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The Lamar Register
VOLUME XXXVII. REDUCED INSURANCE RATES CITY OF LAMAR GRANTED A BIG REDUCTION IN RATES ON FIRE INSURANCE ON BOTH BUILDINGS AND CONTENTS. The rate fixing board for the fire insurance companies after considering the various improved conditions of our city in the past few years has at last granted a very material reduction in nearly all rates of fire insurance. A few samples of the reductions granted are given below and will be found in almost all cases to represent a material reduction. Taking all of them to gether they will represent a saving of thousands of dollars to -our city each year. The principal credit for this great boon is due to Alderman I. H. Myers, who both as a fire insurance agent and as secretary of the Building & Loan Association, ami lately as alderman has been earnestly at work for several years to secure this new rating for our city. These rates are not only -a big saving to our people, but they show such confidence in our fire protection on the part of the big insurance companies as to be an added inducement to investors to buy Lamar leal estate and build here. The following are a number of reductions secured by the fire insurance committee on fire insurance rates: Bldg. Cont. Name Old New Old New W. F. McCue Merc. Co .7b -68 .98 1.12 L. L. Tripp Hotel 1.34 1.01 1.68 I*7 Plk* Building .1.62 1.01 1.85 1.30 Sayler Bank Building 1.07 .78 1.20 1.00 Lamar National Bank Building 99 .76 1.22 1.12 Rob’t. Fox .83 -72 1.14 1.08 Marx & Wheeler 1.16 -78 155 122 Goodale Building .1.11 -84 i- 42 I ‘ 2B Union Hotel 1.29 .70 1.58 .98 Luwlexa-Merrill Building 1.53 1.06 1.75 Lamson Building 204 1.23 2.36 1.68 Johnston (Lot 11) - -78 .74 101 Johnston (Lot 12) 78 A 5 1.17 .88 Huddleston Building .75 .64 1.08 92 Myers (Drug) -93 .60 1.22 96 Johnston Merc. Co. - » 4 « s 1 - 28 1 First National Bank -82 54 1.10 -90 Lamar National Bank 04 .48 - K ' ' C. M. Lee Building « 84 112 ™ I o o. F 1.39 1 20 1 70 1-06 Sunday's Garage 2.49 Also the rate on frame residence was reduced from $1.20 to $1.10; on brick residence from SI.OO to 90 cents. A few isolated cases where defective wiring had not been corrected the rates were increased. ELKS MEETING On* of the Largest and Most Enthus iastic Gatherings of the Year. There was a big crowd out to the meeting of Lamar Lodge No. 1319, B. P. O. Elks, on Tuesday evening of this week, ami all enjoyed the proceedings to the utmost. It was District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler's night evidently, for not only was the present holder of that high honor, George Stumpf of Pueblo, present but there were three exes on hand also, Joseph Loor of Pueblo, Earl Moran of Trinidad, ami ('has. Wooden of I.amar. J. K. Thomp son and M. P. Keating, prominent Pueblo members were among the vis itors. Two candidates for the degrees were initiated after which the regular business session was held and an in teresting address delivered by District Deputy Stumpf, who was on his reg ular inspection tour. After lodge adjourned there was a fine lunch served in the club rooms which was enjoyed by over one hund red Elks. The evening wound up with a musical program consisting of a number of fine selections by the Elks Band from Springfield, the “biggest little band in the world,” and one of the best. The Elks Harmony Four consisting of F. E. Flynn, Matt Ober. S. V. Davis and Allan Skinner, rend ered a number of fire selections that were enthusiastically received by the crowd. The evening was one of the best of the season and the reports that it would not be long before the new home ia ready for opening added much to the enthusiasm. A Swift Governor. Colorado's reform governor certain ly is making a new record for swift action. Senator Sam Nicholson is not to be operated on until Thursday morning, and while it is a serious op eration the result cannot be foretold in advance. In spite of this it was known in the state house on Monday that his successor had been selected and the appointment prepared The family that prepared and published a death-bed letter the last week of the campaign to boost the governor Is to be rewarded. THE PIONEER NEWSPAPER OF PROWERS COUNTY AND THE OFFI CIAL COUNTY PAPER. LAMAR. PROWERS COUNTY, COLORADO. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21. 1923. NOW IS THE TIME Building Prices Going Up All Over the Country and Demand for Hounet* Increasing. The era of general prosperity now opening is already being felt in a gen eral advance in prices—and no place is this being felt more promptly than in the building trade. There is a re cognized shortage of housing all over the country ami this with easier mo ney rates is causing a rapid increase in prices in this industry. Lamar is still in need of houses and there will be many built in the coming two years, and the sooner the contract is let the better price you will get, as the contractors will soon be feeling the effects of raises in the pi ice of both material and wages. This has already caused a very material ad vance in building prices in the east ami will soon be felt here. There are a number of the progressive Lamar firms taking space in The Register this week to inform you of facts re garding your new building or improve ments on the old one, and you should read carefully the page entitled “Build Now,’ and get in the game for the spring