The end of any year gives us pause to think back over recent events. Even Facebook encourages us to reminisce. Thinking back 100 years, we find that the January 1 issue of the Eagle Valley Enterprise gives us an interesting picture of life in Eagle County in 1915.
Although it would be two years before the United States entered World War I, the war news found a place on the front page: “A German aeroplane was sighted Friday in London. It was flying very high from east to west over Sheerness. British air craft went up in pursuit and engaged the enemy, who, after being hit three or four times, was driven off seaward.”
Later in May 1915, the war became “total war” with the German Zeppelin air raids on England.
A notice of interest was posted by O. W. Randall, D.D.S. “Owing to the amount of work at present on hand at Eagle, I cannot open my office in Gypsum until January 15, 1915.”
Further down on page 5 we see: “Miss Emily Hockett of Minturn is spending her holiday vacation with relatives near Eagle, and having some dental work done.”
Dr. Randall was a busy man!
Another notice: “To all persons having an account at the Eagle Valley Feed Mill are requested to call and settle not later than January 10, 1915, as I have bills I want to meet and must have my money. – E. A. Michael, Prop.
Invoice for the Eagle Valley Feed Mill, Eagle, Colorado. E. A. (Edward) Michael opened the business in 1912. In 1917, he bought some ranch holdings for $6,500, adding to his residence, feed mill and warehouse properties in Eagle. Due to his wife’s health [Edna Dewey Michael], Michael was forced to sell the ranch to Andrew Christensen for $13,000 in 1920. ”The ranch consists of about 60 acres, of which between 45 and 50 acreas are irrigated land under cultivation...Michael built up the soil and drained the land and made it a valuable piece of producing farm property.” --Eagle Valley Enterprise, Jan. 23, 1920 p.1
And this advertisement:
”Willis H. Staup, son of W. T. and Sovella Staup was born Aug. 18, 1895 at Whitewater, Colo. The family moved to Gypsum in 1908, where they operated the Gypsum Hotel.
Willis ran the first garage and shipped in the first autos to Gypsum. He was inducted in the Army Oct. 2, 1917 and most of his Army service during World War I was in France and Germany. He received his discharge Apr. 29, 1919.
On Christmas Day, 1919, he was united in marriage to Pearl Mitchell and to this union were born four children. Mr. and Mrs. Staup homesteaded on Gypsum Creek living there several years before they sold and returned to Gypsum. He was an electrician for the Eagle River Electric Co., and ran the company’s power plant on Gypsum Creek for 11 years then returned to farming for a short time. He then became Standard Oil bulk plant agent, retiring in 1958.” -- Eagle Valley Enterprise, May 26, 1960 p.8
And finally: “Miss Gertrude Hoerner lost a five and a ten dollar bill somewhere in Eagle yesterday. Finder please return them to her of the Enterprise office and receive a reward.”
We don’t know if the money was returned to Miss Gertrude but we hope the honest citizens of Eagle set the tone for 1915 with her reimbursement.