The thrills, the spills and the dust of Lakeside Speedway

The Tower of Jewels

The Tower of Jewels

My good friend just posted a blog about her family’s Sunday night visits to the local racetrack. She is a fantastic writer and her words capture a lot of my memories from Denver’s local racetrack – Lakeside Speedway. Lakeside Amusement Park was built by Adolph Zang a well known historic figure in Denver’s early history. He built Zang Brewery. Later Zang sold the park to a gentleman named Krasner. You can read more about the history at http://autoracingmemories.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15. The park’s current owner is a woman, the only woman owner  of an amusement park in the U.S.

Mostly I remember the stock car races on Sunday evening although I vaguely remember watching the midget races at Lakeside. It was 50 years ago, and my memory is kind of fuzzy. I really had no interest in racing when I first started going to the Sunday night fetes. My interest was in spending time with a special “date.” He loved cars and racing and mechanics and fixing things.

The track was oval and made of dirt. By 10:00p.m. when the racing was over we were covered with dust. We were horse from screaming for just the right winner and the rush to get home before curfew was on.

Here are some pictures of the drivers we watched.

1963 Elmer Sauer (Medium)

1963 Elmer Sauer

1963 Sam Sauer

1963 Sam Sauer

1963 Ron tomsic (Medium)

1963 Ron Tomsic

The Jewish Immigrants

A Movement In St. Louis To Educate

The Russian Refugees

St. Louis, July 5 – The movement to educate the Jewish immigrants who come to this city has been set on foot under the direction of the Jewish Alliance, which today reorganized. At a meeting held this evening Jacob Furth, Moses Fraley, Isidor Busch, and others made stirring speeches, reviewing at length the condition of the Russian Jew. It was decided that the thing he most needed was information. He first must be taught the English language, after that he should be instructed in the laws of the land, the nature of our Government, its political and social economy, and everything else that pertains to make him a thorough American citizen.

After the speeches came organization. Isidor Busch was elected President, Moses Fraley Vice President, Jacob Furth Treasurer, and M. Jacoby Secretary. Rules and regulations governing the body were adopted. The yearly membership dues were made $3, and over one hundred signed and paid upon the spot. The Rev. Dr. Ingraham of Grace Episcopal Church was present and contributed his yearly dues. He took an active interest in the proceedings. A board of five Trustees was agreed on to govern the school for the purpose named above, and which will open in September. They will be elected at a subsequent meeting. The body agreed to have a night school for the benefit of those who have to work in the day and cannot attend the day school. The work will be begun at once, and in September they expect to have the school ready for business.

Jacob Furth, one of the prime movers of the organization, said to a reporter: “We expect to have a thousand members in a very short time. The enthusiasm of our people seems to be aroused, and I am glad to see those who are not Jews taking such a lively interest in the movement. It shows what is the spirit of the times.”

Published July 6, 1891 The New York Times

117 years later, what have we learned?

What is the spirit of our time?

Generation after generation we have heaped prejudice, hatred and intolerance on refugees and immigrants. No longer do we see examples of selfless giving by the many, only the few. The people have turned the government into a ‘nanny’ and changed the expectations for many of these newcomers to a class of expectant receivers.

Political correctness has taken the dignity and pursuit to assimilate away from the immigrants.

What is the spirit of our time?