Post by Doris McCraw/Angela Raines
It has been a busy week. Two blogs posted on Sunday, one my regular and one a guest spot. You can read them at: http://bit.ly/1QPHT9O and http://bit.ly/1T7G0Zj So for a change of pace for myself, I decided to share a bit of the fun stuff I find when I’m in the newspaper archives hunting those pieces of information to complete my stories. So for your fun and ‘education’ I share those little tidbits from yesteryear.
From the Out West newspaper, the first newspaper in Colorado Springs, the April 6, 1872 Telegraphic Briegs include:
The Ways and Means Committee have voted to fix the tax on whiskey at 65 cents per gallon, and a tax of 25 cents on tobacco.
At the request of the American Government the Spanish Government will probably pardon and release Dr. Howad.
Texan Rangers are determined to retaliate on the cattle thieves from Mexico and the Rio Grande.
Prince and Princess of Wales will return to England in June.
From the Fairplay Flume of February 21, 1884 in the Flumings Section we learn:
Leadville is agitated over the disappearance of one of its most attrative society belles.
Manitou, it is said, is doing more building in proportion to its size than any city or town elsewhere in the state
The Silverton and Ophir nail carrier has not been heard from since a week ago Monday. It is safe to predict the melting snow will show his fate next summer
From the January 11, 1873 Gazette Telegraph, the newpaper that replaced Out West we find:
More tree planting is shortly to be done in Town. Buy the way, what has become of those croakers who were so busy last Spring telling everybody that the trees wouldn’t grow?
Mr. I.W. Hill, of the firm of Field & Hill, has been up from Pueblo for two or three days of this week, and favored us with a pleasant call.
There must have been a “Sociable” in Town the other evening, judgin fom the large demand for five-cent pieces. Cannot some smaller coin be brought into circulation for the benefit of those who attend such gatherings?
And a final piece from the Cedar Falls, Iowa, Cedar Falls Gazette on September 19, 1903:
The street in front of the store of Mayor Popp was the scene of a pugilistic encounter Thursday that was quite interesting to the few spectators during the one round that it lasted. A famer and a traveleing man got into an argument over the merits of some farm implement and some hard blows were exchanged before the august mayor separated the combatants. Hudson Record
So there you have it. Tidbits from the pages of yesterday. Who knows, one of them may spark another idea or be a scene in an upcoming book. Whichever it is, these little gems add the bit of authenticity to our stories. I know I love using them. Until next time, here’s to a the stories we tell.
Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Originally from the mid-west, Doris now calls the Rocky Mountains her home. Doris is a writer, historian, actor,and teacher. An avid reader Doris loves to spend time in history archives looking for the small, unknown pieces of history. Many times these pieces end up in her stories or poems. Like her author page to stay on top of her work. http://amzn.to/1I0YoeL also make sure to check out her haiku and photographs at http://fivesevenfivepage.blogspot.com.
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