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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - December 1, 1981, Colorado Springs, Colorado Or. Will Ferill curator Denver col dear sir i want to Tell you a Little about Christmas and news years 49 years ago when my father and myself lived in our Cabin in Denver. At that time there were just four 4 Cabins in Denver proper ours Lawrence and Dorsett Moyn and Rice and Hickory Rogers. They were on the four Comers of what is now 15th and Larimer st., it so happened that we were the Only occupants on Christmas Day. Lawrence had returned to the states Dorsett was Hunting Moyn and Rice had gone to the Pines to the head of Cherry Creek and Hickory Rogers wintered with the parties he came out with Judy amp Smith Ned a Yankoff and others. As about All the settlers had completed their Cabins for Winter Many put in their time Hunting some prospected and others visited around taking claims Etc. Dick Whooten woot ton arrived from Mexico on Christmas Day with his outfit he Brot the first whiskey into the settlement it was called a Taos lightning. Up to that time there never was a More temperate lot of people together. Whiskey was scarcely thought of or talked about. However there was plenty to try a Taos lightning a when Whooten Wootton opened up and started the Ball which keeps up to this Day. We celebrated Christmas in a quiet Way with a Good dinner All kinds of game of that country was in new years eve we thought we would have watch meeting and celebrate in the old Way. We loaded up our guns and pistols with a heavy charge so As to make All the noise we could and As the old year passed and the new year came we let Loose. Jack Jones and we. Mcgaa told me the next morning that we had All of Auraria up and under arms. They thought the indians had made an attack and had killed us All and were expecting them to attack them. Under the excitement some one thought of the new year. On new year Day we kept open House Collier and i got up the dinner. We had game Bacon and Beans some dried Corn dried Apple pie and Coffee. And most of All the settlers in Auraria and up and Down the River called on us. Our Latch string was always out to our friends and we had lots of is a Little Pioneer sketch of How we put in our time in 1858. Very truly yours . Larimer. Prospectors note this letter from William Larimer founder of Denver is from the Colorado historical society files. Vol. 12, no. 12christmas in Colorado dec. 26,1865 Denver celebrated Christmas yesterday in Fine style. Everybody seemed intent in doing All they could to add to the mirth and hilarity of the holidays. The Day was observed by services in the various churches. The Sabbath schools were convened and Christmas Trees yielded their fruits dispersing Joy and happiness to the Young and furnishing souvenirs that shall be looked at and remembered with Delight in Many a future year. Every one seemed to have his own Way of seeking happiness. Many got gloriously tight and con sequently terribly Loose. The High the Low the Rich the poor the discreet and the careless and dissolute went in on their respective nerve to make All the enjoyment possible on the occasion. The saloons kept open House and of course done a staving business the Days entertainment closing with grand balls where lightly tripping feet beat a merry accompaniment to Happy hearts until this mornings Dawn. Our ubiquitous reporter was around and in another article will give a chapter on the lights and shades of social life in Denver. The Rocky Mountain news. Sporting on Christmas Day Colorado territory 60608 of san ids Odd Hood 3av 3xxv3d 3 �0�isiavo 3 a oath Price four bits an Early merry Christmas Denver a first Christmas Celebration dec. 27,1865 the race for $2,000 Between we. R. Fords b.g., Bony Ford and . Mooney a b.g., Reindeer came off according to announcement Over Fords Park course yesterday Fords horse to harness and Reindeer to Wagon a Wagon and Driver weighing 300 pounds mile heats. At about 14 of clock the judges called up the horses for the first heat. At the second attempt the horses got off Well together Reindeer having the pole which was soon taken from him by Bonnie Ford Reindeer breaking badly at the turn Bony continued to draw away from him steadily until he struck the upper turn Reindeer breaking several times and being out trotted on every foot of the ground. Here Bony being nearly a distance ahead took the privilege of a slight skip but soon recovered his feet and went to work with a will until about two thirds Down the Home stretch when he was pulled up and came jigging to the stand in 2 45, Reindeer having taken a Lively run to save his distance came in about forty Yards behind. 2nd heat a the horses got the word on the first trial Bony immediately taking the Lead. Reindeer As before breaking on the turn. Bony led by several lengths until the half mile pole was nearly reached when Reindeer tis the season dec. 26,1872 a Monti amp Guanella agents of Santa Claus in Georgetown Are prepared to fill All orders for Christmas goods promptly and to the entire satisfaction of their customers. The merry old gentleman flashing Over the country with his capacious freight teams has framed the Large store of his favorite agents with Turies and chickens gobbling and cackling to Grace Christmas feasts. And then such quantities of vegetables fruit confectionary cake and toys for Little girls blushing Maidens stately Dames Little boys and old boys As the Jolly old Elf has on exhibition at his head quarters at Monti amp Guanella a is a sight entertaining and highly satisfactory to the inhabitants of the a Silver Queen. Every body and the balance of Mankind is expected to visit the head quarters of old Santa and carry away dead loads of everything Nice for merry Christmas times. A the Georgetown highlights from Early Day newspapers White Christmas 1919 Christmas eve View looking toward the state Capitol from Denver civic Center. Commenced closing the Gap and gained steadily until the horses swung into the Home stretch. Both horses struggled gamely for the Lead and crossed the score so nearly together that both parties claimed the heat. The horses were driven to a break in coming Home Reindeer being up when he passed the stand a Throat Latch behind. The heat and race was Given to Bony Ford. Time�?2 49. Considering All the circumstances under which the race was trotted the time would not disgrace first class trotting horses in the East. The race was trotted in a very severe storm the track being completely covered with Snow to the depth of three inches. This state of affairs was very much against Reindeer whose performance on this occasion Only added to his reputation As a trotting horse. Had the Day and track been commonly Good the race might have terminated differently. The Rocky Mountain news. Tapping the barrel and having a High old time. Photo Courtesy Denver Public Library Western history to be pleasant dec. 26, 1883 the Day after Christmas is quite Apt to be a Day of regret. Plans for merry making Are Seldom quite As successful in their realization the dinner looks better on the menu than it tastes when brought before one and the Christmas tree festival is quite Apt to be a crowded heated affair where some woman faints away and some baby screams too much. Still in spite of regrets Over too much Turkey and Plum pudding in spite of the financial Embarrass ment that is Apt to overtake Young men with sweethearts or older men with Large families on the Day after Christmas and in spite of the general facts that holidays Are Apt to be better enjoyed in anticipation than in realization almost everyone who is not absolutely penniless and friendless has something pleasant to remember after every Christmas festival. There were Many things that everyone could take pleasure in. The Day itself was in Many respects delightful. The air was Balmy in the afternoon As on the Mildest Day of Indian summer. The Colorado Sun which is Apt to be a pretty faithful and steady institution never shown More brightly and the Only great drawback to the enjoyment in the daytime was the mud which was almost As bad As that usually found in Boston and Omaha. The Day was pasted very quietly. There were a Good Many family reunions Christmas dinners and Home Christmas Trees. The hotels provided As usual sumptuous repast and Denver hotels can get up a very Good dinner when they see about it in Earnest. Some few of the first class restaurants followed the example of the hotels and furnished remarkable Good few Drunken men were observed and the respectable character of the City was never More plainly Manifest. Probably few enjoyed the Day better than those who gave presents. A the Rocky Mountain news

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