100 Years Ago Today: Jack Dempsey Accused of Draft Dodging WWI

Herald Democrat, February 28, 1920 Nicknamed the Manassa Mauler because he was born in Manassa, Colorado in 1895 and hit with an unrivaled power, William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey was one of the most accomplished heavyweight fighters of the 1920s, which is often called the Golden Age of Sports because of the larger than life sports …

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100 Years Ago Today: Colorado’s Tunnel Fever

Herald Democrat, February 20, 1920 Three railroad tunnels were proposed in Colorado in 1920: Moffat Tunnel (under Rollins Pass) west of Denver, Cumbres Pass Tunnel near the New Mexico border, and Marshall Pass Tunnel near Salida. The concept of a long tunnel under high mountain passes was proven back in 1906 with the opening of …

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100 Years Ago Today: Colorado Ratifies 19th Amendment

Aspen Democrat-Times, December 12, 1919 On December 12, 1919, Colorado became the 22nd state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Governor Shoup signed his approval of ratification a few days later, on December 15th. The Amendment required 36 states to ratify it in order to …

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100 Years Ago Today: Farmer and Hired Man Killed by Farmer’s Son

Herald Democrat, September 12, 1919 Twenty-year-old Ole Oren "Curtis" Slinde III shot and killed his father, Ole Oren Slinde Jr., as retribution for the death of his dog at his father’s hands. The Slinde family lived in Longmont, Colorado, where the younger Slinde brought home a dog a few days before the murder. Before killing …

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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: Blizzards and Lizards

Montrose Daily Press, March 4, 1919 M. H. Loeffler was a tailor and prominent Grand Junction Elk member who was known not only for his custom suits, but also for promoting and selling the Hynes Level Measure, which was the first instrument of its kind that could measure the angle of a person's shoulders. Hynes …

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100 Years Ago Today: Eat Mangel Soup

EAT MANGEL SOUPWITH THE AMERICAN ARMY IN FRANCE, Jan. 11 -- Darmstadt's civilian population has been staving off starvation with mangel soup, mangels stewed in water before American occupation, according to Edward Prunier, of New Haven, Conn., private in the 102nd infantry, 26th division, who was prisoner of war there for eight months."The Boche have …

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