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The Lamar Register
VOLUME XXXVII. DEATH OF W. F. McCUE Head of One of the Most Prominent Business Concerns of the Valley Passes Away Sunday. The- business community and citi zens of Lamar generally were deeply shocked and grieved on Sunday morn- 1 ing to learn of the death at the Ben- Mar hotel of William F. McCue, who for nineteen years has been prominent in all the business ami social affairs of our city. Mr. McCue, whose head- j quarters have been moved to 'Kansas j City recently, the better to look after the affairs of the great mercantile 1 company he had built up, had been in Lamar a little over a week looking after the local ’affairs. He was taken | sick on Tuesday but for several days 1 his condition was not considered dang erous, but later pneumonia set in and j the end came so quickly that there was not time for any of his family to reach his bedside. The death was a great blow to all his business associa es and friends, as he was known far and wide for his kindly nature and good fellowship, his fairness in busi ness methods and his broadminded views of bdth business and life. He was only 45 years old and just in the prime of life when there should have been many years of usefulness before him. He came to Colorado in 190.‘J as auditor of the Foster Lumber Co. with headquarters in Denver and yards at Lamar ami a number of other points. The Lamar yard owing to poor man agement was in financial straits ami in the spring of 1904 Mr. McCue pur chased it and organized the McCue loimber Co., moving here with his family about the middle of April, 1904. Associated with him was the late Thomas McCue, state senator and one of the leading politicians or the state. The business ability of the two broth ers in a few years built the business up to the point where it was neces sary for McCue to move to Denver, where he remained several years until it was mutually agreed to divide the business. W. F. McCue took over the southern territory and moved again to 1-umar, organizing the W. F. McCue Mercantile Co., which he built up un til it had yards and stores at Lamar, Granada, Holly, Wiley, McClave, Che raw and Fowler in the Arkansas val ley and wholesale headquarters at Beattie and Kansas City. He also or ganized the McCue Construction Co one of the largest constructing firms of the valley. He later again moved from Lamar, but kept the city as the real center of his business activities •and always spent much of his time here. At the time of his death he was nutking his home at Kansas City. The funeral service was held from the Adams-Kirkpatrick mortuary on Tuesday afternoon ami was conducted by Lamar Lodge No. 11119, B. P. 0. Elks, of which he was a charter mem ber. The Elks Harmony Four render ed two selections and Mrs. Grover Carrico sang a solo, after which the Acting Exalted Ruler Cnas. H. Wooden delivered the following l>eautiful tri bute to the deceased brother: ‘‘William Francis McCue. born at Council Bluff. lowa, December 23rd, 1877, and departed this life on March 3, 1923. Parents, Patrick McCue and Anna Egan McCue. “An early training in helpful effort fostered the energy that dominated his life; and having an exceedingly alert mind and observant nature, he attracted the attention of substantial business firms. Such contact gave him exceptional advantages to one young both in years and experience, and plac ed him in the business world, with strong financial and ethical confidence when others were serving apprentice ship. “Lamar then developing, was a fruitful field for effort and since 1904 has ever had his closest attention, and greatest interest. He expanded his work in keeping with the growing needs of the community, having the ut most confidence in his surroundings, ami the courage and vision necessary to the accomplishment of difficult un dertakings. Local needs or enterprises always received his support and com mendation, and he was ever eager to THE PIONEER NEWSPAPER OF PROWERS COUNTY AND THE OFFICIAL COUNTY PAPER. LAMAR, PROWERS COUNTY, COLORADO. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7. 1923. NEW BANK OFFICIAL F. M. Wilson Made Vice-President of the Wichila Farm Loan Bank. Manager F. M. Wilson of the D. A. IM. & P. Co., who has for the past ! tlnee years been a director of the Wichita Farm Loan Bank, was at the meeting of the board of directors held at Wichita last week fleeted to the position of vice-president of the big institution. Mr. Wilson’s appointment ] was not only a recognition of his übil ity and service rendered by him to the 1 bank in the past, but was also a re ! cognition of the importance of the Ar kansas valley in the farming industry, I he being the only representative of ■ this section on the board of directors. ! The bank has gained an efficient and progressive official, and he is in posi- J lion now to do more effective work | than ever before for the advancement I of the farming interests of the valley, j Mr. Wilson in his sixteen years busi j ness career in the valley has always . been a builder of its industries and Iras done as much to create prosper ; ity in the farming industry as any j other citizen of the valley, and this I deserved recognition of his business ! ability will he pleasing to all his ‘ friends. improve and encourage community In terests and benefits. Being the em ployer of an unusually large number of individuals, he realized his respon sibility to the community, and sightly buildings, pleasant homes, and attrac tive surroundings, were some of his conceptions of this responsibility. “Though drawn by the pressure of business into larger fields which took some of his time and energy, Lamar, always associated with his earliest ef forts, was the center of his ambitions, and his nearest friendships. Of these, his strong magnetic temperament made many and retained their loyalty. His test of friendship was the practi cal need for it, and the distressed, the grief-worn and the unfortunate were the needy. His sympathies were quick ly aroused, and his generosity, ever re sponsive to the call for them. “Friends from humble to exalted, re call with grateful memories, the en couraging word, the thoughtful act, the practical help that expressed his eager and kindly disposition. “To such as these it is given to lighten another’s load for, ‘Not what we give but what we share, for the gift without the giver is bare; Who gives himself with his alms feeds three —Himself, his hungering Neighbor, and me.’ ” The service was attended by a crowd of business associates and friends that filled the chapel and the street also. The friends had l>een permitted to view the remains at the mortuary in the morping. The casket was covered with a beautiful blanket of flowers and surrounded by great banks of them. The managers of the seven valley stores acted as pallbearers, C. K. Fortney, Lunar; W. F. Berry, Gra nada; N. E. Berry, Fowler; Earl She ton. Holly; Wm. Mock, Wiley: Harold Rowe, McClave; Wm. Henderson, Che raw. There was a long line of autos filled with friends that followed the body to its last resting place in River side cemetery where the beautiful and impressive burial service of the Elks ritual was given as a last farewell to the departed. Mrs. W. F. McCue of Kansas City, the widow; and Miss Anna Mae Mc- Cue, daughter by a previous marriage, of Denver; Mrs. Thos. McCue, sister in-law, of Denver, were among the relatives present. Besides the mana gers of the stores many of his associ ates in the company were present in cluding Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Hertzog, formerly of but now’ in charge of the Kansas City office; John Gates of Denver, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Mc- Keown, valley auditor of the company, and many others. There were many old time friends present from all points in the valley. His death is a distinct business loss to Lamar and the entire valley, as he was always optimistic and a booster. PAVING DISTRICT NO. ONE Ordinance Forming Pat ing District | and Ordering Bond Issue Intro duced in City Council. Slowly the red tape is being un wound and now as our citizens go bumping along the roughest street in America they are sustained by the hope that a better time is coining—a time that will repay all for the dis agreeable experiences of the past. The ciiy council received a proposed ordin ance on Monday evening and ordered it passed on first reading ami publish ed. This ordinance creates Lamar Paving District No. One, which in cludes Main street from the paving on the county road north of city limits south to the south line of the library block, anti extending one block east and west on Beech, Olive and Elm streets. The ordinance also provides for an issue of 5*4 per cent improve ment bonds of the district in an amount sufficient to pay for the ex pense of pav’ing. A call for bids has been issued to be opened on March 26th and the specifi cations call for several kinds of pav ing. The amount of the bond issue anti the kintl of paving will not lie decided until the bids are opened. The improvements are to be paid for in bonds at par. Provisions are also made in another oidinance for the re moval of all obstructions which inter fere in any way with the work of pav ing. The old stone guttering on the street has been sold to L. Wirt Mark ham and is now being removed by him. It has seemed a long hard fight since the paving of Main street was first discussed and it looked at times that the case was hopeless but keep ing everlastingly at it w on in this case as it has most always before and La mar is at last to boost itself back into the class of progressive cities. FATHER AND SOON MEETING Fine Program Announced for Meeting at the Armory on Friday Night. The arrangements are completed for the Father and Son meeting to be held at the armory on Friday evening, March 9th. The program will lie as follows: Song—America. Invocation. Dinner. Talk—"My Ideal Dad,” West Knight Talk —“My Ideal Dad,” Orville Jones Talk—“ Boy Leadership,” Dr. W. O. Shelter. Talk —“The Men of Tomorrow,” Herschel Horn. Boy Scout Demonstration. Song—led by E. J. Edwards. Address by President J. G. Crabbe of the State Teachers College. Tickets good for father and son 50 cents. All are invited. To Be Expected. We received today a letter from the National league for Protection of Food Animals asking us to write an editorial on the question of instruct ing the stockmen of the plains to use more care ami intelligence in taking care of the food animals of the coun try. The letter head is a wonderful affair covered with the names of prom inent actors and writers, who of course know far more about the care of food animals than men who have spent a life time in the business and invested all their earnings in it. The stock growers might well organize a league for the protection o? the morals of the country, ami request those people to so control their actions that the nejjt generation might at least preserve the 1 knowledge of who their fathers and j mothers were. Such small matters J are getting badly mixed in many of the highbrow circles of tlte east. E. T. Hoggatt last week purchased the Lamar hotel from C. E. Carlton— the deal including the transfer to Mr. Carlton of the large land holdings of Mr. Hoggatt south of town. The hotel will continue under the present man agement. TO ENLARGE GALLERIES City Water Supply Will Be Increased So That Sufficient Water for Future Will he Insured. The city council has voted to buy additional land from William Dargie on Clay Creek and extend the collect ing galleries in and under the creek basin so as to secure a much larger water supply for the city system than it has heretofore had. The supply has for years been adequate even in lawn sprinkling season when there was the normal rainfall on the watershed, but the experience of the past two years has demonstrated what can happen. The long continued drouth throughout this section hus reduced the supply to u point where if it should be continu ed until summer the water supply would have to he conserved by cutting out sprinkling or at least limiting it to very short allowance. With the new galleries the city will be able to develop a large additional supply which will assure safety in times of drouth and which can also be easily sold both by extending the city mains or supplying the needs of the railroad. The extra sale of water will far