1914: Child accidentally shot by playmate
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.Little Clyde Goldner the 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Goldner of 229 Smuggler Street, was accidentally shot in the right shoulder, the bullet coming from a 22-caliber rifle in the hands of his 8-year-old uncle, Timmy Sullivan, at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon.Mrs. Goldner was visiting her mother, Mrs. Con Sullivan, at her home near the Cooper avenue bridge over the Roaring Fork yesterday afternoon. While the children were playing about the house young Timmy spied the little rifle in a corner, placed there the evening before by an elder brother, and began to play “Injun.” Shortly a report sounded and little Calvin was wounded.Dr. Twining was hastily summoned and found that the bullet had entered at the top of the right shoulder and had come out at the back near the shoulder blade.The little fellow was made as comfortable as possible and later in the evening was removed to his home. He passed a fairly good night and should no complication set in within the next four or five days, his recovery will be rapid. (Jan. 10)Fire Last Night With Blizzard RagingAbout 8 o’clock last night the fire department was called to the residence of Gilbert Case, corner Center and Bleeker streets. The house was a story and a half frame structure and when the firemen arrived the upper portion and roof were ablaze.Notwithstanding the small-sized blizzard which prevailed at the time the fire was soon gotten under control and the neighboring homes were saved.The fire originated in the attic and was caused by children. It seems Mrs. Case was engaged in making a patched quilt and sent the children up into the attic to get some pieces of cloth. Shortly after the children returned it was discovered the house was on fire.The blaze was confined to the upper portion of the house but the plaster of the ceilings and the carpets on the floors of the lower rooms were badly damaged from water.The weather was fierce and there were but few firemen out to assist Chief Killey and Assistant Chief Crawley and it is to be regretted that the names of the fire-fighters who were there could not be obtained. (Jan. 10)Mining Men Assemble at Jerome HotelTonight is when the mining men of Aspen and Pitkin county get together to select five of their own number to attend the state convention of mining men next month.This state convention is called to do something that will count for the betterment of our mining industry through the state of Colorado and Pitkin county should be represented in that convention and she will be, and by wide awake miners, too.Every mining man in this county whether he wears the overalls and jumper of the miner or the broadcloth of the mine owner, should attend the meeting tonight – one is as necessary as the other and both should take the necessary interest to see that this county is represented at the state convention.Of course, we are all mining men in this county, some more than others, but we are all mining men in the sense that all wish to see the mining industry of our county go ahead and prosper, because when the miner is prosperous we are all prosperous – even a newspaper man.So let everybody go to the meeting at the Jerome tonight and take part in the initial movement that is bound to culminate in great things for our state, our county and our city. Be there. (Jan. 21)
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