This Week in Colorado History: Political Churches

At the Golden Armory this week in 1921, a consortium of churches in the Golden area sponsored an address by Father William O’Ryan of Denver supporting disarmament. O’Ryan demonstrated “the perilous situation in which European civilisation [sic][a] finds itself,” pointing out the incredible amount of armament, relative to the need for relief from previous wars. “The Colorado Transcript” reported on his conclusions: “His Master has showed another way of overcoming – love which alone can eliminate the causes that inevitably lead to war.” After the address, the churches present adopted a resolution supporting O’Ryan’s conclusions.

Additionally, the Golden city government took steps to increase the municipal water supply this week in 1921. The mayor signed a filing which was to add to Golden’s Beaver Brook water supply. The water was to come from Soda Creek in Clear Creek county and was to “more than double the present supply.” The increase in supply was considered a precautionary measure in anticipation of future population growth.

Continuing what was apparently a disappointing season, “The Miners were walloped again last Saturday” reported “The Colorado Transcript.” The Utah Agricultural college team defeated them 23-7 in what was supposedly a good contest “in spite of the one-sided score.” Their record remained dismal, at 0 and 4 in conference play.

In addition to these larger issues, “The Colorado Transcript” reported a variety of small incidents in Colorado this week in 1921. The Evergreen PTA decided to purchase a drinking fountain and put on a minstrel show. Also, popular Mines student “Doc” Dakin departed Golden for a visit to his home in Chicago after an appendicitis operation. In an interesting coincidence, deputy county treasurer Anna Farmer was also recovering from an appendicitis operation and resumed work for Jefferson County this week in 1921.

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