10 years ago

June 18, 2009

  • The sprawling area between Florence and Queen Creek has boomed over the last 12 years ... and the postal service will recognize it next month with a new ZIP code for “Bella Vista, AZ.”
  • The historic AOUW Cemetery off Adamsville Road has been cleared of weeds and brush, thanks to the persistent efforts of Eva Salazar of Florence. She doesn’t have any family in the old cemetery, but is proud of Florence’s historical sites.
  • Sal Rodriguez of Florence made the perfect sandwich in just 41 seconds in Subway of Arizona’s annual contest. He won an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., this summer for the international contest.

24 years ago

June 22, 1995

  • Two new full-time officers, John Harkness and Bill Gaston, have joined the Police Department.
  • The Florence Chamber of Commerce unveiled its new billboard to help tourism and local business. The sign was purchased with funds from the Arizona Office of Tourism and funds raised by Chamber President Sandy Tyus. Pictured are Tyus, Treasurer Larry Pfeiffer and other chamber members. The sign, facing north on Highway 79, emphasizes the town’s historic sites, museums, parks, shopping and movie sites.
  • Navy Chief Petty Officer Roy E. Brown, son of Sarah Brown of Florence and Melvin J. Brown of Sacaton, departed on a two-month overseas deployment with the commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet aboard the USS Blue Ridge.

33 years ago

June 19, 1986

  • Jean Fowler of Phoenix and her mother, Sarah Arnold of Florence, are pictured picking grapes in the Florence Vineyard on Highway 287. The Red Flame seedless grapes will be good for about four more weeks and are being sold for 25 cents a pound. The vineyard, owned by Delbert Lewis, is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
  • After being in the hands of Eric and Pat Strube for almost half a century, Strube’s General Merchandise Store is now owned by Jo Dipple of Chandler. Dipple has plans of renovating the 1897 building and opening it by mid-September. Going on now to the end of June is a “rock bottom” clearance sale. A familiar face in the store, Mary Ruiz, is staying.
  • Florence’s Rick Garcia was the winning pitcher Saturday at the annual North-South All-Star game in Mesa. Playing center field for the South was Florence’s John “Berto” Silvas. At bat, Silvas was 0 for 2 with two runs. Garcia was 0 for 3 with one run on a walk in the seventh.

45 years ago

June 20, 1974

  • Third Class Petty Officer Jimmy Ray Herndon, son of Mrs. Isabel Herndon, 1208 Willow St., was “Sailor of the Month” on the U.S.S. Deliver. Herndon is a 1972 graduate of Florence Union High School.
  • Future Farmers of America officers attending a training conference in the White Mountains at the end of May were President Lalo Delgado; Vice President Kim Barteau; Treasurer Robert Perry; Reporter Carl Douglas; Sentinel David Martin; and Parliamentarian Leonard Ordway.

54 years ago

June 18, 1965

  • Pat Mahoney, daughter of Judge and Mrs. T.J. Mahoney of Florence, is pictured taking a photo of the Pinal County high school girls attending Girls State at University of Arizona.
  • Dan Folsom won two gold medals in the Arizona School for the Deaf and the Blind to take fourth place in the Class C meet. Dan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Folsom of Valley Farms.
  • Florence 4-H All Around Club members attended camp last week at Bud Brown’s Friendly Pines in Prescott. Representing the Florence club were James Bollhauve, Carol Lewis, Don Frizzell, Erwin Mahoney, Nancy Lippert, Lynette Angley, Mark Mahoney, Sue LaMar, Eddie Taylor, Alva Swearengin, Clifford Smith, Richard Smith, Larry Smith, Sylvia Argel, Teresa Argel and Sandra Mohr.
  • Royden Construction Co. of Phoenix Tuesday was the apparent low bidder for the Florence Flood Control Project. Construction of the main flood control structures, stretching for nearly six miles around the southeast and eastern sides of town, is to start at the earliest possible date this summer, with completion due about May 1, 1966.

70 years ago

June 17, 1949

Florence Lions presented a stage play, “Laff it Off,” composed of 10 scenes depicting various features in a daily newspaper. Mr. and Mrs. Levi Thompson played the couple who read the newspaper and saw the news come to life. The most versatile actor was R. E. Fulton, who impersonated Dorothy Dix and demonstrated the correct method of bathing a baby. Miss Angie Arriola was pianist.

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