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Rocky Ford Enterprise.
Opera House Packed for Com
mcnccmsnt Exercises
Early History of Rocky Ford Schools
m Interesting Part of tho
Reception Program
The graduation class of this year was
the largest in the history of our high
school, and the exercises marking the
oompletlon of its work and the presenta
tion of diplomas took place Friday even
ing in the Grand Opera houso. It was
crowded to the doors. The class filed in
from the foyer up the mam aisle radiant
of countenance and apparel and took
seats upon the stage, where they were
attended by the teachers of the high
school staff. The class roll was as fol
lows: —Ray Latson. Neil Combs. Lester
Scanland. Charline Cover. Roy M’Kittnck,
Loyd Robertson. Roscoe Jones. CAry Pol
lock. Eva Gobin, Lena McGee. Alrna
Mickleson. Octnvia Hall. Nettia Caldwell.
Clyde Clore. An orchestra, with Miss
Carolyn North. Supervisor of Music in
the Schools, at the piano, opened the
proceedings. Miss Eva Gobin delivered
the Salutatory. Dr. Libby of the SUle
University gave a brief and very pertr
mant address, taking as his theme, "The
Education of the Sentiments,’' and mak
ing the point of address an appeal to the
people for a finer appreciation of the
child life, the age of sentiment in our
children, and a greater enthusiasm for
tha work dene by the common school
teacher. The address of the doctor, who
Is a class lecturer rather than an orator,
was notable for its sane and moderate
and withal enthusiastic estimate of value
of the work done by the school man and
school woman, in Colorado and ovary
Loyd Robertson was tha valadictorian.
who axprassed tha ragrets at tha brsak
iag up of the class of 1908 and thanked
f. the teachers and the school managers for
- thewpportuniitos afforded them m their
school training. Than Mrs. Money,
County Superintendent of Schools, pre
aanted tho graduates with their diplomas,
prefacing that formality with an address
so full of boautiful sentiment as to supply
an apt illustration of what Dr. Libby’s
suggestiont might finally envolve in an
apt pupil.
Ths Girl’s High School Glee Club in
tersporicd the proceedings with pleasing
vocal selections, ana Rev. Davenport in
the absenso of Rev. Green closed the
program with the benediction.
Alumni Reception
The stremous week of Commencement
exercises an entertainments in connection
with our schools closed with a meeting of
the alumni of tho Rocky Ford high school
held at K. P. hall Saturday rnghL Thoie
wart about 40 members of tho body in
attendance oxclusivo of the class just
graduated, and to theso were added tho
better halves of tho married ores, the
mombers of the school board and tho high
school faculty, making a gathering of 80
people or more.
The hall shona resplendent in its beau
tiful decorations of crimson and gold, tho
school colors. Tha color schomo was
carried out also in the refreshments,
aervod by the young ladies of the Junior
A short, but intarestirg program was
given consisting of the following: Early
School History from 1871 to 1893. com
piled from various authentic sources by
Rob B. Elser, class of 1896, followed by
a paper reciting School events during the
period from 1891 to 190 H, prepared by
Mrs. Alta Woods and rsad by Mr. Fred
Kimzoy. The High School Teachers,
since the erection of Liberty Building to
the present time,passed in review.manip
ulated by Arthur Manning. Class of
1901. Extracts from a school paper
published by tha pupils of 1895 woro
read. President, Frank Latson warmly
welcomed the class of 1908 into tho as
sociation, and Neil Combs in bohalf of the
latest graft on the Alumni tree, responded
During the evening the orchestra led by
Miss North, furnished delightful music.
The reminiscences of oarly school days
In Rocky Ford will greatly interest Enter
prise readers, and wo gladly make space
for tho papers compiled by Roy Elsor and
Mrs. Woods, as follows:
Early School History of the Vicinity
of Rocky Ford.
Mr. President, Ladies and Gentle
men: You are perhaps more fortu
nate in the subject of this address
than yrm realize, for its interest will
he entirely in the history which it at
tempts to briefly outline, rather than
flic manner in which it will be pre- i
I have endeavored to go. hack to |
the beginning of school history in
this part of the valley, and that
eessitatc* recalling the first settle
In 1865 Mr. J. W. Potter came from
Albany, Mo, and located a tract of
government land, since known as
the Potter Ranch, moving his family
here in 1870. The second family to
locate was that of Judge A. C. Rus
ell who came several months later.
