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Daniel Colbert

Various newspaper articles featuring Daniel Colbert.

Taken from the "Colorado Springs Gazette", Colorado Springs, CO

March 31, 1901 Page 6 [News of Colorado City]

D.W. Colbert has moved his family into the large residence on the corner of Third street and Washington avenue which he will make his home in the future.

September 1, 1910 Page 4 [Colorado City News Notes]

Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Colbert have returned from Sterling, where they attended the funeral of their daughter, Mrs. Maude Ashe, who died in Denver last Sunday.

February 15, 1911 Page 6 [Colorado City News]

There will be a meeting of the women of this city who are parishners of St. Mary's Catholic church, this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, at the home of Mrs. Julia Colbert, 15 South Third street, to organize a society for the aid of the church.

November 7, 1911 Page 5 [Colorado City Department]

Mrs. Colbert wife of Night Patrolman D.W. Colbert, fell from a chair while hanging curtains in the kitchen last Saturday and sustained a compound fracture of the right wrist. Dr. Guy S. Vinyard was called and dressed the injury, but it will be several weeks before Mrs. Colbert will be able to use her arm. Her daughter, Mrs. L.[F.] Lee Coats of Pueblo; recently arrived to attend her.

December 3, 1911 Page 1

Policeman may loose star for defying an order

It was intimated last night by ex-City Detective Charles Payne that Night Patrolman Dan Colbert will probably loose his star today as the result of his alleged refusal to obey the orders of Mayor P.J. Hamble, Chief of Police Taws and George Reid, chairman of the police committee.

When Colbert reported for duty yesterday at 6 p.m., he was ordered to go home and report today at 6 a.m. to take the place recently vacated by Patrolman Vernia Nelson. The reason for the change in the force was that there were three men on night duty and only on, the chief on day. When ordered home Colbert, it is claimed, refused absolutely to go giving as his reason the excuse that his "eyes were bad and he couldn't do day work".

Later in the evening when Reid found that Colbert was still patrolling his beat he again ordered him home and Colbert replied. "I absolutely refuse to work day, I am on duty tonight and I am going to stay until 6 o'clock tomorrow".

He was still working at 1 o'clock last night and again announced his intentions of remaining until his time was up.

The matter will come before the city council tomorrow night.

December 3, 1911 Page 9 [Colorado City Department]

Another "Raid" by Police

Night Captain Barnhardt and Patrolman Colbert made another of their so-called "raids" on a suspected gambling house Friday night, with the usual result--no gamblers nor any gambling devises were found, and it determined that the place had been presumably deserted all evening.

It is said that early Friday night Barnhart was notified that a game was in progress in one of the rooms at the Hoffman house, and the party telling him urged him to make a raid at once. Barnhardt said that they would wait until later in the evening, when he thought they would have more "evidence" About 11 o'clock he called Patrolman Colbert and started for the saloon. However, about 10 minutes before they arrived on the scene, eight or ten men came out of the saloon and disappeared. When the raid...the next part is unreadable.

December 5, 1911 Page 5 [Colorado City Department]

Doubts Authority of Police Chief

Has the chief of police authority to issue orders to a patrolman?

This question caused a heated argument among members of the city council last night. The question cam up last Saturday when Night Patrolman Colbert, it is said, refused to obey the orders of Mayor Hambel George Reid chairman of the police committee, and Chief of Police Taws when he was told to go home and report for day duty the next morning . Last night Mayor Hamble again brought the matter up by asking if the police of Colorado City are expected to obey the orders of their superiors, or if they were subject to orders given by members of the city council other than those aldermen who constitute the police committee.

Alderman Faulk too offense at this and exclaimed "Don't get personal there, Don't say that I am trying to run the police".

"I wasn't speaking of you alone, Mr. Faulk I was talking to the council collectively" retorted the mayor.

"Yes you were too," said Faulk, "you looked square at me when you said it, and you know you did" Faulk then attempted to show the council how the mayor had tried to "slip it over on them" when he ordered Colbert put on the day force.

According to his story the mayor talked with Reid, chairman of the police committee about changing Colbert to day duty. Reid conferred with one other member of the committee, but failed to see the third. Then Reid, having the consent of the committee, ordered the chief to tell Colbert to report for day duty. Faulk insisted that the order was unlawful since the police committee had not met to discuss the matter, and said that the chief had no authority to order his men to report at any time he desired.

The mayor read the following part of an ordinance. "The town marshal, under the mayor, shall be the immediate executive head of the police of this town, and shall direct their movements and assign the several members of the force to their respective duties". Faulk insisted, however, that without consent of the council, Colbert could not be changed from night to day duty, and refused to recognize the authority of the chief of police.

After an hour or more of heated argument, the mayor said ", I have just one thing to say. You aldermen who are not on the police committee keep out of police affairs".

Again Faulk took offense, "I'm no sneak" he said, "and I am going to tell you just what this council is going to do. As sure as you order things around in the police force, between council meetings, we will reverse the order at the meeting. We can control in the meeting, if we cannot outside, and if you don't consult us on these matters we will reverse your decisions every time."

However, after all the argument, the question as to whether the chief of police has the authority to issue orders to a patrolman was not settled, and Chief Taws doesn't know whether he is at the head of the force or not.

The objection to the clause in the minutes of the previous meeting which deals with the appointment of former Detective Payne as "a special policeman" was taken up, and the following resolutions passed.

The article then continues on with other city business.

December 6, 1911 Page 6 [Colorado City Department]

Suspended for 7 days

Night Patrolmen Daniel Colbert will be laid off for a period of seven days without pay as a result of his refusal to obey the orders of Chief of police Taws last Saturday night. This was the decision reached by the mayor and the police committee at a meeting held in the mayor's office last night.

Colbert was ordered to report for day duty at 6 o'clock Sunday morning, when he went on duty last Saturday night. He refused to obey the orders saying a majority of the council had instructed him to remain on that night. Later when George Reid, chairman of the police committee, asked him if he were going to obey the orders he said no, and according t Reid, talked to him in a manner entirely uncalled for.

It has not been decided who will be appointed to take the palace of Colbert this week.

December 12, 1911 Page 3 [Colorado City News Notes]

Patrolman Baker, who has been on the police force in place of Patrolman Colbert, who was suspended a week ago for insubordination, will be laid off tomorrow morning.

January 24, 1912 Page 10 [Colorado City News Notes]

Joseph Murray and Edward Krunts strangers were arrested Monday evening by Dan Colbert, patrolman on a charge of entering the room of Joe McNulty for the purpose of robbery. The men were followed by Byron Hames, who was notified by McNulty of the breaking in of the door. Mr.Hames found one of the men waiting in the hallway and suspected that he was the one who forced the door. Nothing was taken from the room. The suspects were lodged in the county jail to await a hearing.

* Colorado City had a population of about 5,000 during this time period.

*Colorado City is now know as "Old Colorado City" and became a part of Colorado Springs in 1917.

*According to the Colorado Springs City directories Dan also worked for the C&M (Colorado Midland) Railroad.

*Daniel reported on the 1900, 1910, 1920 census he was a blacksmith for the railroad.

*1890 History of Colorado City:

Linked toCOLBERT Daniel W., Jr.

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