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By Worcester P. Bong

In September 1864, when the First Legislature of the new Arizona Territory convened in Prescott, the legislators created Yavapai County, as well as Mohave, Pima and Yuma. These counties were named after prominent Native American tribes in the region. Yavapai (pronounced Yav-uh-pie) was named for a group of Upland Yuman-speaking people. The name derives from Enyaeva meaning “sun” and Pai meaning “people” or “The Sun People”.

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By Andrew Somerville

James S. Acker lived when Prescott was, maybe, a little wilder and mysterious. Case in point —someone once threw dynamite at his home. The culprit is unknown to this day. However, Acker’s legacy isn’t as combustible, even if you count the bang he made in the retail world. It’s the support of youth music education and the convivial atmosphere in Prescott each Christmas season during the Acker Night Musical Showcase for which he’s known, but it took the dedication of a different generation to make his legacy real.

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By Parker Anderson

Since Prescott was established as the capital of Arizona Territory in 1864, it has observed and celebrated the Christmas season. In the early 20th century, Sharlot Hall (founder of the museum that bears her name) sought out the last pioneer citizens of territorial Arizona who had been there at the beginning in order to record their memories of what it was like. Some of their recollections touched on the first Christmas celebrations in the newly formed little village of Prescott.

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By Kristen Kauffman

Oakdale was a town about six miles south of Prescott along Senator Highway. Settled by miners and prospectors in the Bradshaw Mountains, it became a town in July of 1901, when they established a post office. Two months later, the town changed the name to honor a member of the first Arizona Territorial Legislature, a man who had mined and prospected in the Bradshaws since 1862 –“Colonel” Robert Groom—thus changing the name to Groom Creek.

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By Marjory J. Sente

Fred Bert Jones served in WWI, and his daughter Helen volunteered during WWII. These local patriotic African-Americans served in the United States’ military to make the world safe for freedom, despite the segregation and lack of freedom they encountered in their own country. 

When Fred Jones joined the army, he lived in Winslow working as a carpenter for the Santa Fe Railroad. However, he enlisted in Lawrence, Kansas, where his family lived. Jones was a member of Company L of the 805th Pioneer Infantry, an all colored unit, composed of men mostly from the Kansas City area.

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By Worcester P. Bong

November 11th is celebrated as a day to honor all veterans in the U.S. The holiday is known as Veterans Day here; and globally as Armistice Day. This U.S. holiday has transformed since the November 11, 1918 signing of an armistice to cease WWI fighting in Europe.

Commemorating the first anniversary of the armistice, the Prescott Journal-Miner November 6, 1919 edition reported that Governor Campbell stated “November 11, 1919 is the first anniversary of the most notable event in the world’s history, the signing of the armistice which brought to an end the greatest armed conflict within the knowledge of man and the triumph of the principle of Right over Might.” He declared that November 11th, 1919 as Armistice Day,      would be a statewide legal holiday. The November 11, 1919 edition of the Prescott Journal-Miner reported that most businesses and other Prescott enterprises observed this state holiday. President Woodrow Wilson addressed the nation with a message about Armistice Day.

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By Mick Woodcock

On the morning of November 8, 1918, five motor cars carrying the German delegation to negotiate the end of World War I stopped at a railway car parked on a siding in the Compiegne Forest in France. This was Allied commander Marshal Ferdinand Foch’s personal car and was the scene of three days of discussion between the German delegate and Allied officers. Although Foch is credited with writing most of the surrender terms, he chose not to be present during the negotiation process. 

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Originally Published Mar 07, 2009. Revised for 2023

By Marjory J. Sente

On October 27, 1948, the issuance of the Rough Riders’ 3-cent commemorative stamp made the Prescott Post Office look like a land office during a gold rush. While the local public bought the new commemorative stamp at the counter, more than 50 special employees worked behind the scenes to process the requests for First Day Covers. Requests came from individual collectors requesting one or two covers to dealers ordering as many as 10,000.

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Originally published Feb 28, 2009. Revised for 2023

By Marjory J. Sente

The first issue of the Rough Riders commemorative postage stamp was released in Prescott on October 27, 1948, which was Navy Day and late President Theodore Roosevelt’s 90th birthday anniversary. For that one day, the eyes of the stamp collecting and “First Day Cover” world were focused on Prescott. The elements of a first day cover are the envelope or postcard, the stamp and the postmark. The postmark verifies the date on which the stamp in question was canceled and ties it to the cover. If the date of the cancellation is on the first day a particular stamp has been issued by the Post Office, the item is a “First Day Cover.”

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By Kathy Lopez

In the 1800s, pioneers, miners, explorers, and military personnel traveled throughout Arizona with many settling in the Williamson Valley area. Williamson Valley Road is not just about the paths, trails, wagon ruts, rails, and roads that developed into one of the major routes of the Arizona Territory, it is also about the people who used them - and what a feisty bunch of people they were and continue to be! If you want to start a debate, ask, “Where is Williamson Valley?” You will get as many answers as there are people in the room.

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