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The Lamar Register
VOLUME XXXVII. COURT HOUSE ROBBERY C«miity Clerk’* Office Burglarized on the First Night of the Year. A burglar without the fear of or reverence for the constituted authority of the people’s government committed one of the most audacious robberies in the history of Prowers county on the first night of the new year, and right under the nose of the law at that. Even while he was at his nefar ious work the august district court was arriving in town to try public offender* in the room right over the ore where he was at work. Sometime during Monday night—or more likely in the early hours of Tues day morning—a burglar entered the county clerk’s office either with s: key or through the transom, and finding, as he must have known he would, the outer door of the vault with combina tion only turned hack, opened that door and pried open the inner door lock with a bar belonging at the biuld ing, which he knew where to find. He then pried open several boxes and took what he was evidently looking for. One contained the cash taken in at the counter for licenses and recording fees to the amount of about $250. An other box opened contained the private papers of County Assessor A. J. Davy. These he carefully went through tear ing open sealed envelopes until he came to one containing a hundred dol lar Liberty bond and a $lO gold piece. The work was done so well and in such a careful manner that there is no question that whoever it war. had at some recent date means of informing himself as to conditions in the office and chances of getting enough to re pay his efforts. When he left he clos ed the vault door and turned the com bination as he found and as both the door of the office and outside door of the building had spring locks no one discovered what had occured until Mrs. Prowers, deputy clerk, opened the vault in the morning. Officers were called at once and thorough in vestigation made, but no sign of any attempt to enter any other office was found. The officers are now busy on the case and it is expected that the burglar will be run down. County Collects. The county has received full settle ment from the Federal Securities Co. tor the five thousand dollars deposit that County Treasurer Mayfield had in the bank when it closed. The bank had given the treasurer an indemni fying bond on the deposit, but the company tried for several months to settle without paying the interest due. However, when the commissioners notified all newly elected officers that no bonds would be accepted from a security company owing the county money the Federal saw a light and settled up. This company had agreed to furnish the bond for two hundred thousand dollars for the new county treasurer, Hinton Hunter, and did not care to lose the business. They had secured an indemifying bond from lo cal citizens to the extent of over half the amount of the bond they were writing and were glad to pay up what they owed the county in full. The county has now been fully reimburs ed for all losses by the recent bank failures. Cowboy Dance. The second annual cowboy dance for this section of the valley took place last Friday night at the state armory. It was the most largely at tended dance of the season in Lamar, and only the big armory floor made it possible to accommodate the boys— old and young—who were out for the biggest time of the year. The old time dances had their inning on this night and one of the most pleasant features of the evening was several numbers by Capt. Frank Kelsey. wh'» was the popular musician for all the early day Lamar dances. He is now in his 86th year, but still able to "fiddle” in the good old way. Old timers from a hundred miles in all directions came here to renew old a*- quaintancea and revive old memories. It was a Joyous occasion for all of them. THE PIONEER NEWSPAPER OF PROWERS COUNTY AND THE OFFICIAL COUNTY PAPER. LAMAR. PROWERS COUNTY. COLORADO, WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 3, 1923. AMERICAN LEGION GAINS Membership Drive Promises to Soon Have Order up to Hundred Per Cent. The membership drive of the Wal ter L. Bennett Post No. 71, American legion, was completed with the close of the year, anti the organization has been materially increased and strength ened by the work done. The organiz ation started here in 1919 with a mem bership of 72, hut soon began to lose by the organization of new Posts in the county, ami the lagging back of some of the members who were slow to get up interest. In the past year, however, new |*ep has been put into the organization and a hig membership drive was started when the new of ficers were installed some months ago. Two sides were chosen, and the losing side was to set up a banquet for the winners. The result of the drive was that the membership was more than doubled and is now standing at 92 pay ing members, with practically all elig ible men of Lamar in it, and a large per cent of those in the Lamar juris diction. The <late has not yet been announced for the banquet but the losers announce it will be put on in style. New Treasurer Takes Office. | The new county treasurer, Hinton H. Hunter of Bristol, took charge of the county funds on Tuesday of this week. At present he is being assisted by the former force of the office and has not announced who his new deputy and assistant will be. The work of collecting last year’s taxes has been completed almost to the last dollar and as the new tax roll is not yet in the work in the office will lx* slack for a week or so. The delay :n certi fying the levies of some schaoi dis trict* to the state tax commission caused the county assessor not to get all the levies in until December 3l*th, when they are supposed to be turned over to him by the middle of Novem- Wr. Noth withstanding this delay As sessor Davy is working long hours and will have the tax roll ready before he retires from office on next Tuesday. Efficiency has been Davy's motto since he has been assessor and he is show ing it strong as ever in the closing days. Mr. Mayfield, who retired as county treasurer on Tuesday, has also been one of the most faithful and conscientious employes