Today in History: July 31

July 31, 2006

The town of Dewey-Humbolt began work on a clean up project in response to a list of environmental problems in the Iron King Mine area. The town was very active with government agencies on the environmental issues, such as the contaminated soil on properties northeast of the mine along Chaparral Gulch. "It's a significant environmental health risk," said Harry Allen of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

July 31, 2002

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Raymont Weaver Jr. ruled that Chino Valley's annexation was invalid because the town did not follow proper procedures when it collected the signatures needed to annex the west side half-section. His decision meant that the property, including a home belonging to Chino Valley Mayor Dan Main, remained in Yavapai County.

July 31, 1997

Whoever killed K.C. Howe's dog picked the wrong pet. K.C. loved her 5-year-old German shepherd like a child. The dog, Shaman, was poisoned to death while he was fenced in his yard in Groom Creek. "If it's my last breath I draw, I'm going to find out who did this," Howe said. "I swear." A veterinarian identified rat poison as the agent that lead to Shaman's death.

July 31, 1982

Prescott Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services personnel explained their job and its unique lifesaving function. Paul Coe, EMS division chief, said the program evolved naturally from the firemen's desire to preserve lives and property in the city and "to protest their own" who injured at fire scenes.

July 31, 1957

"An artist who has painted portraits of such persons as Edgar Lee Masters, Carl Sandburg, Katherine Bowan, and Dr. Earl Crum is now living in Prescott with his family on Pine Drive, Mountain Club. He is Professor Francis J. Quirk, head of the art department of Lehigh University, and is listed in Who's Who in American Art in the East, and in American Scholars and Learned Men. He has studied in France, Germany and Hungary."

July 31, 1932

"Thomas J. Jackson, about 40 years old, got a $750 loan on his bonus certificate yesterday and proceeded last night to get liquored up. Today he was in the post hospital with some bullets in him as a result. 'Doc' Howard, who is out on parole from the state penitentiary at Florence for shooting or cutting up a man, depending on who you ask, is the primary suspect, as he claimed Jackson owed him a large amount of money, and Jackson felt that Howard was a liar."

July 31, 1907

"Regarding recent rumors and published statements about the smelter closing down on account of a cave in at the mine, the Jerome News says that the smelter has been closed down for some days for the purpose of repairing the tracks along which the large electric cranes move. They will blow in a day or two. Mining work involved massive amounts of labor and great technical expertise, but we applaud the end product of the earth's glittering bounty."

July 31, 1882

"A local man claimed that he could hold more liquor than any man alive. We determined to check on the truth of the boastful fellow's claims. At the start, we were impressed and horrified with the great amounts of whiskey the fellow somehow drank down. As time went on, we grew concerned, as his color changed to a deep red and his breathing grew erratic. He has since taken ill from liquor sickness. He may soon hold more liquor than any man dead."