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The Lamar Register
VOLUME XXXVII. RANCHMAN MURDERED Geo. Rose, Stockruiser and Former Marshal Shot and Killed at His Home. Monday evening word was brought to Lamar that George Rose, a ranch- j man living with his family about six 1 miles south and four miles west of Lamar had been shot and killed. The local sheriff’s force and police force: left at once for the scene of the crime,! and found that Mr. Rose had been shot in the back of his head by a bul let from a 30-30 rifle in all probabil ity an<L the bullet had torn a large hole through his head coming out just under the right eye close enough to the eye to splinter his eyeglasses. It developed that he had been sitting in the dougout that was used by the fam ily as a kitchen with his three children, Hazel aged 15, Homer age 12 and Henry age 10. Mrs. Rose was uhout twenty miles away with a married daughter, who was sick. According to the story of the children, who were the only witnesses outside of the murder er, they were all sitting around the dining table reading, and Mr. Rose had his back to the table and the door with the children on both sides of him. Suddenly the dog was heard to bark and then there was a noise at the door which they thought was the dog try ing to get in. When the door came open one of the boys turned and spoke to the dog and saw the flash of the gun. Mr. Rose never moved as death according to medical examiners must have been practically instaneous. The boy saw nothing but the lower part of the man’s leg and could tell nothing except that he wore overalls. The children ran and hid behind the stove until they heard the murderer run around the other house about thirty feet away which was used as sleep ing room for the family. They then left the house and ran to the road where they hailed an auto and sent word to town. Then they went to some of the neighbors, several of whom went together to the house to investigate. Soon after the officers from Lamar arrived and thorough in vestigation was made which develop ed features that indicated the murder er had hid behind the other building and returned after the children left. Mr. Rose’.-. rifle which was a 30-30 was found by Marshal George to be in a peculiar position like it had been hastily hung up again on the wall of the other building where it was usual ly kept. It is believed very probable that it was the weapon used. The children left the light burning in the kitchen and locked the door, but when the posse arrived it was unlocked and the light out. The farm journal which the children said Rose was reading when killed was found on the floor covered with his blood but another pa l>er without blood was in his hand. The children said they had seen him count two rolls of bills and one had a red rubber band around it. One roll of bills containing S4O was found on him and several dollars in small amounts, but a red rubber band was found on the doorstep. Rose had lived in this section of the country for over fifteen years and at one time served as marshal of the town of Lamar. He had accumulated a fine tract of land around his ranch and owned a small bunch of cattle. There had been some neighborhood trouble but nothing that it is believed would lead to such a result. However, Rose had traveled over this section of the country considerable and been mixed up in many affairs that might lead to bitterness, and it makes it difficult to figure just what the pos sible motive might be. The body was brought to the Hog gatt mortuary in Lamar and Dr. A. C. Davis, coroner, and Allyn Cole, depu ty district, attorney, called the follow- J ing as a coroner’s jury today and held j an inquest: C. S. Curran. J. H. Christy, D. H. Wagner, O. P. Beagle. W C Burger and John Hagaman. A large' number of witnesses were called including the family, a number of the neighbors, and the officers and doctors who made the autopsy. There was nothing developed to throw any sus- | pidon on any particular person and THE PIONEER NEWSPAPER OF PROWERS COUNTY ANI) THE OFFICIAL COUNTY PAPER. LAMAR, PROWERS COUNTY. COLORADO. WEDNESDAY. MARCH 28. 1923. CITY CAMPAIGN Citizens and People’* Ticket Both Com plete and Campaign Interesting. The tickets of both the Citizens and Peoples parties are now complete as j will be found by reference to the offic ial list of nominations in this issue, ; and the campaign is warming up in interest, hut without the acrimory of J some of the past campaigns we arc ! glad to state. Eskel A. Lundgren for city treasurer is the only name that appears on both tickets, and there will be contests on all the other positions. The mayor, clerk ami treasurer are voted for by the voters of all three wards, hut each ward has its own ticket for aldermen, and its citizens vote for those candidates only. All voters who are not registered still have an opportunity to do so un til Saturday evening by appearing at the city clerk’s office with two voters to vouch for them. The main issue of this campaign is the fact that Lamar has reached that stage of development where city im provements are imperative if the peo ple ure to enjoy the comforts ami conveniences that can lie had in a place of Lamar’s size, and it becomes a question of securing these things without making the burden too heuvy on the taxpayers or the users of light, power and water. Taxes have been lowered some, but u greater re duction is absolutely necessary if our city is to prosper. Light rates must come down to make it a desirable place for tenants to live. To procure these things the very best business talent of the city is needed in the coming two years to handle the expenditure of the money raised by various means. All the can didates on both tickets are men of good character and high standing, but The Register believes that the citizen who carefully goes over the situation will find that the Citizens Ticket rep resents the very best business talent of our city, and its election will in sure good government and