The front page of the June 26, 1914 Fort Collins Weekly Courier.

The front page of the June 26, 1914 Fort Collins Weekly Courier.

The war in Mexico was big news 100 years ago.  General Villa claimed a victory against the federals with 2000 killed and 4000 wounded among his enemies but only 500 killed and 300 wounded among his own men. The paper suggests that Villa underestimated his own losses.

Colonel Roosevelt (meaning former president Teddy Roosevelt) denounced President Woodrow Wilson and Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan for their dealings in Colombia.

O. H. Prussel, a ditch digger for the Water Supply and Storage Company had his left leg smashed while working at the Laramie river ditch camp. He had to ride a horse to Chamber Lake as the roads were too rough for any other sort of travel.


The city of Fort Collins was beginning preparations for the semi-centennial (50 year) celebration of the city. The Courier promised to publish a Semi-Centennial Souvenir edition for every resident in the city.

The fireworks for the 4th of July had been purchased and there were plans to have an especially attractive and extensive display in honor of the semi-centennial. There were also to be balloon and parachute flights by Frank Frazier, the “Human Blackbird” as part of the celebration.

Adam Stuckert, who resided near the Plummer schoolhouse, had an auto accident while he and his brother were “enjoying the breeze created by good speed.” The brothers had only a few bumps and bruises, but the automobile apparently did quite a gymnastic number.

Galbraith ad from June 26, 1914.

Galbraith ad from June 26, 1914.

One of the Johnston creamery horses got a little overexcited and took off down Walnut to Mountain, circled a few blocks, then took off south on College and ran about 5 miles south of town. Policeman Charles Sanders tried to chase him down using the police department motorcycle, but couldn’t get over 40 miles per hour and occasionally had to stop to drag the machine through sand and gravel. He finally caught up with the horse and tied him to a post before returning to pick up the driver of the rig and return him to his ride.

Fort Collins beat out Loveland in a baseball game at Lindenmeier lake. The score was 4 to 3, but the home team played very poorly. The paper states that, “The local team had the chance to make a thousand scores, but fell down at the critical moment.” It sounds like neither team was worth writing home about.


I’m considering making some changes to my weekly newspaper posts. The newspaper articles don’t appear to be as popular as my Tuesday/topical posts. But I don’t know that I want to chuck the idea entirely either. In the meantime, there are no newspapers available for 1867, which is the year the random number generator came up with for next week. So next Friday’s post is going to stray a little from the usual routine. Stay tuned.


Source for this article:

The Fort Collins Weekly Courier, 26 June 1914. I accessed this newspaper online through Colorado Historic Newspapers.