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Palisade Tribune History 100 Years Ago: Professional and Business Men Meet

Palisade Tribune, November 23, 1923, p. 1

Professional and Business Men Meet

Sixty of the business and professional men of Palisade met at a banquet Wednesday night at the American Legion hall to discuss local situations in regard to trade. The banquet was one of the best ever served in Palisade by the Legion Auxiliary and was as follows:

Oyster Cocktail
Turkey and Dressing, With Gravy
Snowflake Potatoes, Cranberry Frappe
Hot Rolls
Apple Pie, With Whipped Cream

Cigars were furnished by Mr. Frank Brissio and J.C. Glassford

After partaking of the delicious and well served dinner the following program was highly enjoyed by all present:

Toastmaster……..Carl B. Canfield
Co-operation of Bankers With Merchant………A.G. Tilton
Co-operation of the Merchants………..R.H. Bancroft
The Wholesaler and the Merchant………C.W. Dix
Trade at Home……….J.C. Glassford

Music was furnished by the Palisade Orchestra

The spirit of the meeting was to devise some measure whereby all those trading out of town might be brought to know that Palisade goods and prices were as good, if not better than other places.

C.B. Canfield, toastmaster, in introducing the speakers said that the meeting was open to the assemblage and that anyone was free to talk on the subject and invited discussion.

A.G. Tilton of the Producers Bank gave many good views on the phases f the subject and showed much thought.

“Co-operation of the Merchants” was the subject assigned to R.H. Bancroft. He handled it fully and was roundly applauded for the many good points brought out.

The speaker of the evening was J.C. Glassford of the Continental Oil Co. His topic was “Trade at Home.”
“What I want to drive home to my hearers is that the local dealers are entitled to the home business. That the local dealer must supply the wants of the people and treat them fairly. In that way alone can they hope to retain the confidence of the people and their trade.
If I lived in this town I would mark every road into and out of it ‘P.P.’ meaning ‘Palisade Prosperity’ instead of Pikes Peak highway.”
“But why do we deal elsewhere? I hear someone ask. I wonder how many fully realize the full returns when they consume 100 pounds of sugar. I made it my business to look into this so that I could talk intelligently along the lines of dealing at home.
100 pounds of sugar consumed means that farmers anywhere between Westwater, Utah, on the west and Glenwood Springs and Carbondale on the east raised the beets from which that sugar was extracted. The money for the beets that was ground up into sugar goes back to the farmer who planted the seed. He cultivated the ground, irrigated the soil, dug and topped the beets, loaded those beets and hauled them to the car, but where does this interest me? Every one is a fruit consumer. Every farmer consumed one or more boxes of your fruit. Again I wonder how many hearers know that the Sugar Co. purchased 50,000 tons of beets, paying on and average of $10.00 per ton cash, (not consigned.)”

He closed his remarks with the following:

I am my city’s keeper
Government means but me
I am the woof of the fabric
Weak or strong they be
I am one of the people
And mine forever to blame
If the finger of scorn be pointed
At my town that is sunk in shame

I am my city’s keeper
Through me–she will fall r rise
Mine is the hand that crushes
Or lift her spires to the skies
I am the force that guides her
And mine forever the praise
If she gords[sic] herself with glory
That shines through the length of days

I am my city’s keeper
Mine are her factory towers
Mine are her splendid highways
And her gardens bright with flowers
Her laws are my creation
And I thrill with reverent bliss
Thank God–I have helped her,
To be–the town–that–she–is.

The talk was thoroughly appreciated and the assemblage with one accord felt that Mr. Glassford struck a responsive chord. He made a special trip from Rifle to attend the meeting and left early in the evening to make the return trip to Rifle. The local men then discussed the topic of the evening and at 11 o’clock adjourned to meet next Wednesday evening, Dec. 5, at the city hall at 7:30 to finish the work started Wednesday evening.

Palisade Tribune, November 23, 1923, p. 8

Don’t forget the chicken pie supper and the Auxiliary Bazaar Dec. 1st at the Legion Hall

I.W. Charles is busy painting his fruit platform which greatly improves its appe[a]rance.

W.D. Detweiler is a proud possessor of a new Chevrolet sedan purchased from the Palisade Agent, E.G. Bennett