Clipped From Arizona Republic
4 Fredoiiians killed in plane crash FREDONIA Four prominent Fredo-nia Fredo-nia Fredo-nia men, including the former mayor, were killed yesterday when their plane crashed at dusk while approaching for a landing. ' Coconino County sheriff's investigators said the single-engine single-engine single-engine aircraft, returning from a trip to Kingman, plunged to the ground as it was circling for a final approach to the Kanab, Utah, airport, 7 miles north of here. THE DEAD WERE identified as Ar-land Ar-land Ar-land Brooksby, former mayor, bishop of the Fredonia Ward of the Church of Jesus Jesus Christ of Latter-day Latter-day Latter-day feaints and the Conoco Oil Co. distributor; Eldon Johnson, Johnson, rancher, cattle inspector for Cocon ino" County, former town marshal and a counselor in the LDS Fredonia Ward; Merrill Button, in charge of the Arizona boarder checking station, and Vernon Jake, director of the Kaibab Indian Agency. The Federal Aviation Agency said the plane, piloted and owned by Brooksby, crashed about 1 mile north of the Arizona Arizona border checking station. A witness, Kenny Birch of Fredonia, said he was watching the plane when it gave a little nose dive, apparently recovered, recovered, then suddenly nosed down and spiraled into the ground. Investigators said Birch returned to the border station and informed them of the crash. The crash occurred about 5:30 p.m. THE SHERIFF'S office said the men were returning from a conference in Kingman on flood control for the Fredonia Fredonia area. Brooksby, a member of a pioneer family which settled here in the 1890's, was the first mayor when Fredonia became became a town in 1956. He reportedly served in that position for three two-year two-year two-year terms. Brooksby Johnson and Button were all in their 50's. Jake was reportedly in his early 30s.