Looking Back

Mar 302012
Looking Back: Holbrook High School Drum Corps

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Historical Society The Holbrook High School Drum Corps marched down the streets of Holbrook in full regalia to raise money to charter a bus for a trip to Phoenix in 1946.    

Mar 092012
Looking Back: 'The Awakening of Spring'

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum — The cantata The Awakening of Spring was presented on May 21, 1931, in Winslow, with 400 children from Washington School making up the cast, each dressed in brightly colored, handmade crepe paper costumes. The children were costumed to represent snow, winter wind, rain, flowers, butterflies and fairies Read More…

Jan 202012
Merriam Elk In Arizona

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum By 1898, the last Merriam elk in Arizona had been killed. In 1912, the Elks Clubs of Arizona decided to raise funds to begin a project to re-establish the herds and Winslow Elks Lodge No. 536 agreed to take on the responsibility of working out the details. Eighty-six Read More…

Jan 132012
The Argus, 1895

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Historical Society The Argus was one of Holbrook’s early newspapers, with its first edition published Dec. 12, 1895. According to H.A. Pease (left), who would become an editor of The Argus, publisher Albert Franklin Banta started the newspaper to “offer opposition to the St. Johns Herald.” The last edition Read More…

Jan 062012
West End Camp

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum Ben and Nancy Harris are at the West End Camp in Winslow, where gasoline, groceries and dry goods could be purchased in the early 1900s. In those days fuel was pumped through visible gas pumps, with a clear glass cylinder, usually five or 10 gallons on top of Read More…

Jan 042012

By Francie Payne– July The Wallow fire, Arizona’s largest on record at 522,642 acres, plus 15,407 acres in New Mexico, was 95 percent controlled as of July 1. The Holbrook City Council commissioned a flow study to analyze the capacity of the city’s existing sewer system as part of its evaluation of infrastructure to see Read More…

Dec 302011
Hashknife Cowboys

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Historical Society These Hashknife Cowboys, pictured in Holbrook circa 1900, are part of the early association of the Hashknife brand, when the infamous “Hashknife outfit” was known for its 60,000 head of cattle and “the unsavory reputation of having ‘the thievinist, fightinest’ bunch of cowboys in the United States,” Read More…

Dec 232011
Looking Back

Photo courtesy of the Old Trail Museum Winslow’s historic records indicate that this was W.A. Parr’s first car. A contractor, mortician and civic leader, Parr served two terms in the Territorial Assembly and, after statehood, one term as a state senator. Enjoying the ride are (left to right) Frona Parr, Mrs. Heiser, Hattie Hohn, Minnie Read More…