On Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1816, William Oury, who arrived in Arizona in 1857 as the first agent for the Butterfield Overland Stage Line, was born.
On this date in 1875, the Prescott postmaster disappeared with all the post office funds. He was later captured in Nevada.
On this date in 1889, a tornado hit Fort Lowell.
On this date in 1915, a stock company was organized in Los Angeles to search for the fabled buried treasure of Tumacacori.
Thursday, Aug. 14
On this date in 1898, a violent storm swept through Gila Bend, demolishing the school, tearing the drug store off its foundation, wrecking the Southern Pacific roundhouse and overturning freight cars.
On this date in 1904, Tucson police began a series of raids designed to close down the city’s opium dens.
On this date in 1913, 10 men were killed at the Coronado Mine near Clifton when two loaded ore cars broke loose and rolled down the steep grade.
Friday, Aug. 15
On this date in 1888, three men were lynched at Holbrook during the aftermath of the Pleasant Valley War.
On this date in 1898, a locomotive boiler exploded in Prescott destroying the roundhouse and killing two men.
On this date in 1913, eight buildings were destroyed by fire at Ray and residents of the town pulled down several more buildings to prevent the entire town from burning.
On this date in 1917, the federal government ruled that men holding mining claims did not need to do their assessment work while in the military service.
Saturday, Aug. 16
On this date in 1879, the stages between Maricopa and Phoenix were held up so frequently that acting Gov. John W. Gasper offered a bounty of $500 for every highwayman caught in the act.
On this date in 1881, Ethel Macia, Tombstone pioneer, was born.
On this date in 1901, lightning struck a tree in Coconino County, killing nearly 200 head of sheep under the tree.
On this date in 1936, the city of Tucson discovered that its new underpass on Stone Avenue became a lake after every heavy rain. The city council named it Lake Elmira after Elmira Doakes, a Safford school student who was the first to swim in it.
On this date in 1936, it was announced that a new patrol boat in the San Francisco harbor was being christened “Jeff D. Milton” in honor of Arizona’s veteran law enforcement officer.