By Jenny Paulson / Southern Colorado Independent Magazine
A newspaper called The Indicator was published in Pueblo from 1921-the early 1930s by publisher Patrick Byrnes. It was a weekly paper which reported on homesteaders, people visitings, deaths, floods and community news. Here are a few excerpts to give you an idea on how news was covered in the day.
1-8-1921 – George Chappelle has been appointed assistant printing clerk in the state legislature.
1-8-1921 GE Krenzke celebrated the golden jubilee last Tuesday of his coming to Pueblo County. Just 50 years ago he landed here and shortly after went to a point 4 miles north of Beulah, where he began taming of the wild and started a ranch, which for years has been one of the best in the state.
10-6-1928 – Owen Caffery, 81 years of age, was in Pueblo this week. He formerly lived here but moved to Denver. Owen is a young man at his age and recognizes all old-timers.
10-5-1929 – A Bad Crash of Automobiles – Mrs. Cecilia Walters was fined $100 in police court last Monday by Judge Crossman on the charge of reckless driving and being on the wrong side of the street.
10-5-1929 – Reception to the Hamiltons – the ranch home of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Hamilton to the Burnt Mill district was the scene of a merry gathering when a large number of neighborhood friends met, prepared to give this fine old couple a farewell dinner which was served at noon. They are leaving within a few days to make their future home at La Veta, Colo.
10-5-1929 – T.B. Liascos has bought a building, 310 W. Northern Avenue, and is having it remodeled and when finished will move his grocery store from its present place.
10-5-1929 – C.E. Hadley of the Pueblo Music Store, will return today from a short vacation.
10-5-1928 – Shipments of cauliflower from a large reclamation project started a year ago by the S.A. Gerard Company at Boone, 20 miles east of Pueblo began last week, according to the company’s farm manager. A total of 800 carloads of cauliflower will be shipped from Boone during the present season.
10-12-1929 – Scott Robbe is slowly recovering from a gunshot wound inflicted by holdups at Goodpasture some number of weeks ago.
10-19-1929 – Sheriff Raids Booze Stills – Finds big ones on farms east of Pueblo. Three are arrested. Sheriff Sam Curran, aided by undersheriff McAulay, deputy Bailey and federal agents Nusbaum and Smith, raided a couple of places some six miles east of town Monday and got results. A 150 gallon still was found on Julian Tucci’s place. A search revealed several 50-gallon barrels of some sort of liquor. Joe DeSalvo was arrested as an accomplice and all three meant were bought in and placed in jail temporarily.
Compiled by Jenny Paulson, publisher of Southern Colorado Independent Magazine. She was a journalist for 15 years and owned an alternative magazine in Northwest Colorado ten years called Frontier Magazine. She has lived in Pueblo ten years and started the online magazine in early 2016 to explore the lifestyle and lore of Pueblo and Southern Colorado.