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The Canon City record with which is consolidated the Canon City cannon. (Canon City, Colo.) 1911-192?, September 11, 1919, Image 8

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The Family Skeleton
Canon City used to have a Chinese
section situated about where the main
business section now is? There were
laundries galore. Some of these could
be seen fifoni the Webster residence
on Greenwood avenue, and one day
Ruth Webster saw a man stealing
clothes from k Chink’s line. She
whistled and hollereu until the Chinks
were attracted, and the clothes were
saved and the man captured.
The fl-st building erected on 'the
site of Canon City is still extant? It
is the log cabin situated in wnat is
now called Rudd park, and is on the
alley to the rear of Sixth and River
streets. Anson Rudd, later governor
of Colorado, lived in it. The house is
to be restored to its former condition
and preserved as a historical relic of
the early days.
The Hot Springs hotel, now practi-1
cally in ruins, was at one time a fash
ionable and popular hostelry to which
people from all over the East and
West came rest and recuperate?
Many a Canon City swain (now' bald
headed and with bunions on his feet)
used to take his lady love to dinner at
this resort, and it was indeed quite a
treat. A large number of people were
cured of various kinds of diseases by
the baths in the iamous mineral
The D. & R. G. railroad used to be
a narrow gauge all through this sec
tion, clear to Pueblo, and for many
years after the broad guage line was
put in the narrow geuge was still re
tained so that stock shipments and
freight from the Marshall pass line
would not have to be transferred at
S&lida, but could be pulled into Pueblo
and there transferred. This c-iird rail
was torn up along about 1910 or 1912.
The old Pueblo & Arkansas Valley
Railroad Company, the predecessor of
the Santa Fe Railroad Company, is
still a corporate entity That its board
of directors is still existent and that
once a year its members come to
Canon City in a special car and bold
their annual meeting to comply with
the law? The P. & A. V. Railroad
Company has no tangible or visible as
sets of any kind.
That City Clerk H. C. Webster
came to Canon City from New „ersey
in 1875, the year after the D. & R. G.
railroad was built here, and that he
has been a continuous resident of the
community ever since Mr. Weoster
was one of the Santa Fe engineers
that located the route thorugh the
Royal Gorge during the famous “rail
road war” 39 years ago. He helped
survey the town of Cleora, near Sa-
Jida before the ChafTee county metrop
olis was ever dreamed of. He as
sisted in mapping out the first rail
road grade over Marshall pass and
was at one time a surveyor at Albu
querque. N. M. Mr. Webster was
chief clerk at the penitentiary under
Wardens Smith, McLister, Hoyt and
Cleghorn and, for a part of the time
under the administration of Warden
That John Chetelat. superintendent j
of Canon City’s waterworks system,
was one of the pioneer settlers of the
Wet Mountain valley? Mr. Chetelat
isas born at Baltimore, Md.. but re
moved with his parents to Woodford
county, 111., when a boy. He came to
Colorado and established himself in
the Wet Mountain valley in 1874. four
years after Gen. Wulstein had emi
grated there at the head of a large
party of German colonists from Chi
cago. While not one of the original
“colonists,” Mr. Chetelat, perhaps,
knows more s about Gen. Wulstein’s
ambitioiy* and enterprises than any
body now living in Canon City.
The First Methodist Episcopal
church used to be located on the cor
ner where Frank L. Smith’s store is
now situated? It was moved away
IS or 18 years* ago to make room for
the beautiful building which now occu
pies the site. Mr. Smith who, by the
way. was secretary and treasurer of
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8 sharp blade at all times and makes possible a smooth, com
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I The first cost is small and it soon pays for itself in the
I saving it makes in the number of Gllette blades required.
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the M. E. Sabbath school for 10 yeais,
bought the church and the lots aud
gave the church and the lots to S. A
Van Buskirk if he would,. remove it.