Mr. Potter and Judge Russell hired
•he first school teacher. Miss Elisa
Iteaty—a si*tir of Mr. J. N. Beaty of
Manzauola. who is now Mrs. Porter
of Garden City. Kan.—paying her $25
per month. This was in the year
1871. School was kept in a log
building having a dirt floor and roof,
about one mile cast of old Rocky
Ford. There were no desks—only
one table and tome wooden benches;
the pupils were l.ogan, Dick, Laura
(now Mrs Snowden) and Her Pot
ter and Gu»lie, Annie and Warren
Russell. Later, Miss Denning (now
Mrs. Wm. Matthews) was employed
as teacher in the family of Judge
In the spring of 1874 Mr. G. W.
Swiuk removed with his family from
Vermont, 111., coming by rail to old
Kit Car-on. then overland to Las
\llilnns and old Rocky, Ford.
In 1872 the first district school was
started with Mr. Harney Napier, at
present a hanker of Glcnwood
Springs, as teacher. This school was
held in a frame building having a
hoard ll >or, and a fireplace, hut be
ing inipla-trfed and located a couple
of mile* farther up the river. It is
of interest to know that tlic school
district at this time was about 35
miles across from east to west and
probably no miles front north to
south. ’Two teachers followed Mr.
Napier, then in the fall of 1875 Mr.
Van Hendricks taught one term.
During ill. year 1H76 the railroad
was built and the town, comprising
\|r ins’* family with one or two
other., moved to the present town
site and in the summer an adobe
school house was built on the site
of the Liberty school A Mr. Rlake
iv.i. the first teacher here. Later thi»
building ua» weather hoarded and be
came the little white school house
that n «o» M | many of us remember
finally being removed to north Elev
enth street, where it now is occupied
hi a somewhat different form as •
dwellim* Mr. J. E. Gauger was one
of the first teachers in that building.
Miss Jennie Burnett was teacher in
*B6-87. This was about the time of
the town sate when there was quite
a boom ami it became necessary to
have a second teacher. Miss Kilgore
bring hired for the balance of the
year, and leaching in one of the
building* of the Keeker row which
at present stands facing flic
The following year there were three
teacher*. Miss Ilaviland being added
to the force. At this, time Miss Bur
nett taught in the white school house.
Miss Ilaviland in what is now the of
fie*- of the St. James hotel and Miss
Kilgore in tho adjoining room Dur
ing this year the original part of the
Washington building was completed,
for which W. II Gobin was the con
tractor That year school was only
held siv months and in the. summer
of *BO Miss Burnett and Mis* Hav
{land conducted a private school in
the new building In the fall public
school was opened in the building.
In the year 1803 the school had
grown until five teachers were em
ployed. I shall now frivc a few de
tails regarding the high school in
that year leaving later happenings
to your memory.
At this time the school hoard was
composed of Drs. K car by and Marks
and Mr*. Anderson and Mr. L. A.
Tenney was elected principal. There
were in all possibly 55 pupils enroll
ed. whose work included only tenth
grade studies. The high school room
was then, as for several years follow
ing. the south up stairs room of the
Washington building. During this
year two noteworthy additions were
made to the school equipment, the
hell which has done such excellent
service since that time and a second*
hand organ purchased, the organ. I
believe, for 5 to. from whose advent
dates the beginning of music in the
school. Twice a week, for a period
the -eventli and eighth grades came
to the high school room for singing,
not f«»r instruction however, that be
ing reserved for our more fortunate
successors. The school library con
tained in all not more than 25 vol
umes. among them. I remember, were
two volumes by Grace Greenwood,
Longfellow’s and Whittier’s poems,
a volume or two of The Leather
Stocking Tales. Tales from Shakes
peare, and Webster’s unabridged dic
tionary. In this year the. teachers
beside Mr. Tenney were. Miss Nellie
Guthrie (now Mrs. O’Neil of . La
Junta), Miss F.mma Dawley (a sister
of Mr. H. A. Dawley), Miss Minnie
Gandv (now Mrs. Mcrriam), county
superintendent of Fremont county,
and Mrs. Bessie Taylor, who ha*
been in the school, continuously (ex
cepting short periods when illness
prevented) since. Members of the
first graduating class were May me
and Will Guthrie, Walter and Gert
rude Green. Mnvme Wasson, Nellie
Seeley, Harry Robins and Mattie
SwinV. In 1804 all but two members
of this* class re-entered school, tak
ing the eleventh grade work which
was then added and receiving cer
tificates of attainment. The second
class was that of 1805.
(Continued Next W«ek)
Arthur Bhck returned this week from
Twin Fall*, Idaho, whore he had spent
several month*. Hi* wanderlust appears
cured as he i« quite content to again call
Rocky Fjid his homo.
