Position: Looking Back

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Recollections of early Dolores by Erastus Thompson

Editor’s note: This column is the first of two parts about life in early Dolores, Colorado. Part 2 will continue in The Journal on March 2. By Erastus Thompson I was born in Iowa in March 1858, and...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2018 | COLUMN: Looking back

Life in Big Bend and the young Cortez in 1885

I was born in Kansas in the Indian Territory in 1870. About five years of age, I came with my family to Colorado, where we lived for a short time. When I was fifteen years, old Dad got his wagon...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Looking back

Philip Runck and the spirit of Christmas

Some readers may remember when a fragrant, juicy orange in their Christmas stocking was a real treat, especially in the Montezuma Valley, where apples were plentiful and oranges were not. Philip...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

Emil Johnson and the start of hospital care in Cortez

Emil E. Johnson was born in the south of Sweden in 1882. In 1897, he came with his brother, Otto, to Minnesota but settled on a farm in South Dakota. He did farm work and went to school. He was...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

Part 2: Living at Big Bend in July 1882

Editor’s note: Part 1 of Mrs. S.O. Morton’s recounting of life at Big Bend was published in The Journal on Oct. 6. These excerpts are from an article in “Volume I, Great Sage Plain to Timberline,”...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

Living at Big Bend during the 1880s

Editor’s note: Part 2 of Mrs. S.O. Morton recounting of life on the Big Bend will be continued in The Journal on Nov. 3. These excerpts are from article published in “Volume I, Great Sage Plain to...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

Ed Noland’s Four Corners trading posts

Editor’s note: This story was printed in Vol. 3 of the Montezuma County Historical Society’s “Great Sage to Timberline.” It was given to the historical society by the family of Oen Ed Noland. Part...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

Ed Noland insured his life to finance trading post

Editor’s note: This story was printed in Vol. 3 of the Montezuma County Historical Society’s “Great Sage to Timberline,” and was given to the historical society by his family. The late D.B. McGue,...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

Ho, for the Cliff Houses!

Editor’s note: This column is adapted from July 27, 1900, edition of The Montezuma Journal. By One of the Girls Last Friday morning, our party of fourteen mounted their horses en route for the...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

In 1889, Cortez was a ‘wide open’ town

By June HeadMontezuma County Historical SocietyFrank Clyde Thompson came to Montezuma Valley with his parents in 1887, at which time his father, A.L. Thompson, drove into town with three wagon...

DATE: May 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

1911 floods cause destruction in Southwest Colorado, Part 2

By June HeadMontezuma County Historical SocietyEditor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part series that looks back at the devastating floods of fall 1911. Rain in Southwest Colorado is...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

1911 floods brought havoc to Southwest Colorado, Part 1

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part series. Part 2, which reports on damage to other areas of the Four Corners areas, will be published on May 5. Rico sounds the alarm Residents of...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

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