the people of Prowers county ever had. Always courteous ami always up with his work no difference how late at night he had to work, he has made a record for ef ficiency and integrity that vill be hard to beat. He has collected the largest tax rolls the county has ever had— down to a fraction of one per cent ami at an office expense that will compare very favorably with the same amount of collections in a private business and ’ less than in any other public office of same class in the state. Brookshire-Oden. Married—On last Friday night at the Methodist pursonage, Mr. Harvey 'Oden and Miss Opul Brookshire, Rev. Logan officiating. The groom is a young civil engineer from Texas who 'has been located here a short time. He has accepted a new position in Cali fornia where they will make their home. The attractive bride is the daughter of Mrs. Elva Brookshire, and is a graduate of the I>amar Union High School and has been the efficient stenographer for Manager Chas. H. Wooilen of the Omaback Process Co. The happy couple have many friends ’in Itainar who extend heartiest con gratulations. Highways in Good Condition. Colorado's state highways are in ex cellent shape for travel and thousands of farmer-stockmen from Colorado and neighboring states are planning to 'motor to Denver the week of January 13 to 20 to attend the National West ern Stock and Horse show. The many conventions and association meetings to be held during the week will draw Inembers ami delegates and those who don’t motor in will find the fare-and a third rate on the railroads a money saver. BANK STATEMENTS Lamar Bank* Show Heavy Increase in Their Deposits and Total* Re flecting Prosperous Local Condition*. We publish this week statements of the First National Bank and Lamar National Bank showing conditions at the close of the year, and a compari -1 son with those of the banks in Sep tember shows that the general im provement in business conditions has been rapid and continuous. The three local hanks now have totals in both assets and deposits larger than the four hanks had a year ago, and this in spite of the fact that over two hun dred thousand dollars of the people’s money are tied up in the Citizens State Bank receivership still. The big growth of deposits during the past few months is due to the movement of crops and stock and as this movement is still under way a continuance of the improvement in conditions can be expected for some time to come. The gain* in prices of stock and farm products are doing hiuch to solve the troubles of the farmers and the business men as well; (vhile the easier money markets in the big centers of capital make the secur ing of needed money for farming op eration* a much simpler problem than it was a year ago. The luimar banks are ably conducted along safe lines and are taking care of the local situa tion in a good business manner. ELKS EIGHTH ANNUAL BALL The Usual New Year’* Night Ball by Lunuir Lodge Proven Big Drawing Card. The armory was crowded on New Year’s night by members of the B. P. O. Elks and their Indies, it being the occasion of the eighth annual ball of lat mar Lodge No. 1319. The hall was beautifully decorated for the occasion and with most excellent music ami the grand dancing floor it wu* a grand occasion for all lovers of the art of dancing both young and old. One of the special features of the evening’s entertainment was two dances by a hand of Indians in full costume and wur paint. The sight was both intere*ting and beautiful The evening was much enjoyed by all present. Death of A. Rhodes. Abraham Rhodes, one of the early settlers and best known pioneers of Prowers county, died at his home north of Lamar on Tuesday of this week. Mr. Rhode* came to the Lamar terri tory with the rush of settlers in the late 80s, and took part in all the trials and hardships incident to opening up a new territory. He was a civil war veteran and always a progressive farmer and citizen, u man of sterling character and a loyal friend and neighbor he numbered as his friends all who knew him in his active days. He had been in poor health for several years and hi* friends have not seen him so much as in the old days, but he always had a cheerful snuie and a good word for all when he met them. He was 75 years, five months and 23 days old and leaves a widow, four sons and three daughters to mourn his loss. He was a member of both the G. A. R. and Masonic organizations. The funeral arrangements have not yet been announced, but are in charge of the Adams-Kirkputrick mortuary. Wiley Journal Resumes. After a lapse of several weeks since the recent fire in the Wiley Journal of fice the paper has at last been able to resume publication and has been com ing out daily and even semi-daily the past week to catch up. Mr. Johnson, the proprietor, has had bad lack and his many friends hope that he will find with the new year a turning of the tide that will bring him prosperi ty. _ The commissioners have been in ses sion several days this week attend ing to the usual routine county busi ness. They will meet again next week to reorganize for the ensuing year. OUR DAIRYMEN LEAD November Report of State Awtucialiun Show* Arkansas Valley a Leader in the Dairy Industry. The November report of the differ ent cow testing associations of the state sent out this week show* thut the Arkansas Valley Cow Testing As sociation has the highest number of cows producing over 40 pounds of but terfat. There are 62 of these blue ribbon animals in this association. It also shows that the local association has the largest average milk produr tion and the second highest average hutterfat production. The Green Mountain Dairy herd leads the abate in average production of both milk and butterfpt. As u further evidence of the local dairymen’s superior position the aver age feed cost per 100 pounds of milk is less than hall' that ut Pueblo and 25 per cent less thun at Fort Collins, the next lowest dairy center. The feed cost per pound of butterfat is also much lower here. The report shows that silage, bran, corn chop, beet pulp and cottonseed are cheaper here than in other dairy centers; while alfalfa and oats are bringing a better preie. The