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Local and Personal
Paul Pan lon returned home from
Ouray ihursday.
Jack McCann was an arrival on last
Wednesday’s train.
P. G. Elder was an arrival from
Walsenburg Last Wednesday.
Mrs. James Barrett was a visitor
from Smith Anthracite in town Sat
Mrs. H. Wise walked in from the
ranch Saturday morning, returning on
the train.
Curtis Morrow departed Friday for
a visit with his mother at Hotchkiss,
Ray V. Diehl of Grand Junction,
was registered at the Elk Mountain
House Wednesday.
Friday A1 Arnold came down from
Irwin and Saturday he took the noon
train for Gunnison.
S. J. Kidder of the Mogollon Min
ing Co., came in one day last week
from Silver City, New Mexico.
Fred Andreatta, ' cousin of George
Andreatta, came in Thursday from
Denver and expects to locate here.
Miss Katherine Mihilich left last
Thursday for a visit with her sister,
Mrs. George Shero, of Roseville Calif.
Louis Lucero, Sr., was a Jack's Cab
in visitor in town Wednesday and
Thursday. He came up for supplies.
Sheriff Hanlon came in from Gun
nison Friday to serve papers on the
jurors for the coming term of court.
Mrs. Dobbs and son Earl left Crest
ed Butte Monday. Mrs. Dobbs goes
to Grand Junction and Earl to Gun
Mrs. Daisy Young and little Betty
came in on Tuesday’s train and were
gujsts at the Faye Roberts home un
til Wednesday.
Joe Crestel, who is to be the new
assistant at the C. F. & I office, tak
ing the place of Miss Ruby Nutting,
arrived Saturday.
Mias Anne Vavra, who has been
here keeping house for her sister,
Miss Bernadine, for some time de
parted for her home in Canon City,
Mike McKelly and daughter, Misa
Florence, came in from Denver and
Tailuride last week, for a visit with
friends here. They returned to their
home in Telluride, Sunday.
Corporal E. A. Moore of the Army
Recruiting Station at Grand Junction,
was in our city from Thursday until
Friday of last week; however we un
derstand no one enlisted from here.
John SkofF, who has been assistant
cashier in the Colorado Supply store
here for the past two years, departed
Thursday for Tobasco, near Trinidad,
where he will be cashier in the store
there. _
Father Hitbift christened three In
fants at the Catholic church here last
Sunday aft-moon. They were the
children of Mr. and Mike Kikel, Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Guerrie. and Mr.
and Mrs. Jake Kochevar, Jr.
In a letter just received from Mrs.
Herman Hutterman, nee Gladys Kil
patrick. she states that they are com
fortably located in a neat little cot
tage in Bisbee, Artaona, and that the
weather there reminds one of July. In
Crested Butte.
Mrs. E. G. Gladstone and Miss Lil
lian Doig went down to Gunnison
Friday for a visit with the Doig fam
ily. Little John Taylor Gladstone ac
companied them, returning on Sunday
with Miss Doig. Mrs. Gladstone will
remain a week or so.
Bill Whalen is the happiest man in
town. Reason? He is a granddad-
Old Doc Stork, assisted by Dr. O. A.
Oram, delivered a fine 7Vi pound baby
boy at the home of 4r. and Mrs.
Roger Nelson, on Monday, April 12.
Mother and child nre getting along
nicely, and they think there is hope
that grandpa will recover.
School started at Eocher’s ranch on
Monday, April 12, with Miss Ethel
Hogan as teacher. On account of
there being only the three Eccher
children to attend, Mrs. Eccher has
fitted up a room in the house as a
school room and the teacher will
board there, thus saving the teacher
and children the two mile walk to the
school house at Glacier.
A Weekly Newspaper of Interest to the Elk Mountain Region
Fourteen of the young folks sur-j
prised Miss Josephine Adams at the!
home of her sister, Mrs. H. 11. McCor- |
mack, last Friday evening. The eve
ning was spent in dancing, after j
which, each young lady having
brought a box containing lunch for
twe, numbers were drawn from a hat,
the boy holding the number to corre
spond with th? one on the box, eating
lunch with the young lady who fixed
it. They all report an enjoyable time.
The Mogollon Mining Co., of Irwin,
were obliged to discontinue work at
the Queen until coal can be taken up
there. Several of the men came down
last week. From the amount of snow
we have at present, it will be some
time before coal can be gotten In.
Mr. and Mrs. Clem Helsfrick are
moving on the C. F. & I. hill this
week, and Mr. and Mrs. John Heuche
mer who have been batching in the
Henry Benton house, will then occupy
their old home.
