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1. Carter Hall, the first library on the
university campus, an architectural
gem, razed in 1938 to make room for a
new library, also called Carter Hall.
The beautiful dome and imposing
pillars were reflected in a lily pond at
the intersection of Ninth Avenue and
Out of the Box: The Photographs
By Arliss Shaffer Monk
(originally published in the Weld County Genealogical Society Quarterly August, 2007 )
2. A snow scene of the
campus adjacent to the
library building, identified
by the pool in the
3. One block to the east, and still
standing, the entrance gate to the
campus on Eighth Avenue. In
former times this marked the
driveway through the grounds,
ending with a similar structure on
Tenth Avenue, designated as the
Horace Mann Gate.
4. A horse-drawn parade float
in the foreground of the Sterling
Hotel and Theater buildings,
erected in 1911. The structures
were replaced in 1968 with the
Weld County Centennial
Center at Ninth Avenue and
5. The second Weld County
Court House in its first stage of
demolition on the site of the
present building, at Ninth
Avenue and Ninth Street.3
6. Completed demolition of the
above court house. In the
background was the Elks Club
on the right, and the round
window of the old jail was in the
building on the left. The visible
cupola was atop the sheriff's
7. Young man near stairway or
fire escape. Penned on the back
is "Augie 1919, Back of Mr.
8. Young man in army
uniform, World War I
9 Woman on sidewalk, "In Aunt
Laura's front yard."
10. Small boy with two goats,
identified as "Reginald Carl Rhiner
age 6 years June 16th 1906.
Taken Aug. 1906."
11. Group photo of eleven women, three
small children and two infants. On the front:
"Aug.5-1920 Ladies Aid" and on the reverse
"Standing: Mrs. Combs, Mrs. Mills, Mrs.
Robinson War widow, Mrs. Sanborn Sr., Mrs.
Allred, Mrs. Kraut. Sitting: Mrs. Sanborn Jr &
baby, Mrs. Johnson [ditto], Mrs. Johnson,
Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Flat, Your kindness, Our
Tige, 2 Sanborn boys, Edwina Mills."
Background detail places the event in the
mountains, quite possibly in those nearest
Greeley, but incomplete research has failed
to discover a local church with whom all the
ladies were affiliated.5 Lack of given names
complicated the search. The war widow
conceivably lost her husband in the first
World War. However, the 1920 census did
not produce a likely Robinson widow of a
draft registrant of that time.6
Issues of the Greeley Daily Tribune were
consulted for mention of an outing, both
before and after the given date, with no
It may be a group photo with no Weld County
12. Group photo of young people, at the Central School building at Eleventh Avenue and
Eighth Street, next to the Union Colony Civic Center. 8
There are thirty persons in the picture but only eighteen signatures on the back. In a lower
corner is written "Miss Rhiner." Of the eighteen names, thirteen were identified in the 1920
census of the city, during which time their ages ranged from nine to eleven. 9
The names and ages, parents, and addresses from the enumeration are:
Elberta English, 9, daughter of E. G. and Ethel, 912 Fourth Street
Edward G. Lauck, 9, son of John and Anna, a farm on Fifth Street
Grace Robb, 9, daughter of Orval and Nina, 1027 Thirteenth Street
Ruby Son, 9, daughter of J. H. and Cabelle, Gibson Precinct
Donald Neal, 9, son of Clifford and Selina, 1013 Fifth Street
Helen Anderson, 9, daughter of Joseph and Anna, farm on Fourteenth Avenue
Katherine Cater, 9, daughter of Claude and Florence, 1544 Thirteenth Avenue
Clara Grossnickle, 9, daughter of John and Nellie, 208 Twelfth Street
Orphia Robinson, 10, daughter of Charles and Duella, 523 Ninth Street
Edwina Kihn, 11, daughter of George and Maggie, 503 Tenth Street
Gordon Howard, 10, son of Herman and Eleanor, 301 Thirteenth Street
Reuben Herbst, 11, son of Jacob and Annie, 228 Tenth Street
Lloyd Carr, 9, son of J. Arthur and Blanche, 918 Fourth Street
Margaret Chater's signature, but she was not found in the 1920 Weld County census
The children in the photo are obviously a class of students who are older than those in the census. By comparing the names with lists of classes
in several high school annuals of the 1920s it is quite evident that they are ninth grade pupils in the 1923/24 school year. All eighteen names
appear in the roll of the 10B class in the 1925 annual but they are posed on the steps of the Ninth Avenue building. In The Spud annual of 1926, G.
