Out of the Past

65 years ago

Feb. 11, 1943

• Harold C. McCabe of Winslow was instantly killed about 8:30 p.m. Monday in the wreck of a westbound Santa Fe freight train about one mile west of Williams. The dead man was removed from the wreckage about 6:30 the following morning after wrecking crews had worked all night in attempting to clear the wreckage from the tracks.

As a result of the blocking of the tracks, six trains were held over in Williams. A troop train and other passenger trains including the Chief were among the number held in Williams. The Fray Marcos was unable to feed all the people from the trains and up town restaurants cooperated. By the time the tracks were cleared and the trains moved on, the cafes' food supply was just about exhausted, but no more exhausted than the help.

50 years ago

Feb. 13, 1958

• A seed planting on the open range was carried out recently through the combined efforts of the Forest Service, local businessman Rod Graves and Larry Ely of the Williams Flying Service. Seeds of crested wheat were sown over approximately 330 acres of land north of the old portion of Highway 66 and west of Williams, in an experimental project to improve grazing.

35 years ago

Feb. 15, 1973

• Friday and Saturday dinner specials at the Parker House included lobster tail for $2.95 or lobster tail and steak for $3.95. Sunday's special featured prime rib of beef dinner for $2.95 and daily lunch specials offered for $1.45.

(Editor's note: The preceding news items were taken out of the Williams News (1889-present).

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