When I first came to work for the Arizona Daily Star as a library assistant in 1991, I already knew quite a few people here. My husband was a sports copy editor, so I had met a few of his coworkers.
Electricity is a wonderful thing. We know this best when we don't have it for a while.
With Tucson often relegated to ugly stepsister status among Arizona cities, it must have been quite refreshing to have those in Phoenix clamoring for a railroad line to Tucson.
Once upon a time, when half a million dollars bought more than it does today, some capitalists outside of Tucson decided such a sum could make Tucson the country's playground. These backers intended a resort-style hotel and golf course.
The first paving work on a city street would soon be completed. How would such a feat of progress be celebrated?
The song "Take This Job and Shove It" was not yet written when the dog catcher tendered his resignation, but one could imagine him singing it nonetheless.
A man had been sentenced to six months in jail and a $50 fine for assaulting his wife. His behavior toward his baby saved him from the $50 fine.
There's a lot of talk lately about the repopulation of Pusch Ridge with bighorn sheep. While many sheep were captured and transported to the ridge last fall, almost half of them are now dead.
The annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros is on its way. Almost everyone in Tucson dresses in western gear. Schools close for the rodeo parade. Nothing has changed.
It's a story heard too often. A hiking party in the Catalina Mountains encounters an unexpected snow storm and is missing. This one involved two University of Arizona students.
Once upon a time, juries consisted of men — usually white men. If the defendant was a woman, the jury still had only men. So much for a jury of one's peers.
We have heard so much about snow over much of the country that we might yearn for some ourselves. However, the freezing temperatures that accompany that snow, we'd just rather do without.
The game of billiards had a better reputation than the game of pool in 1914, it would seem, even though they are the same to many. Perhaps pool halls were the source since they were often considered places of drinking and gambling.
When one thinks of hobbies for the year 1914, motorcycles is probably not the first hobby that comes to mind, except of course, for motorcycle enthusiasts.
Oh, those versatile cactus needles. Who would have thought they could be used as needles on a phonograph?
Once upon a time, it was not unusual to see a horse and wagon out on the street. But it likely was uncommon to see the animal tied in one spot for several hours.
Tales from the Morgue presents a tall tale reminiscent of Big Jim Griffith's history and folklore blog, "A storied desert land."
It has been said that it's a good day when one wakes up and reads the obituaries and does not find himself listed. But perhaps if you read your own obituary, you can have some fun attending your funeral.
This story has nothing to do with Tucson except that it appeared in the Arizona Daily Star, picked up from the Associated Press. It was just rather interesting. You decide if it is worth reading.
The Congress Hotel fire on Jan. 22, 1934, brought about the capture of John Dillinger, but before the capture, the fire was the big news in the Arizona Daily Star.
Tucson is often considered a bicycle-friendly city, but one still hears heated discussions about whether car drivers are prone to crowd cyclists or the cyclists are interfering with traffic flow for cars.
Headlines are important for a newspaper. If the headline doesn't encourage people to read the story below it, the headline didn't work. It's no secret that headlines are occasionally a bit sensational just so people will read more.
When a 35-year-old man elopes with a 13-year-old girl, there will be repercussions. In this case they came when federal authorities decided that they could prosecute the man under Arizona law, which was more severe than the federal law for the crime.
Even back in 1914, people claimed that students left school — even university — deficient in spelling abilities. Shouldn't clerks and stenographers be able to spell?
One hundred years ago today, a blind man who was once a telegrapher and correspondent for the Star in 1881, attended a meeting during which Arizona's governor spoke. The man recognized the governor's voice as that of his former editor at the Star.
Tales from the Morgue presents news that happened 100 years ago today and was reported in the Star a day later.
Yay! The fashion news is in from New York. Women are wearing combinations of two materials in one gown. Can we handle the challenge?
Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is nearing his 20th anniversary on the job. Let's take a look back to his hiring.
Tales from the Morgue presents some items of interest that happened 100 years ago.
One hundred years ago today a motorcade from Phoenix traveled to Tucson for its second annual call on Tucson. The Maricopa Automobile club members were welcomed with speeches and events.
In July and August of 2010, Tales from the Morgue ran a series about a murder at the opening night party of the Silver Slipper night club. It was noted at the end of the series that the club had burned down in the 1930s, but detailed information had not been found. Until now.
It was, no doubt, a heart-rending plea. The Arizona Daily Star received a letter from the children of Greaterville telling of their desperation and hunger. It was early in the Great Depression, and this district showed the situation quite clearly.
They didn't have television to spread the word, but even back in 1908, the Tucson City Council knew that Tucsonans couldn't use water indiscriminately here in the desert.
Did you ever wonder who Arizona's Betsy Ross might have been? Who designed our state flag? It turns out that the design of Arizona's flag began in 1910 when the Arizona rifle team when to the national matches and wanted a flag for the territorial entry.
Isabella Greenway was sworn in as Arizona's newest U.S. Congressional Representative, and the first female representative from Arizona, on Jan. 3, 1934, in the presence of her friend Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt even stopped her knitting as the swearing-in took place.
That green-eyed monster, jealousy, is always getting in the way of a peaceful life — or any life, as occasionally proves to be the case.
The Morgue Lady has been contacted by the grandson of one of the principal players in the attempted train robbery. Farrall Smith has offered many photos that give us insight into life in early 20th-century Tucson.
It's been happening since the beginning of time. Two young men are eyeing the same young lady and come to blows. But this time, one of the men was armed, so a fist fight turned into something that could have been deadly.
We don't realize how easy we have it. Our ice is made in our own homes, in our own refrigerators. Many of use don't even have to open the door of the freezer to get the ice.
While searching for the fates of the Golden State Limited's accused bandits, the Morgue Lady came across this story. The Mexican consul was attempted to help a widow whose husband was a victim of the Samaniego massacre in 1881. It appeared articles from the Arizona Daily Star night help.
The names of the others accused of involvement with the holdup of the Golden State limited were revealed at the preliminary examination of George Winkler Sr.
Alleged train robber F.W. Jirou apparently saw that things weren't going his way. So he confessed, turned state's evidence and named his fellow bandits. One can only assume he would not be eligible for any reward.
Accused train robber Jirou was given a preliminary examination in court and bound over for trial.
The attempted train robbery was still big news in Tucson three days later. Finally an arrest was made, giving people something new to read.
It was at the coroner's inquest that the stories of all the witnesses to the attempted train robbery came together. Knowing it all happened more than 90 years ago, one may now see humor in the descriptions, but the Morgue Lady is sure people were frightened at the time.
By 1922, train robberies weren't quite as common as they had been before the turn of the century, if they had ever been considered common. Soon trains would not be the fastest and easiest way to transfer money, and robberies would not be worth the trouble and risk.
The attempted train robbery happened in the early morning hours of May 15, 1922. For newspapers, this is bad news and good news.
This story has many of the elements needed to make a movie: a train hold-up, a gun battle and a dead body left behind by the surviving robbers. This story, however, unfolded in the pages of the Arizona Daily Star instead of on the silver screen. It wasn't "The Great Train Robbery," but it wo…
Tales from the Morgue takes a break from its usual tales of murder and mayhem to offer something of a lighter nature. Not to worry, however, murder and mayhem will return.
There was a rash of unusual sentences in 1922. Judges decided convicted criminals and society would be better served by learning lessons instead of being locked away. Of course, these lessons were generally meted out to those convicted of non-violent crimes, but not always.