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130 YEARS AGO From July 17,1886 Star Why not hold a meeting and organize a fair association and exhibit samples of Comanche County production this fall. It would be a fine advertisement of our county. Avilla is boasting of a heavy supply of ripe watermel- ons. A full report of the county commissioners' meeting will be found on the 4th page of this paper. Read it and see what you are paying taxes for. There is considerable talk in regard to organizing a trotting and racing association in this city. Think of it! A two-year-old town with such an association, but then we have almost any- thing we desire. ~> 120 YEARS AGO h From July 11,1896 Star Finney county will hold a fair Oct. 6, 7, 8 and 9. With all our fine cattle, fast horses and good looking women and babies, what is the matter with us having a fair this fall? A splendid good rain of a frac- tion less than an inch on a level, fell in this vicinity early Thurs- day morning. It came in good to make crops hump. A wild duck flew down into a pond near the St. Nicholas hotel during the rain Thursday morn- ing. Emil Bowers went after it with his gun and got it. The total tax levy of Coman- che county for all purposes for the year 1895 was $46,266.00. Wheat harvesting is over in the New Eden part of the county, and while there has not been a good crop raised, some of the people have raised enough for seed and bread, which will help to tide them over these perplex- ing times. IP 110 YEARS AGO h From July 13,1906 Star Lightning "knocked out" nearly a dozen phones and "dis- abled" two country lines during the storm early yesterday morn- ing. The vicinity of Coldwater was visited between six and seven o'clock on Monday evening by a very severe rain and hail storm. A strong wind blew from the northwest. Hail as large as quails' eggs fell thick and fast for about twenty minutes. Con- siderable damage was done to the growing corn and to fruit. The storm on Monday night put a great many of the tele- phones out of commission for a while. Wheat in the Nescatunga area is all in stack. P 100 YEARS AGO From July 14,1916 Star Coldwater is now quite well represented in Colorado. Four families started Monday morn- ing for that state, expecting to be gone two weeks or more. Comprising the Coldwater party are: Rev. R.W. Wyrick and fam- ily, J.G. Doig and family, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Coles, Miss Eva Lacy and Mrs. A.B. Maxwell. N.A. Lytle and family started Wednesday. All of the folks are making the trip by the automo- bile route, and thus they will be enabled to see the country in great shape. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Allderdice motored to Dodge City on Monday, intend- ing to take the train there for Colorado Springs, where they will be joined by other members of the party. On Sunday evening, July 23, an "Anti-Cigaret" meeting will be held in the court house grove. Only in a very few fields in this county is there any uncut wheat. Everywhere over the county the wheat has gone into the stack or has been threshed from the barges without a drop of rain. Conditions for threshing have so far been ideal, and many machines are now being kept busy. Yields reported have ranged from 15 to 25 bushels per acre. The Coldwater Chautauqua begins four weeks from next Sun- day. Seventy persons, practically all of them harvest hands, boarded the train here for east- ern points yesterday morning. 90 YEARS AGO h From July 16,1926 Star The present wheat harvest in Comanche-co. will practically come to a close the latter part of this week or the first of next week. When the old school build- ing was built in Coldwater 37 years ago, a round corner col- umn of dressed stone was built in at the southwest corner of the building. At the base of the col- unto was placed a sealed tin box, in which had been placed a num- ber of articles, historical and oth- erwise, of the school and of the town. It has been suggested that the stone column be allowed to remain in its present position, and completed in the form of a monument of the old building. It stands about 50 feet south of the new building. Stinking smut of wheat is showing up in damaging amounts since combining be- came general over the county. The west and northwest parts of the county are hit the worst in this respect. Men's Florsheim shoes are now on sale at just $8.85 at Allderdice's Store in Coldwater. There has been no complaint about dry weather in Comanche- co. during the past ten days. Good rains have fallen at brief intervals during this week, which, following the rains of last week, have thoroughly saturated the ground. The Protection vicinity had another destructive hall recently which almost destroyed spring corps over a small area. Already Comanche-co. people are beginning to talk about and to play for the next County Fair, which will be held during the first week in Septem- ber. There has been quite a de- mand in this county of late for farm hands. The prevailing wages paid seems to be around $40 per month. ~P 80 YEARS AGO h From July 17,1936 Star On Thursday of last week wheat was bringing 98 per bushel, then reaching a dollar. Later, the market took a big drop, and only 93 of 94 cents was of- fered. On Wednesday of this week $1 was paid and on Thurs- day afternoon, the price offered rose to $1.03. Looks like most anything can happen to the wheat market. The hottest weather of the season reached this county this week. On Tuesday the tempera- ture went to 108 degrees in the shade and on Wednesday the torrid blast of sun brought ther- mometers in Coldwater to 110. Thursday seemed to be fully as hot. In Wilmore the blister beetles keep the people busy. The beetles clean out a garden in less than half a day, Bruce Snare re- ports. ~> 70 YEARS AGO