1885: Aspen gets the ‘incandescent purity of electric lights’
April 26, 2006
In celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Aspen Times, we are printing a story or two from each year the newspaper has existed – 125 historical selections in 125 days. This series is in conjunction with the Aspen Historical Society. The Aspen Electric light company last evening turned on the friction and some forty places of businesses were instantly aglow with an incandescent purity of electric lights. The motive power is furnished by the immense water power of the Aspen smelter. For the young city of Aspen, this is a great achievement.George StrattonA good many people in Aspen know George Stratton an old-time tin horn gambler and vagrant in Leadville. George was there several years and had a good many experiences. The Leadville Democrat states that he has recently got into more trouble. He tried to play a bluff on a southerner on a Mississippi steamboat and got shot twice for his pains. He is said to be severely wounded.[The following were grouped together:]The races that were to come off on Sunday at Woody, did not occur, for some reason unknown. They were probably deferred to some more pleasant day.Mr. Jimmie Thompson and Miss Millie Thomas have opened at the Aspen theater. They are good performers and are quite an addition to the attractions of that popular place.The Miners’ Union hall will be completed about June 20th. The Knights of Pythias hold meetings there.The stage goes clear through now in one day. It leave Aspen at four o’clock a.m.Judge T. A. Rucker returned from Leadville yesterday on horseback.Judge Deane went to Leadville to-day.Miss Kantner and Miss Greer two of Aspen’s accomplished teachers went east to-day on a short vacation. Their many friends will welcome them back.Pugnacious MormonsOur dispatches this morning announce that the Mormons have determined to test the constitutionality of the Tennessee law which makes the preaching of polygamy a misdemeanor. Three Mormon elders were arrested on Saturday in Carter county in that state and a suit to test the law will grow out of it. This indicates that the Mormon heresy must have gained a strong foothold in that state. It is a commentary upon the condition of public education in Tennessee, for it is a well known fact that the Mormon missionaries are successful in obtaining converts only among the ignorant and debased.Roads to Aspen Thirty or forty men are now at work on the road from Granite to Aspen, which will doubtless soon put it in a comparatively good condition. Men are also working on the Cottonwood pass to Buena Vista and the South Park railroad company are pushing work from St. Elmo while the Crested Butte road is open for pack animals. Soon the road will be open to Grand Junction thus giving Aspen five outlets. Our Postoffice.Yesterday 500 patent metallic glass front letter boxes arrived for the postoffice, which has grown to be one of the largest postoffices in the state, yet it is a third-class. Postmaster Conner has piad out $2,000 for clerk hire more than he receives as salary. He has reached about the limit of his surplus personal funds, and was compelled yesterday to discharge the clerks. He and Mr. Vary are trying to do all the work, which is enough to keep five men busy. About $1,700 of money orders are issued daily, and an average of 2,000 letters mailed. The department should reimburse Mr. Connor for the money he has paid from his own funds, and unless the office is soon made a higher class, or the president relieves or postmaster, he will be all worn out. The public, knowing these facts, should practice forbearance if they are not served as well as they would be if Aspen had a second-class postoffice.