And the West is History

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 3:31 PM
The cornerstone for the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, No. 507, is installed in 1925 at Ninth Street and East Second Avenue. Durango Elks Lodge still uses the same building today, at 901 East Second Ave.

100 years ago: William Silver and G.N. Alkire, who were “members of the state constabulary,” arrived in Durango to “bring in the alleged horse thieves and jail breakers” from Ignacio.

75 years ago: M.H. McLaughlin, “who several weeks ago fell and broke his leg at Electra Lake,” could walk only with the assistance of crutches but was cheerful from “the stimulating knowledge” that he was rapidly getting better. McLaughlin also said that he knew “the knitting process” was “steadily at work” because he could “feel the pins and needles in his foot.”

50 years ago: The Durango Fire Department rescue unit was called to the city disposal plant, where 44-year-old Jess Latham suffered a heart attack. Members of the rescue unit used a resuscitator to restart Latham’s heart, then rushed him to Mercy Hospital, which reported he was in “satisfactory condition.”

25 years ago: Durango police officers responded to a burglary alarm at Clayton Sporting Goods in Durango Mall and found a man inside the gate of the store. Officers held him at gunpoint from outside the store then handcuffed him to the gate. The man was arrested for burglary and taken to jail on a $10,000 bond.

Items in this column were selected from The Durango Herald archives. Accuracy of content may not be verified.