Just ‘Steve’ — Part III

Just ‘Steve’ — Part III

Courtesy/Montezuma County Historical Society
A letter written by Stephen J. Smith, one of 400 letters preserved.
First Fair Day in Cortez in 1905, from the center of town. Left to right are: Hotel Clifton; Meat Market; the Stone Block Building. Across the street is probably McEwen Livery; Duff Mercantile. Note the curve in the street (Main Street and South Chestnut intersection). The wooden sidewalks would be located in front of the “Woodman Hall” — the site of the exhibits of the fair. Photo probably taken from the upstairs of the Woodman Hall — across from Citizens State Bank. E.R. Lamb of Lamb Mercantile gave “China Plates” made in Germany of this same photo.
Early Days in Cortez 1890s or 1900s. Corner of North Market and Montezuma. Photo taken from the Congregational Church (now Catholic Church) bell tower on Montezuma Ave. Building on far left is the stone block school located on Montezuma Ave. (the first school building). The prominent street is North Market. Looking south to Main Street is a church (either Baptist or Presbyterian); Omo and Ames Mortuary is on left side of North Market. On the right side of North Market is the E.R. Lamb Mercantile. The Hotel Cortez and Old Methodist Church bell tower can be seen at left of photo.
Courtesy/Montezuma County Historical Society
Stephen J. Smith about 1910 — Steve Smith preserved over 400 letters he had written between June of 1891 and August of 1896. The letters are an excellent record of early Cortez history.

Just ‘Steve’ — Part III

Courtesy/Montezuma County Historical Society
A letter written by Stephen J. Smith, one of 400 letters preserved.
First Fair Day in Cortez in 1905, from the center of town. Left to right are: Hotel Clifton; Meat Market; the Stone Block Building. Across the street is probably McEwen Livery; Duff Mercantile. Note the curve in the street (Main Street and South Chestnut intersection). The wooden sidewalks would be located in front of the “Woodman Hall” — the site of the exhibits of the fair. Photo probably taken from the upstairs of the Woodman Hall — across from Citizens State Bank. E.R. Lamb of Lamb Mercantile gave “China Plates” made in Germany of this same photo.
Early Days in Cortez 1890s or 1900s. Corner of North Market and Montezuma. Photo taken from the Congregational Church (now Catholic Church) bell tower on Montezuma Ave. Building on far left is the stone block school located on Montezuma Ave. (the first school building). The prominent street is North Market. Looking south to Main Street is a church (either Baptist or Presbyterian); Omo and Ames Mortuary is on left side of North Market. On the right side of North Market is the E.R. Lamb Mercantile. The Hotel Cortez and Old Methodist Church bell tower can be seen at left of photo.
Courtesy/Montezuma County Historical Society
Stephen J. Smith about 1910 — Steve Smith preserved over 400 letters he had written between June of 1891 and August of 1896. The letters are an excellent record of early Cortez history.
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