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Greeley 1918 + 1917 book bundle

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Save $5 when you buy both Greeley 1918 and Greeley 1917 in this special book bundle (regularly $14.95 each). Each book is a keepsake compilation of Mike Peters’ column “100 YEARS AGO.” The books share the colorful history of the city of Greeley with news from the original pages of the Greeley Daily Tribune-Republican.

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About Greeley 1918

It was 100 years ago, and the Tribune had an unusual name: The Greeley Tribune-Republican. That’s because two newspapers, the Tribune and the Greeley Republican merged, after the Tribune bought the other newspaper. It remained under that name for several years.

But the real event for 1918 was the end of the Great War in Europe. It came on Nov. 11, 1918, which is now remembered as Veterans’ Day. The front page from that day is on the back of the book. It would be several years later that the war became known as the First World War.

In 1918, the population of Greeley was about 10,000 people, down from the previous year because of all of the soldiers who were in the war, and their names weren’t placed in the census.

Many of the stories in this book involve the war, the illegalities of alcohol in Weld County, and agriculture. Automobiles were gaining popularity, and nearly every family in Greeley owned one. The town’s speed limit was 15 mph.

Women had the vote in Colorado, unlike many states, and women were joining the workforce, because of the shortage of men in the factories in in the fields. Children were taken from school for community harvests. There are many similarities to our town 100 years later, and many changes that were necessary.

About Greeley 1917

The unusual name for the Greeley newspaper “The Greeley Tribune- Republican” came from two newspapers that were rivals. In 1913 the Tribune bought the Republican and used both names for a few years. In 1917, Greeley’s population was about 11,000, and it was an agricultural community. The biggest stories in town involved the price of Weld County grown vegetables, cattle and hogs. Alcohol was not permitted in town or the state, and law officers had their hands full enforcing prohibition.

Then, on April 2, 1917, the United States entered The Great War, which would later be called World War I. Men in Greeley were drafted or enlisted, farmers could stay home to work their crops and bring more food for the soldiers overseas.

It was a time that women had the vote in Colorado, and were entering the workforce, mainly because the men were overseas. The year of 1917 changed Greeley, Weld County, Colorado and the world.


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