Methodist Divines Listen to
Addresses Prom
R*v. PMiiUMky Biptrtii tk Reach
Ho— Teurnw from Trip
To the Enterprise:
Washington it the City Beautiful.
It is one of the very few American
cities where there it apparcut any
plan of laying out a city. Here the
streets are wide and evidence a co
herent purpose of getting to a posi
tive goal. There is method in the
madness of these streets. It may ap
pear strange to many to have it said
that the streets of the average large
American city are so incoherently
laid nnt that they are the despair of
the stranger. Take it in Baltimore.
If you have any real sense of the
points of the compass, put it aside—
the streets pay mo attention to such
points. We have found it a good
plan to figure out our destination
according to tkit nseful instrument
and in Balitimore take the exact op
posite point and we arrive. Seeking
to observe the directions of the com
pass one of our party had an exper
ience worth relating. He reached his
destination at night and hasn’t for
given the city to date.
Bnt in Washington tho streets are
"straight’* and "on the level." You
surely arrive if you know whither
you would go and a little stndy will
put the stranger in poseasion of the
Not only are the streets wide, but
beautifully parked. At this time of
the year it is a real pleasure to walk
its streets—the grass at its best
green: the flowers ju«t blooming
forth the trees in fall leaf. It tempts
one to write a poem to spring. But
I forbear.
One it impressed with the orderly
quietness of the streets. I was im
pressed with this when first visiting
this city two years ago, but thought
that the cold season was responsible
for this. But it Is the same now
when all life it at its vigor. It seems
that all are in league to give the
stranger citieen a good impression of
his capital city. The electrie cars
have no overhanging trolleys bin u*c
the underground wire. system. There
is uniformity of paving and that
keeps down the noise of traffic
There, is little "hawking" by peddler*
—at least we have not been rniprc**-1
rd with any— ond that tends to one’*
comfort. The only discordant rle ;
mmt here is the negro life. Now in
Richmond the negro knows bis place. I
lie lias been taught. In Baltimore,
he still holds his hat in his hand hull
in Washington where he is 05.000
strong, he has reached his meeea 1
used to be a pro-negro sympathizer,
but a month in the South and thc*c
two visits to the capital have tem
pered my prejudices considerably. 1
wish the negro well, hut lie is a child
at best and in Washington a very
much spoiled child. And the aeriou*
thing about it is that we have put
into the hands of this child a man’*
weapon—the ballot. The negro vote
is known as the "hcrdable” vote.
Washington is the gem of the na
tion and the city patriotic. Here and
there are found—as gems beautifying
a crown —heroic statues of dignified
size. It is a lesson in American his
tory to make the round of these ini
posing figures. The heroes of peace
as well as those of war have proper
homage paid them in immortal stone.
We passed the statues of Lincoln.
Grant, Farragut, Hancock, Marshall.
Rawlins, Franklin, Lafayette and oth- j
ers too numerous to mention.
The national buildings of Washing
ton have become familiar to the j
American mind through the public |
prints. But one has to go through
them to appreciate them. The capi !
tal building of course is the first to
receive notice and if one had time a
full day could be profitably spent
there atone. The congressional li
brary with its gilded dome is very
attractive from the exterior and more
than meets expectations within. Io
the lover of books this is a paradise.
The white house the home of the
president, is a dignified colonial man
sion and is the object of interest to
every stranger. The Corcoran art
gallery must be visited to be appre
ciated. But there is so much glory
here in stone, marble and canvas that
a list however long is sure to omit
structures as interesting as those one
might mention.
There is one building one dors not
forget, especially if one has gone to
the top of it as have I. I refer to
the Washington monument, which up
to the time of the completion of the
Singer building in New York Citv,
was the tallest building in the world
Its exact height is a trifle oyer 555
feet and in the interior there is room
enough to house an army of 12.000
men. The landings will accommo
date over 7.000: the stairs almost 4.
000: the platforms 450. There are
000 steps. The view of the city from
the top is a rare one, and since one
can go up by elevator, ought to be
enjoyed by every visitor.
We were the guests of the Ameri
can University and were royally en
tertained on Saturday, the 16th. The
University is located on the exact
spot where during the civil war the
first fortress of defense for the city
of Washington was erected during
the scare General I.ee gave the north
in that northward march of his
which only Gettysburg stopped. It
seems fitting that on this spot of de
fense a Christian university should
arise, as the type of impregnable de
fense. The power of a nation is not
in its physical force but in the dyna
mic energy of spiritualized ideals.
