Counting down through the years - 100, 50, 10

Things that took place 100, 50 and 10 years ago:

First, 100 years ago

Weber people have finally decided what they are going to do on school matters, and that decision has been in favor of discontinuing the Weber school and sending their children to the town schools, the district furnishing conveyance for the pupils. This action will necessitate the employing of an additional teacher for the town schools.

A new cliff ruin has been discovered at Mesa Verde. While out on an exploration trip, Park Rangers Fred Jeep and Clint Scharf discovered a new cliff ruin in Navajo Canyon four miles southwest of the Spruce Tree camp.

50 years ago

A special committee meeting was held Wednesday at the Vernon Ellis home to make final plans for the summer camp at Haviland Lake. The Scouts plan to leave for the camp on June 20.

The Silver spur Square dance Saturday night was a great success with a good turnout from Mancos, plus two squares from Cortez and one from Thompson Park. Forest Huntington was the caller for the square dance.

Mrs. James Holston and children visited here over the weekend. They left Thursday for Silverton where Jim Holston has been transferred with a telephone construction crew.

10 years ago

A meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at the Mancos VFW Post to review the first draft of the conceptual space plan for the Mancos Opera House building. This space plan is one of the deliverables under the current Colorado Historical Fund grant. Commander Wes Potts is encouraging any interest VFW members to attend as well as members of the Friends of the Mancos Opera House.

Montezuma County Commissioners and the sheriff have agreed to implement a countywide fire ban effective Monday, June 21.

on Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at Mancos Town Hall, the public is invited to a program on the history and construction of the Jackson Gulch Dam, reservoir and canals. This program is brought together by the Mancos Historical Society and the Mancos Water Conservancy District.

Darrel Ellis is a longtime historian of the Mancos Valley. Email him at