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Primero- Colorado Fuel and Iron's Model Town

Blake Hatton, Abbie Specht, Authors

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Activities Hosted by the Y.M.C.A

The Primero Y.M.C.A. functioned as the school's gym.  From The Pinion, a 1926 yearbook from Primero:

"The students and patrons of Primero High School wish to express their appreciation to the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company for the Use of its Y.M.C.A.'s during the year. They wish to thank its secretaries, Mr. Searle and Mr. Pascoe for their splendid cooperation with us and their very great service. We are especially indebted to the company and the Y.M.C.A. officials for the use of the Primero Y building for athletic practice and games. It is largely due to the fact that we have had the use of this building that we have been so successful in our athletic program."

October of 1916

The Y.M.C.A arranged a week long clean-up contest in which forty-one children participated. Winners and prizes were determined according to the size of the piles of trash collected. Two boys and two girls were selected for prizes.
 Girls first prize, Lizzie Beres; second prize, Mary Fortune.
 Boys first prize, Joe Kanionka; second prize, Charley Sable.


New Bowling Alleys opened in 1916

The opening of bowling alleys on November 20th 1916 prompted several bowling teams to organize. 

Loving Cup Winners 1917

The West Side bowling team won the Loving Cup offered by the the Y. M. C. A. for having the highest average team score. The team was headed by Thomas Worberton, who won a similar cup for having the highest individual score. 

"Making Americans in Coal Camps

"Making New Citizens," statement made by Richard Wright, United States Naturalization Examiner.

"The result of the Americanization campaign conducted in the coal camps by the public schools, the Y. M. C.A. and other organization, with the co-operation of the government, are being shown by the unprecedented number of petitions for naturalization now being filed in the district court. The volume of such filings has more than doubled in the past year. this seeking of citizenship in the part of the alien population evidences a gratifying growth of healthy sentiment on the part of the foreign born and it will result in good both to the community and the alien."

Ca. 1917

During WWI "Americanization" classes were held by the Y. M. C. A. According to the Industrial Bulletin they were intended to stimulate patriotism and good citizenship by "teaching the English language and and American ideals of government and conduct." 


According the the Industrial Bulletin the "Americanization classes were doing well in 1922. Several men who attended the class were able to pass the examination administered by the United States examiner. 

1922 Fundraiser for Boys Camp 

The Y. M. C. A. put on several picture shows to raise money to send several Primero boys to the Stonewall Boys' Camp according to the Undustial Bulletin.

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