100 Years Ago Today: Mob Hunts Two Murderers

Aspen Democrat-Times, April 12, 1919 In March 2019, Colorado lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 19-182, which would have abolished capital punishment in the state. Just one month later, the bill was already dead, for another year anyway. But that's only the most recent chapter in the fraught history of the death penalty in Colorado. The death …

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100 Years Ago Today: Woman Kills Son With Axe, Boils Body in Lye

Herald Democrat, April 9, 1919 Nancy Jane BushFrom Montrose Daily Press, February 1, 1919 The Soap Kettle Murders, as this double homicide was dubbed by the Montrose Daily Press, took place on December 15, 1917, at the home of Nancy Jane Bush and her son, John O. Bush, a few miles west of Olathe, CO. …

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100 Years Ago Today: Eugene V. Debs, Martyr for Socialism

Herald Democrat, April 2, 1919 The first time I read the name, Eugene V. Debs, I thought it was a famous trial that I'd never heard of, and I started wondering, 'who is this Mr./Mrs. Eugene and what was their beef against Debs?' I think I need to read more books. Eugene Victor Debs (1855-1926), …

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100 Years Ago Today: Iconic Golden Armory Hosts Military Ball

Colorado Transcript, March 27, 1919 Colorado National Guard Armory in Golden, c.1920Denver Public Library, Western History Department The Armory in Golden, Colorado was built for the Colorado National Guard in 1913 for Company A of Engineers. It was constructed with 6,600 tons of cobblestones harvested from nearby Clear Creek. This much rock required the service …

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100 Years Ago Today: Art-O-Graph Film Company Makes Movies in Colorado

Steamboat Pilot, March 26, 1919 The Art-O-Graf film company, a Denver-based movie studio, was owned by filmmaker/producer/actor Otis B. Thayer (1863–1935), with offices in downtown Denver and studios in Englewood, CO. From 1919 - 1924, Art-O-Graf was known for producing low-budget Westerns during the Silent Era of films. Art-O-Graf shot many of their mountainous exterior …

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100 Years Ago Today: Famous Goat, Long Dead, Butts In Again

Colorado Transcript, March 20, 1919 White Angora Goat, like the one in the article Today's article is so weird and chock full of its own history that I'm just going to transcribe it below since the newsprint, found here, is kind of hard to read. It's a story about a college rivalry, a dead goat, …

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100 Years Ago Today: Buy More Liberty Loans

Aspen Democrat-Times, March 19, 1919 To read the propaganda promoting Liberty Loans between 1917 - 1919, you would think that if you didn't buy one of these loans -- also known as bonds and as securities -- you were not only un-American, you were actively aiding the Central Powers in killing our soldiers and welcoming …

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