This Week in Colorado History: Goatee Club

A Goatee epidemic swept Golden this week in 1924. In fact, the facial hair became so prominent, “The Colorado Transcript” described the Golden Goatee Club as a non-incorporated, non-political, and non-sectarian group. The paper suspected that the phenomenon had been imported from Denver and would be contagious.

The Golden Chamber of Commerce announced that they planned to “get solidly behind the School of Mines football team” by founding a booster club like those at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado. Athletic Director Dave Johnston spoke in support of the club and told potential members that although a championship could not be guaranteed, the football team was likely to perform admirably. Johnston also pointed out that financing Mines athletics was difficult because the university was so much smaller than other state institutions. “The Colorado Transcript” felt that “with students and townspeople solidly for the team, with traditional Mines spirit, and with the splendid coaching staff now at Mines, Oredigger stock is looking up.”

Students would do well to remember that their freedom to imbibe alcohol was not always a given. Ray C. Honeyman of Jefferson County pled guilty to the possession of beer this week in 1924 and was therefore “fined $100 and given 30 days in jail.”

Civil War veteran and Colorado pioneer Jacob C. Franks died at his home in Golden this week in 1924. He was nearly 84 years old, and died of a collection of illnesses. Franks was originally from Philadelphia and resided in that city until the Civil War when he enlisted in Company B of the Pennsylvania Infantry and ultimately transferred to Company D of the Pennsylvania volunteer artillery. After his discharge from the artillery, he joined the navy. After the war, Franks came by railroad and ox team to Central City. He lived there until 1918, when he moved to Golden.

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