1956: Times Ownership Changes to W.R. Dunaway June 1
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. Times Ownership Changes to W.R. Dunaway June 1Mr. and Mrs. V.E. Ringle announce the sale of the Aspen Times to William R. Dunaway effective June 1, 1956, subject to contract signing this weekend. It is with mingled feelings of regret and relief to your writer to make such an announcement since the Times has been No. 1 in the thoughts of the Ringle family since Oct. 9, 1944, when it was taken over from Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Williams.Beginning then, the entire family joined in the work of getting out a paper that reflected the views and news of this mountain community. Realizing our own limitations and the needs of the community, the Ringles have tried to run a conservative and dignified newspaper. Shunning gossip, sensationalism and bias, trying rather to bring the weekly happenings to readers both here and scattered from Oregon to Florida and California to Massachusetts.We have tried to operate the Times with due respect to Aspen’s unusual and important past, but with an eye to a future that perhaps will rival, or even surpass in time to come, the economy based on that fickle “Miss Silver.”We have appreciated the loyal support of our subscribers and advertisers. To some we do not have enough names of oldtimers, others not enough ski news, to others not enough about music, etc. Probably every one of our subscribers has a better idea about how the Aspen Times should be written than we, but it has been our responsibility and we have done the best we know how. (May 17)Ski Corporation Announces New Double Chair Lift HereMr. William V. Hodges, Jr., President of the Aspen Skiing Corporation, announced Monday evening after a meeting of the board of directors, that bids were being asked on a new lift for Aspen, and other improvements to the Corporation’s equipment and facilities.The new lift, according to Mr. Hodges, will replace the present T-Bar lift on Little Nell slope and extend on to the top of Bell Mountain, opening up an entirely new territory to the skiing public.The new lift will be the double chair type and of the highest capacity. The first section will begin on the flat just to the east of the present T-Bar and extend to the upper terminal of the old Aspen Tramway (the building visible from Town). The second section will begin in that general vicinity and extend to the top of Bell Mountain.Bids are also being requested on the changes necessary to increase the capacity of the lift No. 1 (sometimes called the Big Lift). This will entail changes in the amount of power for driving the lift, number of chairs and the rate of speed. (March 29)
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