1967: Freddie Fisher rites at Community Church
July 14, 2006
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.Freddie Fisher rites at Community ChurchMarch 30 – A memorial service for Freddie Fisher will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Community Church here. Rev. Sam Day will officiate, it was announced by the family yesterday.Fisher was found dead early Tuesday morning, March 28, at his home at 720 E. Hopkins Avenue. He is believed to have suffered a heart attack.Last Sunday afternoon, Fisher starred at the Easterjazz concert at Little Bavaria. His interpretation of traditional Dixieland music on his clarinet was hailed by his fellow musicians throughout the years, as well as by the audiences he entertained.In the late 1930’s and early 40’s he gained fame as the original Colonel Corn of Dixieland with his Schnickelfritz (Silly Fellow) band. In 1937 he signed a two-year contract with Warner Bros. for himself and his band. He was featured in 15 movies and shorts and made upwards of 200 records over the years.He came to Aspen in 1952 and operated a fix-it shop on Main Street where the Ski Mart is now located. He was a mechanical wizard and invented a process for electro-plating leaves. Each leaf, finished with silver, copper or bronze, came in a box which bore the legend “Made by Freddie Fisher – and God.”He was a philosopher-at-large around town and his letters to the editor became Aspen trademarks. In 1963 he was the first and only man ever to be honored by the Colorado Press Assn. for one of his letters to the Aspen Times.He was born Ferdinand Frederick Fisher on a Lourdes, Iowa farm in 1904.Fisher was probably Aspen’s best known resident.He is survived by his wife, Marge; two daughters, Mrs. Mead Metcalf of Aspen and Mrs. Roger Griswold of Boulder, Colo.; a son. King, of Australia; a brother Arnold of Washington, D.C.; and four grandchildren, Kim and Don Higbie and Cary and Matthew Griswold.City police blotter: fairly dull weekJuly 20 – At approximately 9:30 p.m., Thursday, July 13, several young Aspenites walked into the police station and told the officer on duty that they were on a scavenger hunt. They asked if it would be alright to turn the STOP sign on Hospital Road upside down for one minute, then turn it right side up again.”OK,” said the officer. While they were turning the sign, a passing motorist turned them into the police. The kids reiterated that no harm was intended and that certainly the motorist was jumping to conclusions.People aren’t satisfied with just stealing the papers it seems.Someone broke into the red money cylinder on the Aspen Times newspaper rack in front of Aspen Lumber and Supply, Saturday between 8 and 9 p.m., the padlock had been pried off and an estimated $6 taken.Crowell Buron and W. Lester McGriff had an argument in front of the Woodlander bar Saturday, July 14 at 9 p.m., over a parking space.Crowell told police McGriff hit him on the arm with a tire iron. McGriff said it was in self defense. Both parties signed complaints against each other. A court hearing will be held July 27.Donald Hillmuth of The Garret was burning rubbish in the yard when a smoke-bothered neighbor called police.The police told Hillmuth to put out the trash barrel fire, he said he wouldn’t. Hillmuth received notice to appear in Magistrates Court at 2:30 p.m., July 27.He was cited on two counts of rubbish fires, and offensive smoke and burning after 7 p.m.Red Onion co-owner Werner Kuster and a Harold “Harpo” Marks had an argument Saturday at 1:15 a.m. over service at the Onion. Marks was allegedly belligerent and Kuster asked him to leave. Marks wouldn’t and Kuster threw him out via the front door window of the old bar. Kuster then signed assault and battery charges against Marks.Joshua Sweet told the Aspen Police that he was walking into the House of Lum restaurant Sunday at about 1 a.m. when a man ran out the front door, hit him in the right eye, and kept on running. Sweet who is an employee was returning to the restaurant to sleep and lock up. There was no evidence of breaking and entering and not one fortune cookie was missing.Aspen Ass’n notes abuses of ski ticketsAbuses of special $1 a day Aspen Association employee ski tickets have become so rampant that special validation procedures will be adopted after Feb. 1, Association members heard this week.In a memo to all association members organization officials stated that in many instances employers were as much to blame as employees for the abuses.Effective Feb. 1, lift companies will not accept purple employee cards unless they have been validated, the memo stated. Included with the letter were forms to be completed by employers.”No employee who works less than 30 hours per week will be considered a full time employee and hence will not be eligible for the special ticket. The employer will be held usually responsible with the employee both for the accuracy of the form and for keeping the Aspen Association informed of any changes in any employee’s employment status. Any abuse will result in both the employee and the employer losing their special ticket privileges,” the letter stated.