80 Years Ago Taken from the pages of the Dolores Star, Friday, April 7, 1933 Fred Bradshaw, Editor

Coloradans may legally drink the new 3.2 percent beer after midnight Thursday. Gov. Johnson signed the emergency beer bill Wednesday, at the same time issuing a statement that he did not entirely approve the measure because it failed to provide for local option. Beer may be served in restaurants, but not at bars, saloons or taverns. Denver and Golden breweries are planning to start 50 freight cars to various parts of Colorado on tomorrow's passenger trains, also hundreds of trucks will load out at stroke of midnight tonight. There is a rush for licenses at the office of the state treasurer this morning.

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The Dolores Chamber of Commerce advertising committee this week authorized E. G. DeVille, the artistic sign painter, to start work on a big new sign near Hallar Camp at the entrance to Mesa Verde park, directing travelers to Dolores and the advantages for camping, hunting and fishing along the Dolores river. The sign will be real attractive and is calculated to bring many people here who would otherwise pass us by.

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The Town Board held a lengthy discussion Tuesday and disposed of a number of important matters. The town officers, including attorney, marshal, clerk and treasurer were retained but at considerably reduced salaries. The offices of manager of Memorial Hall, town clerk and water clerk were combined under one salary, $25 per month; the marshal salary was reduced to $75 per month; the treasurer salary to $75 per year and the town attorney salary to $15 per month. Attorney Carpenter advised that the board could not force the reductions in salaries but could recommend the cuts and this was done. The officers all consented to the lower pay with good grace.

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The Dolores community was shocked and saddened Monday evening by the word that Mrs. Luella Johnson, wife of the late Samuel E. Johnson, had passed away at her home here. Heart failure was the cause of her death. Mrs. Johnson had been in poor health for some years, and though she made several trips to the coast seeking health, her conditions gradually became worse, until death relieved her sufferings. Mrs. Johnson is of one of the most prominent Montezuma County families and earliest settlers. Their family home was the present site of McPhee.

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A 25 gallon still, 250 gallons of mash and 10 gallons of whiskey were confiscated Monday night by Sheriff L. G. Warrick and Deputy District Attorney Charles Fairlamb at the Barney Aire residence in east Telluride. The sheriff was called to the Aire home to quiet a disturbance at about eleven o'clock Monday night and the still and whiskey were discovered in a building at the rear of the residence.

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The Telluride Lions club members, consistent boosters and supporters of the Telluride-Rico-Dolores road as an important link of San Juan basin highways have again come to the front advocating the opening of this route at the earliest possible date.

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overnight guest at the C. W. Lilly home Wednesday.

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The Ladies Aid will meet in the M. E. church annex April 12. Visitors welcome.

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Sam Pinkerton and family came up from McElmo canon this week for a visit with home folks and friends.

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Mrs. Frank Avrill, fo Grand Junction spent a few days this week at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Plumlee.

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Dan Lee was in from the dry lands Monday and said there is plenty of moisture if the ground is being farmed right.

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Harry Kauffman was down from his ranch at West Fork yesterday. Harry thinks the fishing will be good this summer.

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Commissioner Ed. Baird was in town Tuesday on his way home form Rico where he attended a meeting of the county board.

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The condition of Newell Musgrave is continually improving according to word from the Johnson hospital where he is being cared for.

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