The following front page was republished by the Pioneer "Just for Fun" at the end of 1999. This transcription was donated by the Yuma Museum.


VOL 13 - YUMA, COLORADO, DECEMBER 29, 1899 - NO 51.

Blessings Innumerable in the Past and
Blessings Without Number Promised
for the Future.

The Dawn of the New Year Will Bespeak
Prosperity for the Nation, the State
and Our Own Little Land
in Eastern Colorado.

   With the dawn of the Twentieth Century will come an era of civilization, of progress and achievement that will o´er-shadow the living history of the dead past.
   Great as has been the onward march of civilization in years gone by, it will be but as a funeral march compared with quick-step with that which is to come. In the past we have builded railroads, electrical contrivances, invulnerable warships, buildings that pierce the heaven and ingenuity has regal supremacy. In the Nineteenth-Century man harnessed the lightning and the waters and the winds, the elements of the air and the earth became essential factors in the improvement of the present high degree of civilization.
   But what of the future?
   We talk and conjecture now of the air ships, of pneumatic tubes, of the forces of compressed air, of liquefied air, of the sea waves, and of all these new motor powers, but little do we realize that these dreams will be realities before the Twentieth Century has reached it noonday.
   But what of this so-called civilization and advancement?
   It is but the development of the brain. This component part of man becomes the giant of the anatomy. It delves into the science of machinism and brings forth fruit that may be sent forth in pursuit of the elusive dollar. The mind becomes great - the heart becomes shrunken, shriveled, dwarfed, and without love, brotherhood and feeling for fellow man. Thousands of men stand starving, coatless and empoverished under the shadow of this very civilization. The nervous fingers of thousands of poor women must brush from the paled cheeks of womanhood the tears that drop from eyes that gaze upon nothing but poverty, squalor and want — thousands of little children beggared by poverty become toilers for bread and water and scanty raiment. The rich are lords in gilded palaces while the poor are pigmies, half sheltered by the modest roof of thatch. The man in broadcloth is the man of the day and the man in rags is the tramp, and all this under the banner of so called civilization.
   The question now arises who is the Moses of the Twentieth Century to lead the people — the one side into fraternity the other side into God´s blessed sunshine of better days.
   This should come, but it may not. It is the duty, however, of every human being to keep burning that brightest and best spark of civilization, the generous heart.
   The nation, is prosperous in a way, the state is blessed with prosperity in its way, but prosperity should shine upon the heads of all. God has given us the land, the air, the water and the product of the field and furrow, and no man should suffer in anguish and want while his brother has an abundance, and to spare. Let us begin the New Year with these charitable motives in our hearts. Let us begin the New Year Century with our hearts attuned to the same song.
   The people of Eastern Colorado will pass out of a year of even prosperity with the hope that the one to come may be as good. No want knocks at the door of the residents of Yuma county. The year so near its close has been one prolific of modest yet substantial success. The ranchman and the business man both tell stories of success. Shipments out of the county of stock and produce have rivaled that of any previous year since the first years of settlement. Immigration has been a noticeable feature of the year. Many of the vacant houses over the county have been filled by good honest toilers. The population and the increase of capital show a generous gain according to the report of the county tax officials.
  In the towns, while no booms have been noticed, the growth has been steady.
  The schools and churches of the county best portray the sentiments of the citizens and the growth recorded in attendance and membership is a matter for sincere congratulation.
  The increase in the stock business is proof that Eastern Colorado must soon take its legitimate position as the greatest stock section in the known world.
  Locally, we should feel proud of the record of the past year and enter the new one with hand and heart working in unison for the success of our favored country and its people.
   The PIONEER trusts that the same Providence who has guided the dial of destiny in the past may bless all its readers and all the people in the future.


   The glad Yule Tide brought a abundance of merriment for the citizens of Yuma and vicinity. Elegant little dinners at many private residences were features of Christmas day, and Saturday night and Monday evening was full of glory for the little ones.
   The entertainment at the Methodist church and the tree at the Presbyterian church on Saturday night were both well attended. The tree was loaded, and the entertainment one in which the young folks did remarkably well. The exercises at the Presbyterian church were equally as interesting.
   At the Petrie school house on Monday evening a fine program was rendered and the tree was filled with presents for everybody.
   The services at the Presbyterian church on Sunday evening, conducted by Rev. Cameron, were made interesting by a beautiful sermon appropriate to the occasion.


