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Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Beginnings of business in Cortez, 1891-1892

The next two columns contain letters written by Stephen J. Smith to his boss, E. S. Turner, in 1891 and 1892. Smith was the local business manager for the investors in the beginnings of Cortez. He...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

The Cortez CCC Camp: Chestnut Street in 1940, Part 2

Some of the history of the local Civilian Conservation Corps has been preserved in photographs of the camp and the men who lived there.From a photo taken Sept. 13, 1940, we know that the company...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

The Cortez CCC Camp: Chestnut Street in 1940

This is the first of two articles about the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, located at the north edge of Cortez before World War II. Very little remains of the camp, but historic photos and old...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

Part 4: A pioneer experience

After everyone was awake at Elk Mountain campsite, I told the Captain I thought it would be a good time to eat as we hadn’t eaten since we left this water two or three days ago. He gave the order...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

A pioneer experience Part 3

Old Mancos Jim, who could talk English, jumped up, began to dance and hollered, “Oh, my God, boys come and help me” and before a bullet could reach him, he dropped down again.He kept repeating...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

A pioneer experience, Part 2

We thought we could catch the Indians before sundown and kept at a hard gallop.We came to some bare flat rock country and in the dark couldn’t follow and as the moon would rise at one o-clock, we...

DATE: July 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

A pioneer experience, Part I

This is about one of our experience with the Indians in early days.In July 1884, I think it was on the third of July, the Ute Indians, under Mancos Jim, as had been their custom ever since...

DATE: June 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

Chokecherry butter – coyote medicine

When we lived on the Dolores River at Lone Dome we saw a great deal of the Indians in our first years there.Mr. Dunham used to ride at night to escape their attention.He took a steep trail to the...

DATE: April 30, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

Eleven of us came to Telluride in 1882

I was born in Venango County, Pennsylvania on 22th October 1862. In 1882, I came to Telluride, Colorado with my cousins. There were eleven of us in the party, and we intended to make Colorado our...

DATE: April 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

The town of Cortez, 1900 to 1910

My father, Herm Guillet, liked to visit his old Ute friends, so usually the first of the month on Ration Day when fresh meat, flour, and other supplies were given to the Indian families, we would...

DATE: March 5, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

Cortez at the turn of the century’

What was Cortez and life there during the first ten years of the 20th century? Except for the Stone Block on Main Street, the County Courthouse on the southwest corner of First and Chestnut...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

One of the earliest mercantiles in Cortez

The Guillet Brothers, one of the earliest mercantile establishments in Cortez was that of P. T. “Pete” and H. M. “Herm” Guillet.The Guillet boys came here from Carroll County, Mo., in the early...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

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