80 Years Ago Taken from the pages of the Dolores Star, Friday, Jan. 20, 1933 Fred Bradshaw, Editor

With its last issue, the Dove Creek Island Empire expired. H. A. Wood has been publisher of the sheet for some time past, since the death of C. V. Kinney, has bid his friends "Adieu." The subscription list has been acquired by Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Kendree, of Rico, and the Rico Item and the Dove Creek Empire have been consolidated under the name of the Rico-Dove Creek News. The Rico publishers are handicapped in trying to serve the two ends of the county with one paper.

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In this issue will be found the advertisement of the Gaines Lumber company, an institution which has opened recently in Dolores. Mr. Gaines is an experienced lumber man and will give the people of this territory the best products in these lines obtainable. Mr. Gaines' establishment is at the Rust old stand opposite the telephone office.

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Member of Hose Company No. 1 have decided that the siren recently installed is too small and they have written the company who sent it here for permission to return the same in exchange for a larger one. This siren has a two-horse powered motor and the firemen are planning to get a five-horse powered noise maker instead. Situated as Dolores is between two canon walls, a larger siren is required than is ordinarily necessary in a town of this size, it is said.

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C. A. and Chester Brown left Monday for Arizona to try to locate a market for some of the splendid certified seed potatoes grown in this section last year. There is said to be a good demand for good seed spuds in Arizona and the Browns are this week trying to contact some of the buyers.

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John F. Sutphen, editor of the Mancos Times-Tribune, received a painful injury and one that will handicap him for some time one day this week when he had several bones in his right hand smashed in a job press. He was feeding some small tickets into the machine and did not get his hand out of the way in this instance. Once is plenty in a case of that kind.

Rentz Morrison and Roy Dickerson came in Monday evening from Montezuma Creek and report plenty of snow and cold weather there. There is more snow on the lower range than in Dolores.

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J. E. Nelson has leased the building formerly occupied by the Phillips hardware store and will move the Stroud meat shop there as soon as the work can be accomplished. Stroud's Cash Store is discontinuing its meat department and Mr. Nelson will move the ice box and fixtures as soon as the building can be made ready for it. He will deal extensively in farm produce and poultry as well as meats.

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The home of P. W. Wheatland, on Summit Ridge, was completely destroyed by fire Monday night. About nine o'clock Mr. Wheatland went to bed and left a good fire in a stove in an adjoining room. At eleven he was awakened by the crackling noise and opened a door to find the entire room enveloped in flames. He was able to save nothing of the contents. The house was situated just beyond the Smith corner on the road toward the Manaugh place.

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Harvey Jones is able to be out again after an attack of the flu.

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Herman Kuhlman made a business trip to Cortez Monday.

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Mr. and Mrs. Harry Morgan came in Saturday evening from the winter camp and spent a few days in town.

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Mrs. Callie Harkey has been helping the post office for a few days while Mrs. Greene was confined to her home with a heavy cold.

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The condition of Newell Musgrave continues to show improvement and it is likely that he will be up and around in a few days. He was injured at Christmas time while skiing and has suffered form an infected leg.

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The Civic Club met Tuesday evening at the town hall with a fair sized crowd in attendance and the newly elected officers in charge. The outstanding business of the evening was discussion of ways and means of increasing the treasury balance.

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Harry Dixon spent Tuesday night in Dolores after a vain effort to reach Dove Creek by automobile Tuesday. Harry says he'll be darned if, in all his years in southwest Colorado, he ever saw a worse storm than that which prevailed out northwest of here that day. He got within sight of Dove Creek and then was forced to turn around and come back to Dolores.

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