   Last Sunday Luther Mustain was married to Miss Anna Pesch at the home of the bride´s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Pesch, Rev. Dugan of Otis officiating.
   The marriage was a happy surprise to the people here in town, although those in the immediate neighborhood had kept the bells ringing for ninny moons before.
   Both parties are popular young people in the county, and both school teachers, so they will both know how to handle students when that happy time arrives.
   The PIONEER wishes them many more such merry Christmases and a life filled with happiness and contentment


   Twenty-five loads of corn were marketed in town.
   L. B. Heath and family moved to Idaho.
   J. B. Campbell spent the holidays in McCook.
   Married Fields-Mills On Thursday evening, December 26, 1889, Mr. W. R. Field and Mrs. Sarah Mills, both of Yuma.

  Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Field, pioneer and as popular as they are agreeable as citizens, were tendered a pleasant surprise by a jolly crowd of their friends on Tuesday evening, the occasion of which was the tenth anniversary of their marriage. Both of these parties are well along in years, but it seems that their days of sociability have only begun.
  The supper and the social chat was royal in every sense and those who attended went away joyful and with the kindest of words for the aged couple, who have done so much to make our little town sociable, as it should be. It being the occasion of their tin wedding many valuable and useful presents were given them.
Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. James Sheedy, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Binford and children, Mr. and Mrs. Quitman Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stoner and son, Mrs. Frank Tuttle, Mrs. Churchill, Mrs. Turpin, Mrs. and Mrs. Hamsher Mr. and Mrs. Lamphere, Revs. Cameron and Rarick, Miss Eva Settle and E. S. Dakan.


   Ed Klein will hone his razors.
   E. Loring will buy some store teeth.
   Lloyd Hamsher will join the as-home club.
   Bogus brothers will sign with a good team.
   Clarence Conover, will have his full beard.
   Charley McCarthy will learn the baseball game.
   Butch Bingaman will fess up on the hog business.
   Johnny McCarthy will plead guilty to being a Swede.
   Gene Dakan won´t roll on a tack and puncture his tire.
   Ames Binford will grow more hair on the top of his head.
   James Peterson will avoid being kicked by a cow by getting married.
   Old maids of Yuma county will give pious and angelic attention to Gen. ix. 1.
   Commissioner Bingamn, Joe Campbell and Frank Adams will join the Benedicts.
   Albert Barbezat, Albert Petrie, George and Fred Haver, Jack and Garner Lett, Bob Powell and Hud Jackson, G H. Hatcher, Lester Castle, Jim Buel, Jack Cochrani, Burr Gardner, Bert McNichols and Alex Ludlum will marry and quit their meanness.


  Dr. T. J. Bovard, the Denver dentist, will be at the Schramm house, Yuma, for
for two weeks. beginning December 24. All work guaranteed.

will be in Yuma, Saturday and Sunday, January 6 and 7, prepared to make photographs. All sizes and all prices from 25c per dozen to $2.00 per dozen. Also, the photo button in colors.


   The Board of County Commissioners of Yuma County, Colorado, will meet in regular session Monday, January 1, 1900.
   E. LORING, County Clerk.


  Holiday rates— Via Burlington Route—
Dec. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Jan. 1— Between stations not more than 200 miles apart. See nearest agent.

   45-70 Marlin rifle. Call at this office.


   The Christmas tree entertainment held under the auspices of the Congregational and Presbyterian Sunday schools on Monday in the Presbyterian church was very largely attended. The little folks made the program quite lengthy with their recitations and songs. The tree was loaded down by the weight of good things for the children. A dinner followed the exercises, at which the older ones distinguished themselves. All enjoyed themselves and voted this a most appropriate way of spending Christmas day.
   The water tank went on a strike Monday and refused to supply the engines until it had an interview with Mr. Capps.
   Archie Knox has stabled his trotter again. He is thinking of getting him in shape on the Otis track and entering him in the grand circuit next week.
   John Trout´s hand-car collided with a freight engine, with bad results to the hand-car. John was up on the carpet and will languish at home for thirty days.

