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Posted: Tuesday, September 9, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:01 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1916, Glendale and Phoenix were flooded when the Arizona, Grand and Maricopa canals were breached by flood waters.

On this date in 1929, Judge J.E. Jones, northern Arizona’s pioneer, died at his home in Flagstaff. Jones had been the first probate judge of Coconino County and had once published a weekly paper — the Flagstaff Democrat.

On this date in 1936, Francisco Hernandez, pioneer Tucson stone mason, died. He had helped build the old courthouse, the Carnegie Library, St. Joseph Academy and the first structure at the University of Arizona.

On this date in 1936, Tucson and Pima County applied to the federal government for permission to construct a 250-foot high dam in Sabino Canyon.

Thursday, Sept. 11

On this date in 1898, a fire destroyed the city of Jerome. Every residence and all but one business in the town were destroyed. Three people were killed and 1,500 left homeless.

On this date in 1899, the doors of the Northern Arizona Normal School, now Northern Arizona University, opened.

On this date in 1911, free liquor passed out at Republican Campaign Headquarters on Meyer Street in Tucson resulted in two shootings.

On this date in 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a button in Washington, D.C., and 12 huge valves opened at the Hoover Dam to generate the first electric power produced by the dam.

Friday, Sept. 12

On this date in 1890, the Democratic Territorial Convention met in Phoenix and police had to be called to quell the floor battle for control of the convention.

On this date in 1893, cattlemen and farmers of Cochise and Graham counties were warned to go armed at all times as the Apache Kid was believed to be in the area.

Saturday, Sept. 13

On this date in 1886, Hiram Stevens “Hi” Corbett, son of early Tucson pioneer J. Knox Corbett, was born.

On this date in 1898, four troops of Rough Riders, numbering about 250, were mustered out and the Rough Riders flag was sent to the Governor of the Arizona Territory.

On this date in 1920, a shortage of dormitory space compelled students at the University of Arizona to canvass the city of Tucson, house by house, in search of room and board.

On this date in 1929, lightning struck into a band of sheep on Chevelon Creek, killing 182 of them.

On this date in 1929, excavators digging at the new Pima County courthouse site uncovered the double mesquite floor of the first jail in Tucson. A huge block of stone with a hand-forged ring bolt in the center was found set in the old floor.

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