The Newton Lumber Company used
to have a lumber* yard on the corner
where the Biggs block is now. There
had been a lumber yar*l there foi
many years, belonging to one firm and
then another. When the Newton
Lumber Company occupied the site
Mis. Frank P. Smith, then Bessie
Bowlby, was the bookkeeper and office
Lyman Robison got his idea for the
beautiful circular display windows in
the two stores in the Annex block
while on a trip to Europe. He had
the block in mind when on the Euro
pean trip and gathered many sugges
tions for It while away. There is
nothing like the two windows any
where in the southern part of the
state, and only one or two in Denver.
I William W. Wallace used to travel
: with a circus as an expert bandsman.
He was also in the show game, and
has made most of tne towns of the
nation with one aggregation or an
other. He settled in Canon City lany
years ago, but even yet some of the
old-timers with whom he worked,
who were young men in those days,
come through here with an outfit.
The first cabin erected in Colorado
by a citizen of the United States was
built within the confines of what is
now Canon City? Such a structure
was reared by orders of Capt. Zebulon
Pike between Soda Point and the
eastern portal to the Royal Gorge in
the summer of 1807 for the protection
of the men and horses of his military
command during the winter of 1807-8.
Capt. Pike was sent by the govern
ment on an exploring expedition into
the Rocky Mountains for the purpose
of finding the source of the Red river,
and made his rendezvous here for sev
eral months while endeavoring to lo
cate the headwaters of that stream.
The old cabin, or “cache,” as the mili
tary records denominated it, disap
peared many years ago, and its exact
locality is not known. The members
of Gen. Marion chapter. Daughters of
the American Revolution, discussed
the matter a few years ago of erecting
a tablet on the approximate site to
commemorate this historic event.
Capt. Pike, afterwards a colonel in the
United States army, was killed in the
War of 1812.
That the north side of the Arkansas
river was Lounisiana and belonged to
France previous to 1802 when it wa3
purchased from Napoleon Bonaparte
by the United States government. Un
til after the Mexican War of 1847 the
territory on the south side of the Ar
kansas river, extending westward to
the Pacific coast, was a part of the re
public of Mexico. A Mexican village
occupied a part of the site of what it
now South Canon when Capt. Pike
came to Colorado in 1807. It dated
back to 1795, according to tradition.
That Capt. Pike and a few of his
troopers crossed the Arkansas river
somewhere in the vicinity of what is
now Texas creek, and were the first
Americans to enter the Wet Mountain
valley. * Unconscious that he had
! crossed into Mexico and that he had
incurred the hostility of the people of
that country in doing so. Capt. Pike
brought unexpected trouble upon him
self and his men. After suffering
hardships in the Wet Mountain valley
from cold weather and deep snows,
during which several of his men were
frozen to death, Capt. Pike and his
followers were captured by Mexican
soldiers and conveyed to Santa Fe
where they were' imprisoned until the
government at Washington was able
The first job Ralph Wann ever had
was working for J. C. Mitchell, for
merly of the Mitchell cigar store, who
then ran a cigar store and pool room
in a building on the site of the present
Fu’ton market in the city of Pueblo?
W. H. Dozier introduced the popu
lar La Confession cigar into this ter
l ritory. He was then traveling for
the Morey Mercantile Company of
Denver .and he got the cigar started
throughout this section of Colorado
l? - '‘Jr.
The Caaon City Record, Thursday, September n, 1919.
20 years ago, and it is still a popular
Col. J. D. Russell used to he a sailor
and sailed the briny deep for many
moons. He was in several shipwrecks
on the Pacifis coast. He followed
the sea in the days w r hen there were
many sailing boats, and he knows
what it is to trim a sail in the face of
a mighty gale.
W. P. Taggart was at one time a
clerk in a freight office, and used to
make out bills by the thousands nearly
every day That is where he learned
to w'rite in the style so peculiar with
railrt)ad dispatchers, telegraphers and
freight office men?
Joe Anderson did the clerking In
the store that he now owns with W.
P. Taggart. That was in the days
when G. R. Tanner and son Charlie,
were at the helm?
Mrs. Arthur Wilson entertained a
number of ladies at a sewing party at
her home yesterday afternoon. The
house was beautifully decorated with
yellow flowers, the color scheme of
yellow and white was also carried out
in the luncheon. During the after
noon Mrs. Arthur Know!ton and Mrs.
