In this year leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Nov. 23, 1912

The pessimists who predicted that with Democratic victory would come commercial depression have one more try coming if they included Tucson in the scope covered in their gloomy guesses. Instead of depression, the metropolis of Arizona is up and going faster than it has ever moved before towards its ultimate destiny of supremacy.

An era of expansion is not only being experienced by those who have fingers on the pulse of the business world but is plainly visible to anyone who cares to look. Within the fortnight the Criterion shoe establishment and the Cunningham bowling alleys opened for patrons; Pierre A. Rally has added one more to the list of jewelry shops in the city, and four stores hitherto vacant are being made ready for tenants.

Mr. Rally was for several months head watchmaker with the Greenwald & Adams company, and comes from France with a master's equipment in training and ability. His store at 25 North Stone avenue is as yet but partially in readiness for business, but will be fully furnished in time for the holiday trade. At 22 North Church street Jerry Zeigler and J. M. L. Alphonso Andlauer are making ready for the opening of The States cafe, which is scheduled for December 1. Mr. Zeigler has been with the Rossi establishment for a considerable time and has proved his capacity for making loyal patrons out of casual customers, and his partner, Mr. Andlauer, was formerly proprietor of the Vienna cafe in Tucson.

Probably the most important enterprise to be added to the commercial life of the city in several months is the Racket store, which will open sometime next week at 219 South Sixth avenue, with varied lines of merchandise including dry goods, notions, household furnishings and other departments. The men behind the concern owned until recently a string of stores in California cities, operating in Hanford, Coffeville, Oraville and elsewhere in that state. These places have been sold, and after a thorough investigation of several cities in the Southwest, Tucson was chosen as the base of operation for the group of stores that will be opened in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Henry Napier, who will be manager of the Tucson Racket store, is formerly of New Orleans, and has had many years of successful experience in merchandising. He joined the Racket forces in California and was an important factor in building up the business of the company to profitable proportions. Mr. Napier cannot give an exact announcement at this time of the opening date, a slight delay having been occasioned by shipments not arriving when expected.

At 31 North Church, Henry Barr and Ed Hayes, both residents of Tucson and well known, have opened a short-order restaurant. The former Levy store at 56 East Congress street is to be transformed into a modern billiard parlor and pool room by Messrs B. W. Nichols and W. Sullinger. New tables and other equipment have been ordered from the most celebrated makers in the country, part of which has arrived and the rest is expected in a few days.

And these are purely local. What will result from the entrance to the city of the El Paso and Southwestern railroad system involves figures too large to be discussed calmly. It requires a Morgan or a Perkins, someone who can think in millions and not get excited. Anyway, Tucson is prosperous, and indications are that the advance is going to make unusually rapid strides before spring.

Arizona Daily Star

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