season. Building or buying a home now is a big money-saving prop osition for all in need of homes. Sunday School Rally Program. Following is the program of the first annual rally of the Lamar Dis trict Sunday School Association to be held on Monday evening, March 26 in the M. E. church at 7 o’clock: Organ Recital. Congregational Sing Song. Prayer. The Children of the Sunday School —Mrs. Jessie Carver. The Teacher’s Equipment—Oscar Grimes. Special Music. Y’oung People and the Sunday School —Ward I. Miller. Sunday School Opening and Clos ing Exercises —Mrs. I L. Maxwell. Special Music. The Sunday School and Evangelism —C. J. Howard. Closing Devotional^. YEAR ONE IN LAMAR History From the March, 1887 Issues of The Lamar Register. The papers were raising quite a stir because the town trustees had levied an occupation tax and assessed the papers ten bucks per year. (The tax was another of the Kansas laws which were found didn't go in Colo rado). Dr. J. S. Hasty arrived from Macks burg, lowa, ami took over the prac tice of Dr. McMullin, who had just died. Fred Schmidt had just arrived from j Topeka and let the contract for the thirst parlor that was to become La mar’s most popular resort. It was lo cated on North Main street. W. L. Morehouse had just arrived from Kansas and started a lumber yard. It was announced that the first is- | sue of The Umar Sparks would ap pear on March 25, 1887, with C. M. Davis and Mrs. Metcalf in charge. The former had been a printer on The Register for some time. The Sparks was the fourth paper for Lamar. Charlie Ross struck town. It was not the famous Charlie that had been kidnapped, but many citizens of La mar often wished he had been. Editors Dave Day of the Solid Mul doon and J. R. Curry of the Silverton Democrat had a fist fight. It was Dave’s regular monthly pastime, but unlike his son of the Durango Dem ocrat he did not tote a gun around with him, so there were no casualties. The contract was let for Lamar’s first brick block. It was 50 x 70 feet, two stories, with three store rooms on the ground floor. It was situated where the Nevius and O. A. Jack stores now are located. It later con tains! the land office and\*everal coun ty offices, hut burned down. A list of fifty purchasers of 68 lots was published and not one of the fifty now live in our city, and J. R. Miller at Granada is the only one in the coun ty. The trustees of the M. E. Church picked the present location for the proposed church building. S. M. Konkel’s Boston World made its first appearance. The engineers bad just completed locating the line of the Missouri Pa cific railroad through what is now Kiowa county. The town of Boston was offering to pay 50 per cent of the cost of a tele phone line to lat mar, if the latter and other towns along the line would raise the other half. 1000 SHRINERS' AUTOS TO PASS THROUGH LAMAR National Old Trails Road to be Used Practically all the Way From California to Washington. A motor caravan, with more than one thousand cars, will leave San Francisco and I«os Angeles, in May and according to plans now being ar ranged. will pass through Lamar soon after the middle of that month on its way to Washington. D. C. for the Shrine imperial council, which opens there on June 4th. The caravan will he augmented from various points before it reaches Ijamar and from this place to the cap ital city. In Washington the motor travelers, together with other Shriners who have come by motor from other parts of the country’, will be welcom ed by President Harding. The National Old Trails road will be used practically all the way from Los Angeles to Washington, accord to word received here. Capt. Bernard McMahon, director of the caravan, expects to go over the route within a short time, and in a statement recently made he said that “the most historical as well as the most practical route has been chosen. The Shriners will study points of in terest as they travel across the coun try and the movement of the caravan will he filmed by the American High way Educational bureau for the pur pose of stimulating passenger travel on public roads ami the study of American history by motor.” PAVING BONDS BRING PREMIUM City Council Gets Good Figure for Bond of Paving District No. One. At the meeting of the city aider men on Monday evening there were present a number of representatives of bond buying houses, who had been invited here to bid on the bonds of the new paving district. The aider men were somewhat surprised by the oagnerness of the various houses to -ecure these fine securities and decid ed to give all a chance to bid as high [as they pleased. This resulted in a spirited contest in which the firm of ' Wilcox & Company of Denver, repre sented by’ Hon. W. B. Gordon, was the ' winner. Their bid was for the entire j issue of puving bonds drawing 5% per I 1 cent interest, for which they agreed to pay a premium of 88 cents on the hundred dollars. It has been a long time since the market for city bonds was so favorable that a 5V4 per cent bond would bring a premium and this price proves not only that the money markets are rapidly becoming more easy, but also that Lamar’s credit is gilt-edged. The aldermen also opened the bids for the poles and other materials for the new white way for Lamar. After some consideration they decided that they would postpone the consideration of these bids until Wednesday evening, when it will be