a reduc tion of the citizens’ burdens. BOY KILLED Clarence Glazehrook Killed by Truck on Main Street Monday Af ternoon. About four o’clock Monday after noon as the McCue coal truck driven by Irvin Sevier was coming down Main street just in front of the Duck wald store Clarence Glazehrook, nine year-old son of J. W. Glazehrook, ran from behind the parked autos right in front of the truck. Mr. Sevier set the brakes hard and stopped the truck in its own length but the boy was caught under it ami dragged several feet. The little fellow was picked up immediately by Mr. Sevier and by standers ami taken to the office of Dr. lakes where several physicians work ed earnestly to save his life, but he died about an hour later. The body was taken to the Hoggatt undertaking parlors to prepare for burial. It was decided to hold no inquest as all by standers unite in exhonorating Mr. Sevier from blame as he was not driv ing fast and the child ran from be hind the autos where he could not be seen until it was too late. The affair is a sad blow to the family and they have the deepest sympathy of the en tire community in their great afflic tion. Britannia Rules Waves, With Amer ican Assistance. The most fitting tribute to the Sen ate filibusters and busters generally of an American cross ocean merchant marine is paid by the London Chron icle, which says (issue of March 2nd. 1923), in commenting jubilantly on the defeat of the ship subsidy bill in the United States Senate: “America’s dreams of ocean supre macy shattered BY BRITAIN • • * A new chapter now opens for the British mercantile marine.” I the jury could only bring in a verdict of death at the hands of an unknown party. The funeral arrangements have not yet been -announced. DEATH OF SENATOR NICHOLSON State Loses Pioneer Who Started at the Bottom of Colorado's First Great Industry atld Went to the Top. It was with feelings of the deepest regret that the citizens of Colorado, who have been watching for several weeks the grim fight of Senator Sam uel 1). Nicholson for life, heard on bau u. MCIIOI.XO.V Sunday that the end had come and the hardy pioneer had passed over the divide. Sam, as he was known to all, came to Colorado in the early days with nothing but grit and ambition as his assets. He went to work as a miner and proved his worth by be longing for seven years to the cham pionship team of drillers in the state. He later went into the mining game with the xume success and when wealth came to him he used it liber ally to develop all the resources of the state, agricultural, manufactur ing and others as well as mining. A man of pieusing personality and kind ly disposition, able, untiring and al ways easy to approach he has for years been one of the best liked and foremost of Colorado’s wealthy citi zens. Colorado has lost a public spir ited ami progressive citizen and states man and the los. will leave u place hard to fill. ORGANIZE COMMERCIAL BODY Largely Attended Meeting on Last Friday Evening Names Commit tee to Organize Commer cial Body for Lamar. A meeting was culled at the city hall last Friday evening for the pur pose of organizing a new commercial t>ody for and a large number of the city’s business men were pres ent. Fred Betz was elected chairman and Chas. Owen secretary. There was general discussion of the question in which several dozen of the business men expressed themselves as favoring some sort of an association for public advancement and the pro- of new industries for our city. The various organizations of the past were discussed and it was generally agreed to form a new organization en tirely. A committee composed of the chairman, Allyn Cole, president of the Y. M. B. A., and F. M. Wilson was on motion authorized to select a commit tee of thirteen to formulate plans for the new organization. After consulta tion they named the following: M. R. Sunday. Fred Kelsey, C. C. Huddleston, W. G. Brown, C. E. Fort ney, R. E. Adams, Geo. Corzine, Cora Strain, C. Stocker, W. J. Johnston, Allyn Cole, F. M. Wilson and Fred Betz. This committee was called to meet Tuesday to formulate plans for the new organization, after which a new meeting will be called to pass on their work. Struck Out. The manager of the Apple Growers’ Association of the famous Hood River Valley reports that the marketing » f the crop of the past year was greatly hampered by the strike of railway shopmen, who defied the decision of the Railroad Labor Board. The ar* ple-growers will hardly join the farm er-labor party, we guess. LAMAR’S STREET PAVING City Council Lets Contract for Bith ulithic Paving for Lamar’* Main Street and Camel Boule vard Will Soon be a Thing of the Past. The people of Lamar both property holders on Main street and citizens generally are rejoicing that our city’s main business streets are at last to he paved and the unsightly and unen durable bumps and caverns along the course are to he removed. This much wa> definitely settled last Monday night when the contract for the pav ing in Paving District No. One com >r.-ing seven blocks on Main street from the Library block to the paved road on the north end of Main street and one block east and west on Beech, Olive and Elm streets was let by the unanimous vote of the city aldermen to the Strange-McGuire Paving Co. of Pueblo. The contract calls for War renite bithulithic paving consisting of five inch base of gravel and cement with a two inch covering of the bith ulithic muterial. It is one of the fin est paving materials of the present day and the price is low-er than it has been for some time, and the property holders are generally satisfied and would be practically unanimous in ap proval had it not been for the manner used by the engineer in shutting off the friends and contractors for brick paving without an opportunity to be heard. The manner in which this was done reflects little credit on our city and far less on its engineer. The brick men were allowed to come here and spend their time and money in figuring up the project and then