Dolores 80 years ago

Taken from the March 16, 1934, Dolores Star

Fred Taylor, one of the young old-timers of the Montezuma section, was in Dolores Saturday and showed the writer an interesting relic in the shape of an old pocketbook which was carried by Dick May at the time he was killed by Indians more than fifty years ago. According to Taylor, May and a man named Thornton were camped in a cabin just across the Utah line, about 12 miles southwest of the present town of Dove Creek. A large band of Ute Indians rode up, killed May and Thornton and drove off the horses. May's body was found in the ruins of the house but his wallet was some distance away and empty. It is believed that he carried a considerable sum of money at the time of his death. The killing took place on the first day of May, 1881.

C.D. Heaton gave the last for a short time of his interesting talks on minerals and mining at the basement of the high school building Tuesday evening.

A special meeting of the Dolores Chamber of Commerce was held Tuesday night at the town hall when the matter of raising funds to build a swimming pool in Dolores was discussed. H. L. Owens presented his proposition to build the pool largely with funds from the CWA administration or something similar, this to be augmented with donations for material by local citizens. Dolores people are taking the matter up quite favorably and it seems that the swimming pool idea will go over.

James O. Lancaster, when arraigned before U. S. Commissioner Henry G. Berri at Durango last Friday, pleaded guilty to the charge of sending an extortion note to Chas. Starr, discoverer and part owner of the famous Red Arrow mine.

Mrs. B. H. Humes spent Monday as the guest of Mrs. S. H. Phlegar.

Mrs. Anna Longest was an all-day visitor with Mrs. Alice Akin Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Baxstrom were up from Shiprock over the weekend.

Johnny Ferrick and Bert Ortiz were Durango callers last Saturday.

Frank Koenig was a visitor in Dolores Monday, coming down from Rico.

The Shields and Ratekin families attended a minstrel show at Lewis last Saturday night.

The Floyd Ogletree family has moved to the A. W. Hoppe tenant house just out of Dolores.