100 Years Ago Today: Airedales Are Kings Among Dogs

Herald Democrat, March 12, 1919 Today, dogs perform dozens of specialized services for people, such as the work of Autism Assistance Dogs, Veteran Service Dogs, Brace/Mobility Support Dogs, Avalanche Rescue Dogs, Psychiatric Service Dog, and many more. But back in 1919, the idea that dogs could be trained to perform such highly skillful tasks, beyond …

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100 Years Ago Today: Women Vying for Fire Lookout Jobs

Fort Collins Courier, March 11, 1919 The first woman ever hired as a Fire Lookout by the U.S. Forest Service was Hallie Morse Daggett, who was the Lookout at Eddy's Gulch Lookout Station atop Klamath Peak in Klamath National Forest in Northern California, starting in 1913, when the Lookout log cabin seen below was first …

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100 Years Ago Today: When Skiing Meant Ski Jumping

Creede Candle, March 8, 1919 Before the advent of the Telemark turn or the Stem Christie turn, the Nordic-imported term, skiing, meant either ski jumping or cross country ski travel, rather than the shussing down steep slopes that we think of skiing today. The earliest ski areas in Colorado were all originally built for ski …

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100 Years Ago Today: Murder-Suicide at Tolland Station

Oak Creek Times, March 7, 1919 More tragedy on the old Moffat Road this week. On January 29th it was a boiler explosion on the hoodoo Engine No. 100 near Dixie Lake that killed two coworkers. Today it's a murder suicide at the Tolland railroad station of the Denver Northwest & Pacific that left two …

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100 Years Ago Today: Golden Buys Its First Fire Truck

Colorado Transcript, March 6, 1919 A better picture of Golden Fire Department's Engine No.1 from 1919Photo Courtesy of Denver Public Library, Western History Department In 1880, the Golden Fire Department rose from the proverbial ashes of three different, independent fire fighting companies: Excelsior Hose, Everett Hook and Ladder Company, and Loveland Hose Company. Coming together …

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100 Years Ago Today: Hugo Frey’s Odyssey

Fort Collins Courier, March 5, 1919 Hugo Frey in Navy uniformFrom his memoir, Hugo's Odyssey Meg Dunn, who writes at the excellent history website, Northern Colorado History, has an in-depth article on Hugo Frey here, so I'll just cover some highlights of his life, but definitely check out her writing, especially her five-part series on …

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100 Years Ago Today: Wealthy Rancher Murdered, Buried Under Manure

Wray Rattler, February 27, 1919 John Breuss went missing from his Silt, Colorado ranch home on November 18, 1918. By late December of that year, Sheriff Charles W. Fravert of Garfield County, on suspicion that Breuss was dead, offered a $250 reward for the recovery of Breuss' body, and another $250 for any information leading …

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100 Years Ago Today: Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and VDs, Oh My!

Herald Democrat, February 26, 1919 Dr. Alice L. Goetz (née Littlejohn) was a lecturer on the subject of sexually transmitted infections, then known as venereal diseases, from the late 1910s into the 1920s. She joined the Bureau of Social Hygiene in 1920, which operated under the State Board of Health as a part of the …

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100 Years Ago Today: Norlin Elected President of CU Boulder

Herald Democrat, February 25, 1919 Dr. George Norlin, President of CU Boulder Carnegie Library for Local History Dr. George Norlin's legacy as President of University of Colorado is primarily two-fold: 1. He expanded the campus to allow for the student body to grow from 1,500 to 5,000 by bringing on board architect Charles Z. Klauder …

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100 Years Ago Today: Rugged and Raw, Rocky Mountain National Park

San Juan Prospector, February 21, 1919 What a wild experience it must have been to explore Rocky Mountain National Park in 1919. The park was practically brand new, having been established on January 26, 1915 as the ninth National Park in the United States. The National Park Service was not established until August 25, 1916, …

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