25-50-100 years ago | AspenTimes.com

25-50-100 years ago

Compiled by Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Weekly

Courtesy Aspen Historical Society

An accident at the Montezuma Mine, south of Aspen, meant a long trip to the hospital a century ago. The Aspen Democrat-Times reported:

About 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, Thomas W. Robbins, while working in the Montezuma mine, fell a distance of seven feet, striking his left side upon the edge of a plank.

After being taken to the boarding house, it was found he was badly hurt and at 4 o’clock, a telephone message was sent to the city for a conveyance to bring the injured man to the Citizen’s Hospital.

At 6 o’clock this morning, Mr. Robbins, accompanied by two fellow workmen from the mine, arrived at the hospital. Dr. Twining examined the injured man and found two ribs on the left side broken. The patient is reported as getting along as nicely as could be expected under the circumstances.

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A concert got a plug in the local newspaper a century ago. The Aspen Democrat-Times noted:

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The Aspen City Band will given an open-air concert on the streets at 7 o’clock this evening. Take on a holiday feeling and give the boys a little encouragement with the glad hand and a pleasant look.

Aspen Music Festival resignations made headlines 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

Aspen’s 13-year-old music festival was rocked this week by the resignation of two of its most important members, Izler Solomon and Roman Totenberg, festival artist and chairman of the Administrative Board.

No reasons for the action were made public by either man. Both were announced today, Sept. 1, by Courtlandt Barnes, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MAA.

Although unconfirmed by MAA officials, reliable sources report that a contributing factor in the resignations was Administrative Board policy of periodic replacement for all Festival artists.

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Race cars weren’t going to hit the streets of Aspen in 1961 after all. The Aspen Times reported on the change of plans:

Originally scheduled for the streets of Aspen, the rebirth of sports car racing on Colorado’s Western Slope will be held on a specially prepared road track at the Aspen Highlands.

The change in race location was announced this week by officials of the Aspen Sports Car Club. There will be no change in the scheduled date of Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17.

Two reasons were cited for the change in location. The primary reason given by the club officials was lack of insurance. No firm willing to write liability insurance for the race through the city’s streets was found even though similar races were held annually until 1955.

A second reason given for the move was the legality of holding the race on public roads.

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The opening of new a ski area made news in The Aspen Times 50 years ago. The newspaper reported:

First phase in the development of Crested Butte Mountain as a ski resort will be completed Nov. 23, 1961, Dick Eflin of Crested Butte Ltd., the company performing the construction, said recently.

Located at the former mining town of Crested Butte, approximately 24 air miles over the Elk Mountains southwest of Aspen, the area will have this year a 2,300-foot, high speed Doppelmeier T-bar lift, parking area, warming hut, bier stube, sport shop, ski rental shop and first aid station.

United Airlines is in the process of “rebranding” as a result of its merger with Continental Airlines. Twenty-five years ago, Aspen Airways was undergoing a similar transformation. The Aspen Times reported:

The advent of September signifies the changing of the aspen leaves. And soon the leaves on the bodies of the Aspen Airways planes will change as well.

The planes will be painted red, orange and blue, the hues associated with one of the world’s largest carriers, United Airlines. An ensignia on the front of the plane will say “owned and operated by Aspen Airways.”

On Tuesday of this week, 33-year-old Aspen Airways officially became United Express. Aspen Airways will remain independently owned, as the partnership is only a marketing agreement and not a buy-out.

“This is both a sad day and a proud day,” said an emotional Aspen Airways President Gerald Hickman in a brief and informal ceremony.

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Particulate pollution in Aspen violated federal standards 25 years ago – again. The Aspen Times reported:

As in past years, Aspen again violated federal clean air standards during 1985 for having exceeded particulate levels during two 24-hour periods, figures released by the state health department last week reveal.

Aspen’s violation of the health standard occurred in a year during which “statewide there was a decrease in pollution levels, due primarily to unusually favorable meteorogical conditions during the winter 1984,” the report explains. However, Aspen met the annual average standard, the Aspen Pitkin County Environmental Health Dept. stated.

The average particle level was 68 millionths of a gram per cubic meter of air, while the healthful level is anything below 75.

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