Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 16, 1973 · Page 53
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 53

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, April 16, 1973
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Moil., April 16, 1973 GKEELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE A-17 Repp's Inc.--from three refrigerators to $500,000 a year ; In the miii-1920s, Hering and ,,Repp Hardware -- forerunner /.of. .Repp's Inc. - added a ^downstairs display room for .electrical appliances, primarily ·Refrigerators. .1 But one Repp relative ncautioned: "Why are you doing ,,that? Everybody who can afford a refrigerator has one." Now, half a century later, Repp's Inc. -- after dropping the hardware side of the nbusiness in the late 1940s -- is ·ilooking forward this year to ^.sales of about $500,000 in ...electrical appliances. ..[ E. Elaine Repp Jr., president ,,and chairman of the board ofi Repp's Inc., recalls 1925, the first year the firm handled appliances at its old hardware- appliance store location, 808 8th. "We sold three refrigerators that first year," Repp says. "The first was to a restaurant owner on the north side of town, a Mr. A. E..Fox." The three refrigerators sold that year went for $450 each, grossing the firm $1,380 for its first year in the appliance business. This year, Repp says, his firm is dealing in 15 models of refrigerators in the all-General Electric line it carries, 12 models of electric stoves as well as disposals, stereos, freezers, television sets and other appliances. Repp's Inc.; at 1535 8lh Ave. since December 1948, this year observes its 25th .year in that location and the 50lh year of hardware and-or appliance operations in Greeley. And as a long-time Greeley firm, Repp's keeps finding historical facets cropping up. In the mid-1950s, Repp recalls, the firm discovered one of the'three purchasers of refrigerators in 1925, a woman in Milliken, still was using that original refrigerator. Repp's gave her a new one. .In the early years of the appliance business, he says, almost all sales were completed in the buyer's home, partly because it was then necessary check the home for proper electrical wiring and the necessary voltages. Repp's father, E. B. Repp Sr. with partners E. P. Hering and New era for black America Copley News Service This year marks the beginning of the new era for Black America. It's the beginning of a new mood, a fresh feeling of strength -- and of increased tnilitance. This mood has, in some cases, united the angry poor white and middle-class white, the poor black and the successful black. It could become part of a struggle for middle-class America. In the case of the blacks it has come from Dr. Martin Luther King and his "We Shall Overcome;" from Stokey Carmichael and Rap Brown saying, "Let's take it, it belongs to us." It has come from the Black Panther Party, which in its beginning stages was totally financed in part by the liberal Jewish community (when blacks began to support Arabs the Jews cut them off). Now it has moved from the Black Panther movement to the Black Youth movement. The Black Youth movement is full of soul, it is full of idealistic philosophies -- and fears that our country will never come home to all the people. Educational programs keep law agencies abreast ' : With the increasing complexities and wide-sweeping changes in law, it is becoming more difficult for law enforcement agencies and officers to keep abreast of new areas. Because of Ihis, the Greeley Police. Department, Weld County Sheriff's Department and the Colorado Slate Patrol have instituted educational programs which would rival those offered by the largest corporations. ·;. Police Science programs, the ;* Colorado Law Enforcement .;" Training Academy and the ·'· Patrol's Camp George West are s'but a few of the important learning situations devised for .·officers in the law enforcement field. The Greeley police require that a new officer attend the Colorado.Law Enforcement Training Academy (CLETA) in Golden before he dons a GPD uniform. Then, Ihe officer is to receive 246 hours of nn-the-job ' instruction before riding patrol without another officer. The police officers are eligible !o enroll in the Police Science Program at Aims College, wilh Ihe city paying (heir tuition upon completion of certain courses. The officers can work toward an Associate of Arls degree in Police Science. Classes include community relations, juvenile procedures, criminal investigations, courl procedures and constitutional law. Several of Ihe Greeley police officers are instructing at Aims. Training Officer Don Hughes, Captain Richard McNamara, Officer Martin Stefanic, Lt. Elvin Patten, Sgt. Doyle Barker, Sgt. Robert Hirsch, and Specialist Jack Van Arsdol taughl