We’re now in that week preceding a new year. It’s time to make those resolutions. [Please do remember that one of last year’s resolutions was to label all your photos appropriately; that’s still applicable this year.] It’s time to visit with family and friends during a time of school vacations. It’s time to take advantage of those after-holiday sales… In the Eagle Valley Enterprise, December 29, 1911, we find life in Eagle progressing at a different pace, perhaps, but certainly similar to life in 2011.
Broadway in Eagle 1918. The building on the right was built by the First National Bank of Eagle County. The two story half of the building was occupied by general merchandise stores (F. Hugus and Co.; later, the Lewis store); the one story side was the bank.
“Don’t forget the apron social at Hotel Montgomery this Friday night. Come and bring your grandmother and aunt.” “WANTED: Four nice looking, well dressed, young men, single preferred, to escort four handsome young ladies to the New Year’s ball. Apply at this office. All interviews must be strictly confidential.” “Lee Buchholz and Ernest Nogal are having a cellar dug just north of the pool hall, preparatory to building a meat market, 25x50 feet in size. Verily Eagle is bound to be a city.”
“The city hall was removed this week from Broadway to Second street. The lower floor will still be retained by the fire department while the second story will be furnished off into offices for the city officials.” And, of course, shopping opportunities were everywhere: “A blaze of unparalleled value in ladies’ wool and cotton-fleeced underwear." The Rocky Mt. Stores Co. “Look out for the future. We will sell goods at astonishingly low prices after January 1st, must raise money to pay our bills. Come in and see the sacrifice we are willing to make for cash. Got to do it; our bills must be paid. If we can’t get what is due us, we must sacrifice." T. A. Howes Best wishes for a healthy, happy 2012. Did I mention labeling photos?