definitely decided what character of material will be used. Next Monday evening the bids for the various kinds of paving will be open ed and it is likely that it will be de cided at that time just what kind of paving Lamar will adopt. D. A. M. & P. Entertains. Manager F. M. Wilson of the D. A. M. & P. Co. on behalf of the- company entertained the office force and mill managers and foremen at a banquet at ‘‘Ye Coffee Shoppe” on last Thurs day night. All the office force and representatives of nine mills were present to partake of a most delight ful banquet and enjoy a fine social evening. Attorney Arthur C. Gordon was an invited guest and delivered the principal address of the evening. E. J. Edwards, formerly with the com pany, was also a guest, and the fol lowing were present: H. R. Lowe, manager, Albert Goesch foreman. Hartman. R. E. Ham, manager; O. B. Straney, foreman, Bristol. Claude Swink, manager; M. L. Whit ney, foreman, Kornman. F. E. Durham, manager; A C. Roy er, foreman, Wiley. L. L. Leatherman, manager; John Sullivan, foreman, McClave. E. J. NoVan, manager. Fred Littler, foreman, Cheraw. C. B. Allen, manager, Niwot. M. C. Steen, manager, Abilene, Kansas. H. M. Green, manager; Roy Stran ey’, assistant superintendent, Ordway. F. M. Wilson, Roy F. Cooper. O. E. Nelson, F. W. Johnson, C. R. Moore, W. J. Wappler and C. J. Northrup all of the general office at Lamar. Banker Returns. Chas. H. Martin, the Oklahoma banker, who was executor of the Joyce estate in this county, and who had been found by the county court to be a fugitive from justice and removed from office, was reported by the daily papers last Friday to have made a re turn to Oklahoma as sensational as his leaving. He came back in dis guise 'and slipped into the governor’s office and surrendered thus beating the officers out of the reward that had been offered for his capture. Just what the state courts there will do with him is still a matter of conjec ture. Masque Ball. The St. Patrick’s ball given last Thursday evening at the armory by the Ragles lodge was one of the swell est masque balls ever given in Lamar. The costumes were the best seen here in years and with good music and a large and merry’ crow’d made the event 1 one long to be remembered by <tll who attended. NUMBER 12. TICKET CHANGES Peoples Purty Made Two Changes in Filing Ticket for City Election. The committee appointed by the 'Peoples Party made two changes in their ticket before filing the petition 'to place it in nomination last Satur day. C. M. Lee, who was named for one of the aldermen in Ward One re fused to allow his name to go on the ticket and the place was filled by the nomination of M. R. Sunday. E. It. Jones, who has been the party leader in the present council, also refused to stay on the ticket and D S. Nevius was named in his place. The entire ticket nominated by the Citizens Party has accepted nomina tions and their names will appear on the ballots as follows: For Mayor CHAS. MAXWELL For City Clerk CURTIS H. GENTRY For City Treasurer ESKEL A. LUNDGREN For Aldermen—Ward 1 I. H. MYERS C. RAY STRAIN For Aldermen—Ward 2 C. T. KNUCKEY A. C. HEISE For Aldermen—Ward 3 JOHN Y. BROWN F. H. KELSEY The city government has become Lamar’s biggest business proposition now, and it should be the earnest en deavor of every citizen to see that he or she is registered and cast their bal lots for the men who best demonstrat ed their ability to manage big business affairs successfully. Lamar needs her best talent at the helm the next two years am it is one of the most crucial periods in the city’s history, and the election on Tuesday, April 3, will be the most important in the history of the town. See that you are registered and be sure to vote. CITIZENS PARTY PLATFORM The present city election is of vital importance to ull citizens and taxpay ers. The city government of Lamar at the present rate of revenue from taxes, light and water plants, and the pro posed public improvements will in the next two years have an amount ex ceeding a half million dollars to he ex pended. In such a large sum of ex penditures there is no question but u policy of strict economy and thoiough business government can save an amount sufficient to make a material reduction in both the taxes and light bills of our citizens. All voters should, therefore, make it a personal matter to vote for the per sons having wide experience in finan cial and business matters, if value re ceived, is to he obtained for this mo ney. To this policy the undersigned can didates for mayor and aldermen on the Citizens Ticket pledge themselves most heartily and promise there will he a reduction in both taxes ami light rates if they are elected. We furthcimors pledge ourselves to a trict enforce ment of all laws and ordinances. CHARLES MAXWELL, Candidate for Mayor. I. H. MYERS, C. RAY STRAIN, Candidates for Aldermen, Ist Ward. C. T. KNUCKEY, A. C. HEISE, Candidates for Aldermen, 2d Ward. JOHN Y. BROWN, F. H. KELSEY, Candidates for Aldermen, 3d Ward. Fire at Hartman. The town of Hartman was visited by a big fire on last Saturday night. The store building in which the Hin ton & Irving stores were located was discovered to be on fire late at night, and the section in which the groceries were located was almost entire’y de stroyed. This is one of the first build ings constructed in Hartman and was first built by Mr. Adamson, who was burned out twice.