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Greeley 1918 by Mike Peters

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A keepsake compilation of Mike Peters’ column “100 YEARS AGO, 1918.” This book shares the colorful history of the city of Greeley with news from the original pages of the Greeley Daily Tribune-Republican.

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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.


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