100 years ago: A potato parade float with a winking eye, and a ghost on campus
July 15, 2014
100 years ago in the Greeley Tribune-Republican, for the second week of July 1914:
With the 4th of July over, the three political parties in Weld County have scheduled precinct meetings to discuss candidates for upcoming elections. The Democrats will meet at the Courthouse, the Republicans at City Hall, and the Progressives will meet the next day at City Hall. The "Progressives" would become Teddy Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party.
Johnstown will soon have electric lights. The Electric Light Franchise for the town was approved by city hall last night, and a Denver company won the $5,000 contract. The town will have electricity by Aug. 1, the company spokesman said.
In order to make a major impression at the National Elks Convention in Denver next week, the Greeley Elks Club has built a unique float for the Elks Parade. It will be a giant potato, being driven by horses, and a man dressed as Horace Greeley. The huge potato will have a large eye in the center that will be winking at the spectators.
A.J. Wilcox, 71, and a veteran of the Civil War, was making the trip from Palmer Lake to Laramie, Wyo., to live at the Veteran's Home there. He caught the train in Palmer Lake, but his money only took him as far as Greeley. He had 64 cents left, and his room in Greeley for the night was 50 cents. This morning, he started to walk to Laramie, but collapsed on the road a few miles outside of Greeley. He was found by Weld County Commissioner George Hodgson, who brought him back to Greeley to rest. The county commissioners then bought him a train ticket to Laramie.
J.F. Smith and his daughter, Eula, left from Cortez, Colo., this morning to visit another Smith daughter, and then they will go to Oregon to visit the third daughter, and then they will visit friends in Idaho. They plan to be gone on this vacation for a year.
In Weld County Court this week, A.F. Ray was fined $50 for gambling. He was caught last week shooting craps with some traveling circus people.
The price of live cattle is shooting up, and in Chicago yesterday, it reached a record $9.60 per head. Prices are expected to go as high as $10 to $12 per head by winter.
A visiting lecturer at the Teacher's College, Dr. Thomas Wyche, said the real slaves of today are the children of the plains of middle America, who are forced at an early age to work without pay. "We freed the Negro, we are freeing the women, and now it is time to free the children," Wyche told the students.
A government warning was sent out to farmers in this area that the 7-Year Locust Plague may be coming next month. The last year the locusts moved through her was 1907, so it has been seven years since the last invasion.
A little girl from Greeley, Lillie Jack, was attacked two weeks ago and badly bitten by a bulldog. The analysis of the dog's head revealed rabies, and the girl and her mother spent two weeks at the Boulder Sanitarium, undergoing the Pasteur Treatment. The girl has now fully recovered and is at home in Greeley.
At the Indian Motorcycle Co., 619 8th Ave., a worker was cleaning a motorcycle with gasoline, when another worker walked past with a lighted blowtorch. The explosion destroyed the motorcycle, but neither man was hurt.
A night watchman at the State Teacher's College thought he saw the Pioneer Statue on campus, wandering through the bushes in the middle of the night. He moved closer, and changed his mind; he determined it as a ghost, all in white, and dancing along the edge of the campus water fountain. But he soon learned it was one of the female students on campus, who was walking and dancing in her sleep. She was taken back home by her roommates.
Greeley Police Chief M.H. Morgan arrested two more boys this week for riding their bicycles on the sidewalk. That's three boys arrested in the past week. The fine is $5.
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