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:
Del Webb Co. buys 20,000 acres of the Boswell Ranch around Bell Road for $20 million. It concerns the area west of Peoria, north of Olive Avenue toward Bell Road. It’s believed to be Arizona’s largest financial exchange of agricultural history at the time. The farm specializes in cotton, small grains and alfalfa.
The Surprise Town Council votes to add to councilmembers to the fold. Ernest Scritchfield and Clarence Hall are named to the council.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety clears town police officers of physical and verbal abuse accusations by several citizens. Mayor Harold Yingling requested the investigation in November 1980.
Town Council votes to approve a council reorganization. Roy Villanueva is named appointed new mayor.
Wittmann makes attempt at incorporation in order to not be annexed by Surprise.
Assistant City Manager Jim Rumpeltes is promoted to city manager, replacing Bill Pupo, whom the City Council fires with a 4-2 vote.
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