Clarence Perry went to Gunnison
Monday to prove up on his land over
near Gothic. Carl Bergman and John
Malensek went along as witnesses.
Mrs. I. L. Sigman and son Raymond
went to Pueblo last Wednesday and
Mr. Sigman went down on Sdhday.
Miss Mary Rozman left Saturday
for Denver where, she* expects to
spend the summer.
, Mrs. Joe Faussone and Edmund
went to Gunnison on business Man
day last.
W. H. Whalen returned homo from
his business trip to Denver, Saturday.
Capt. Mathewson is down from Ir
win, having come Tuesday.
Crested Butte, Colo., April 6, 1920.
A regular meeting of the Town
Council was held on the above date.
Mayor Amott and Trustees Songer,
Hudson, Verzuh, and Boyle answered
roll call; absent Gulliford and Yokla
The minutes of the last regular
meeting were read and approved.
The following bills were read;
Elk Mt. Pilot pub. min $ 6.00
W. F. Robinson Printing Co.,
Legal Blanks 7.84
C. B. L. A W. Co., Street and
Hall Lights end Quarterly
Water 360.30
Frank Bifano, breaking Ceme
tery road 20.00
Mayor Amott, Mar. sal 3.00
F. E. Mar. aal 6.50
C. L. Hudson 6.00
Fred Gulliford, Mar. sal 2.50
Martin Verzuh, Mar. sal 6.00
M. J. Boyle, Mar. sal 2.60
L. G. E&pey, Mar. aal 7.60
John Merrett, labor 2.50
Wm. Merrett, labor 2.60
John Woodring, labor 7.00
On motion of Songer, seconded toy
Boyle the bills were allowed as read,
with the exception of the Frank Bi
fano bill and it was referred to the
Finance committee. Roll call, ayes
Receipts: City Hall rent, (F. E.
Songer) $5.00
Mayor Amott appointed Trustee
Boyle to serve on the Finance com
mittee in the absence of Yoklavlch.
The Board adjourned, on motion of
Songer, seconded by Hudson.
L. G. ESPEY, Clerk.
Notice is hereby given and a call is
hereby made for a meeting of the Re
publican Precinct Commiteemen and
Committee women of the several pre
cincts of Gunnison County, Colorado,
to be held at the Court House In Gun
nison, Colorado, on Wednesday, the
5th day of May, 1920, at the hour of
11 o’clock a. m. for the purpose of
selecting a Chairman of the Repub
lican County Central Committee, to
fill the vacancy in said office, until a
new Chairman shall be duly elected,
as provided by law and for the trans
action of such other business as may
properly come before said meeting.
Vice Chairman,
J. E. WHIPP, Secretary.
Not In This World
Charlie Leekenby of the Steamboat
Pilot, says if he were to marry again
all he would ask for In a wife would
be a good temper, health, good under
standing, agreeable physiogomy, fine
figure, good connections, domestic
habits, resources of amusement, good
spirits, conversational talents, ele
gant manners and money. Charlie is
not going to gat married again.—Mor
gan County HemML,
If fa naa* of iRtUf try an adM
Copied from the Files of the Elk Mt.
Pilot, Thee Printed in Irwin
From Oct. 6, 1892, to Dec. 15, 1892.
Louis Bart'hel is over from Crystal.
Scott Humason is applying for a
Kellie Crookson of Marble, was
over to see us last week.
G. A. Russ and family are now liv
ing in the Highlands, Denver.
Mrs. A. K. Shaw anil h?r daughter,
Dolly, are visiting in Gunnison.
Joe Riley has come up from Gunni
son tc tend bar far Ed Cunningham.
John Ross is carrying th© mail to
Irwin. Willie Martin has quit the job.
Ed Cunningham has leased the Elk
Mountain House and will open it up
at once.
Andy Mosher has opened a cigar
and tobacco store in Dave Knight’s
shoo shop.
p. J. Hurley and Mel Sams were in
t .wn from the Belle of Titusville
mine this week
James Hinkle has come up from
Gunnison with his teams and gone to
work for Dave Miner.
Mrs. J. E. Phillips and son have
gone to Danville, Illinois, to spend
tho holidays with her parents.
Dr. Rockefeller and Frank Buster
returned from their hunt last night,
bringing a very large fine cow elk.
James Brennan, who located the
fir.-t mining claim in Ruby camp, died
at Kalso, British Columbia, on Oct. 22.