af ter they were shut out from the meat ing the property owners were inform ed by the engineer that his brick plans were not such as would insure a pav ing suitable for laimar’s Main street. laimar will have more paving to do in the future and this act will make it far more difficult to get contractors to come here, where they are not as sured a square deal. However, the biggest fact is that the long fight which many of us have made to arouse interest in a paved business section has at last been won and we can all In a few months feel proud of a real business looking city district. Once started there will he more to follow. The meeting of the council last Monday evening was attended by a crowded house of property owners in the district and citizens generally, all interested in the opening of the bids put in by the representatives of the eleven companies which were repre 1 sented. The different bidders were so far apart on the various items bid upon that it was hard for the specta tors to get any line up on the bids, and left the impression that much of it was guess work in which they made sure that the total would be large enough at least, hut when the accounts figured up the total cost it was found were quite far apart even in totals. There were more bids on con crete than any other variety of pav ing and the totals had a range of $lB,- 000 from highest to lowest. The bids were as follows: Fred F. Eberhardt Paving Co., Sa lina, Kansas, concrete, $93,576.45. M. R. A merman, Wichita, Kansas, concrete, $105,757.10; sheet -asphalt, $125,137.10; asphaltic concrete, $120,- 615.10; Warrenite bithulithic, $121,- 907.10; vitrified brick, 147,747.10. Carl C. Madsen Construction Co., Denver, concrete, $87,600.15. Standard Engineering & Construc tion Co., Denver, concrete, $89,375.50. | Stamey-Mackay Construction Co., Hutchinson, Kansas, concrete, SIOO.- 023.75; vitrified brick, $132,969.75. Strange-McGuire Paving Co., Pu eblo, bithulithic (Warrenite) $117,- 895.90. Cook-Ransom, Ottawa, Kansas, con crete, $105,527.55; vitrified brick. $137,827.55. W. F. Pigg & Son, Denver, concrete, $90,065.50. Engineers Construction Co., Gree ley, concrete, $98,616.95. J. Fred Roberts & Son Construction i Co., Denver, concrete, $100,054.00. NUMBER 43. TWO BUTTINSkYS VYil*on and McAdoodledoo Want to Run Colorado Democracy. The news of Senator Nicholson’s death had hardly got on the wires when ex-President Wilson sent a tele gram to Governor Sweet to appoint a man by the name of Thompson to the place. The first thought of every democrat in the state—Sweet includ ed—was whoinell is Thompson. In vestigation showed he lived here twenty years ago and Mr. Sweet is now trying to find out if he is still alive. William G. MaAdoodledoo— not to he outdone by pupa-in-law—at (Mice wired to appoint “Sonny” Mor rison Shafroth. At least he i> a resi dent of the state though probably hasn’t reached the senatorial age yet. Mr. Sweet may have something to say about the matter, himself, when it comes time -and the chances are he is thinking about a “Sonny” too, but it is “Sonny” Adams, if we are not mis taken. Scottish Rite Banquet. The Scottish Rite Masons of the La mur territory will hold their annual banquet on Thursday evening, March 29, at the Masonic Temple. The large number of Scottish Rite Masons in this section of the state caused tho starting last year of the annual ban quet for the membership and it prov ed very popular. ! 1 I 1 I M. J. Kenney Construction Co., Den ver, concrete, $103,483.75. After the bids were read the repre sentatives of the contractors were ask ed to leave the room and after the doors were closed, there was a general discussion of the question by the prop erty holders in the district. It was then that Engineer Weiland sprung his surprise in which he practically repudiated his own specifications and placed those favoring brick at an ov erwhelming disadvantage. The larg er property holders seemed to be pret ty well divided between brick and bith ulithic, but several of the former changed ufter the engineer’s state ment. There were scarcely any ad vocates of the concrete paving, only two registering their approval of »t. Even with the handicap the brick men made a very strong showing, but mem bers of the council who were keeping check on the vote said that a majority of those expressing an opinion favor ed the bithulithic paving, and accord ingly on motion of Alderman Myers, seconded by Alderman Strain the members of the council voted unani mously in favor of making a contract with the Strange-McGuire Paving Co. of Pueblo, w-ho had in the lowest bid on the bithulithic paving. There was much discussion of the matter by the property holders- some of it quite heated—but those l<* ing out took it goodnuturedly when it was all over. To the spectator- wli » were not prop erty holders the A • -can gentleman hidde-n in the woodpile was so evident that they enjoyed a good laugh over the comedy being played before them —some of the property holders, how ever, failed to appreciate the comedy feature. A large portion of the paving now being done in Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo is of the bithulit hic character, and the Strange-Mc- Guire people are large contractors in this work, so Lamar should have in a short time a fine paved district at a very reasonable price. This after all is the main thing, and there is gen eral rejoicing throughout the city as a result of the contract being signed and the last impediment to paving be ing removed. Dan Orr, division superintendent of the Santa Fe railroad, was present to represent his company at the meet ing. The company will have one of the largest bills to pay, but Mr. Orr when appealed to refused to take any part at all in the discussion as he said his company’s attitude was to let the citizens of the town have the kind of paving they desired and the Santa Fe willingly paid its share of the bill. The company’s only interest is to -ee that the work is done at a reasonable figure.