Arizona History – October 12th

Monday, October 12th

On this date in 1849, the first recorded birth of an Anglo baby in Arizona occurred when a “Mrs. Howard,” traveling with a party of immigrants led by Charles E. Pancoast in Flatboats down the Gila River, stopped along the riverbank to give birth to a child she named “Gila.”

On this date in 1869, Miss Charity Gaston, the first teacher on the Navajo Reservation, arrived at Fort Defiance, but because no space was available, she was unable to start classes for two months.

On this date in 1872, in negotiations lasting from Oct. 1 through Oct. 12, Gen. O. O. Howard and Cochise Chief of the Chiricahua Apaches, drafted and signed a peace treaty in the Apache camp in the Dragoon Mountains.

On this date in 1879, the first Methodist church was organized in Tucson by Superintendent George H. Adams.

On this date in 1901, Camillus S. Fly, well known Tombstone photographer and Cochise County Sheriff from 1895 to 1896, died.

On this date in 1929, the city of Florence dedicated its new airport with an aerial circus and speeches.

On this date in 1929, the University of Arizona dedicated its stadium, and the city of Tucson declared a public holiday in honor of the occasion.

On this date in 1940, Tom Mix, early Western movie star, was killed when his car overturned in a wash on what is now the Pinal-Pioneer Parkway.

(Photo : Camillus S. Fly)

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