100 years ago: The Durango Democrat announced that two area men, Justen Barnett and Alexander Baird, were scheduled to depart for war Oct. 26. The 1917 newspaper described them as “colored boys, but just as patriotic as others” and told the community to make sure they received all the courtesies, such as “lunches, smokes, etc.,” before they departed for active duty.
75 years ago: Max R. Hurd and his mother, Mrs. Mary P. Hurd, of Los Angeles arrived in Durango with Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Root, who were frequent and well-known visitors to the area.
50 years ago: Lawrence Huntington, president of the Cattlemen’s Association, said that the association was against the proposed creation and installment of La Plata Fire Protection District. “We are certainly not opposed to having a fire district. We’re simply against the financial set up of this one,” he said.
25 years ago: La Plata County commissioner candidate Lynn Shine announced that she would not accept the resignation of her campaign treasurer, Paul Rogers. Rogers tried to opt out of his position when candidate Shirley Baty questioned his behavior at a Farm Bureau forum after he asked numerous questions but refused to identify himself.
Most items in this column are taken from Durango Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not be verified.