PROVIDED BY DIANA HARRIS
Some early Englewood settlers who attended the first Pioneer Days celebration in 1956. From left, Mrs. Grace Platt, Mrs. Beryl Chadwick, Beryl Chadwick, Mrs. Isabelle Hanlon, Mrs. Jesse (Pat) Lampp, Irwin Biorseth, Mrs. L. A. Ainger, Sr., Mrs. Ellie Adkins, A. Stanley Lampp, Josh Whidden, H. A. (Bert) Anger and Wilbur Lampp.
It was 1956 when Jo Cortes, editor of Englewood’s first newspaper, The Englewood Herald, originated the idea of Pioneer Days. She felt it would stir up a little excitement in the then-tiny town and create a bit of economic input from outside visitors for local merchants. Cortes said she chose the hot, dog days of summer for the events because they were the low point of the year. It was at this time the town needed a little stimulation.
Cortes was in awe of the pioneers who carved out a life from the wilderness here in our area, and at the same time, the town of Englewood. Naming the festivities Pioneer Days was her way of honoring them. At the first Pioneer Days there were 12 guests of honor who were true pioneers. All but one had come to Englewood prior to 1900. That idea has evolved into naming a grand marshal of the parade each year.
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