Arizona History – December 5th

Saturday, December 5th

On this date in 1873, a Telegraph Ball was held in Tucson to celebrate completion of the first military telegraph to the town.

On this date in 1905, there was great public indignation when President Theodore Roosevelt’s message to Congress recommended joint statehood for New Mexico and Arizona. Towns over the Territory held mass protest meetings.

On this date in 1907, Henry C. Hooker, pioneer Arizona rancher who established the Sierra Bonita Ranch, died.

On this date in 1923, the first 200 cases of the new crop of grapefruit from the Salt River Valley were sold in England.

On this date in 1929, Paul Geary of Holbrook — former district attorney of Navajo County and deputy attorney general of Arizona, past departmental commander of the American Legion in Arizona and a lieutenant colonel in the Arizona National Guard — died.

(Photo : President Theodore Roosevelt)

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