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25-50-100 years ago

Sara Garton

A compressor was an important piece of machinery (see 1905) in mining for pumping air into and gas out of the shafts. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

Microfilm of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 are missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1905 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.During hunting season, the train schedule could be somewhat erratic, as the paper reported,Walter Cree and Rube Cree came in on the Midland yesterday morning with a string of jackrabbits. Walter said the rabbits were so thick this year that twenty-six were encountered by the train coming up and which, of course, made its arrival a trifle late.

It was tough going in our camp when mining equipment (see photo) busted, so it was newsworthy when the mine was once more up-and-running.The machinery for the Percy mine arrived in town Monday and by Friday night the engine – and everything – was in complete order ready for operation, with the exception of the large schieve wheel which is expected in by Monday. Without doubt the Percy will be ready. This is considered to be remarkably quick work in the setting of machinery. This will bring good cheer to the hearts of many as the Percy is one of Aspen’s biggest payrolls. Time to party? Well, let’s have some pie!Something new in entertainment was in order last evening at the home of Miss Alice Pflum of W. Hopkins, when Joe Hull was host at a pie-eating party to which several of his lady and gentlemen friends were invited. The pies were not baked by Joe. There was pumpkin pie, lemon pie, coconut pie and all kinds of pie, and of course everybody brought their pie face with them. Music and games added materially to a pleasant evening, and all departed at a late hour, expecting pleasant dreams after so much pie.

Jack Holst (featured in last week’s People of the Times page), airline pilot and Aspen Ski School instructor, was quoted in a story about Aspen Ski School.”Your are now approaching Aspen, one of the top ski resorts in the world, and when you go there on your ski vacation, be sure to take lessons at the Aspen Ski School operated by Friedl Pfeifer and Fred Iselin.” Aspen has a booster located in “high places” in the person of Jack Holst, pilot for the United Airlines that flies over Aspen nearly every day. Mr. Holst loves Aspen so much that he calls the attention of his passengers to our city and extolls the virtues of skiing and summer vacations over the intercom system.Mr. Holz, who is an expert skier, has consented to help Friedl and Fred over the Christmas holidays by instructing in the large school along with the more than 40 instructors already signed up for that period.Mr. Fred Iselin, co-director of the school [see photo] and acting head while his partner Friedl Pfeifer is in Europe instructing the Women’s Olympic ski team, has announced that the school will be serviced by 16 regular instructors and enough part-time instructors during all the coming season. …The ski school staff expects to have 400 pupils in the school during the Christmas week and handsome prizes there are, too.As a further incentive, the “Skier of the Week” is chosen from among the guests … for their outstanding progress whether a beginner or in the expert class.

Big changes at The Aspen Times were announced in “Around Aspen.”Bland Nesbit is doing advertising paste-up, replacing Betty (Bean) Dubin, who left to become manager of the soon to open Pour La France French Pastry Shop, which will be located in the Mill Street location formerly occupied by the Emporium. Tom Eckstein is the new proofreader, and in case you hadn’t noticed on the masthead, Andy Stone is filling in for George Madsen, who was filling in for Bill Rollins, who is taking a six-month leave of absence. (Bill is working as a copy editor on a San Diego daily.)

Our neighbor to the northeast took its first baby steps 25 years ago. The paper noted,Thirteen Colorado ski areas have expanded their facilities for 1980-81, with the all-new Beaver Creek Complex leading the list with 25 trails, three double and three triple chairs and two restaurants.Beaver Creek, in the planning stages for a decade, is open for what the management calls “preview skiing,” that is skiing on only part of the planned trails for the area. The resort, 10 miles west of Vail, will be in full operation in 1981-82, including overnight accommodations and the rest of the $500 million project.Beaver Creek was originally slated to be part of the Olympics that Colorado was to have hosted in 1976, but voters scratched that idea in a 1974 referendum, and the area has been struggling to get forest service approval since then. …Lift tickets at Beaver Creek are $16 per day and will give skiers access to the entire Beaver Creek Baldy Mountain.

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