From the Vault: Forever Young |

From the Vault: Forever Young

One lantern slide of Aspen taken circa 1885, in the spring, showing Aspen Mtn., Shadow Mtn. and the town of Aspen.
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“Mrs. Bertha Feist honored twice on her 92nd birthday,” noted The Aspen Times on July 30, 1959. “One of Aspen’s oldest residents, Mrs. Bertha Koch Feist, was honored on her 92nd birthday at two parties last week. On Sunday afternoon, July 19, a number of long-time Aspenites visited her to convey their wishes for a happy birthday. Mrs. Feist also received gifts and cards for the occasion. The following Monday afternoon, she was the guest of honor at an informal party on the porch of the hospital where she resides. In addition to other local friends, a number of people from outside the Aspen area were in attendance. According to the host at one of the parties, Mrs. Feist expressed her appreciation for the remembrances and said she felt honored by the activity. Mrs. Feist first came to Aspen in 1885. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, she has lived here most of her life.” Bertha Feist lived to be 102 years old, dying in Glenwood Springs in 1970. The photograph above shows Aspen circa 1885, when she first arrived to the area.

This photo and more can be found in the Aspen Historical Society archives at

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