I.O.O.F. Sovereign Grand Lodge - Souvenir Program 84th Annual Session
Arvada, Colorado Only Seven Miles from Denver - a description of the town in 1908
The City of Arvada is a prosperous and growing town of about 1,500 population, and is reached by either the Colorado & Southern Railroad or the Denver & Northwestern, or the Tramway, from Denver. The district is emphatically an agricultural and fruit-raising section, and also well known as a health resort.
The merchants and business men of the town are men of enterprise, ever willing to invest in local undertakings, such as is the First National Bank, and the Light, Power and Construction Company, which is owned exclusively by local people. All lines of merchandise are represented, and the following are a few of the representative merchants: The Arvada Mercantile Co., Dealers in Groceries and General Merchandise; Burton & Chinn, Undertakers and Funeral Directors, House Furnishings, Real Estate and Investments: J. T. Kennedy. "The Grocer"; Arvada Lumber Co., Building Materials of All Kinds; The Recht Emporium, formerly the "Corner Store", Dry Good, Shoes and Furnishings, Post Cards and Souvenirs; Harry Lineback, Up-to-Date Barber Shop; H. A. Brown, Pioneer Ranch; Garrett & Schultz, Millinery; The Arvada Hardware Co., Hardware, Implements and Seeds; Albert H. Barth, the Popular Grocer, and who also owns the I.O.O.F. Hall; a first-class "Toggery Shop", owned by F. D. Hutchins; Brandon & Wollen, Contractors nd Builders; Muench Brothers, Meat Market; John Weaver, who owns the "Easy Point Dairy"; J. H. Pierce, Boot and Shoe Store; F.M. Peterson of the Arvada Feed and Grain Store; W. M. Bradley, Contractor and Builder; C. W. Fuller, Gardener and Dairy; Ira Wright, Barber and Real Estate; John Crosha, Meat Market; Graves & Son, General Blacksmithing; Christian Stocke, Real Estate, Loans and Insurance; Richard Russell, Physician and Surgeon
The town also possesses two live, wide awake newspapers, the Arvada Enterprise, J.F. White, manager; and the Arvada Sun, established in 1903. And among the "boosters" may be mentioned Mr. Jacob Nolan.
The above is what we have, but what we now need is a
Sugar Beet Factory, Canning Factory,
A Good Hotel (none here at present)
And we invite all enterprising people to come and visit Arvada and see for themselves what a grand country we have, look us over, and join with us in making Arvada
A City Second to None Outside of Denver
(excerpt from Sovereign Grand Lodge - Official Souvenir Program, Denver Colorado - 1908 edited by C.W. Varnum, P.G.)