100 Years Ago Today: Lunatic Threatens to Cut Off Police Chief’s Head

Herald Democrat, February 14, 1919 Governor Oliver H. Shoup (shoop ba-doop) was elected the 22nd governor of Colorado in November, 1918, and he was already receiving death threats by February, 1919. "Lunatics" weren't wasting any time. Granted, Shoup's own head was not under threat but that of a proxy, Hamilton Armstrong, long-serving Denver Chief of …

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100 Years Ago Today: Cement Bill Gets Into Clay

Colorado Transcript, February 13, 1919 William "Cement Bill" Williams is a guy I'd have loved to share a drink with, just to pry him for stories. Bummer that prohibition would've gotten in the way. But every time I come across a newspaper article about Bill he's got his calloused hand in some new business or …

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100 Years Ago Today: Mabel Normand, Silent Film Comedy Star

Fort Collins Courier, February 12, 1919 The old Lyric Theater in Fort Collins, 1915 Last night I was watching an episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel where a male booking agent meets the comedian he hired, Midge Maisel, for the first time. She's wearing a black evening dress. Her hair is fabulous. She looks gorgeous. …

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100 Years Ago Today: Strikers Replaced by Soldiers

Herald Democrat, February 11, 1919 Today, thousands of Denver Public Schools teachers went on strike to demand higher wages and a more predictable pay schedule. It is the first teacher strike in the district in 25 years. However, if you rewind 100 years, strikes were all the rage in the labor movement. In Seattle, the …

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100 Years Ago Today: Breckenridge Issues Water Warning

Summit County Journal, February 8, 1919 People of Breckenridge, Colorado! Stop running your water at full blast all night! We know the pipes in your house might freeze and burst during the winter but our tiny reservoir only has a few feet of depth left! And the water pressure is so low that we couldn't …

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103 Years Ago Today: Flanger Jumps Track, Hits 75mph

Chaffee County Republican, February 5, 1916 A flanger is a railroad car that clears the area between the rails of ice and snow. A flanger would often be used in conjunction with a rotary snow plow when there was significant snow buildup on the tracks. Whereas a rotary is placed on the front of a …

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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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