Position: Looking Back

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

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

Pioneer Life at Big Bend on The Dolores River in 1882

We were very comfortable on our place at Lone Dome. Our neighbors were the Barnes family, Gene and Charley Salter, Jim Trimble, some English people, a bit later, the Dillons, and the Bradfields....

DATE: Sept. 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

Life at Lone Dome and Big Bend in 1882

I was born on Feb. 4, 1859, in Iowa. There were nine of us children, and I had a twin brother to whom I was much attached.All but three of us children were born in Indiana, and I had an older...

DATE: July 31, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

Roy Dickerson and the Stoner Train Robbery of 1889

Roy Dickerson was a real cowboy, one of the last of a dying breed. Roy was widely known as one of the best cowboys in the Four Corners states. He was born in 1879 and died here in 1955. His grave...

DATE: July 3, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

Cortez too tough to die because of fires

In 1929, several buildings burned on Main Street due to a fire that occurred early on a Sunday morning. On Feb. 9 of this year three businesses were lost due to fire.These were basically in the...

DATE: June 5, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

A Sunny Slope memory preserved

This young lady, captured enjoying new blossoms in a young apple orchard, her straw hat artistically placed at her feet, signifies not only a single moment in time, but also the rich dreams and...

DATE: April 3, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

Moving from Trading Post to McElmo Canyon

Part 3 Continued from January and February's Cortez JournalIn her interview, Allie Meadows Baer talked about the interesting visitor to the Meadows' Trading Post in 1902. Earle R. Forrest, 19, from...

DATE: March 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Looking back

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