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The Caboose: Old News Is Good News!
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Posted on July 09 2009, 5:00pm by Mark Esper in Travel category
The Caboose feature on the back page of the Silverton Standard each week highlights historical news items and photos. Here are some examples.
A group of children in a wagon are pulled by a burro, in this undated photo, with one boy astride the burro. On the side of the wooden wagon with wooden wheels is a sign for the “Silverton Story Co.” The photo is titled “All Aboard” and was from a supplement of the Silverton Standard.
From the Aug. 27, 1910 edition of the Silverton Standard:
Today the first automobile ever seen in Silverton will enter the city from the east. It will be brought in via Stony Pass by former old time resident Dr. D.L. Mechlin and J.A. McGuire, editor and publisher of “Outdoor Life” and County Commissioner Louis Wyman. … This will be a red letter day for Silverton’s history and will be one of its greatest advertising cards. Mayor B.B. Allen and the Commercial Club have arranged an informal reception to be held this afternoon at the new city hall at 2 o’clock in honor of our first automobile tourists, open to all and everybody is invited to be there.
From the Aug. 27, 1898 edition of the Silverton Standard:
Two weeks ago an article appeared in this paper in regard to finding the remains of a man near the London mine above Animas Forks. Up to Thursday the bones had been left undisturbed. On that date, however, Sheriff Rogers, accompanied by Coroner Prosser, took a trip up there, buried the bones and marked the grave by a headboard. The gentlemen made a discovery which they think proves conclusively that the man was murdered: the skull had been broken in three places or literally smashed. The blow might have been delivered after death, of course, but such talk is not logical. By scraping away the earth with pick and shovel the entire skeleton was found; the feet and bones up to the knee being encased in mouldy boots. The ribs and other parts of the anatomy were intact, save the spinal column which had fallen to pieces at the joints. Fragments of rotten clothing were adhering to the bones. No clue as to the identity of the man was found. The scene of the murder and burial is the ground once occupied by an old stable which was pulled down several years ago. The man had been buried under the “eaves” of the stable and the elements and ground hogs did the rest.
Nine cases of typhoid fever are reported by the doctors as coming from Arastra within the short period of two weeks, Whether the cause of the sickness comes from the use of water from the lake or otherwise should be looked into immediately.
From the July 8, 1893 edition of the Silverton Standard:
It is folly longer to hope for any enlarged use of silver at the hands of the present administration. President Cleveland is the most uncompromising enemy the white metal has in the country. It is plainly his determination, not merely to prevent any legislation looking to the enlarged use of silver, but also to secure the repeal of the Sherman purchasing act.
A sad accident occurred last Tuesday evening on Greene street, and one which cast a damper on the spirits of all who witnessed it. Some one threw a large bomb in among a large crowd of boys and the bomb struck Archie Calhoun in the eye. Kind friends at once took the boy home and had Dr. Pascoe summoned. The doctor after examining the boy said that he would lose an eye. It is to be regretted that such a distressing accident should have happened, as it will disfigure the boy for life.
From the July 8, 1899 edition of the Silverton Standard:
The Gladstone Kibosh made its appearance for the first time yesterday. Hon. James Bowman is editor and manager and does the mechanical labors also. We take the following from No. 1 Vol. 1:
Town council will hold a special meeting tonight to grant Mason & Mason, liquor dealers, a permit for a dog fight to take place next Tuesday. The shell game will be closed during the contest. By order of Mayor Bowman.
Monday night at about 1130 o’clock the fire department was called out to operate on the barber shop of Elmer Goodwin from which a volume of smoke was seen to issue. The laying of hose, the attaching of nozzle and the turning on of the water was complete in every particular from a fireman’s point of view, notwithstanding a determined and bitter protest by Geo. Nolls, who thinks that a more economical use of water would be better for all concerned, including himself. How George endeavored to put himself between the nozzle and the smoky room on which the firemen were playing a “full-fledged” stream we are not prepared to tell. The cause of the smoke was that a few embers had fallen from the boiler of the water heater on the floor in the rear of the building. Another alarm was turned in Wednesday evening, which proved to be a false one.
The City Hall bell claps its clapper no more — that sweet clear ring(?) now reminds one of the old time tactics at swarming bees or the chimes of the kettle drum. The bell is cracked. Curfew of course, rings at nine o’clock as usual every evening but the tone is dull and doleful. The alarm of fire that was sent out by it Inst. Wednesday evening was too much of a strain.
From the July 8, 1905 edition of the Silverton Standard:
Justice Watson’s court was kept unusually busy this week. The plain drunks were left strictly alone as a rule precedently set when Fourth of Julys were celebrated in the seventies. The contributors to the city’s police fund did more to provoke the peace than jagging up per the following: Jim Dill, the profane, who lectured without license before a crowded grand stand at Tuesday’s base ball game, was given $5 and cost or $14.75. Herman Hoffman, John Olson, Louis Yahner and John Gustrun were each fined $14.75 for fighting. Ed Cuff, for beating his wife, was let off light at $14.75 and Lingue Michielutti paid the minimum penalty of $36.95 for carrying a gun. Papers for the arrest of Jimmie Brierly, the Silverton base ball catcher, as complained against by Jim Dill, will settle in court another fight that occurred at the ball grounds on Tuesday.
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Comments (1)  
grayeagle on December 26 2011, 2:09pm
This is such a great story .Thank You. I am a local tour guide this just adds to my information that I share on my tours.