Denver Post, 1926

We patched a portion of oak floor laid nearly a century ago, and found these scraps of news tucked beneath the boards. The house that Henry Roth built is on the National Register, and continues to amaze us with its recycling ventures made into practical construction. Maybe the newspapers underneath our floorboards don’t suggest a sustainable index, but they record history and practice in one fell sweep. Here’s my take on these:

Amy Semple McPherson, the great evangelist of the 1920s, comes to Denver, coincidentally with the Greatest Stock Show ever; the French harp, or harmonica, makes a comeback; the hanging tree at Sixth and Walnut meets its doom; the stock pages and society columns mix for the Livestock show; the Vanderbilts and distance swimmers were hot news a few years before the collapse; putting a man on the moon was a foolish dream indeed – read all the details; on same page that one of Custer’s troops is mourned, a Klan Cyclops runs for Congress; Clayton College, located at what is now Colorado Boulevard and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, helps half-orphans become useful citizens; America’s auto industry is growing, and car camping takes off for the hills on July 4, 1926; the Jazz Age has already become history; girls paint designs on their legs for the sake of allure; what we know as the Hagia Sophia was rumored to become a disco; Mutt and Jeff and The Katzenjammer Kids, with their German accents, ruled funny papers, the only part news in color, Sundays only; Classified Ads still brought in buck; trout-fishing resort on “4 acres, a nice hotel, 5-room cottage, 9 cabins” to sacrificed for $6,500; and finally, cut out between “‘Billy’ Adams” and “Her Worst Worry”?

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2 Responses to Denver Post, 1926

  1. Victoria says:

    It’s interesting to see the page with an article about Clayton College, the campus on MLK Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. It’s now Clayton Early Learning, a childhood education center. In 1926, it was a home for orphaned boys, or sometimes the boys of unwed mothers or families who could not take care of them. It was started by George Clayton in 1911 and was in operation until the mid fifties.

  2. Kathy Kautzman says:

    About Clayton College. In 1923, my father, Alton Kautzman, was sent there when he was about four years old. His Father had died and his Mother had no means of support so she had to give up my dad and his older brother. At that time the rules were the child had to have one living parent, be white, male, and under a certain age. His older brother was too old. The school would send Dad home on a bus to visit his family in Boulder every other weekend in a little suit with two dollars in his pocket. These visits stopped when his mother died in 1930.
    The school would have sent my dad on to college but he ran away at 16.

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