Out Of The Past

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Out of the past: Williams High School drummetts

Williams High School drummetts Norma McDowell, Rosemary Grace, Janelle Owens, Sandra Schnell and Harriet Wilson.

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Out of the past: Williams in the 1950s

Vehicles line Route 66 through Williams in the mid 1950s. Below: A golfer lines up to putt on the green at Elephant Rocks Golf Course in the 1950s.

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Williams aviation history part V: The significance of H.A. Clark to Williams aviation

Despite the excitement when Webber Field was dedicated in Williams in 1925, the following years saw the deterioration of the airfield.

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Out of the past: 1930s sunbathers at Elephant Rocks

Elephant Rocks are a geologic feature consisting of about a half dozen basalt boulders spread out in a small area that resemble elephants and are located at the present day Elephant Rocks Golf Course in Williams.

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Out of the past: Williams in the 1920s

A family stands in front of their car in Williams in the 1920s.

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Out of the past: Children during the 1920s

Children wait for their picture to be taken during a winter snowstorm in Williams in the 1920s.

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Aviation aviation history part III: Williams airstrip used by famed Grand Canyon aviator

The year 1921 stands unique in the history of United States aeronautics. World War I had just ended, and a stimulus of popular curiosity emerged regarding the aircraft that essentially won the war.

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Williams aviation history Part II: Where was the Spirit of St. Louis?

When Charles Lindbergh landed at Webber Field in Williams in April 1928, dozens of residents came out to witness the landing, including local resident E.O. Messimer.

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Out of the past: Williams in the 1920s

Vintage cars park along Historic Route 66 in downtown Williams, circa 1925.

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Williams aviation history part I: Charles Lindbergh makes pit stop in Williams

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first aviator to make a solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh’s feat gained him immediate, international fame. Americans and Europeans idolized the shy, slim young man and showered him with honors.

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Out of the past: Bill Williams Mountain

The San Francisco Peaks can be seen off in the distance.

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1920s in downtown Williams

Downtown Williams in the 1920s.

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Out of the past: Williams in the 1920s

Slagel Street in Williams looking toward the original high school ca. 1920s.

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Out of the past: 1960s North Kaibab National Forest

A spray job (spruce bud worm) on the North Kaibab district and part of the Grand Canyon National Park ca. 1960.

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Out of the past: Williams Pay-N-Take and Billiards Hall

Out of the past: Williams Pay-N-Take and Billiards Hall

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Out of the past: the winter storm of 1948

Williams experienced a heavy winter in 1948.

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The scars of war: Local veteran transitions into civilian life after Afghanistan War

He was older —much older than most of the men on the small base in the mountains of Afghanistan. His men affectionately thought of him as the grandpa of the base and at 49, Michael Rioux was the oldest man in the unit.

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Out of the past: Vintage Viking football highlights

Vikings football players play a game in the early 1950s in Williams.

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Roger Ely recalls how ‘the world changed rapidly’ in Vietnam

In 1966, Roger Ely was 18 years old and was headed to college on a wrestling scholarship when, out of a sense of duty, he asked his uncle to drive him to the recruiter’s office where he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Shortly thereafter, he found himself on his way to Vietnam.

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Korea, a war not to be forgotten: Charles Richard Allen, Williams resident, remembers

By 1950, WWII had been over for five years and the United States and countries around the world were still rebuilding — the last thing they wanted was to fight another war.

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Memories of a Williams WWII veteran: Walter Olmsted

Looking at Walter you might guess he’s around 60 years old, so when he told me he just celebrated his 95th birthday my jaw hit the floor. His energy is contagious and you just can’t help smiling after spending any amount of time with him. Walter Olmsted Jr. was born in upstate New York on Sept. 22, 1922.

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Part 2 of 2: Navajo Ordnance Depot utilizes Austrian POW labor during World War II

The Navajo Ordnance Depot was built in Bellemont in 1942 as an ammunition storage location for the Pacific Theater of World War II.

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Part 1 of 2: Navajo Ordnance Depot integral part of World War II Pacific campaign

Fields of yellow calliopsis flowers, wide swaths of ponderosa pines, the majestic San Francisco Peaks. There is so much to see on I-40 between Williams and Flagstaff, so it’s not surprising if the communities of Bellemont and Camp Navajo slip by unnoticed.

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Out of the past: Second Street and Route 66 era 1981

The Big Indian Trading Post and Kentucky Fried Chicken were located on Second Street and Route 66 in 1981.

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Out of the past: Williams downtown 1981

Downtown Williams 36 years ago.

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