more than pay for the interest on the bonds besides insuring the safety of the city. The Lamar city water plant has been a big undertaking and when started about sixteen years ago many doubted its wisdom but the business men on the city council had the fore sight to tackle the proposition and though they met with many and great discouragements and disappointments they persevered, and the result is that loimar has the only well developed water supply among the cities of the valley and with the expenditure of the money needed for the new galleries the troubles will be over for years tq come. At this time the water subject has become acute in nearly all our neighboring cities and they are pre paring to spend hundreds of thous ands of dollars on developing water supplies, although their taxes are al ready higher than ours. Death of J. A. Snyder. Died —At the Lamar hospital Tues day evening after a short illness, Mr. J. A. Snyder, who has been a resident of Lamur for a number of years. Mr. Snyder returned from a trip to Holly yesterday noon and on getting off the train complained of being very sick. He was taken to the hospital and found to be suffering from a very acute attack of appendicitis. An oper ation was performed at once in an at tempt to save his life but it was found the appendix had already burst am! his death soon followed. The deceas ed leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss. He belonged to both the Woodman of the World and Eagles lodges and the funeral services will be conducted by these two orders jointly on Thursday afternoon. Death of A. L. Hatteberg. On Monday morning Mr. A. L. Hat teberg died of pneumonia after a few days illness at his home on South Fourth street. He had been a resi dent of Lainar for nearly fourteen years and in the employ of the G. H. Brown Lumber 6l Mfg. Co., in a re sponsible position -all the time. He was a steady reliable man, a good citi zen and friend, one who will be miss ed by all who knew him. He leaves a widow and two children to mourn his loss. Te funeral service was held at the Adams-Kirkpatrick mortuary this afternoon and was conducted by Rev. T. F. Kelly. Boy Killed. Marvin Burns, ten year old son of I Mr. and Mrs. Henry Burns of Wiley, j died on Monday afternoon at the La mar hospital as a result of a gunshot i wound. Te boy and an older brother [ started out hunting and when the brother’s gun was accidentally dis charged the load of shot took effect in Marvin’s leg, shattering the bones ami causing great loss of blood. He was rushed to the hospital but was too weakened by the loss of blood to re cover. The funeral services were held at Wiley today. NUMBER 40. GUARD INSPECTION Colonel Hunigan of the U. S. Army Inspects the Two Lamar Nation al Guard Companies. Col. Hanigan of the regular army, who has for several months been in specting the National Guard compan ies of this section of the country and has spent seven weeks in Colorado, finished his Colorado work in Lamar last night and left this morning for Arizona where he makes his head quarters. He arrived in Lamar on Saturday night, and has spent several days investigating conditions here with regard to the guard, and was highly pleased with the results thut have been obtained by the local offic ers. He inspected Company E on Monday evening when Capt. J. C. Johnston had almost all the local en listed men who were in town out, and the Colonel was well pleased with the showing they made. On Tuesday even ing Lieut. C. P. Childress of the head quarters company had all but one of his enlisted men who could get here out for the inspection. The Colonel gave them a fine talk on the organi zation of the National Guard and its purpose, and spent a very pleasant evening with them. He also was a spectator at the drill of the Boy Scouts and complimented the young boys on the proficiency they showed. Class of ’23 to Leave Radio Power Amplifier. At a meeting of the Class of 1923 Tuesday, the class voted to leave to the school, as -a class memorial, a ra dio power amplifier to be used with the radio receiving set which was giv en to the school by the Class of 1922. The purchase of the sets was plac ed in the hands of the Board of Edu cation and the members of the Board have investigated the particular merits of a large number of different sets. Each of the many sets on the murket seem to have some points of advantage over other sets and the problem re solved itself into finding a set that would best meet the requirements of the large auditorium of the high school. The final decision was to purchase the set displayed by the McCue Mer cantile Company, which set consists of an Atchison detector and timer with two stages of amplification and a Western Electric Loud speaker and three stage power amplifier. This set insures sufficient volume to be heard in all parts of the auditorium and it is expected that the set will be installed by the last of the week. Livestock Association. The growers of pure bred stock in the valley have organized an associa tion to be known as the Southeast Colorado Pure Bred Livestock Associa tion, and are going to do active work among the farmers to promote and en courage the growing of pure bred stock. They have announced their in tention of joining with the Lions Club of Lumar in t le next annual livestock show and will announce dates and rules long enough in advance to give all growers an opportunity to prepare their animals for display. They ex pect to assist in having some of the best of the valley stock exhibited at all the stock shows in this section of the country. Fine Radio Concert. The American Legion rigged up a special radio outfit at tne armory last Wednesday evening to hear the band concert of Amoo Grotto Band located at Rock Island, Illinois, and broad casted from Station WOC at Daven port, lowa, as mentioned in The Reg ister of two weeks ago. They were well repaid for their work as it was pronounced by all who heard it to be the best radio concert yet heard here. The service was so good that the mu sic could be heard plainly a block away. The opera of 11 Travatore was given as well as several other fine selections. Born—To Dr. and Mrs. L. G. Leist on last Saturday, a fine girl.