by Joyce Lawrence

Mrs. Matt Hammond

Virginia Graham

Position: Looking Back

Frank Pyle

Sarah Elizabeth Walker Moore

Gladys Guillet Hart

by Gladys Guillet Hart

Gladys Hart

by Carrie Smith Dunham

Carrie Smith Dunham

George Sam Todd

Dale Davidson

by Dale Davidson

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

Bob Bernhart and Dale Davidson

Bob Bernhart

June Head

Position: Montezuma County Historical Society

June Head and Joyce Lawrence

June Head

Mary McKinley Blake

Erastus “Ras” Thompson

William C. Winkler

Howard J. Hanna

Montezuma County Historical Society

The Montezuma County Historical Society

Fannie Wade

The Montezuma Historical Society

Position: As told to Eldon Zwicker

Eldon Zwicker

Position: February 1985

Frank L. Pyle

Morgan Draper

Montezuma Historical Society

Paul Crawford


Country baseball teams in Southwest Colorado in 1930-1950

Communities: Beulah, Lewis, Yellow Jacket, Goodman Point, Blue Door, Cahone, Rico, Cortez, Pleasant View and Old Ackmen. During the summer and fall, the games were played on Sunday. Each area had...

DATE: April 26, 2021 | COLUMN: Looking back

Leopold Grasse’s Boot and Harness Shop in Cortez

Leopold Carl Gottfried Grasse (pronounced “Grassy”) and his wife, Augusta (nee Shoneboom) Grasse, came to Cortez about 1909. Both descended from German immigrants and spoke German as well as...

DATE: April 1, 2021 | COLUMN: Looking back

Dr. Royal W. Calkins, physician, surgeon, legislator and friend of the schools

Dr. Royal W. Calkins was born March 18, 1870, in Wyoming, Iowa. Lorilla Calkins Crowson shared her memories of her father in 1987. “As a boy, he moved with his family to the homestead in Nebraska....

DATE: Feb. 26, 2021 | COLUMN: Looking back

Looking Back: The early days and life of Montezuma County

Editor’s note: The following column is based on excerpts from a manuscript by Dora Pederson that was read at a Women’s Club Meeting in 1934. By The Montezuma County Historical Society Prospectors...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2021 | COLUMN: Looking back

Mitchell Ranch in Cortez told secrets of a lost civilization

Editor’s note: This article was reprinted from Silver World Newspaper Oct 5, 1878, Hinsdale County. Our intention in coming back to Bradford’s ranch on the Mancos, was to get a supply of provisions...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2020 | COLUMN: Looking back

The uprising of Polk and Posey in 1915

In February 1914 a sheepherder by the name of Juan Chacon had been herding sheep for some Colorado sheep men in the vicinity of East McElmo Canyon. He quit his job, drew all of his wages, and...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2020 | COLUMN: Looking back

The pioneers and outlaws of McElmo Canyon

Part 2 The first record of irrigation in McElmo was 1888, and four ranches hold this priority. Most all the McElmo Canyon ranches hold early water rights. About 1928, John Miller sold his holding...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2020 | COLUMN: Looking back

Walter Halls’ McElmo history

Editor’s note: Part 2 of Walter Hall’s McElmo History will appear in Looking Back article on Nov. 4. The first record of irrigation in McElmo Canyon was in 1888. Four ranches held this priority;...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Looking back

Looking Back Gymnasium built by students and interested people

In 1919, it was decided that to have a more complete athletic program, a gymnasium was needed. Money for the gym was collected from pledges of students and interested citizens. Plays were given....

DATE: Sept. 1, 2020 | COLUMN: Looking back

The pioneering Lyntons left imprint on Southwest Colorado

Editor’s note: This article was provided by Pat Castle. It was printed in Volume Four of Great Sage Plain to Timberline “Our Pioneer History.” Castle’s grandfather was James Earl Lynton, son of...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2020 | COLUMN: Looking back

The early days of Montezuma County: abundance and scarcity

Editor’s note: The following was read by Mrs. A. W. Dillon at the Pioneers’ Reunion on Sept. 4, 1908. The glint of gold first lured the prospector with the pick, shovel and pan strapped on the back...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | COLUMN: Looking back

J.M. Rush of Mancos: A life forged in young America

Editor’s note: This article is based on an interview Anna Florence Robison had with J.M. Rush Jr. and his granddaughter, Minnie Rush. J.M. Rush Sr. died in 1917. Montezuma County Historical Society...

DATE: May 31, 2020 | COLUMN: Looking back

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