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The Lamar Register
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
“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
F. M. Wilson Made Vice-President of
the Wichila Farm Loan
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.
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.
Fine Program Announced for Meeting
at the Armory on Friday
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
Talk—"My Ideal Dad,” West Knight
Talk —“My Ideal Dad,” Orville Jones
Talk—“ Boy Leadership,” Dr. W. O.
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
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.
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
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
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
Born—To Dr. and Mrs. L. G. Leist
on last Saturday, a fine girl.

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