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.
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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.
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"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.