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SUSANNAH CARNEY Special at Daily Sun

125 years ago

1896: The 20th century will certainly bring a good time to housekeepers. Many inventions foreshadow it. One of these inventions is the electric oven, which even precedes the famous Aladdin oven by Mr. Edward Atkinson. The electric cooker is brilliantly polished on the outside and does not heat up on the outside, which makes it the right thing for the summer. Its interior surface is filled with asbestos to keep the heat inside and temper to a soft, constant glow, required for baking or roasting. The result is closer to that produced on the old Dutch oven than what can be achieved by anything that has been designed since the arrival of the stove. For grilling, frying, stewing, etc., each utensil has its own electrical arrangement. It is placed on the high end and the current is simply turned on. A multi-course dinner can be cooked to perfection without dust, ash, cold, worry or starting a fire.

100 years ago

1921: Many people in Flagstaff have noticed a Ford truck with a tarp spread over two wooden ribs in town in the past two months. It looked like a tourist’s outfit crossing the country with more economy than comfort. The occupants of the car that we now know are Professor HS Colton, an ornithologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and his wife, the latter artist of recognized ability. They study the ruins of small houses scattered around Coconino County, obtaining curiosities and rare materials for a new book on the early Indians of the Southwest. Professor Colton has already written two or three of these books. The ordinary tourist, indeed, the average resident here, does not realize that there are dozens of these little prehistoric houses in their ruins in this county, many of them in an almost perfect state of preservation, and most of them much more interesting than the Cliff Dwellings ever been. But the latter, accidentally located near Flagstaff on the main road, are very famous, while the former are almost unknown and have only been visited by very few.

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