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Salida Mail, April 4, 1903: The saloon of Joseph Haffner was closed on Tuesday at midnight and Mr. Haffner retires from the business. He has been in rather poor health for some time past and has decided to return to Germany, perhaps permanently. For the present he will spend a few days at Poncha Hot Springs in order to recuperate, leaving for Germany in about a month. Mr. Haffner has conducted a saloon on the German style in Salida for many years past and will be missed by a certain patronage that was fond of his German cooking, Sweitzer, Limburger and lager beer. As no ready buyer was found for the business, which is quite extensive, the place was closed at the end of the regular license term.

Salida Mail, July 31, 1903: Miss Sadie Keeton has recently resigned her clerkship in the Golden Rule store and signifies her intention of spending some time at least in "just resting."

Salida Mail, Sept. 30, 1903: Frank Fitch, the twelve year old son of Engineer Thomas Fitch, who was shot in the foot by a companion several days since, is not improving as well as is desired. The wound is a bad one, nearly the entire heel of the foot being blown off by the charge from the shot gun.

Salida Mail, Oct. 14, 1903: W. L. Hance returned Friday night from a visit to Hannibal, Missouri, his old home. He went to look after business matters as he owns property there and has other interests, but incidentally he greatly enjoyed the street fair and carnival that was on during the week of his visit. He says that the carnival was better than anything of the kind he has ever seen in the cities of the size of Hannibal or even ten times its size. The electrical illuminations were specially fine as well as the public and private decorations. Mr. Hance says that since there is such a strong link of relationship between Salida and Missouri in general and Hannibal in particular that he feels sure the many Salidans who still cherish fond remembrances of the old town will feel a thrill of pride at any success which she may achieve. He was sorry not to be in Salida during our own carnival week but he thinks he had more fun in old Hannibal.

Salida Mail, Dec. 17, 1903: C. H. Ramsay, principal owner of the Golden Rule store, was up from Greeley Tuesday and Wednesday looking after the business of the store and arranging for beginning work on the new building.

Salida Record, April 6, 1904: Chas. Fowler, proprietor of the Chesapeake restaurant, has submitted a sample of the clay-like deposit recently discovered by him to Chicago experts for any analysis. The substance is of much value for polishing silverware, etc.

Salida Record, April 9, 1904: John Demphy, employed in J. M. Collins' liquor store, has of late perfected and secured a patent on an electrical burglar alarm calculated to make life most strenuous for the housebreaker who goes up against it.

The alarm is so constructed that it may be attached to a door, window, or any other entrance in such a manner that it is practically impossible for a person to tamper with it without sounding the alarm. When started the alarm may easily be heard for blocks and one situated in the business part of town may be plainly heard at the depot. The firm of Barto & Dennison now have their store equipped with one and the First National Bank and quite a number of business houses and private residences expect to have the arrangement put in shortly.

Salida Record, April 27, 1904: On Saturday afternoon four vagrants were arrested and three received sentences of five days work on the streets. On Monday, however, they rebelled and refused to soil their hands with labor, and the rest of their sentence was served out on a bread and water diet. This bread and water diet ideas is a good one, it's less expensive to the city and is not likely to tempt vags to board on the city.

Salida Record, April 29, 1904: To those who have spent much time in the perusal of J. Fennimore Cooper's descriptions of what "injuns" were in his day, the idea of a survivor of the Mohicans working diligently in a tailor shop fashioning the garb of civilization may seem a trifle out of the ordinary.

The fact is, however, that J. J. Gannon needed an assistant tailor and the one who is now employed in that capacity is a descendant of the tribe who at one time ruled a large part of Nebraska and neighboring states.

Salida Record, Jan. 20, 1905: Otto Friske, a ranchman living near Nathrop, is just now an attraction in the eyes of the officers of the law on account of a complaint having been lodged against him on the charge of cattle stealing. Several days ago Sam Lavinsky of this city while buying hides in the country, called at the Friske ranch and found Friske at work skinning a beef. The efforts of Friske to conceal the brand on the hide aroused the suspicions of Lavinsky and he reported the matter to Mel DeWitt, local brand inspector, and the bran was recognized as that of A. D. Cantonwine, a ranchman near Nathrop.

Salida Mail, April 4, 1928: Mrs. Byrd Fuqua has returned from the Glenwood Lion Hunt and reports a wonderful time, despite the warm weather that spoiled the hunt.Believing that she could get the lion at Mr. Harvard that has had free reign for over a year in the deer and mountain sheep herds and has been terrorizing the ranchers of north Cottonwood, she took a sportsman's chance and brought her Glenwood guide and dogs back with her. They have been scouring the territory and have found evidence of big game.

They intend to stick to the hunt until the lion has been bagged.They plan to take the lion alive and ship it to the St. Louis Zoo.The hunters who are staying at the foot of the mountains are Miss Anna Donley, Melvin Bay, Lee Dillon and a Paramount movie camera man.

