100 Years Ago: Greeley, Front Range buried under 33 inches of snow
December 7, 2013
100 years ago in the Greeley Tribune-Republican, first week in December 1913:
It started snowing on Dec. 1, and the first story in the Tribune-Republican newspaper had praise for the moisture: "The crops are all in and the farmers were generally satisfied to see a blanket snow and moisture. By noon, the average total in Weld County was two inches." The problem was, the snow wouldn't stop. By the second day, 14 inches had fallen in Greeley; on Day No. 3, 22 inches, and all the roads were closed, power lines down, and meetings canceled; the fifth-day total came to 33 inches and was the deepest snow ever in Weld. Along the Front Range, cities from New Mexico to Wyoming, five feet of snow had fallen. Cities throughout the snowstorm were shut down. The horse-drawn snow plows couldn't clear the streets; ranchers couldn't reach — let alone find — their cattle and horses. Electrical power was off throughout the Front Range and Greeley.
Ground was broken for the new Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. It will be made of Colorado marble.
After petitions from the residents, the Greeley City Council has hired a man to drive his wagon through town, collecting all the garbage and manure set out for him. The system will work for a trial of six months, costing the city $1,000 for the collection and disposal of trash, garbage and manure.
In different stories throughout the week, the newspaper pleads with its readers to first "Feed the birds," who are starving because of the heavy snow, then other requests were printed, including feeding the squirrels and the pheasants to keep them from starving. No such message was sent out for the hated beavers along the South Platte River. In recent weeks, many large trees had been cut down by beavers, building their homes and dams. It is against Colorado law to kill beavers, so the land owners who were losing many trees had no recourse.
Homeless men who come to the jail at night for a place to sleep are allowed to stay, if they promise to shovel the continuous snow from the jail's sidewalks the next morning.
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A visitor to this area, John Ensley, had $300 coming to him in wages from an Eaton farmer after they harvested the farmer's sugar beets. The farmer, J.L. Lance of Eaton, told Ensley he would have to wait for his check, just like everyone else, until the sugar company sent their payments. Ensley couldn't wait, and challenged Lance to a duel — winner take all. Ensley had a handgun and was pointing it at Lance when he made the duel proposition. Ensley was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and threats against the farmer. In court, Ensley said he was from the south, and that's the way they settled disputes where he came from.
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WANTED: Girl for housework. Country girl preferred. Phone Greeley 616 evenings.
From the daily column "Efficient House Keeping," a column about cooking a turtle, or terrapin. "The ordinary way of killing the turtle is to plunge it alive into boiling water, but so many vegetarians complained, the method has changed. Now we chop off their heads with a sharp knife, and THEN plunge them into boiling water."
"Frank Silvey, a Denver policeman on vacation, and who was spending time with his brother here, was taken to Denver last night upon a warrant served by his wife, charging him with non-support."
In an interview with Professor Mitchinoff, the famous Russian bacteriologist, he gave the secret of preventing or curing cancer: first, gather up all your knives, forks and spoons and pass them through the flame of a Bunsen burner; eat no raw fruits or vegetables – boil them all; boil and filter all the water you use; toast all bread before eating to get rid of cancer-causing microbes. The professor said he has found the cures to all cancers, and that the disease is not hereditary, as some people claim. It is caused by cancer microbes on your uncooked foods.
Special at the Park Merchandise Co.: Ham, 20 cents per pound; Bacon, 22 cents/pound; 5-pound bucket of pure lard, 70 cents; 10-pound bucket of pure lard, $1.35
Weld County Clerk J.E. Snook announced they have issued 778 automobile licenses and 251 motorcycle licenses this year. All the county licenses must be renewed each year, so those sold this year will expire at the end of 1913.
"100 Years Ago" is taken from the original pages of The Greeley Tribune, The Weld County Republican, and, when they merged, The Greeley Tribune-Republican. Questions or comments may be sent to email@example.com.