80 Years Ago Taken from the pages of the Dolores Star, Friday, Nov. 25, 1932 Fred Bradshaw, Editor

While Dolores grade school pupils know all about Mary and her lamb, they have their own version in a similar incident. The two Becher youngsters came to school Monday, followed by their pet William goat, which caused the teachers in the Washington building some concern and the pupils no little amusement before his goatship was persuaded that a school was no place for him. The Star will leave the matter of working the story into rhyme to some enterprising school boy or girl.

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A theory that an early American civilization, the Arizona cliff dwellers, was wiped out by collision of the earth with the so-called Arizona meteor, or comet, some 650 years ago, was advanced recently by Ernest V. Sutton of South Pasadena, student of earlier Indian civilization of the southwest. Some 400 million tons of stratified rock were displaced by a tremendous collision, which created an oval shaped crater with walls 130 feet higher than the surrounding plain. These walls slope down 600 feet on the inside to a forty-acre floor. The crater extends 225 miles in all directions, near Holbrook, Arizona.

“With my own eyes,” said Sutton, “I have seen mummified human beings sitting upright inside ruined buildings, as if something had suddenly sucked the life out of them.

“In a tumble-down cliff house, near the great beehive dwelling known as Yucca house, there were three aged adults and a child. The adults sat with their backs to the wall, the child lay on the floor. I believe the cataclysm occurred during the day time, when hunters were on the ranges and all the younger women were in the fields.”

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A committee of responsible citizens has been formed to look after relief work in Montezuma County, to distribute funds received from the state and government for the purchase of necessary food and clothing for needy people in the country. The central committee is composed of the following men: E. S. Porter, G. O. Harrison, W. E. Farris, G. D. Taylor, S. C. Englehart, George Menefee and Harry French. Applications for relief may be made to local key men or to Secretary Miller. No cash will be given out, but orders will be given on merchants for necessities.

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Jesse Robinson was down from Bear Creek Monday, buying supplies.

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Mrs. Guy Harrison spent the day last Friday at the S. H. Phlegar home.

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Herschel Snyder is helping out with the rush of mechanical work at the Dolores Motor Company.

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C. W. Lilly returned to his duties at the local depot last Friday after enjoying a two-month vacation.

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Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Burnett were out from Durango Sunday and took dinner at the Martin Rush home.

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Dick Tucker returned home Tuesday from his trip to Salida, where he left his wife to undergo medical treatments.

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Paul A. Shields has been teaching at Garrett Ridge High School this week as substitute for R. T. Periman, who is ill with cold or flu.

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Workmen have been busy this week replacing the roof on the Blemear barn, which caved in under the weight of the deep snow last winter.

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J. W. Gargan, Western Union relief operator, came in yesterday to take the place of Pat Stuart who has been ill for the past few days.

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Paul McCormick and Miss Anita Winbourne went to Durango Thanksgiving day to attend a football game between Cortez and Durango.

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H. G. Gaines has been busy this week building a room for his lumber yard office at the northeast corner of the former Rust lumber yard property.

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Kenneth Tucker left Wednesday for Alamosa where he will join his wife who went over earlier in the week to spend Thanksgiving day with her parents.

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Miss Virginia Leonard, of Ignacio, was an overnight guest at the J. B. Gelwick home Monday. Miss Leonard was en route to California for a visit with relatives.

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Tom Mitchell, genial representative of Graham Paper Co, was working up trade here Tuesday. Business is picking up, Tom says, especially since the election.

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Ben Millard was down from Stoner, buying supplies and visiting friends. Ben is planning to go to San Diego soon with his family to put in the winter.

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