, broke out of the Tombstone jail and took 11 other prisoners with them.
On this date in 1914, Gov. George W.P. Hunt issued a proclamation announcing that the newly created Board of Pardons and Parole was in operation.
On this date in 1918, the 158th Arizona Infantry was chosen as the Guard of Honor for President Woodrow Wilson while he attended the peace conference in Paris.
On this date in 1919, the U.S. Marshal confiscated 8,000 gallons (30,283 litres) of wine in the Globe District and poured it all in Pinal Creek.
On this date in 1928, Westward Ho Hotel in Phoenix opened with a gala celebration.
(Photo : Gov. George W.P. Hunt)