Somewhat a child of the ‘60s, I was profoundly influenced by the Civil Rights movement of the time and deeply unsettled by a confrontation during the Vietnam War with the possibility that not all is as our government leaders would have us believe. It was a time of protest, certainly among my generation of college students, and there was no shortage of songs protesting the status quo.
The beauty of spring is watching everything green up and pop into bloom. It’s amazing how just a little water makes such a difference; however, I feel that this could be a year where water conservation is more important than ever.
It was Easter morning, April 1927. The setting was the foot of Sunset Mesa near the West Main bridge, the south side of the Uncompahgre River. The Allen Brick Plant, formerly Buckley Brick, sat atop the hill. Three crosses stood on the hill, lending power to the entire setting.
When I started working at Montrose Junior High in 1971, I heard the name “Carmen Moore” mentioned quite often. She had just recently retired after being a teacher there for quite a while. Everyone loved her and had great stories about her. It took me over 20 years, but I finally met this fascinating lady and had an interview with her.
Martha Peterson, in 2004 at the age of 90, was no bigger than a minute, but loaded with spunk. She was still living in her own town home with her little black and white shih-tzu when I was fortunate to have a long interview with her.
“Improve your mind and your mind will improve you,” was the motto of the Reviewers Club founded December 12, 1897 by Mary Sherman. This club remained active until the turn of a new century — the year 2000.
Black History Month, the Academy Awards, “Selma”, ”Glory”, Martin Luther King Jr., Bertha Pitts Campbell, Montrose history. How are they all connected?
Mark your calendars for the Pioneer Social at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Methodist Church. Sponsored by the Montrose County Historical Society to honor local pioneer families, this year’s event features the Sanburg family.
As the old saying goes, “Out of the mouths of babes … ” Recently, my 5-year-old great-granddaughter wrote me a thank-you note, signing it, “Love is nice.” I think that is super special, for more reasons than one. I am thrilled to know she “gets it” and that she feels the true meaning of love and how it can be the reason you do nice things for people. I wish with all my heart that every child could feel that every day.
The transition took place, Feb. 2; home-owned MontroseBank became Bank of Colorado. Many of us have an emotional stake in MontroseBank, yet we knew that it wasn’t “if” the bank sold, but when. It also isn’t whether things will stay the same or whether Bank of Colorado will do an excellent job — it’s just that our investment was there — literally and personally.
I love January, and here it is, almost gone. To me it is a quiet, peaceful month — a time to recoup from the rush of the holidays — a time of fresh beginnings and most importantly, January is the month my first child was born.
I am writing this on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so I decided to talk about prejudice, how it can be handled and how, for one Montrose family, it helped to shape lives, build character and innovation.
If you were watching Sunday’s heartbreaking Bronco game, you no doubt saw scenes advertising the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo now on-going in Denver and if you read this week’s issue of the “Parade” in our Montrose Press, you might have noticed that the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City Jan. 16-18.
“A new state, a new flag, a ‘new agency’ and a good dinner, all harmonized well together on New Year’s day, 1876,” wrote Sidney Jocknick in his book “Early Days on the Western Slope of Colorado”.
Today we say goodbye to 2014. Where did it go? I think it has been a good year for Montrose — especially the downtown area which seems to improve year by year. I wish all of you a healthy, happy year to come. Whether you are a superstitious person, here are a few fun things to think about for New Years Eve and the first day of the coming year.
Someone stealing Christmas mail? Now, that’s just wrong!
If you know a little lady who is going to turn 96 tomorrow, what in the world would you get her? Well, if that lady is Erma Hale who has been an avid Denver Bronco fan for many years, a Bronco Christmas wreath would be just right!
Do you often feel that Christmas has become so commercialized that we forget the reason for the season? I think we all do! It helps so much to be able to attend a function that is totally centered around that meaning.
Our family lost a special friend last week.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!