100 Years Ago: Stores in Greeley, Fort Collins accidentally sell alcohol; Frederick resident first woman in Weld to get hunting license
January 14, 2014
100 years ago in the Greeley Tribune-Republican, the first week in January 1914:
Greeley and Fort Collins, both "dry" towns, where alcoholic beverages are prohibited, have been selling the very popular Bryan Grape Juice and Bryan Raspberry Juice in recent weeks. It is one of the best-selling items in the stores. The shopkeepers have now learned the "juice" contains 8 percent alcohol, and that may be the reason it is so popular. The juices have been barred in Fort Collins, but Greeley businesses are still selling the beverages, until they are officially outlawed in their city.
"Dock" Dotson of Eaton is in jail following a late night episode in a section of Eaton called "Little Japan." Dotson and his friend Jim Smith of Eaton were both enjoying their times in a Little Japan bar, when Smith told Dotson to pay him the money he owed. Dotson said, "I'll pay you back with a six-shooter." Dotson then went to his home to get his gun, and when Smith saw him approaching the bar, Smith started running. Dotson took two shots, but missed. He was arrested shortly thereafter. Two days later he was fined $25 and sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Apparently because of the deep snow still on the ground from the Dec. 1 blizzard, Jackrabbits have been herding together and attacking farmer's haystacks and eating most of the hay. Northern Weld County farmer Frank James lost five tons of hay to the rabbits. The next day, Frank organized a hunting party of 30 men, and they killed 7,000 rabbits in one day.
In many areas around Colorado and the United States, women cannot be teachers if they are married. However, a nationwide survey showed that married women make very good teachers. The best teachers, according to the survey, are widows, and the worst are spinsters.
Mrs. A.A. Patterson of Frederick is the first woman to get a hunting license in Weld County. She and her husband were among 170 residents who got their hunting licenses the first week of this year.
E.K Whitehead, Superintendent of the State Society For the Protection of Children and Animals, proposed to the state Legislature that the state should have a whipping post for men who neglect their duties or abuse their children and animals. Men who refused to work and support their family would get 10 lashes, for example, and more if they didn't promise to get a job right away. There could be more lashes for men who beat their children or their horses.
In Mexico, the civil war continues. Pancho Villa, already known as the Governor of Chihuahua, Mexico, said he is now General Villa, and has command of 9,000 rebels against 4,000 federales. Leading the rebel troops against the federal forces, Villa has become a hero in Mexico.
Tribune Ad: "Will the person who received the $5 gold piece instead of a nickel in their change, please return the gold piece to the Tribune."
The Greeley members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union are working to pass a national law that will forbid the sale and possession of alcohol across the United States. The local WCTU is hosting two meetings this week to show how prohibition will work to clean up America.
At Hibbs Clothing, men's $1.50 shirts are now 95 cents; at the Park Merchandise Store, men's $20 suits are selling for $11; At Cahill's Women's Shop, $5 women's skirts are now $3.95.
Just as the roads of Weld County and streets in most of the cities have been cleared since the December blizzard, another snowstorm hit this week, leaving several inches of snow. Officials said they should be able to clear the new snow off roads and sidewalks in just a few days.
The high school division of the State Teacher's College is having a good year. The high school boys beat the Windsor team 20-3. It was an exciting game, despite the score.
In Fort Lupton, the school district closed two buildings because they were in bad condition, and so far this year, the 7th and 8th graders in the school were having classes in the attic room over the downtown hardware store. A new school building is being built and should be finished soon.
The Superintendent of Schools in Windsor announced he has found a way to improve spelling scores in the schools. Starting this week, the grade that has the best spelling scores each week will get a half-day off from school.
According to a rabbi, speaking to a group at Carnegie Hall in New York, jitterbug dancing is not dancing at all, but it's just a form of sexual excitement. That's why they want to outlaw the dance.
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.