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:
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.
Former mayor George Cumbie turns in 335 signatures on a recall petition of current mayor Roy Villanueva, four months after starting the drive to have Mr. Villanueva removed from office.
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.
Plans are in the works to bring a four-day Caribbean festival to Surprise in March 1999. City Manager Dick McCombs says the event will out-class Chandler’s Ostrich Festival.