Position: Looking Back

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

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

Montezuma County Motor Club organized

Montezuma Journal, Cortez, April 17, 1913A large attendance witnessed the meeting of the Montezuma County Motor Club last Sunday in Cortez. It may not be generally known that there are now...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

From cattle station to stage coach stop

In 1934, Anna Florence Robison interviewed Elbert (Al) Nunn, an early pioneer, about the early settlement of our area. In 1880, he married Nettie Johnson, daughter of Charles “Granddad” Johnson of...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

Pioneer life at Big Bend in 1882 Part 3: Continued from September

A man who had notified us of the Indian scare went on up the river telling people.Everyone was going up to Grandpa Johnson’s place on the river where the Indians could not well ambush the...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

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