Museum of Northwest Colorado: Museum looking for a “person of interest” |

Museum of Northwest Colorado: Museum looking for a “person of interest”

Mary Pat Dunn/For the Saturday Morning Press
The Museum of Northwest Colorado is looking for the person who owned this vest.

The Museum of Northwest Colorado sometimes comes across items that have some obscure but obvious connection to our local history. It is times like this when the museum staff relies on the amazing memories of our area residents and their willingness to share information.

About seven years ago, the museum came into possession of a suede leather vest with a large felt patch indicating it had been the property of a Craig Jaycee member. The Jaycees were “junior” members of the Chamber of Commerce, usually in the 18 to 40 age bracket. They tended to be entrepreneurs or aspiring business owners who could be mentored by more established community business leaders through the Chamber of Commerce.

The museum would love to learn who owned this decorated vest. A large felt patch on the vest back reads “Craig Jaycee’s River Rats.” Other pins and badges on the vest indicate that the owner attended various Jaycees State Conventions in Grand Junction, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs and Denver during the late 1970s.

The owner of the vest was also the recipient of the U.S. Jaycees Springboard Award, the Jaycees Spoke Award, and was the Jaycee of the month in July of 1977.

Whoever owned this vest was obviously very active in the Jaycees and might possibly have gone on to be an active Craig business owner. The museum staff would love to know who this vest belonged to. If any of the readers are a former member of the Craig Jaycees or know any former members of the group, the museum would appreciate any information that might help us locate this “person of interest.” Call the museum at 970-824-6360 with your tips, and we thank you in advance for your help in solving this mystery.

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