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80 Years Ago Taken from the pages of the Dolores Star, Friday, April 28, 1933 Fred Bradshaw, Editor

B. E. Smith was in from Lebanon Tuesday and told the writer that he never saw better prospects for a fruit crop in Montezuma Valley at this time of year than there is right now. The cold weather has had a wonderful effect in holding back the budding of trees, and as Mr. Smith says, unless there is a hard late freeze after the trees have bloomed, there will be at least enough fruit to feed the valley, and possibly ship some to starving plains farmers in the eastern part of the state.

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The plant of the Ignacio Chieftain, at Ignacio, where the Star editor made his debut in the newspaper business some twenty-two years ago, was destroyed by fire early last Saturday morning. The building and contents were a complete loss, covered by about $3,000 insurance. The plant was owned by W. L. Anderson and a printer, Jack Stevens, was in charge. How the fire originated has not been determined.

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Proposed improvement of the highway route via Slick Rock hill came in for much discussion within the past week, starting with the formation of the Slick Rock Highway Association at a meeting held at Norwood Saturday night and continuing with the Montezuma-Dolores Counties Chamber of Commerce meeting at Dove Creek Monday night and the Dolores Chamber of Commerce meeting here Tuesday night.

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Press dispatches and radio reports Wednesday stated that the United States senate had passed a bill providing for free coinage of silver as part of the administration currency inflation bill.

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Merle Longwill and Marion Clark were arrested Wednesday on charges of connection with the theft of several articles from an automobile owned by Eugene Parker of Lebanon and also a quantity of groceries believed to have been taken from the Stroud Cash Store here recently.

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Oscar Pritchett took out eight hundred young trees to his farm at Lebanon and started work of planting a ten acre orchard. The trees are improved strains of delicious apple, Hale peaches and a few plums. Oscar would not admit that he was anticipating repeal of the 18th amendment and preparing to furnish the makings for apple and peach brandy.

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Postmaster B. F. Greene announced yesterday that Mrs. B. F. Greene, who has been employed as assistant postmaster for the past several years, will retire with the end of the month and that Chas. Rash will be employed in her place. The move is made in connection with the policy of the post office department enforcing the rule which forbids members of the family of postmasters being employed in the office, and that only heads of families are to be employed as assistants.

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Mrs. Guy Harrison was a dinner guest Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Lilly.

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Mrs. C. I. Brown came in from Cahone and was calling on friends and relatives in Dolores.

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Rev. Paul A. Shields made a trip to Montrose this week on matters connected with his church work.

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Jimmie Akin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Akin, fell from his horse Tuesday and suffered a dislocated wrist.

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Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ratekin accompanied Rev. Shields on his trip to Montrose. They returned yesterday.

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Wool is coming in rapidly from the shearing pens out west. The last of the Akin wool was brought in Tuesday.

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