E. Brown, school superintendent, wrote a chronology of high school buildings.10 According to him, the first Meeker School was erected in 1873,
followed by Central School in 1895. In 1912 high school students moved into a new building located further north, on Ninth Avenue and Fourteenth
Street and Central became the housing for junior high schoolers. However the new school was so overcome with pupils that in his words, "In
1921 we sent the ninth grade down to the junior high building" where that grade would still have been housed in 1924.11 A new high school opened
in 1927 and is in present use as Greeley Central.12
In its early years the Weld County Genealogical Society met for several months in a classroom of the old Central School until it was condemned
and underwent extensive renovation before it became the modern office building adjacent to the Civic Center.13
This collection of photographs will be offered to the City of Greeley Museums when the research is completed. A study of the Rhiner family who
originally owned them follows.
1 John Dugan, Greeley and Weld County: A Pictorial History (Norfolk, Va: Donning Company, 1984), p.100. Historically the institution has undergone several
name changes and is now the University of Northern Colorado.
2 Ibid., pp. 107, 161. These first four photos are a part of my childhood and college life experience.
3 Greeley Tribune and Greeley City Museums, Greeley, Colorado: The Historical Picture Album(Portland, Ore.: Pediment Publishing Co., 1997), p. 19.
4 Compared with Dugan, pp. 56, 160.
5 Dorothy S. Forman, ed., First Congregational Church: 100 Years of Service, 1870-1970 (Greeley, Colo.:n.p., 1969): First United Presbyterian Church, 1321 9th
Avenue, Centennial, 1870-1970 (n.p., 1970); and Esther Lotz, History of a Pioneer Church: The First United Methodist Church, Greeley, Colorado
1870-1970(Greeley: Wilkinson Printery, 1970), pp. 80, 87.
6 "1920 U.S. Federal Census," database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 March 2007), entries for all Robinsons, Weld County, Colorado.
7 Greeley Daily Tribune, 1-15 August 1920, microfilm #38, Centennial Park Library, Greeley, Colo.
8 Dugan, p. 69.
9 "1920 U.S. Federal Census," database, Ancestry.com.
10 The Spud, vol. 18, published by the senior class, 1926, p. 6. Copies for this study were examined for the years 1924-1927, and are found at Centennial Park
branch of Weld Library District in Greeley.
11 Ibid., vol. 17, 1925.
12 Dugan, p. 120.
13 Arliss Shaffer Monk, co-founder of the Society and Weld County resident for 71 years..
Opportunities for genealogical research present themselves in many interesting ways.
Recently the Society received a box of pictures from Jack McAdams of Kirkville, Missouri, accompanied by a note saying that the former owner no longer wanted
them. There were about 200 photographs enclosed, only a few of them with handwritten information. Some were picnic or campsite snapshots, many obviously taken
in the mountains. One of a man beside a lagre stream drinking from a bucket, recalls the days when mountain water was clear and potable. The style ofdress in
many depicts the era of long skirts and long hair on women, dating them in the early 1900s. The majority were of family members, begging for identifiction. By
walking the streets of Greeley the houses might still be identified because of porches, columns and other architectural elements.
After a cursory examination of the contents of the package we felt that there was potential for some historical and genealogical research relating to Weld County. To
this end I was given temporary custody, based on my longevity in years and residence in the area. Twelve pictures from the collection represent the research; half
are outdoor scenes, two are group photos and four are of individuals.
ORIGINAL RESEARCH BY ARLISS SHAFFER
As published in the Quarterly of the Weld County
Vol 34, # 1, August 2007
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