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The Lamar Register
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.
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.
Building Prices Going Up All Over the
Country and Demand for Hounet*
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.
The Children of the Sunday School
—Mrs. Jessie Carver.
The Teacher’s Equipment—Oscar
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^.
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
Dr. J. S. Hasty arrived from Macks
burg, lowa, ami took over the prac
tice of Dr. McMullin, who had just
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
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
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.
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.”
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
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,
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
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
Peoples Purty Made Two Changes in
Filing Ticket for City
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
For City Clerk
For City Treasurer
For Aldermen—Ward 1
For Aldermen—Ward 2
For Aldermen—Ward 3
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.
The present city election is of vital
importance to ull citizens and taxpay
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
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.
Candidate for Mayor.
Candidates for Aldermen, Ist Ward.
Candidates for Aldermen, 2d Ward.
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.

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