Salida Mail, Oct. 6, 1928: Mrs. L. M. Giffin, mother of Mrs. Emery Lines, was the inspiration for a lovely party given by her daughter Wednesday afternoon at her home.

A beautiful profusion of autumn leaves and flowers decorated the rooms of the house. Cards and needlework formed the diversion of the afternoon, at the close of which a lovely two course luncheon was served. Twenty-two guests enjoyed the affair.

Salida, Mail, Dec. 17, 1928: Teachers of the second grade in the Salida public schools are putting out the "standing room only" signs. Their classes are more than filled, but still they come. The teachers now have forty-one in each off the second grade classes, and at the present rate of increase there will be more pupils than the teachers can handle after the Christmas vacation.

Emery Lines, secretary of the school board blames it on the ex-servicemen. He says the men returning from war proved an easy prey for the shafts of Cupid and were married in bunches. The offspring of these marriages is now in the second grade. Mr. Lines is willing to admit that Salida also is attracting more settlers and that these people are bringing children here with them, but most of the blame he puts on the soldiers.

Salida Mail, March 5, 1929: Two dusky damsels of Salida’s colored population met in front of the post office one afternoon this week and proceeded to settle some difficulty which had arisen between them, according to Queensbury tactics. Before any serious damage had resulted bystanders interfered and later the kinky-haired Amazons were taken in charge by the police and the next day were given a change to state their troubles to Magistrate McGovern. Ten dollars and costs for each was the opinion of his honor in the case. One of the women produced a tenner and was released, promising to be good.

But the other was unable to meet the demands of the law, and in consequence the romantic name “Lucille” has adorned the city jail register for the last few days. Lucile, unfortunately, became involved in difficulty of an illegal nature once before and as a result of the same served a term in the penitentiary, and an effort will be made on her release to convince her that the altitude is too high here and that she ought to seek a change of climate.

Salida Mail, July 30, 1929: Puttees and socks, which the police say Roy Millard was wearing on the night George H. Whitely says a murder was committed in Salida, were taken from his home by the police and Assistant District Attorney Rush. Stains on the garments were analyzed by a chemist who reported that stains on them were of blood. Millard stoutly denies any knowledge of a murder, but the police say he admits helping Whitely to steal a car from the Mineral Hot Springs.

The police doubt the story that a murdered man was placed in a creosoting tank but they believe that there is ground for suspicion that a murder has been committed.

Salida Mail, May 15, 1953: Harold R. Koster's office today has more the look of a florist shop than an insurance and real estate office. In a surprise move today 15 national instance companies which the Koster office represents decorated the local office with flowers in honor of Koster's 30th anniversary in business and his 60th birthday.

In addition to the flowers, Koster's office is also overflowing with 42 representatives from the companies he represents insurancewise. Every company has made it a point to have representatives here in honor of the occasion. Most of the companies have been represented in the Koster office the entire 30 years he has been in insurance.

Salida Daily Mail-Record, Oct. 17, 1953: Boulder — John Bayuk, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bayuk of Salida, is a member of the 1953 Colorado University freshman football team that will open the season against Colorado A&M this Saturday at Folsom field.

Bayuk will be playing fullback in the game which will get underway at 2 p.m. Thus far, he has been working in Coach Ray Jenkins' first backfield unit.

During his high school days, Bayuk was a three-sport letterman. He gained four letters in football and track and three monograms in basketball. in 1953 Bayuk sparked the Salida Spartans to high honors in the Colorado State track championships. The promising Colorado back weights 210 pounds and is 6 feet one inches tall.

Salida Daily Mail-Record, Aug. 17, 1954: A bolt of lightning struck the pumphouse at the Tonly Pasquale place, north of the Arkansas River. C. L. Glenn, street commissioner, discovered the damage around 3 pm when he checked the plant to see if the pump was working, and it wasn't. The bolt burned out the fuse, automatic switches and so forth. Workmen had the plant back in shape about 5 pm. Glenn recalls this is the third time lightning has struck the building.

The Mountain Mail, June 9, 1978: Steve Frazee, district court probation officer for Chaffee and Fremont counties, is retiring at the end of the month.

Frazee, 68, was graduated from Salida High School in 1926 and Western State College in 1937.

After teaching English and journalism in La Junta, he embarked on a writing career which resulted in more than 50 books and numerous short stories.

Frazee said he plans to spend more time writing after he retires.

The Mountain Mail, Oct. 6, 1978: Guards at the Colorado State Reformatory at Buena Vista reported a possible inmate escape yesterday afternoon. However, at 6:25 p.m. they found the suspect hiding in a false ceiling in the academic building within the reformatory complex. Robert Magers, 18, was reported unaccounted for when he did not report back to his housing unit as instructed.

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