Yesterday Jimmy Mcllweo pur
chased from Anton Beitler, the saloon
building where John Rislch keeps sa
The Splane saw mill caught fire and
burned to the ground yesterday
morning. The loss will be about
S. D. Carroll left last Tuesday for
Willoughby, Ohio* to join his wife
and be a father to his newly arrived
baby bay.
Cal Chappell ami W. H. Miller are
moving Heuchemer & Diel s store
building a few feet east and other
wise improving it.
Last Thursday in Pane ha Springs,
Mr. Dick Ball of Jack’s Cabin, and
Miss Mary Burnett, of Poncfca, were
united in marriage.
Ertoine Groesbeck was down from
Irwin last week, entertaining his
mother, who had come on from Min
nesota to visit him.
Mary E. Riser was granted a di
vorce from Stimson Riser in Judge
McDougal’s court last week. Mrs.
Pheobe E. Flagg was also granted a
divorce from Frank Flagg.
Joe Block, S. D. Carroll, and Bar
bers Anderson and Waite are the only
applicants, so far, for the postoffice.
W3 are betting on Karl Schaefer as a
dark horse, for the place.
Down at Overs teg’s twins have
come to bless the household of Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Tmobersteg. It Is a
Christmas present, probably unex
pected, but highly appreciated.
M. J. Kelly and Con McGahren are
down from the Augusta getting sup
plies. They have thirteen tons to go
up to the mine, and are experiencing
come difficulty in getting a jack train
to take It up.
Father Rlorden had quite a baby
christening at the Catholic church
last Sunday. He christened six babies,
the children of Mr. and Mrs. N. C.
Wheeler, George Fitzsimmons, Patrick
Nalon, Dan Hefferon, Joseph Pasic,
and Joseph Golobic. He concluded by
marrying George Kopusln to a young
lady just arrived from Austria.
We had a horse race here last Sun
day. It was a 400 yards single dash
between Wm. Clark’s racer and Chal
Baney’s Nancy Hanks, and of course
Nancy won in great shape. Many of
the old sports were down from Irwin
and Chal Baney was a proud boy be
cause he won the hundred dollars.
After the race he treated all of the
boys and donated ten dollars to the
Sunday school for desecrating the
Sabbath, for all of which he will re
ceive the blessing of Captain Isaac.
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our many friends
and neighbors for tho kindness and
assistance show© us during th? ill
ness and death of our dear son and
brother. Also the beautiful floral
Mrs* A. Short and Frank Short,
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Funaro" and
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Carfcato
and family.
The Gunnison Empire.
For some time now rumors and yet
mors rumors have been circulating
regarding great changes in tho rail
road situation in this county.
The Empire has sought earnestly
for information on which to base a
story vwiioh would reflect tho true
situation, but up to this writing the
people who know are too secretive to
give out anything definite.
As matters now appear there Is
considerable rivalry between the D.
& R. G. and other railroad interests
as to which shall drain the tonnage
from a rich district, not the least of
which is the new anthracite field,
known as the Muncey coal, now being
opened by the Utah people. Ibis
company is prepared to tram out
t'neir ccal if no other way is fur
nished them. The Colorado Midland,
now deed and dormant, could be re
vived and with short extension made
to serve as an important feeder for
the old Midland.
The D. & R. G. would much prefer
lhat this be not accomplished and
and without doubt could defeat the
Midland’s plans by making a broad
gaugo extension from Somerset to
Crested Butte That they are con
templating such a move Is pretty cer
tain. One great obstacle that stands
in their way is the fact that they are
in the hands of a receiver at present,
resting under the handicap of a $38,-
000,000 judgment, but that might be
overcome through a subsidiary com
pany organized for the purpose of
building tho required line.
One thing thnt is- definite is that
the D. & R. G. will have a corps of
engineers in the field as soon as the
sm.w is off sufficiently to permit, to
make estimates and determine costs
of building the extension.
Another strong incentive to such
action on their part is the great in
crease in production of the Crested
Butt#? camp through the coming in
of the great Pershing mine, the out
put of which is said to be easily two
thousand tons a day, or more than
Crested Butte ever turned out from
Ur. other mines.
It goes without saying that heavy
Investments are justified to take care
of such an enormous tonnage, and the
saving on transfer alone from narrow
to broad gauge is an object not to be
Sam© think that such a move would
result in the present line from Gunni
son to Crested Butte being broad
gauged anil this place made a trans
fer point for traffic originating at
Lake City, Baldwin, Pitkin, and Sar
gent and intermediate points with
the abandonment of the Marshall Pass
and Cerro Summit lines. The first is
absolutely non-productive from Sar
gent east to Salida and ty latter
from Sapinero to Montrose. The pro
gram suggested would heavily reduce
operating expenses on, the narrow
gauge and work no special Inconven
ience. The mileage to Denver from
this place would be considerably
lengthened but the trip would be all
broad gauge and probably more sat
isfactory in the main.
