Position: Looking Back

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Fire of 1919 left a section of downtown Cortez in ruins

Montezuma Journal, Jan 2, 1919 Last Friday at five o’clock, the fire bell gave its chilling alarm and roused our people from their morning sleep. It was soon discovered that the Bozman Garage was...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

The journey from Utah to the Mancos in 1882

By MARY L. LAMB Part 1 We first came from Utah to the Mancos in 1882. There was quite a large party of us consisting of my mother, Mrs. Sarah C. Lee, known to all as “Grandma Lee,” my brother...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

Conflict at Totten Lake in 1880s

By Mrs. Matt Hammond Editor’s note: Mrs. Hammond came to Dolores River with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Simon in July 1881. Mrs. Hammond’s, daughter, Rose Roelker, was interviewed in 1934 and...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

'Big Rains' and unease put Dolores valley on edge in 1880s

I came to the Dolores River with my parents July 11, 1881. Durango was then less than a year old, and Montezuma Valley was La Plata County. We camped all night on the old Phelps ranch in Lost Canon...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

The times were lively, and life was grand in 1909

Editor’s note: S. H. Phlegar, Dolores, wrote this story in 1934 about events in Montezuma Valley in 1909. Twenty-five years ago at Lebanon in the Montezuma Valley – well, those were the best days...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

‘Aunt June’ and her history with Cortez history

Several weeks ago, the Montezuma County Historical Society held its “Acknowledgement” program to thank people who have made important contributions to the preservation of our local history....

DATE: June 1, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

The ebb and flow of beans in Montezuma County, Part 3

The first two articles in this series covered the bean industry from the 1890s through 1940. This third, and final, piece will cover from the late 1930s to the present. The focus will be on roads,...

DATE: May 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

Bean producers faced challenges of drought and war, Part 2

Part IIBy Bob Bernhart and Dale DavidsonThe first installment of this article explored the beginnings of the bean industry on the Great Sage Plain. We discussed the period from the late 1800s...

DATE: March 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

Serendipity and Miss Floretta Shields

Serendipity, or “luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for,” was sparked by this Montezuma Journal article, Aug. 31, 1897:“Miss Floretta Shields, who...

DATE: March 1, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

The bean business on the Great Sage Plain: Part I

The area of southwest Colorado referred to as The Great Sage Plain – roughly the area between Cortez in Montezuma County and Dove Creek in Dolores County – has a long farming history. That history...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

Letter reveals frustrations of doing business

This is another letter from Stephen Smith, of Cortez, to his boss, E.S. Turner. The frustration Smith feels because of the lack of guidance he is receiving on business matters comes through very...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

Letters describe burden at turn of century

This is another letter from Stephen Smith, here in Cortez, to his boss, E.S. Turner. The frustration Smith feels because of the lack of guidance he is receiving on business matters comes through...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

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