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 nine-mile, 25-foot high McMicken Dam along the Beardsley Canal from Peoria to Grand avenues is dedicated. It costs the federal government $3 million. Its goal is to help protect Luke Air Force base from flooding at Tribly Wash. It’s named in honor of Kenneth B. McMicken, the vice president of Goodyear Farms. Sen. Carl Hayden is among the dignitaries in attendance.
The Surprise City Council picks Dick McComb as its new city manager, replacing Nick Bacon, who resigned in July after three years. Mr. McComb was previously the city manager in El Mirage, Coolidge and Gila Bend. The council selected Mr. McComb over former Peoria City Manager James Walker. He will make $54,000 a year.
City approves plans to convert River Boat Acres on Bell Road into a bingo parlor.
The volunteer spring training group, the Sun Dancers, forms with volunteers signing up at Surprise