Memories & Historical Facts
In Honor of Arizona’s Centennial 1912 - 2012
We'd like to present a few of Graham County’s memories and historical facts which have been submitted by various authors.
Any views or opinions presented in these stories are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Graham County.
- A Book Is A Book, Is A Book by Sue Dette Crandall Reed (PDF)
- Graham County's Fifth Courthouse by Toni Williams (PDF)
- I Love A Parade by Sue Dette Crandall Reed (PDF)
- Indian Hot Springs At Eden by Danny Haralson (PDF)
- Melvin Jones by Glen Burgess (PDF)
- Mysterious Fort Sullivan by Hal Herbert (PDF)
- Olsen Family (PDF)
- One Of The Greatest Modern Inventions by Sue Dette Crandall Reed (PDF)
- Road to Matrimony by The Graham Guardian (PDF)
- Safford's Changing Streets Over The Years by Danny Haralson (PDF)
- Shorty's Cafe by Sue Dette Crandall Reed (PDF)
- Soda Jerk by Sue Dette Crandall Reed (PDF)
- Squire Reynolds by Mina Reynolds Lee (PDF)
- Turkey Day by Sue Dette Crandall Reed (PDF)
- Water, Water, Water by Danny Haralson (PDF)
- William Wesley Hawkins submitted by Nolan Reed (PDF)
Past & Present
- Graham County Clerks of the Superior Court Past and Present
- Graham County Recorders 1881 to Present
- Graham County School Superintendents 1903 to Present
- Graham County Treasurers 1883 to Present
Statehood at Last
(An article from The Graham Guardian February 16, 1912)
President Taft Signs Proclamation Admitting Arizona Into Union
Washington, February 14 - To the accompaniment of the whirr of three moving picture machines and the click of a battery of cameras lined along the wall of the executive office, President Taft, at 10:02 this morning, signed the proclamation admitting Arizona to the Union as the forty-eighth State and at the same time completed the chain of States from ocean to ocean, eliminating the last Territorial form of government for continental United States, except the District of Columbia.
After he signed the duplicates, which he forwarded to Arizona for filing in the archives of the State, the president looked up smilingly, and said: “Well, there you are.” He used a gold pen which he later presented to Postmaster General Hitchcock. The room was crowded during the ceremony by all of the Arizonans at the capital, numerous other high officials and members of the press.
Immediately after signing the instrument, President Taft sent to the Senate the nomination of R.E Sloan, former Territorial governor, to be United States Judge for the District of Arizona. The president then sent the following message to Mr. Sloan: “Have this morning signed the proclamation declaring Arizona to be a State of the Union. I congratulate the people of this, our newest commonwealth, upon the realization of their long cherished ambition. My best wishes to the retiring and incoming officials.”