Mike Peters
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100 years ago: A funny looking rabbit, a 6 mph speed limit and a runaway horse buggy

100 years ago in the Greeley Tribune-Republican, for the fourth week in July 1914:

C.A. Dill of Lucerne couldn’t believe his eyes this morning when he went to his rabbit hutch and found a newborn rabbit unlike any he’s ever seen. The rabbit was normal, except in one respect: it has a squirrel’s tail. Dill said he didn’t think any male squirrels had been sneaking into the rabbit hutch.

In Hudson, two 21-year-old men were arrested for breaking into a farmer’s bunkhouse and stealing $45 in cash. Police said the men are part of a gang operating in this area.

In a newspaper column, C.H. Wolfe ponders the day when everyone in Greeley will own an automobile machine. He said young people are not saving money for an education anymore, but saving to buy a car. The farmer is the only person who can own a car responsibly, Wolfe said: “He doesn’t neglect his work to go joyriding, and he isn’t often guilty of speeding, and he won’t require a new and expensive car every year.

Eleven-year-old Percy Richter was attending a barn dance with his parents last night when he got tired and crawled into the hayloft to sleep. A short time later, he fell out of the loft, landing on his feet and not injuring himself. He told the folks at the dance that he was dreaming he was in one of the new flying machines, and it tipped over, dumping him out.

The new German Evangelical Lutheran church was completed in La Salle. It cost $1,500 to build the new church which will serve both German- and English-speaking parishioners. The early Sunday morning service will be in German, and the later service in English.

A feud between ranchers in the Barnesville area came to a head yesterday, when some of Lon Russell’s cows wandered onto the land of Thomas McNally, and McNally shot eight of them. He was arrested and taken to jail by Deputy Frasier.

Convicts from the Colorado State Penitentiary continue to work on the road between Greeley and Kersey, while they camp along the route. One of the prisoners, who was causing problems, was taken back to the penitentiary yesterday.

Tourist travel through Greeley is increasing, as seen by a special transcontinental motorcar coming into town this week. It was from Fort Worth, Texas, and its destination is Estes Park. They stopped overnight in Greeley and the passengers and driver all agreed that the roads in Weld County are the best they’ve encountered since leaving Fort Worth.

In Greeley Traffic Court, there have been a number of defendants who were charged with speeding in their automobile or motorcycles, and they all have claimed they weren’t exceeding the 6 mph speed limit in town. The judge said the drivers have just been too busy in getting to their destination that they haven’t been looking at their speedometers.

A jackrabbit was blamed for the loss of a horse buggy yesterday near Briggsdale. The rabbit suddenly jumped onto the road in front of the horse-drawn buggy of A.F. Wagoner. The horse spooked and ran cross-country for three miles as Wagoner tried to rein them in. The buggy finally hit a fence post and was completely destroyed. Neither Wagoner nor his horses were injured.

Several kernels of corn were found in an earthen jar in southwestern Colorado, apparently dating back 1,000 years to the cliff dwellers in that area. Major C.C. Townsend of Greeley received five kernels of the corn and planted them in his garden. Many thought they would never grow. He now has plenty of corn, as the stalks have reached more than 10 feet tall, and the ears of corn are up to 14 inches long

CpL. James Tanner, the county’s registrar of wills, was walking with his usual limp to his office when a stranger stopped him. The stranger said he could help Tanner overcome his limp by using a “special psychopathic treatment of his leg nerves.” The corporal said he couldn’t be helped, and the man asked “Why?” Said Tannner: “Because 52 years ago at the second Battle of Bull Run, a bomb shell blew off both my legs.” The man apologized and went on his way, and Cpl. Tanner, as he has done every day for decades, limped his way into work.

“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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