price of milk is higher here than at any point except where it is sold on the milk routes of Denver. With the combination of low feed cost and high price for milk this section is rap idly gaining the reputation of being the most profitable dairy center of the state and many dairymen from other sections arc seeking locations in this territory. District Court. Judge A. C. McChesney arrived in Tuesday and held a short term of district court yesterday and today. One of the principal matters coming before the term was a hearing of the case of certain farmers, who desired to be excluded from the Deadmun Drainage District. This case was heard once before and was sent back from the supreme court for rehearing. Several minor matters that have long been on the docket were cleaned up. In the Deudman Drainage case Judge McChesney guve out an inform al opinion stating thut us the court looked at it at this time the farmers asking to be excluded from the dis trict had the right of appeal to the courts, and tluit their contention seem ed to be upheld by the evidence. How ever, he took the matter under ad visement an«l allowed the attorneys for the district, Messrs. Todd and Under wood, twenty days to file a brief ob jecting to that view, and the attorney., for the contestants, Messrs. HiJlyer and Kinkaui, twenty days for a reply. The case will probably go to the su preme court again. Granada Meeting. | The members of the laimar city government and other citizen* went to Granada on New Y'ear’s evening to | join the citizens of thut town in the celebration of the turning on of the I electric current from the big l*amur plant to furnish lights and power for that hustling little city. A program ; of music and speeches was carried out fit the high school auditorium and it was crowded with citizen* ready to, celebrate the big ev**nt in the history J of the town. Both Granadr. and Lu mar are to be congratulated on thir. I happy event which means much to that city and to our light plant. Eagles Ball. Prowers Aerie of the Eagles held their New Year’s ball on Tuesday evening at the Eagles hall and were greeted by the largest crowd that ever attended one of their popular dances. The floor was crowded all evening with dancing couples and fine music and a jolly crowd made all enjoy the occasion immensely. Barber Shop Changes. C. C. Davis, who formerly worked in In some of the local barber shops but recently went to Missouri for the holi •days, has returned and purchased the North Side Barber Shop from Messrs Hawley and Turner. NUMBER 31 NEW YEAR’S MOVES Lamar Business Change* Taking Place at Beginning of Year. The VV. J. Johnston Merc. Co., al though ulrcady having the largest floor space of any dry goods und clothing house in the valley, is begin ning the new year by adding a large new section. They have leased the Cade store room just north of their present store rooms and will remodel the same, putting in a modern front and cut u (urge archway through the intervening wall. This fine room when completed will be occupied by the ladle* dress department now occupy mg the second floor. When the iiii provemenls are completed there will be few places to equal this institution in Southern Colorado. The Lamar Book and Music Stare, which formerly occupied the Cade building, has just moved ta the hand some quarters formerly occupied by the Citizens State Bank. Manager Ross has fitted the big show windows up in most modern style und now has one of the finest looking music rooms and book store ta be- found anywhere. Beet Sugar Wins. t ompet.tars of beet sugai have of ten claimed that it did not give as sul isfactory results for canning and can d> purposes as the cane product. In the national canning contest held at the International Stack Show in Chicago recently, first ami second honors were won by girls teams from lowa and Colorado and they used beet sugar. The contest was under the au spices of the National Committee on Boys’ and Girls' Club Work headed by former Secretary of Agriculture E. T. Meredith. Beulah Rodger* and Katherine Dolidaugh. school girls or Lddyvilie, lowa, won first and Bertha Bogcr und Elaine Kendricks of Kit Cur*on county, Colorado, second place. These girls will be given a trip to Europe with all expense* paid und will demonstrate their canning ability in several foreign countries as well as receive additional instruction under best French domestic science expert* The demonstration covered canning unfits, vegetable* and fruits, and jel ly making. Beet sugar met every re quirement under the keenest compel! tion. “Sally Has Went, Be Sure and Come" Vice President Calvin Coolidge say* that .some years ago a Massachusetts i ongreMKinan spent several weeks in a Maim- village. The next summer he ♦ ••reived u letter from his boarding Ynistre.s* asking him to return for ai» other sojourn. He replied that he would be glad ta spend another vara l ion at her home providing certain Change* were made. “First," lie wrote, “your lured girl, Sally, is persona non grata. Second ly. 1 think the .sanitary condition* would is- improved about your house if the hog pen could be removed fur ther from the house." A few days later the Congressman received a letter ..lying "Sally ha. went. We haint hud no hog* since you were here last summei Be sure and come.” Colo, Wyo, Cattle Win. Two Shorthorn herds that made a very successful round of fairs in the Northern Rocky Mountain district last fall will be shown in Denver at the National Western Stock show. They are the herd* of R. D. & VV. L. War nock of Loveland, Colorado, and C Hauf «& Son*, of Glendo. Wyoming. These breeders exhibited most success fully at Douglas, Wyo., Helena, und Billings, Mont., and Salt Lake City. Utah. Real Estate Firm Moves. The Cox-McGrath Real Estate and Ix>an Co., which ha* for several year* occupied office room in ihe Register building, moved on New Year’s day to the handcome and more commodious offices in the Ben-Mar hotel that have been occupied by the Doll-Lamb Land Co. The Cox McGrath Co. has enjoy ed a fine business in both real estate and loan lines, and In their new quar ters will be better equipped than ever to take care of their patrons.