All matters regarding the extension
or change are of course nebulous at
present but that there are some hens
on is certain. Wo await with Interest
the results of tho hatch.
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; Afford a High School Building?
Since the proposition of bonding
the County in the amount of SIOO,OOO
is to be submitted to the people at
tho school election on May 3d, it is
only fair that all the people should be
given the entire history and status
of the whole question of the proposed
building for high-school purposes.
We thought that this matter had
been settled; ve voted $50,000 in 1918.
Why was it rot put Into a building?
Where is Ihr.t money now, anyway?
Wasn’t that money enough? If it was
enough in 1918, why not now?
It is true that in the spring of 1918
the High School Committee submitted
to the people the question of incurring
a bonded indebtedness of $50,000 for
the construction of a separate high
school building. The proposition at
that time carried by a large majority.
The six per cent bonds had previously
been sold at one per cent, above par,
subject to the approval of the voters.
This yielded $50,500 which with ac
crued interest now amounts to $53,-
500.05 and more, only a small part of
which has been expended in initiating
the building. A large portion of this
money was invested in short time cer
tificates of the United States Govern
ment, and drew interest until March
16, 1920, at 4 % per cent. Some of
the money is now in the banks draw
ing interest until used.
The war being at its height in the
spring of 1918, all construction for
!>eace purpqses was discontinued and
not again resumed until the spring of
1919. All estimates for the construc
tion of the county high school build
ing had been based upon costs as
they were before the spring of 1918.
The High School Committee very nat
urally assumed that after tho coming
of peace, prices on building materials
and labor would go down instead of
up. They were therefore quite is
much surprised as all the rest of the
world to discover that the facts were
just the opposite—prices began to
soar in the month of November, 1918,
and they nre going up dally by leaps
and bounds.
Therefore, when the County High
School Board advertised for bids in
the spring of 1919, although they pub
lished for them in Denver, Pueblo,
and Colorado Springs, they received
only one bid, and that on the general
work of the main building (not in
cluding plumbing, heat and lighting).
This bid was in the astonishing sum
of $107,000, for the completion of the
general work on the building that
could have been done for $50,000 be
fore the war.
Because the Committee had only a
little over $50,000, it decided to let
the contract for simply the basement
of the proposed building and the
walls of the ground floor with a tem
porary roof that might be removed
later if ever the people wished to
complete the building. (The letting
of this contract released the contract
ors from their bid on the work for
the entire building). This much of a
structure was to cost $50,027, and
only the basement was to be ready
for use. Obviously such a building
would only to a very limited extent
relieve the crowded condition of the
schools and It would not give the
high school students the facilities and
advantages that young people in
these days are demanding; nor would
it afford the preparation that the
times are demanding of the young
The Committee began, therefore,
during the winter just past, to try to
find out how much it would coat to
complete the proposed high school
building and make it usable through
out. (Remember that tho earlier bid
had been for general work only).
'1 hey discovered right away that now
no contractor can be found who will
take a iob an any but a cost plus 10%
basis. is such uncertainty about
the cost of the material and labor
that contractors everywhere have quit
taking contracts on the old basis.
Although Lt Is Impossible to keep
up with the shifting prices, the ar
chitects employed by the Committee
estimate that on the cost-plus basis,
the building might be completed for
something within one hundred thou
sand dollars addition to the first $50,-
000. This additional bond issue
would give a total of over $150,000,
which would very probably enable the
County to build and equip a high
school plant that would meet all de
mands for many years to come. Of
course, the High School Committee
is not bound bv any agreement with
the builders to let the job on the cost
plus-ten-per-cent basis; but it can do
so If the people approve.
Should the people permit it? Well,
in the first place, it does not now look
as though building would ever again
be as cheap as before the war. The
longer we wait, the higher things go.
Other localities are go«ng right on
with their preparation for educating
their "Young people. Are the Gunni
son County boys and girls of this
generation and the next twenty-five
years worth as much to the State and
nation and to themselves as the boys
and girls of other localities? Delta
Is putting up a new high school
building, larger and more costly than
our proposed building—and it is not a
whole-county affair either. Olathe is
making an addition on the some costly
basis. Center has just dedicated a
buHdi-ng costing $125,000 Alamosa,
with a valuation of onlv $1,000,000. is
building this vear. Grand Junction
finished one addition last year and is
beginning another now on the same
uncertain and expensive basis as our
people would have to build. 'Should
we be showing the proper community
spirit and the right patriotism to
hack down now?
