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100 years ago: Bootlegging arrests clog courts; candy and cigars woo voters; mud is a problem in downtown Greeley

Mike Peters
For The Tribune

One-hundred years ago from the pages of the Greeley Tribune-Republican, for the fourth week of November 1916:

The president of the Greeley National Bank, celebrating the bank's deposits passing the $1 million mark, gave each bank employee a free turkey for Thanksgiving.

A clerical error in the County Elections Office showed the wrong winner of the Weld County Surveyor's race. Three weeks after the election, Harry Thompson was told he did not win the election after all, and his opponent, L.L. Stimson, was the real winner.

Weld County Courts are overrun with pending cases, and the judges are trying to speed up the trials to get them all finished. The problem is the recent arrest of 19 men for bootlegging. All have pleaded not guilty and will have their day in court.

In the presidential race three weeks ago, Woodrow Wilson was the winner over Charles Evans Hughes. But the election wasn't final until the California vote was completed just this week. Today, Hughes sent President Wilson a telegram, conceding the election.

The Greeley Censors Bureau has issued a warning to Greeley residents. The picture show now at the Sterling Theater downtown, "The Pearl of Paradise," may have some fine scenes of the oceans and jungles, the moral of the story is not what many people would enjoy.

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Weld County's champion jail-bird has been arrested again. Joe Acosta, 25, of Eaton was just arrested for bootlegging for the fifth time. He'd also been in jail for 180 days last year on a murder charge, but the charge was dismissed and he was released.

In Spaulding, Neb., the police arrested Jean Crones, the Chicago anarchist who poisoned 200 prominent guests at a Chicago Catholic banquet last winter. Chicago police are on their way to Nebraska to bring Crones back for trial.

Despite today's high cost of living, a Thanksgiving dinner can be prepared for about the same price as last year's dinner. A turkey dinner with all of the extras will cost about $6, which is the same amount as last year.

Duck hunters built an illegal dam across the creek at Beebee Draw so they didn't have to go all the way to Milton Reservoir to hunt ducks. The dam broke last night, washing out two sections of road and causing much damage. It is still being determined if the men will be prosecuted.

In his campaign for Weld County Constable, J.M. Peterson said he spent $77. Most of the money paid for candy and cigars he gave away to win voters.

The whole country is talking about the mass shooting in Philadelphia. A maniac jumped aboard a railroad car and started shooting. He shot four people before he hid in the car from police. After an exchange of more than 100 shots with police, the maniac jumped off the train, but was captured by police.

Editorial: "The mud in downtown Greeley has been so bad because of the snowstorm, that we now support the idea of paving the streets. Downtown is one of the busiest areas in Greeley, and now that we have so many automobile machines that get stuck in the mud, we believe those streets should be paved."

—"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.