After luncheon which was served
to. the i mo guests in the Science of
History building, we enjoyed the
music of the Marine band on the
campus and at three o'clock Presi
dent Roosevelt arrived. We gave
him a Methodistic welcome which he
seemed to enjoy. The German dele-
sang Martin Luther’s hymn in
their native tongue and the president
joined heartily in the hinging al
though as he said later, he sang bad
ly. We were within a few feet of
his excellency and heard him easily
and well. He paid a glowing tribute
to the Methodist pioneers and ex-
Jiresscd the gratitude of the nation
or their hardy accomplishments. He
then launched into his favorite
theme of the elements of good citi-
Continued on Supplement.
Womans’ Club holds Final Meeting
of Year.
Tho Rocky Ford Woman’s Club closed
tha program of ita 1907-0 season with a
matting at the homa of Prasidant Mr*.
Van Buskirk last Saturday afternoon. It
woe "Holland Day." tha session being
devoted entirely to things pertaining to
that unique country. Mrs. Dudley Lewie
road an interesting paper on tha lift and
character of the reigning quean of Hol
land, the much loved Wilhelmina. Two
little girls. Mary Dobbs and Mary Flem
ing. sang for the entertainment of tha
oompany tha gesture song initativo of the
characteristic feature of Holland “The
Windmill." Mrs. S. R. Mendelson of La
Junta than gave a talk on "Holland as I
Saw It." illustrating her description with
a variety of bric-a-brac trinkets peculiar
ly Dutch in production and design. The
talk was listened to with groat interest
and she received the thanks of the club
for her contribution to the day’s study,
along with a generous bouquet of white
carnations and marguerites Mrs Hall
tang a Holland hymn. Miss Sheldon of
I Portland. Oregon, a young lady visiting
relatives in town, also contributed some
tweet vocal selections, and Mrs. Joehnck*
was the capable instrumentalist of the
day; making it a very enjoyable musical
as wall aa literary entertainment. The
house decoration* were in keeping with
the day’s program, orange, in honor of
the House of Orango. supplemented with
oranges festooned beneath tho grills of
I tne spacious parlors. The luncheon also
was Dutch, moistened, it should be men
tioned, with Dutch chocolate, not with
beer. Each of the members had tho pri
vilege of bringing a guest and those and
the tpocial invitation* together made an
aitondanco of ovor sixty ladies at the
gathering which auspiciously closed the
year’s program.
Was Quite an Old Hen.
Hezekiah Pummill. born in South Sal
em. Ohio. Jan. 51. 1812. diod at his home
in Olathe, Kan., April 30, 1908. He was
considered the oldest man in Johnson
county, if not in tho ontire state. Ho
was tho father of oight childron, seven
of whom survive him, one of whom is
Mrs. Emery Robb, of Rocky Ford. Colo. I
Mrs. Robb, who was with her father at
the time of his death, has gone on to
visit brothers and sisters in Chicago and
at Morris, 111., hor former home.
Editors Have An Outing.
The Denver Press Club and Stato
Editorial association were well represent
ed upon the special train that left this
city yesterday morning over tha Arkan
sas Valley railroad. The "pencil pushers’*
and several prominent business men from
towns along tha Valley were the broak
fast guests of the Rocky Ford Board of
Trade and xt 8:30 were taken in charge
by General Manager Ward for a trip over
1 the recently opened line. An account of
the trip will be given next week.
For Decoratl>n Day
All parties having Flowers for
Decorating the graves please bring
them to |the Odd Fellows Hall by
Saturday, May 80. Also bring
your private conveyances to take
parties to the cemetery
Since the withdrawal of the JCivic Im
provement Society as an adjunct of the
Woman’s Club, the society is without a
regular organization. Thore will. be a
meeting next Friday evening at 8 o’clock,
June 6th. at tho City Council chambers
to organize and to reorganize this society.
The membership now will be open to
both men and womon and as tho society
has much work in hand, for tho summor
and much interest is being taken by many
there should be a large number present
next Friday evening to assist in the re
organization of this important society.
All are invited to be present.
This is to Remind You
That you’ll need some of our convenient
lunch goods, package cakes, fruits and
what-not, when you po on a
fishing excursion, or for un enjoyable
outing of any kind.
S/leea Bacon, (Shipped Beet,
Peanut Butter, Jams. Jellies,
Extracted Honey, Preserves
Kimzey Grocery Company
“Good Things (0 Bat”
Monday Evening June 1
The Sorrow Destroyer.
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Comedy Acrobatic Act
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