As a matter of fact, there are car-
Concluded on last page
Gunnison, Colo., April 8, 1920.
Notice is hereby given that an As
sembly of Delegates representing the
Democratic Party of Gunnison County,
Colorado, is called for and will be
held in the County Court House at
Gunnison Colorado, at 10;00 o’clock
a. m. on Saturday the 15th day of
May, 1920, for the purpose of select
ing Twelve Delegates to attend the
Democratic State Assembly to beheld
in Denver, Colorado, May 17, 1920, for
the purpose of electing a county
Chairman and for the transaction of
such other business as may properly
come before said assembly.
The basis for precinct representa
tion in the County assembly shall be
one delegate for each 25 votes or frac
tion thereof, cast for Hon. Thomas
J. Tynan for Governor at the General
Election held November 5, 1918. The
total number of delegates shall be 53,
apportioned among the several pre
cincts of the County as follows:
1 Gunnison 6 13 Whiteplne 1
• 2 Doyleville 1 15 Sapinero 2
3 Kezar (Iola) 1 16 Cimarron 1
4 Cr. Butte 5 17 Powderhom 1!
5 W. Gunnison 6 18 Howeville I
6 S. Gunnison 5 20 Parlin 1
7 Pitkin 3 21 Vulcan 1
8 Anthracite 1 23 Cr. Butte 3
9 TLn Cup 1 24 Marble 2
10 Irwin 1 25 Spencer 1
11 Ohio City 1 27 Somerset 4
12 Castleton 2 28 Moscow 1
29 Allen 1
The Precinct Committeemen of the
various precincts of the county will
please take notice hereof and take
such action in the premises as may
bo necessary.
M. J. SCHMITZ, Secretary.
Gunnison, Colo., April Bth, 1920.
IN ACCORDANCE with the rules
of the Republican party, notice is
hereby given that an Assembly of
Delegates, representing the Republi
can Party of Gunnison County, Colo
rado, Is hereby called for and will be
held on Wednesday, the 6th day of
May, 1920 at the hour of ten o’clock
a m. at the Court House in Gunnison,
Colorado, for the purpose of select
ing seven delegates to the State As
sembly, to be held at Pueblo, Colora
do, Thursday, May 6th, 1920. Alao
for the purpose of selecting the
number of delegates to the Fourth
Congressional District Aaaembly, also
to be held at Pueblo, Colorado, on the
above date. Also for the purpose of
selecting delegates to the Eleventh
Senatorial District Assembly and to
the Judicial Assembly of the Seventh
Judicial District, hereafter to be
called. Also for the purpose of nomi
nating a primary ticket to be sub
mitted to the Republican voters of
Gunnison County, Colorado, for the
following officers: —One Clerk and Re
corder, one Assessor, one Treasurer,
one Sheriff, one Superintendent of
Schools, one Coroner, one Surveyor,
one Commissioner from the First
Commissioners District, one Com
missioner from the Third Commis
sioners District, one Judge, County
Court, one Representative to the
Twenty-third General Assembly of
the State of Colorado. Precinct Com
mitteemen and Precinct Committee
women for each precinct of the coun
ty, and for the transaction of such
other business as may properly come
before said Assembly.
The total number of delegates to
the County Assembly shall be 47, ap
portioned among the several pre
cincts, as follows:
1 Gunnison 8 13 Whltoplne 1
2 Doyleville 1 15 Sapinero l
3 Kezar (Iola) 1 16 Cimarron 1
4Cr Butte 3 17 Powderhom 1
SW. Gunnison 5 18 Howeville 1
6 S. Gunnison 4 20 Parlin 1
7 Pitkin 3 21 Vulcan 1
8 Anthracite 1 23 Cr. Butte 3
9 Tin Cup 1 24 Marble 1
10 Irwin 1 25 Spencer 1
11 Ohio City 3 27 Somerset 1
12 Castleton 1 28 Moscow 1
29 Allen 1
Precinct Assemblies will be held In
each precinct of the County unless
due notice is given for a different
date, on Saturday, the 1 s day of May,
1920. The Precinct committeemen of
tho several precinct*. of the County
will give notice of Precinct Assem
blies and take such other action as
is neecssary.
Vice Chairman,
J. E. WHIPP, Secretary.
Burnett Coming to Gunnison
E. F. Burnett, Optometrist, the man
with the No-Chart method of examin
ing eyes for glaaees, will visit Gunni
son (Mr*. Meyer’s Rooms) Wednesday,
and Thursday, April 21-22.

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