Fred Reiter rendered several piano
solos. Those who were bidden to en
joy the afternoon were Mrs. J. F.
Myers, Mrs. Stanley J. Roberts, Mrs.
Fred Reiter, Mr®. Turner Knowlton.
Mrs. Arthur Knowlton. Mrs. Lou De
Vol, Mrs. W. S. Evans, Mrs. Clyde Tur
ner, Mrs. Roy Turner and Miss Som
Mrs. Clyde Turner entertained at
four tables of five hundred last night
at her home on Rudd avenue for her
guest. Miss Meroah Work of Okla
homa. Mrs. Harry Bowen was awarded
prize for high score and Miss Marie
Prescott consolation prize. The
house decorations and luncheon were
carried out in the yellow and white
color scheme.
The members of the Queen Esther
Sunday school class of the First Bap
tist church, who have birthdays dur
ing the months of July and August,
are entertaining the members of the
class at a sewing party at the home
of Mrs. Joseph Wa’ton on Fourth and
River streets this afternoon. There
will be about 50 people present, and
the Mesdames June Emmerson Fred
rickson and Roy A. Turner and Miss
Maurine Hubbard will assist.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bowen and Mr.
and Mrs. Ralph Wann chaperoned;
about 15 couple of young people at a
dancing party given at the home of
Mr. and Mrs Wann. tenth street and
Macon avenue, last night. Lemonade
was served during the evening and
music was furnished by Miss Dorothy
Mr. and Mrs. Lou Devol, Mr. and
Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Hilda Wilson. Miv
and Mrs. A. E. Wilson and Mr. Geiger
were guests at a birthday dinner given
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Wilson yesterday in celebration of
Mrs. Hilda W’llson’s birthday. A beau
tiful birthday cake was cut and the
dinner carried out in pink and white
color scheme.
Mrs. Turner Knowlton entertained a
number of ladies at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. W. C. Knowlton last night.
Refreshments were served and a so
cial time enjoyed.
* (Continued from Page One.)
water w'orks, its electric light and
power and also its s teet railway sys
tem are municipally owned. It is dif
ficult to recall many cities of the size
of Lethbridge where the water works,
electric light, electric power, street
railway system and the long distance
and local telephone systems are ex
clusively in the hands of the authori
ties. Of course you can easily find an
argument over the benefits of city
owned and government owned public
utilities anywhere you go even in
Lethbridge Is the gateway for the
many thousands of Americans who
come up from Montana and find homes
in all parts of Alberta.
SUITS sa s TO $5O
Twentyflve years’ experience
In taking measures. Everything
guaranteed. We cin please yon.
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Instant Interviews
Canon City do not appreciate the
beauty of Canon City’s scenic driven
The colorings in the mountains west
of the Skyline drive are not surpassed
toy Ye lowstone Park in variety, but
they are not quite so brilliant in shad
ing as those of Yellowstone. Having
been in many places in Colorado, 1
'can safely say that the climate here
is not surpassed elsewhere in the
state. In all -my traveling I have
never failed to boost Canon City.
C. C. PATTON—Back in Ohio they
are still parceling out sugar. No
family can buy over 2% pounds at a
time. The dealers get only a 100-
pound sack at a time. The reason Is
j that '.hat section of the country iH
j short on sugar and so far it has been
impossible to increase the supply.
Peaches are selling by tne bushel at
$4 back there. When I was a boy
they sold at 25 cents.
LLOYD EGbERS—I have heard so
much about Monte Vista that I went
over there a few weeks ago to look
the town over. It certainly is a lively
little town and is rapidly growing,
there being as many as 50 new houses
being built. However, the sad part
of it is that most of them are being
jcheaply constructed, that Is, tne poorer
grade of material is being used.
FRED HUBERT—Dealers in film.-'
and kodak supplies all over the coun
try are having a great deal of diffi
culty in getting enough to supply their
trade. Some firms have been entirely
,out for several weeks. Increased de
mand and the fact that the factories
could not make up their usual summer
stock during last winter, due to labor
shortage, is the cause of all the
Main streets site is a spendld location
for the new postoffice. It Is centrally
located, is on Main street and is con
venient from all points.
