Douglas County, Colorado

Newspaper Abstracts

  • The Record Journal of Douglas County (Castle Rock, Colorado), 11 Jun 1915, p. 4
    "STEM BLIGHT OF ALFALFA
    As a result of the freezing weather which has continued late into the growing season this year, we may expect to have a rather severe attack of stem blight in alfalfa. The disease usually appears from the middle of May to the first of June and can be easily recognized from the following description: The stems appear watery, semi-transparent in the early stages and have a yellowish, olive gree color which soon changes to amber, due to the appearance and subsequent drying of a thick, clear exudate. This excretion gives the stems a shiny, varnished aspect, and a slightly rough feel to the touch. These stems blacken in six to eight weeks, become very brittle and are easily broken, which fact makes it almost impossible to handle the crop without an immense amount of shattering.
    This disease seems to run its course with the first cutting, and is not seen again until the next year.
    The cause of the blight is a germ which enters the stems through rifts which have resulted from freezing.
    As a means of control, we recommend that the frosted alfalfa be clipped, with the mower set low, as soon as it is reasonably certain that the danger from late frosts is past. This will rid the plants of diseased portions, and afford an opportunity for the early growth of a new cutting. If this is done in time, the regular number of cuttings should be secured with little or no loss in tonage. —Walter G. Sackett, Colorado Experiment Station."
    [2863 Prof. Walter Cadwell Gamwell Sackett s. Frederick & Jane M (Gamwell) Sackett]
  • The Record Journal of Douglas County (Castle Rock, Colorado), 19 Nov 1915, p. 4
    ""SAFETY FIRST" IN THE HOME
    The 'Safety First' idea which originated with the railroad companies a few years ago, wnd which has been received with open arms by hundreds of manufacturing establishments more recently, has not been given the consideration that it deserves in the average America home.
    This is particularly true in regard to controlling the spread of contagious diseases among children. In the first place, these ailments, minor in some cases, are not reported to the health authorities as required by law; competent medical attention is not given in the early stages, if at all; quarantine is not observed, and children are allowed to intermingle and to attend school until the teacher discovers some abnormal condition and sends the pupil home, and frequently when this action is taken by the school authorities, it meets with a vigorous remonstrance on the part of parents.
    Soon the winter months will be with us again, and with the accompanying shut in condition, we shall expect to have a return of the common children's diseases. [In] our own state, in 1913 there [we]re 31 deaths from measles among children under ten years of age, 81 from scarlet fever, 64 from whooping caugh and 49 from diphtheria, making a total of 225. Let every mother and father see to it that in the future this needless loss and sacrifice of young lives is materially reduced, until Colorado shall be able to show a record in this respect commensurate with her health giving climate of which we are so proud. —Walter G. Sackett, Colorado Agricultural College."
    [2863 Prof. Walter Cadwell Gamwell Sackett s. Frederick & Jane M (Gamwell) Sackett]
  • The Record Journal of Douglas County (Castle Rock, Colorado), May 31, 1918, p. 1
    "PLANT PINTO BEANS ON EVERY COLORADO FARM
    Plant pinto beans on every Colorado farm, wet or dry, up to 7000 feet elevation. It takes practically one hundred days to mature the pinto bean. Therefore, in Colorado it is a race with the frost. Pinto beans should be planted just as soon as the danger from frost is past and the ground is thoroughly warm. The last crop of pinto beans in Colorado was greatly reduced by too late planting.
    The average yield of pinto beans in 1917, for the entire state of Colorado, was 456 pounds per acre. On dry land they should average from 250 to 600 pounds. Some fields have been known to yield as high as 1800 pounds per acre on dry lands, and 2000 to 3000 pounds under irrigation. The average yield per acre can be greatly increased by planting better seed, better preparation of the seed bed and earlier planting.
    Pinto beans are one of the few crops that can be planted on the sod and produce cash return. Thousands of acres of pinto beans were planted on the sod in 1917 in Colorado and produced fair to good crops. New settlers should plant their sod land to pinto beans.
    The United States Food Administration has carried on a wide publicity campaign in behalf of the pinto bean, both in the United States and Europe. The extent and thoroughness of this campaign has not yet been fully realized by Colorado people. Net result is that Colorado farmers may be assured of excellent market for their pinto beans.
    Full information regarding every feature of planting, cultivating, harvesting and marketing pinto beans may be secured free of charge by addressing the Colorado State Agricultural College, Fort Collins, Colorado, requesting a copy of Bulletin No. 234, 'Beans in Colorado,' compiled by Professor Alvin Kezer and Walter G. Sackett. This is undoubtedly the best handbook available on this important industry."
    [5660 Dr Walter George Sackett s. Prof. Walter Cadwell Gamwell & Emma Lucinda (Hagey) Sackett]

Source:
Website Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (http://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org). (Researched by Thurmon King).