Out of the Past
70 years ago
Nov. 26, 1936
The past week witnessed the silent disappearance of all slot machines in the city with no one willing to make predictions as to when the merchants might feel inclined to return them.
The reason for the disappearance seems clouded with mystery but numerous rumors as to the cause are afoot none of which, however, can be verified. One is to the effect that the cause is the result of a battle between rival slot machine owners while another which seems more steadily accepted as the real cause is word that an injunction was being sought barring their use, but just who was seeking the injunction seemed as deep a mystery as anything else connected with the disappearance.
50 years ago
Nov. 29, 1956
Some of the residents of north Williams say they are beginning to appreciate what the southern California smog eaters are going through as they are getting what southern California is, including a slight eye irritation. It's smoke from the sawdust, which they say begins to boil every time there is a wind and lays a heavy pail of smoke over that section of the city when there is a stiff north wind. The sawdust has been alternating between smoldering and burning for several months and some of the residents claim the worst feature is the odor, which every article has absorbed. There is one bright spot in the local picture that does not appear in the southern California picture and that is that the minute a foot or two of snow falls the local irritation will be erased.
35 years ago
Dec. 2, 1971
The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and city crew has been busy this past week placing Christmas trees along the main streets of the city. Each business has been asked to decorate the tree in front of his business establishment ‹ no lights, just inexpensive decorations.
The official city Christmas tree will be placed on the corner of Fourth Street and Bill Williams Avenue, and a plea for lights for the tree is being made.
Anyone having an extra string of outdoor lights is asked to drop them by the Chamber of Commerce office.
(Editor's note: The preceding news items were taken out of the Williams News (1889-present).