RAY C. BACON—The spoilage at
the canning plant this year has been
nil. The percentage of loss from this
cause is so little in comparison with
the thousands upon thousands of cans
of fruit and vegetables produced that
it can hardly be computed.
much pleased with Canon City both as
a place to live and as a business
point. In fact, I like it so well that
I have purchased property here.
sence of two or three years I was
greatly surprised at the change in
Canon City. It is as lively and as en
I terprising, doing apparently as much
jor more business, than any town its
| size that I have been in since 1 have
, been away. The fact that on Satur
j day nights all the room along Main
street In the business section is taken
| up by parked cars indicates unusual
! prosperity.
| TOM’ PARKER—The new comfort
stations at the municipal camping
grounds, which were erected in July,
have really paid for themselves al
ready in the good will they Lave cre
ated for Canon City. Actually hun
, dreds of tourists using the camping
grounds have told me that they have
seldom found such conveniences as
are offered here, therefore they have
splendid reason to remember Canon
City and to recommend it.
tourist trade in our business this year
has been remarkable. We have never ,
experienced so much of it before be-!
cause millinery is not something ordi- 1
narily bought by tourists. We givo
the Chamber of Commerce much j
credit for the increased tourist trade
this year because we believe their
constant work the past few years to
bring the tourists to Canon City was
largely Instrumental in the fact that
they came this year.
DAVID L. ROBi.iON —The man
who buys oil s'oek and refuses to sell
! it at a 100 per cent advance has some
! thing the matter with his carburetor,
j MRS. E. W. EDDY—Since we tool#
over the Strathmore hotel we have
! not had a vacant room one night, and
j In fact we nave been forced to turn
prospective guests away for lack of
'accommodations. In other words,
j there is a great deal of travel and
Canon City seems to be getting Its full
j share.
| RAYMOND GRlMES—Hortown oil,
which stock I am Helling, was bid at j
$1.25 on the Texas market and there
was no stock offered »or sale. Stock in !
a company drilling in a proven fie’e! j
with gushers all about, is the easiest
thing In the world to sell.
MRS. W. F. OTT—Because of *£©
scarcity of ice and of cream many Ice \
cream makers have been forced to
quit for Jhe time being The scarcity
of Ice is unprecedented in the history
of the business.
L A JONES- —The biggest, crowd 1
ever saw in my life was the Labor
Day assemblage at Kansas City The
workers there marched for hours and
hours befo-e the parade had passed a
given point. K. C. is the busiest
town In the West, but ! think Denver
j is by far the prettiest and certainly
offers the most attractions for the.
p’easure seeker.
C. H. DUNCAN —Tha fact that. manV
people do not like condensed cream In
their coffee and the impossibility, of
keeping fresh cream these days be
cause of the scarcity of Ice, is causing
many people to take their coffee e'ear.
Instead of being objectionable, they
find that they like It much better than
with cream. It aeema to have a bet
ter flavor. Aa a matter of fact to
the coffee epicure cream apolia the*
taste. Coffee experts never nee cream
nor sugar. They always drink It
clear They get the full strength and
tte finest ffevor that way As a mat
- • .
ter of necessity, soldiers drink coffee
without cream, and many soldiers,
after their discharge from ih£ service,
follow the practice because they haye
learned to like their coffe better that
ALVA WOOD —Because of a broken
wheel the ’bus line has not been run
ning regularly to the coal camps the
past week. It started out today,
sver, on the usual schedtfe.
HARRY BOWEN-It looks like
President Wilson’s trip over the na
tion in behalf of the League ot Na
tions has stirred up a merry talk-feat
between him and Senate members.
ELMER KIER—-Some seven months
aeo I cut out smoking, more because
I lost my appetite for it than anything
else, with the result that I feel better
now than I have for years. This is
not a testimonial.
whether government legislation will
bring down the high cost of living or
not. In my opinion the rule of supply
and demand will still determine th»»
prices of foodstuffs regardless of how
much legislation, we have.
W. W. HUGH ART—The price of
Canon City real estate Is fast going up
and property will soon be held at Its
real value. In fact. I notice now that
indch of the property Is selling at just
about the right price.
