Mike Peters
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June 7, 2014
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100 Years Ago: Women’s Civic Federation honored; free sack of potatoes given away with marriage license

100 years ago in the Greeley Tribune-Republican, for the first week of June 1914:

The Greeley Women’s Civic Federation was complimented in the newspaper for its community causes, including: a 9 p.m. curfew for children under 18; a censure committee for motion pictures shown in the city; a story-telling hour for children, and the communitywide fly-swatting campaign.

Mrs. G.B. Parks of LaSalle had four hens laying eggs this month — and now she has 57 chicks. Three of the hens had 15 eggs each, and the fourth had 12 eggs, and all 57 hatched. Mrs. Parks is now the Official Champion Chicken Breeder of Weld County.

A former Greeley resident named “Chick” Durning moved to Denver a few months ago, then came back to visit in Greeley when he had a traffic accident and broke his right arm in three places. After a few months, it healed, and Chick came back to Greeley to visit friends. He was at a party at the Camfield Hotel, when he stepped out onto a fire escape to cool off. He slipped off the fire escape and fell two stories into a wooden barrel. He was found unconscious in the barrel and was treated by a doctor. He only suffered several bruises on his body and head. However, Chick returned to Denver and said he would not risk his life again by coming back to Greeley.

Herman Gertie of Greeley was out late and came home in the dark. He didn’t want to wake his wife, so he tiptoed through the house toward the bedroom. However, from the parlor, he saw a large animal, possibly a bear, coming at him quickly. Gertie ran backward, fell over a chair and broke his wrist. That was when he found out that the “hairy monster” was his dog, Schneider, who had fallen asleep under a bearskin rug, and when he saw his master, ran to greet him, still covered with the bear skin. Schneider was not in trouble, and Gertie had his wrist treated by a doctor.

At Gilbert Bros. Drug Store, they are having a sale on a special mixture of buckhorn bark and glycerin, which is a cure for appendicitis and other stomach problems. Stop by the pharmacy and get a bottle to cure your tummy ills.

In stories from London, the women’s suffrage movement (acquiring the right to vote) has turned very violent. Two women attacked and horse-whipped the warden of a London jail, which had been mistreating women prisoners; in Ireland, more suffragettes entered newspaper offices of editors who opposed the vote for women, and horse-whipped two editors. One was seriously injured. All of the suffragettes were arrested.

At the Snyder Brothers’ Ranch outside of Greeley, the owners have had dental problems with their pigs. About half of the 600 pigs on the ranch were suffering from “black tooth,” in which one tooth gets infected and can adversely affect the health of a pig. Therefore, one of the brothers, J.S. Snyder, got a pair of pliers and pulled the one tooth from each of the 300 pigs. They are all doing well now, and Snyder was not injured in the dental undertaking.

The newspaper released information about a free lunch at the downtown Lincoln Park. Go down in the early morning with a knife, and search around the tree stumps in the park for mushrooms. Be certain you know the difference between toadstools and mushrooms before frying them for lunch.

For the first time in Weld County history, two women have been appointed as Weld County Assessors. Miss Belle Hemingway and Miss Etta Coffin have assumed the new posts, which previous were always held by men. Chief Assessor A. L. Mumper said the women are doing an excellent job.

Weld County Clerk J.S. Snook is so upset with the lack of marriage licenses issued this month, that he is offering an incentive. Usually, June is the busiest month for marriages, but the first week of June has already passed, and no local licenses have been applied for. Therefore, the first couple to apply for a marriage license in Weld County this month — will receive a free sack of potatoes.

“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 mpeters26@comcast.net.


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