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Brief History of the Town of Cornish, Weld County, Colorado

Brief History of the Town of Cornish, Weld County, Colorado

The Cornish railroad station was established in 1910 along the Pleasant Valley Branch of the Union Pacific Railroad, named after a civil engineer for the railroad. Though a town plat was filed in 1911, development of Cornish didn’t get started until the first business, Miller Mercantile Co., opened in 1913.

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The Importance of Pets

The Importance of Pets

Greeley residents now, and in times past, seem to have an equal interest in and attachment to the animals, or pets, that share their homes. The Greeley Tribune of Greeley’s early years mentions pets in competitions, as problems, and as trends.

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In the Beginning, There Was Music

In the Beginning, There Was Music

In 1870, when Greeley was hardly settled and the Union Colony was young, life was not easy. However, there is plenty of archival evidence that the Colonists worked hard to provide a rich cultural life from the very beginning. As it turns out, music flourished here as soon as the Colonists arrived.

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School in a Tent, “Devil’s Dung”, and Social Distancing: Prairie Style PPE

School in a Tent, “Devil’s Dung”, and Social Distancing: Prairie Style PPE

Educational institutions especially are experiencing budget angst as teachers and administrators craft new models for in-person and remote learning, and terms like “learning pods” and “cohorts” have entered our vocabulary. This brought to mind some stories about how residents in the drylands of Weld County coped with social distances, educating children, staying healthy, and practicing good hygiene.

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Time FLU By: Quarantined in Greeley & Weld County at Home, In Jail, In Pullman Cars and In Sororities

Time FLU By: Quarantined in Greeley & Weld County at Home, In Jail, In Pullman Cars and In Sororities

As COVID-19 remains in the crosshairs of politics, the economy, and our personal lives, the Stay at Home and Safer at Home mandates are all too familiar. In the case of infectious diseases, these same restrictions applied in the 19th and 20th centuries, but were simply called “Quarantine.” Let’s take a peek at quarantine rules and enforcement in Greeley and Weld County in the “olden days.”

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A Cautionary Tale ~ Part 3

A Cautionary Tale ~ Part 3

On January 6, 1919, four-year-old Ralph E. Waldo, Jr. remembered running up and down the aisle in a “theater,” but most likely it was a mortuary. At the end of the aisle Ralph stopped numerous times to peer into the casket holding the remains of his mother, Alfa Frances Warton Waldo, and his stillborn baby brother. The impact of the 1918 influenza epidemic lingers in the annals of Waldo family history. 

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A Cautionary Tale ~ Part 2

A Cautionary Tale ~ Part 2

Earlier this month, a friend sent a photo of a lone gravestone in an abandoned cemetery near Briggsdale. The inscription on the stone piqued my interest, as I wondered if Catherine was a victim of the 1918 flu epidemic.

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