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Our First Big Theft


November 28, 2018

Back in 1911 there was a branch office of the El Paso County Sheriff right here in Fountain. It was Harry Galbraith, and he watched the southern half of the county. He was not very busy, but he did solve one of the first auto thefts in the area.

Harry lived on a farm east of town, and would come into town each afternoon. His first stop was the telephone office on North Main. Frank Coigrove lived in the building, assisted by Mrs. Erickson, the "operator". At the time there were only about a dozen telephones in town. Galbraith did not have one, and if there was a really important call for him...

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