   Local Notes
   Eggs 15c: Butter 15c
   Bring in your job work.
   O. B. Rush of Lincoln Valley was in town Friday.
   Nettie Swan is visiting her sister, Mrs. Cross of Denver.
   Grandma Cochrane is suffering from a stroke of paralysis,
   Peter Reichert is spending the holidays with Nebraska friends.
   Fred Neilson of Bryant was a Yuma visitor one day this week.
   J. C. Bayless and family have moved from Elyria to Boulder, Colo.
   Make a good resolution — pay the printer — then, dern you, keep it.
   Miss Maude Johnson is visiting her parents south of Wray this week.
   Miss Banks is spending the holidays with Omaha and Lincoln friends.
   B. J. Rose and George Brown of Otis marketed hogs in Yuma Thursday.
   John Heiserman has completed a two—room addition to his city residence.
   Mrs. Amos Binford and little daughter are visiting Wray friends this week.
   Leonard Smith is erecting a residence on his lot in the western part of the city.
   Mr. and Mrs. Kilpatrick of Washington county were shopping in Yuma Friday.
   Representative A. N. Turney is visiting Omaha and other Nebraska points this week.
   Claude Tribbett of Hastings, Neb., is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tribbett.
   The prayer meeting at the Methodist church Thursday evening was well attended.
   Parties holding library books will please return same to Mr. Dakan before January 1.
   County Commissioner Bingaman was on the sick list Friday and Saturday of last week.
   Ex-County Clerk Beggs of Phillips county was a Yuma visitor Wednesday and Thursday.
   Deputy Treasurer McGinnis and daughter ate Christmas dinner at their home near Wray.
   If you are needing anything in dental work call on Drs. Bovard and Walker at the Schramm house.
   Drs. Bovard and Walker, the Denver dentists, are doing an excellent business in Yuma this week.
   The Odd Fellows Beneficial Association of Columbus, 0., closed its doors Wednesday, December 27.
   Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Sheedy, Don and Marguerite are spending the holidays with friends in Denver.
   Denis Shea, one of our good-natured and popular stockmen, is visiting his brother, P. H. Shea of Narks, Ken.
   The many friends of M. W. Peck will learn with regret of his illness with a severe attack of pneumonia.
   Mrs. Branch of Trinidad, Colo., is visiting at the home of her husband´s parents, Rev and Mrs. John Branch.
   Charlie Ryan, who is holding a position in the B. & M. depot at McCook, spent Christmas with the old folks at home.
   Dakan is carrying the finest line of pen and pencil tablets in town. Also, any thing you may need in school supplies.
   P. A. Wulbrandt, who is holding a position in the B. & M. freight depot at Lincoln, Neb., is spending the holidays with his family.
   Mr. and Mrs. Henry James and Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Wulbrandt and children dined at the hospitable, home of Mr. anti Mrs. John Heiserman on Christmas day.
   Don´t forget that Dakan handles only the best cigars—Villas, Mexican Special and Mountain Bell. They are manufactured in Denver. Patronize home industries.
   Louis Descoender and Gus Monard of Washington county left Yuma on No. 6 Thursday evening for New York and they will sail forth there to their old home in Switzerland.
   Baldwin, Ga., Sept. 14, 1898. Dr. J. H McLean's Liver and Kidney Balm cured my wife of dropsy after four physicians had given her up to die. - J. F. McIntire. For sale by E. S. Dakan, druggist.
   In the railroad wreck near Redcliff, Colo., last Thursday, Mail Clerk L M. Edwards received a painful cut on the right temple. He expects to be able to take his regular run between Salida and Ouray Saturday night.
   Born — To Mr. and Mrs. Carl Giddings, Sunday, December 25, 1899, a bouncing 9-pound baby boy. Mother and child doing nicely. Carl says it was a great Xmas gift, and he hopes to receive the same kind during the next fifteen years.
   Commissioner Bingaman purchased fat hogs from the following parties Thursday: O. H. Johnson, Henry Schmale, Mr. Mathias, Gotifried Itten, Ben Readler, Henry F. Meyer, Hud Jackson, M. W. Haver and E. J. Rose of Otis, Colo. He shipped to Denver Thursday evening.
   A sumptuous dinner was served at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hollingshead Thursday of this week. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hale, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott, Mrs. Van Horn, Miss May Clark, Lester Castle, Ira Edwards and sister, Mrs. Lucy Briggs.

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