courses last quarter. For each ten credits earned toward a police science degree, the officer will receive a 1 per cent increase in salary, up to a 6 per cent increase when he receives the A.A. degree. Specialist Hughes is in charge of training Ihe officers, and he sends out weekly training bulletins, uses video tape training, and conducts lectures and shows films lo the officers. At the Weld County Sheriff's Department, Ihe training of- ·ficer is Sgt. Tony Onorato. A recent $4,000 grant will enable 14 deputies to attend CLETA, and will help cover the costs of closed-circuit television equipment for training. Onorato is also conducting training sessions for the deputies and, with the help of the Colorado State Patrol, classes in firearms and hand-to- hand combat are being conducted. Several deputies have already completed courses at CLETA, learning the finer points of narcotics control, juvenile law, court procedures, and technicalities in law. Deputies are also attending special one-week sessions at CLETA for refresher, courses and introduction lo new techniques. A bomb-handling class was held by a demolition team from Fort Carson last month to in- struct deputies in bomb procedure and disposal. Each new deputy is given a test at Ihe end of his first six months with'the department to determine his qualifications and need for further recruit training. Sgt. Onorato also said law officers outside their department are invited to attend any training class. ''We hope that some of the county police departments will be able to benefit from the classes," he said. . ' · Camp George West in Golden is the training ground for the Colorado State Patrol, and new patrolmen are introduced to the law agency with a six-week course at the beginning of their career. At the academy, the patrolmen drive on a speed- driving course, where they learn to control cars'through turns, dips and hills at high speeds. The course is Ihe only one of ils kind in Colorado, and the potential patrolmen spend many hours maneuvering cars over the track. Also on their training agenda are hours of classroom instruc tion on all aspects of law enforcement. F.B.I, firearms instructors train the recruits in handling handguns and shotguns on a modern firing range. Hand-to-hand combat also is included on the schedule. The officers learn how lo handle belligerent drunk drivers with a minimum of force, and how to remove a driver from a car when he refuses to cooperate. Photography is also covered, and the patrolmen learn Iraffic control and first aid for use in covering accidents. The law enforcement field is continually changing and new problems in law and crime are waiting on .the horizon for officers. Attempling lo be one jump ahead of Ihe criminal, law aulhorilies are continually attempting to "refresh" Iheir nfficers'Jhinkjnjj. TV LINE -- E. Elaine Repp Jr., president of the 50-year-old firm founded by his father, shows the television line at Repp's, Inc. The firm has moved over Ihe years from hardware, well construction and electrical appliances lo handle slriclly an appliance line. (Tribune pholo) W. A. Hammett, wertt into the lardware business in 1923 at Ihe 308 8th location. Two years later, Repp Sr. and Hering bought out Hammett and also started a line of appliances. Repp Sr. bought out Hering in 1936, with Repp Jr. buying into the firm that year. In December of 1948, a separate appliance store was opened at the current Repp's Inc. location. A year later, the old hardware operation held a sell-out sale. Police crowd conlrol was called on, Repp says, as Ihe hardware store did $18,000 in sales in one day and sold out its' $110,000 slock in 25 days. In 19R3, Repp Jr. became head of the firm. The same year, Repp's dropped another sideline operation, digging domestic wells along sith sales of electric well pumps, and added a television display area. Three years ago, Repp's again remodeled, creating an appliance display area on the south side of Ihe store. Repp continues as head of Ihe family corporation. Thomas Bergseid, with Ihe firm since 1939, is manager of Repp's, Inc. ¥£ ' _2 : ; fc-^'^Bl^^w..-- '"'-''" ""·'-"·"! ' f - · ' ·'"""' *f*f f ff j .J-f|i?|3 ft'T.W' · - ";*.·»' . ; ''*"' !-X!.=··*:.·-' '.. ! vrv:/ "·'··'·- · .. -*'-"··.,. '* m ·£:!*$ OLD LOCATION--This hardware store at hardware operation was sold out in 1949 with 808 8th -- operated for 26 years from 1923 -- Repp's continuing ils appliance business at. was the founding site of Repp's, Inc. The 1535 8lh Ave. Tweniv-Two THOU/AHD+ That's how many new and used cars and trucks we have sold and serviced since 1945. And that's quite a few more than anyone else in Weld County. Thanks for YOUR Help. Chevrolet EDWARDS CHEVROLET CO. 721 Tenth Street Ph. 352-7140

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