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Arizona Citizen, Phoenix, 27 Feb 1909

The Name Agreed Upon After a Fierce Wrangle

Its name is Greenlee, the new county that was cut off from Graham yesterday, under the agreement which had been reached the day before between the Hill folk and the reluctant Valley folk. The terms of the agreemnt had been put into an amendment offered by Mr. Hampton of the council to the division bill which had been introduced by Mr. Finley. It was ruled that the amendments could not be attached in time to bring the bill to action yesterday, and late in the day a new bill covering the agreement was brought into the house.

Instead of Lincoln, it christened the new county Greenlee, after old Mace Greenlee, the first prospector who ever explored that country and after whom that rich mining district has long been called. The name was satisfactory to the people of both factions, but when it was brought before the 'council, it did not please Councilman O'Neill or the republican members of the council, who had heard about Lincoln county so much that they had got used to the name and would have no other.

A filibuster over it was instituted and call after call of the house was demanded until long after dark: Finally the name was accepted and the bill was passed. As has been stated, it will not become effective until January 1, 1911, but the officers of the new county will be chosen at the next general election. The new county will assume all the indebtedness of Graham county $146,000. The amended bill also gives Greenlee county a little less area than the first bill contemplated.

The Copper Era, Clifton, 04 Mar 1909

Large Number of Citizens Resolve Against Wait for County Division.

When it became known in Clifton that an amendment had been made to the county division bill, which placed the entire debt on the shoulders of the new county, provided for the purchase of one-half of the toll road, and a further clause that the law should not become effective until just before the general election in 1010, the citizens of Clifton called a mass meeting at Library ball last Friday evening to adopt resolutions for the purpose of defeating the amendment before the house and council took action on the final passage.

Although the time was short for advertising a large number of citizens were present. The meeting was organized and the following elections made: G. A. Franz, chairman and George Carlton secretary M. H. Kane made a brief report as to the conditions in Phoenix, stating that immediate county division look ed most favorable the first few days the delegation was there. The bill was drawn and ready for introduction, but some "delay took place as Mr. Hampton bad met with a delegation from the valley and decided upon a compromise, which he considered to be the right thing. Before the bill was drawn the Clifton-Morenci delegation had agreed that if they could secure immediate division they would be willing to assume the indebted ness of Graham county $147,000 and also purchase one-half of the toll road. But Mr. Hampton's proposition was to include those concessions and extend the time to August 31, 1910. The committee would not accept this proposition, whereupon Mr. Hampton refused to introduce the division bill. The original bill for immediate division was then placed in the hands of Councilman Finley, who introduced it, but Mr. Hampton succeeded in placing his amendment to it.

W. K Wayland, who was also a member of the delegation, reported his views on the situation, being of the opinion that unless we were willing to accept the amendment and have division two years hence, we were not likely to get it at all. He also stated that he thought Mr. Hampton was acting in good faith with the people of both ends of the county.

Ira Harper, who also returned that evening from the capitol, was of the opinion that if the amendment could be removed the division bill would pass. Otherwise his remarks were similar to those of Mr. Kane.

Mr. Franz discussed the situation from beginning to end, and after all who wished had spoken a vote was taken to decide whether or n it the meeting would adopt resolutions against what was known as the proposed compromise, and declaring for immediate division. The motion carried unanimously, with but one possible exception, after which the following resolutions were adopted: To the 25th Legislative Assembly of Arizona.

At a mass meeting of the citizens of Clifton, at Clifton. Arizona, held on the 20th day of February. 1909, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:

RESOLVED that the citizens of Clifton. Arizona, regardless of political affiliations, are tor the immediate division of Graham County, and are absolutely opposed to the so called compromised measure now pending in the Legislature of Arizona, which proposes to impose present conditions two years longer."

G. A. Franz, Chairman.

Tom Gee, formerly employed on the Double Circle ranch, is now garding the prisoners on the county road work being done by Overseer Webster.

A fine daughter arrived in Clifton last Saturday afternoon to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. K. A. Loerch. All doing nicely and Papa Loerch will recover.

Dave Lloyd, who met with an accident at the Shannon concentrator a couple of weeks ago that laid him up for repairs, has now recovered sufficiently to be out again.

Wade White, one of the employes of the A. C. electrical department, underwent an operation at the hospital last week for appendicitis. He was quite sick for a few days after the operation, but is now getting along nicely.

At the stockholders meeting of the Clifton Water company, held in Clifton Monday, the following officers and directors were elected: Henry Hill, president; E. M. Williams, vice-president; W. F. Hagan, C. E. Mills, H. S. Van Gorder. C. A. Van Dorn was elected secretary and treasurer and M. I. Warden, superintendent.

Miss Blanche Reynolds, of Topeka, Kansas, arrived in Clifton last Sunday on a visit to her aunt, Mrs. John M. Webster.

Miss Mary Terrell left Sunday for Solomonville, where she will attend the wedding of Miss Lacy, and also visit friends.

C. N. Catlin, one of the proprietors of the Independent Assay office, left this morning on a short visit to his old home in Nebraska.

E. C. Mason, one of the pharmacists employed in the A. C. drug store, returned to Clifton last week, after a short visit to his old ____ in Alabama.


Miss Knodel, who has been spending the winter with her sister, Mrs. Talcott, left for her home Tuesday morning in Irvington on the Hudson.

Mrs. Goldecker left for her home in Denver Monday morning, after spending the winter with her daughters, Mrs. John Parks and Mrs. F. H. Rathburn.

W. P. Johnson left Monday morning for his home near Albuquerque, N. M. He expects to spend two months on the farm and thoroughly rest up before returning.

Mr. and Mrs. Walse will leave for Los Angeles Saturday morning. Mr. Walse has been the chef at Hotel Morenci for some time, and he and his wife have made many friends during their stay here who regret to see them go but wish them success wherevery they decide to locate.

Mrs. Geo. Hall gave a party in North Clifton last Friday evening in honor of the 52nd birthday of her husband. A number of friends of the family were present and among the presents received by Mr. Hall was a handsome gold watch from his wife.

The Copper Era, Clifton, 11 Mar 1909

A large number of the old timers of Clifton this week had the remains of Mason Greenlee removed from the Shannon hill cemetery to the new Masonic cemetery up Ward's canyon. Mr. Greenlee was one of the first prospectors who had confidence enough in the values of the Clifton-Morenci district to risk his life with the Indians in order to locate the oldest claims in the Greenlee Mining district.

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