100 Years Ago Today: Chevrons Causing Trouble

Akron Weekly Pioneer Press, January 31, 1919 Chevrons are making headlines again! Today's post is a follow up to a previous article filed under '100 Years Ago Today' about chevrons called Marks of Service, which concludes with the author pleading to its readers: "The man who displays any of the chevrons...has done his full duty …

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100 Years Ago Today: Pithy News, Woman Dreams of Teddy Roosevelt’s Death

Moffat County Courier, Number 24, January 30, 1919 Let me get this right. A woman in Moffat County, Colorado had a dream that The Old Lion, The Rough Rider, The Bull Moose, T. R., The Trust Buster, The Hero of San Juan Hill, Mr. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the 26th President of the United States, died …

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100 Years Ago Today: Two Men Killed in Boiler Explosion

Steamboat Pilot, January 29, 1919 Railroading was so incredibly dangerous 100 years ago. One of the reasons why these old pictures and stories of railroad routes through the Rockies leave me shaking my head in awe is just how much risk there was in building, maintaining, and operating these lines. Engine No. 100, pre boiler …

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100 Years Ago Today: Small Son Tells How Father Killed Mother

Herald Democrat, January 28, 1919 Let's fill out some key points to this terrible story. On December 2, 1918, 34-year-old Pearl(e) Centers, plow factory worker, father of nine-year-old Raymond Centers and former husband of now-deceased Daisy Myrtal Centers (34), killed his wife because she refused to reconcile their recent divorce, aka she wouldn't take his …

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100 Years Ago Today: White Gold Saves Colorado Economy

Morgan County Republican, Volume 19, Number 4, January 24, 1919 All hail the sugar beet, aka white gold, a crop that can actually grow in Colorado's arid climate and rocky soil! In 1919 the sugar beet reached an all time high price of $10.02 per ton paid to beet farmers, which was two cents per …

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100 Years Ago Today: Marks of WWI Service

Cheyenne Record, Volume 7, Number 44, January 23, 1919 A chevron is a 'V' shaped stripe that was sewn onto an American Expeditionary Force (AEF) or a stateside soldier's service coat, signifying length of service, honorable discharge, or number of wounds received, depending on the color and the placement of the chevron. Chevrons were also …

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100 Years Ago Today: Forest Service Issues Booklet for Vacationist

Steamboat Pilot, January 22, 1919 As late as the 1860s, the noun 'vacation' was used almost exclusively to describe the time in a school year when class was not in session. It was a time when the schoolhouses and universities were literally vacated. The other use of the word was to describe when an elected …

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