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.

Dec. 4, 1912

Eighteen law suits, extending over a period of six years, and involving about $85,000, were settled yesterday morning by compromise. The suits arose from the flood at Clifton, Ariz., in 1906 when the dam of the Detroit Copper company at Morenci broke. The water swept down the country, and did great damage to the houses and stores in its path.

When the cases were first brought to trial before Judge Campbell, of Tucson, they were thrown out of court on a demurrer. The cases were taken to the supreme court and were ordered reinstated, the decision of the lower court being reversed. The cases did not come to trial on the reversal of this decision, but were settled by compromise.

It is alleged by the plaintiffs in the case, the people whose property was damaged at Clifton, that the valuation of the stuff destroyed was $85,000. On the compromise, it is understood that this sum was not allowed the plaintiffs, by the defendant the Detroit Copper company.

The time of the disaster was December 3, 1906, exactly six years ago yesterday. There were originally 19 cases, but 18 of those have been settled and it was thought that the remaining case would be finished within a few days. It is a suit for $5,000. Hereford and Curley, of Tucson, were attorneys for the Clifton people.

Arizona Daily Star

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