Dolores 80 years ago

Taken from the Friday, April 20, 1934, pages of the Dolores Star

The Star owes an apology to its readers for the mis-information in the last issue relative to the Red Arrow mine at Mancos. The article in this paper stated that the vein had been opened 4,000 feet west of the original discovery, and that $35,000 ore had been extracted there. All of which was correct except that the new opening was made 400 feet west of the original tunnel, a little error of some 3,600 feet. However, there is no evidence that the high grade does not extend 3,600 feet further on into the mountain, and it is known that the Red Arrow is still a darn good mine.

The health chautauqua presented by the various organizations of the community was well attended last Friday night. The program was good and everyone seemed well satisfied that full value was received for the money expended. The final check showed a net profit of $25. which will go toward the benefit of health conditions here in the Dolores School District.

There is danger of a diphtheria epidemic in the county, and all are asked to give their aid in the prevention of, and spread of this disease. Through the efforts of this committee and others in the county, an attempt is being made to carry on an immunization program which will eventually reach every susceptible person. Dr. Lefurgey was working with the committee in doing these inoculations, and more will be done later if enough parents wish it. The disease has already started in Mancos, and we do not wish to have it spread to this area.

Do you know that each year in the United States about 20,000 deaths occur from diphtheria? During the two years of the great war, the United States lost 80,000 soldiers. If every child were immunized as soon as it reaches six months of age, diphtheria would soon be wiped out.

One of the most timely and valuable rains in some time has been settling the dust in this territory this week. The storm, which was nowhere violent, soaked up the range country in the lower regions and insured a fine crop of early feed, also helping out the supply of drinking water for livestock.

Johnny Benow, known to all the old timers as a good indian and a square shooter, died at the Towaoc hospital last week, according to the Towaoc correspondent to the Cortez Sentinel. Benow, also known as Green Ute, and J. L. Morrison had been friends since the two men were boys. Benow was a sub chief in the western division of the Southern Utes. He was a close friend of Chief Ignacio, with whom he often visited.

Several cars of men arrived this week to start work at the CCC camp at Mesa Verde park. While it is definitely known that a camp will be established again on Beaver this spring, the exact date of operations commencement is not known as yet.

The Dolores flour mill is about ready for operation, in fact a little flour was ground yesterday. It is expected the new plant will be turning out "Domestic" flour in a big way within the next few days.