H. N. BEECHER—There are sti’l
many landmarks of old Canon as I
knew her 10 or 15 years ago, but she
is a more progressive town with more
industry and more activity. I am
pleased at the change and glad the
town is in such a prosperous condi
W. H. THOMAS—-What has become
of the old-fashioned "biled” shirt
front that used to bear such beautiful
decorations painted there by the to*
bseco Juice artist?
Pueblo, between Beaver Creek and
Turkey Creek, is in wo awful condi
tion. The county commissioners of
Puebio county, wno have lurfsdlction
over this piece of highway .bedded it
with lime rock, but failed to put on
any surfacing. The result is that
Blue Front Grocery
Up to and including Sept. 20th we will sell at this
price. This Coffee is known and sold over most of United
States and Canada for its high quality. We bought heavy
of it when Coffee was muclj lower than now. We believe it
to be equal in-value to many Coffees now selling at 60c per
pound. Immediately after date above named we shall ad
vance our price, as this Coffee is worth more money. But
we let you in on our good deal until then, if the Coffee
holds out.
And may we whisper in your ear that there are many
money-saving prices on high class Groceries at this store?
Come in and see, or Phone Canon 260.
We sell the right utensils in our Home Goods Department.
f?rf J ro ; JiRmST
Vjl/ ducts rgkf.
High grade, beautifully pol- FfilllOUS
(shed, heavy gauge. for their
Stow and aauee pans, convex quality.
kettles, cereal cookers, pte pans,
tea kettles, etc. "Wizard" Dust Cloth, home
size, 28c; auto size, 80c.
"OMW” FMAMI7T "Wizard" Triangle Polish
ONYX ENAMEL Mops combine strength and du
rablllty. *1.28, *l.BO, *1.78.
WAKIi " W, * ar<r Pollzh
, ~ , .'fit for tho finest varnish
We have sold this lino for MR ]l
years with a guarantee of sorv- _ wffa III n ° ule> 280
Ice. A handsome three-coat mot- Tg3BT j| an <> quart cane
tied brown or heavy steel base. ill *l.OO, half gallon
IlffSift jpg cans *1.78, gallon *
A number ot hanisome pat- "Wlsard" handled Duster* 78a.
terns, decorated and plain. All "Wlsard” Wall Duster* for
open stock - buy lust what you
want and replace the broken vents dust when you sweep,
pieces. Dargs carton Me.
These nfe reel snaps. We mapped ’em up. You’ll do
sharp-pointed rock stick up ail over
it and an autoist endangers four |BO
casings every time he drives over it.
It is rough and bumpy and is the worst
stretch in this section. The Fremont
county end Is In good shape, and that
part-nearest Pueblo is also fine.
team Idea for Canon City has had 1 s
trial and is successful in my opinion..
Canon City should have a first class
town team next year, and a Fremont
county league, composed of Canon
City. Florence and the coal camps
cou’d be organized easily, and I am
sure-it would work out very we’L
JACK M’DONOUGH —There la eulra
a little cement work and rough r ast
work being done in Canon CUv
eral of the older brick “houses are be
ing coated with the rough cast ce
ment and they look like new places.
Their appearance is improved 100 per
cent. .
very hard to get a house in Florence
this year The United Oil plant is in
creasing constantly in capacity and
new improvements are started nearly
every month. Oil is being shipped to
the refinery in train lots from the Wy
oming field almost every day.
R. R, MARSH—A representative
from Ford’s Kansas City branch was
In Florence a day or two ago. and he
said that starting October 1. Fjord
wou’d furnish dealers in that territory
about 70 per cent of the Ford output
in self-starting cars. At the
dealers in Colorado are only getting
one or two self-starters to the carload
of eight cars. ♦
Felix Garcia, a Mexican, wis acci
dentally killed at Portland Tuesday
morning when be fell from a motor
cr whioh be was driving and. was nan
over by it. The deceased was 30
years of age and leave a wife and
three children In Mexico. A coroner*!
inquest was held at the undertaking
rooms of McCormick A Btout Tuesday
afternoon. No arrangements hare
yet been made for the funeral.

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