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Commissioners - L.R.Willits, chairman, Basalt; M.A. Walsh, Red Cliff; John W. Love, Eagle.
Clerk and Recorder - Geo. E. Bowland.
Treasurer - A.S. Little
Sheriff - Mack Fleck.
Judge - P. Tague.
Superintendent of Schools - Mrs. Eva Booco.
Assessor - N. Buchholz.
Coroner -W.H. Farnum.
surveyor - Ben L. Cress.
Clerk of the District Court - P. Tague.

Published in The Eagle County Blade, Red Cliff
Thursday, December 7, 1899 - Contributed 2009 by Pat McArthur

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Harry Dickerson

returned from Hutchinson, Kan., Wednesday, where he was called two weeks ago by the illness of his father. The old gentleman died shortly after Mr. Dickerson's arrival. "Dick," as he was familiarly called, had hundreds of friends in Red Cliff and the upper end of the county who will regret to learn of his death.

Published Dec. 12, 1919 Eagle Valley Enterprise, p. 8 - Contributed 2009 by Pat McArthur

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Harry Dickerson Resigns.

Harry S. Dickerson, for the past several years forest ranger on the Eagle station of the Holy Cross National Forest, has resigned that position to go into business in Eagle.

Mr. Dickerson has been one of the Forest Service's most efficient officials and has proven very popular with those whom he came in contact in the performance of his duties. The Service loses a very valuable man in his retirement. The resignation was tendered and accepted some time ago, to take effect January 1. His successor has not been selected as yet.

Mr. Dickerson has formed a partnership with Thos. E. Pharo in the automobile and garage business in Eagle, having bot [sic] a half interest in the Eagle garage of which Mr. Pharo is now owner. Both partners are very competent and popular young men, and we predict success for the firm of Pharo & Dickerson.

Published Dec. 31, 1920 Eagle Valley Enterprise, p. 1 - Contributed 2009 by Pat McArthur

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Having sold an interest in the business of the Eagle Garage to Harry S. Dickerson, the firm name hereafter will be known as Pharo & Dickerson. All accounts owing to the Eagle Garage up to this date are payable to Thos. E. Pharo. Thanking our patrons for the generous business accorded us during the past year, and promising to try to better serve you in the future, we wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.
     Pharo & Dickerson; Owners.
     Eagle, Colo., Jan. 1., 1921.

Published Jan. 7, 1921 Eagle Valley Enterprise, p. 1 - Contributed 2009 by Pat McArthur

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Mr. and Mrs. John Matheny, Sr., have taken up their permanent quarters at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Charles Nogal.
Published in Eagle County Blade (Red Cliff, Eagle County)
Thursday, Nov. 23, 1899 - Contributed 2009 by Pat McArthur

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A frightful railroad accident occurred last Friday morning on the coal branch of the Colorado Midland railroad near Cardiff. A coal train consisting of seventeen loaded cars ran away, and the entire train was practially demolished. Engineer Peter Hyrup and Fireman Perrine were killed. Brakeman Davis sustained such a badly injured leg that amputation was necessary, and Conductor Johnson and Brakemanm Tidings both escaped without injury. The engineer lost control of the train on the grade, and although the whole crew worked heroically at the hand brakes they could not check the frightful momextum [sic] of the train and it finally jumped the track. Engineer Hyrup was an old and respected citizen of Basalt, and leaves a wife and five children, fortunately in a very comfortable circumstances.
Published in Eagle County Blade (Red Cliff, Eagle County)
Thursday, Nov. 30, 1899 - Contributed 2009 by Pat McArthur

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Miss Blanche Swinehart, teacher of the primary department of the Eagle school, slipped on the icy porch at her home, last Saturday, and received a severe fall. Her left arm was sprained and has caused the young lady considerable pain, although she has been able to attend to her school work.
Published in Eagle County Blade (Red Cliff, Eagle County)
Thursday, Nov. 30, 1899 - Contributed 2009 by Pat McArthur

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Mrs. Robert Turnbull, of Gilman, is seriously ill at the residence of her sister, Mrs. J.F. Fleming.
Published in Eagle County Blade (Red Cliff, Eagle County)
Thursday, Dec. 21, 1899 - Contributed 2009 by Pat McArthur

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A Denver & Rio Grande Locomotive Explodes at Minturn, Killing Two Men -- Others Injured.
A frightful accident occurred at Minturn early yesterday morning, in which two railroad men lost their lives. Train No. 2 had just arrived at the station, having been pulled in by engine No. 518, with Engineer S.H. Quackenbush and Fireman Salene in charge. Just after the train stopped at the station the locomotive exploded with terrific results. Engineer Quackenbush was instantly killed and his body blown several hundred feet through the air.

Fireman Irvine Selene [sic] was badly injured but alive when found. He was put aboard No. 2 and Dr. Stuart of this place telegraphed to meet the train. The doctor responded but the injured fireman died just as the train was leaving this station and before anything could be done for him. In fact, he was fatally hurt in spite of anything that might have been done had medical attention been secured sooner.

Thomas Richardson, caller, and Alex Wilson, round house foreman, were slightly scalded. William Vannetti, a track walers, was slightly hurt by flying debris. These men were in the vicinity of the engine when it blew up. The depot and its occupants had a narrow escape from destruction. The engine appears to have gone straight into the air and turned over before lighting. It was a complete wreck.

Those who examined the wrecked locomotive say the condition of the crown shoot indicates that the water was allowed to get low and the explosion was caused by letting cold water into the boiler. Engineer Quackenbush was one of the oldest engineers on the road, upwards of fifty years of age, and it is considered strange that such an accident could happen to an engine in his care. Others, therefore, believe the engine to have been defective.

The body of the engineer was taken to Grand Junction for interment. The deceased was a married man, and a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Fireman Salene was a young man, single, and owned considerable property in Minturn.
Published in Eagle County Blade (Red Cliff, Eagle County)
Thursday, Dec. 28, 1899 p.3 - Contributed 2009 by Pat McArthur

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A Terrible Accident
On of the worst railroad accidents which has occurred on the Rio Grande Railroad in the past year took place near Mitchell last Saturday morning. Passenger engine No. 1143 under Engineer Chas. E. Draper and Fireman D.B. Elliott was acting as a helper to passenger train No. 2 and while climbing the grade near Mitchell and running about 35 miles an hour, blew up killing both engineer and fireman.

The force of the explosion was sideways and owing to this no damage was done to the second engine or the passenger coaches. Had the force of the explosion been backward it might have caused the death of a large number of passengers as well as the crew of the second engine. The force of the explosion threw the boiler several hundred feet, demolished the cab, and the bodies of the two men were found several hundred yards from the wrick. While the body of Engineer Draper was literally torn to pieces Fireman Elliott had been thrown bodily out of the engine and struck a rock with his head which would have resulted in death had not the force of the concussion killed him.

The bodies were picked up and placed on No. 2 and taken to Salida by Conductor Fifield. The crew of the second engine, Engineer J.D. Julius and Fireman George Smith, were not injured beyond a few slight scratches. They took the train to the top of the hill.

The remains of both Draper and Elliott were placed in the morgue at Salida from which place they were shipped [enst?] Monday. Mrs. Draper with her four year old daughter and Tony Gamble accompanied the remains of Mr. Draper to his old home in Illinois where he will be buried. [see obit of C.E. Draper]
Published in Eagle Blade, Oct. 6, 1910 - page 1 - Contributed 2009 by Pat McArthur

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