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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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A Cautionary Tale ~ Part 1

A Cautionary Tale ~ Part 1

As the coronavirus pandemic continues in its unrelenting strangle-hold on people’s lives, from the confines and comforts of home, I recalled a program I researched and presented years ago about the Spanish influenza epidemic in Greeley and Weld County.

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Buckskin Bill’s Imaginary Love Affair with Rattlesnake Kate

Buckskin Bill’s Imaginary Love Affair with Rattlesnake Kate

One might feel like they are intruding while reading the personal correspondence between Colonel Charles D. Randolph, who called himself “Buckskin Bill” the “Poet of the Plains”, and Kate Slaughterback, a.k.a. Rattlesnake Kate. The reality is that the poems are a reflection of the story-spinning abilities of this “Poet of the Plains.”

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