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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.”
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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.
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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.

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