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The Herald Democrat

100 years ago

November 1, 1922


HALLOWE’EN QUIETLY OBSERVED — Hallowe’en 1922, which ended at midnight, will probably be remembered as a “dead frost” by the boys of Leadville. Up to that hour, the arc light system seemed unimpaired, no automobile had been stolen and wrecked, furniture on many porches had been undisturbed, and no arrests had been reported.

Adverse weather conditions and Mayor J. A. Jeannotte’s warning of the day before apparently had their effect upon the boys, unless Leadville boyhood has suddenly developed an angelic strain or a regard for property rights that never blessed a previous generation of youngsters.

Not that the boys were not active, nor that they did not cause some trouble right in the heart of the city. Long before 8 o’clock, working in droves, they had left their marks in candle grease, soap and in some instances paint on the display windows of Harrison avenue stores. Chalk writings adorned the sidewalks. But the fences remained intact overnight, and there were few, if any, bonfires.

Many parties were held in the homes. The real feature of the evening for the older folks was the Hallowe’en dance given under the auspices of the striking Federated Shop Crafts local at Armory hall. Dancing lasted from 9 until 1 o’clock and the ten-piece orchestra drew a large crowd.



Exercises at Liberty Bell Theater Fitly Expressed Spirit and Purpose of Armistice Day in Oratory and Music.


November 12, 1922


Under the auspices of the American Legion post and its American Legion Auxiliary unit, exercises commemorating the cessation of hostilities and the annual Armistice Day ball celebrating the passing of war were successfully presented yesterday. These events and the closing of business houses between the hours of 11 and 1:30 marked the observance of the day in Leadville. The banks, respecting the national holiday, did not open, and the postoffice was closed at noon.

More than 500 persons attended the exercises at the Liberty Bell theater, which began shortly after 11 o’clock and continued for two hours.

Following the overture and singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” Post Commander Eugene A. Bond extended a welcome to those present on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion.

“We feel that Armistice Day is one that should mean something to every one of us,” said Commander Bond. “It is a day which should be revered not alone by the men in uniform, not alone by the wives, sweethearts and mothers of men in uniform, but by each and every citizen.

“The war was fought not only by the soldiers, sailors and marines, but by the people of this nation.

“We entered the World War because we were forced into it, but also because of our sympathy for the cause of the allies and our belief that autocratic power should be stamped out. It was fought to make this world a decent place in which to live, not only for those who wore the uniform and those who were related by blood ties to the men in service, but for all people. Because it was their sentiment that caused us to enter the war, their will which forced the issue, their money which financed it, their brains which directed it and their ideals which won it.”

He closed by saying that the anniversary of the day on which fighting ceased was a fitting time for the searching of hearts and souls to see if the principles for which so many sacrifices were made were being lived up to.

“It is the duty of the American Legion to see that Armistice Day is made a hallowed day and a red-letter day in the annals of the nation,” he said.

Carl Peterson, Leadville former service man, who followed Commander Bond on the program, seldom sang to a better advantage than yesterday morning. He sang “Soldier’s Dream” and responded to an enthusiastic encore with “Dear Old Pal of Mine.”

Captain Robert D. Elder, state representative-elect, made a brief address.

He said that it was hard to get back to the spirit of Armistice Day 1918 because the prevailing feeling among service men everywhere on that day was one of dissatisfaction. He said that the war should not have stopped there, but should have been carried on until permanent peace was assured.

“It is easier to get back to the spirit of five or six years ago,” he said. “It is easier to remember how they went down to the camps and overseas full of animal spirits and pride of race.

“These may not be the most admirable of traits, but they were infinitely better than those now held by the thirty thousand boys languishing in service hospitals. It was a deal better than the thot that this war was a failure conjured up by the vision of the five thousand graves at Chateau-Thierry and the thousands upon thousands of nameless crosses scattered over the fields of France.

“They were fighting idealists more than fighting men,” Captain Elder declared.

He quoted Kipling’s “Tommy” as an example that soldiers were not blind.

“Armistice Day resurrects the ideals of the men who went over and those who staid behind,” concluded Captain Elder. “It is a day we feel to our innermost core. There are not many who did not lose or hazard something dear to them.

“‘On Fame’s eternal camping-ground

Their silent tents are spread,

And Glory guards with solemn round

The bivouac of the dead.’”

A quintet of high school girls sang two pretty little numbers at the conclusion of Captain Elder’s address.

Captain Bond then introduced Miss Edna Collins, divisional representative of the American Red Cross, who spoke for a few minutes on the work of the Red Cross formally launching the sixth annual roll call, which will last until Thanksgiving Day.

“Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, The Boys are Marching,” sang Miss Anna Quinn. She responded to an encore of “My Country.”

A patriotic reading by Miss Agnes McMorrow followed.

Benediction was pronounced by the Rev. Mr. Archibald Durrie, following a vocal solo by Jake Sandusky, another former service man.

The only decoration in the theater was a huge American flag suspended at the back of the stage.

The Legion dance was one of the most pleasing affairs which has ever been given under the auspices of the local post. About 200 persons attended, a number of uniforms being visible in the assemblage.

Decorations were in the national colors, blue streamers centering on a red, white and blue wheel forming a square from which ran streamers of red. White triangles hung in each corner. In the center was a small house-like structure draped with bunting, and in this was placed the revolving lamp which furnished novel colored lighting effects during the moonlight dances.

Music was furnished by the Ne-Nomen orchestra.

Punch, served by members of the Legion Auxiliary, was served as refreshments for the dancers.


November 22, 1922


MOVIE-RADIO ENTERTAINMENT PAYS RED CROSS — Approximately 200 persons attended the movie-radio entertainment held at the Liberty Bell theater for the benefit of the Lake county chapter of the American Red Cross. The entertainment netted $48.75 for the Red Cross, bringing the amount of money collected for the work of that organization in its sixth annual roll call here up to $382.75.

Many persons attending last night’s performance heard radio music and messages for the first time. The concert, given in direct conjunction with the picture, comprised unusually clear concerts from Los Angeles, Kansas City, Dallas, Texas, and other points equal distances from Leadville. Among the feature numbers were Irish ballads sung by sisters, 8 and 4 years old, violin solos and operatic numbers. Coincidental music to the pictures had at times a startling effect, and members of the audience derived much amusement from this.

“The Young Diana,” the feature film starring Marian Davies, was a picture of exceptional merit and was much enjoyed.

Chairman H. D. Leonard of the Lake county Red Cross chapter last night expressed his gratitude to the theater and to C. E. Phillips, Radio Special representative, who donated their respective parts in the program.


November 24, 1922


MAKING PLANS FOR COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE — Sheriff Harry Schraeder, working in co-operation with the Red Cross chapter and other civic organizations, is making elaborate plans for the first Leadville community Christmas tree festival in the history of the camp, it became known last night.

Plans are now in their first stages and will be subject to many changes. So far as they have been tentatively made, however, they call for the erection of a giant evergreen, brilliantly lighted and decorated, in front of the court house. Traffic lines will be established which will prevent motor vehicles from passing thru the throng that assembles at the tree on Christmas day.

“There will be something for every boy and girl in Leadville,” Sheriff Schraeder said last night.


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