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A look back at Surprise's history on this week

Posted 10/9/20

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records.

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A look back at Surprise's history on this week

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Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the City of Surprise historical records:

1960

The Dysart School Carnival offers Salk polio shots for $1 each.

1966

The Rev. Doyle Moore collapses, has a heart attack and dies just minutes after the Town Council fired him as clerk and magistrate. Councilman Curtis Ashworth tries to revive Mr. Moore with oxygen in a photo captured by the Arizona Republic. Mr. Moore was one of five original town councilmembers.

1987

Surprise Mayor George Cumbie has reimbursed the town $265.77 for personal phone calls he made during non-business hours to places such as Bedford, Indiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Elk Grove, California. The calls dated back to 1984.

1996

The Regional Public Transportation Authority officials extend Bus Route 106 from Peoria to a park and ride location near Surprise City Hall and a stop at the Sundome in Sun City West. After a fast start the first couple months, the route doesn’t last long in Surprise.

2003

Surprise begins testing curbside recycling thanks to a $195,000 state grant. The Mountain Vista Ranch and West Point neighborhoods are the first to try it out.

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