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20-50-100 years ago

Sara Garton
Men probe and dig, hoping to find survivors after a big snowslide in early 1900s Aspen. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)
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Microfilms of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 are missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1906 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.As winter days grow longer and warmer, snow begins to slide (see photos). The paper reported,A team belonging to Mike Lynch was caught in a snowslide near the Burns shaft yesterday afternoon, but was soon dug out of the snow and no damage was done.

A snowslide came down yesterday morning on this side of the Burns shaft-house, and it is reported that one corner of one of the sheds was torn off by the slide.Sometime yesterday morning a large snowslide came down, up Maroon creek a short distance above the first bridge.Coroner Harry Brown was notified yesterday of the death of three men who were caught in a snowslide at Coal basin Tuesday noon.The men killed were Herman Kuski, Peter Judeich and Peter Stimac, all miners.The men were evidently coming from their work at the mine at noon when they were caught unawares and buried under the slide. Owing to the fact that the men were not missed until evening, the bodies were not found until a little after 10 o’clock Tuesday night. They were found under seven feet of snow.This news brief put ranchers on notice,

We understand that within ten miles of Aspen there are at least 200 head of horses running the range with no food or shelter. Humane Agent Charles B. Lee will investigate the report and if it found to be true, the owners will be notified they must care for their horses or suffer the full penalty of the law.More than one Aspen reporter had an appreciative eye 100 years ago, for blurbs like this often appeared in the column “About The City.” If you want to see fresh, dainty girls that are good to look at and girls that make the best women on earth – come to Aspen.Several Aspenites in 2006 might benefit this week from the 1906 diamond cure or a strong dose of Dr. King’s. An advertisement ballyhooed,The latest news from Paris is that they have discovered a diamond cure for consumption. If you fear consumption or pneumonia, it will, however, be best for you to take that great remedy … Dr. King’s New Discovery for Consumption, Coughs and Colds. Unqualified cure for throat and lung troubles. At Al S. Lamb’s drug store; price 50c and $1, guaranteed. Trial bottle free.

A front-page story listed the events for Wintersköl weekend.The Wintersköl Parade will take place Saturday, Jan. 21 at noon. … The Aspen School Band will furnish the music for what the Committee hopes will be a fine parade. As usual awards will be made for the best floats and for the best individual entries. Friday night will see the intrepid skiers come down the mountain by torchlight. The call is out for any who would like to help make the descent. If you are so minded check with Red Soderstrom at the Jerome Sports desk. And again all are reminded that the instructors of the Aspen Ski School will risk life and limb in a contest of broom hockey with the Aspen Ski Patrol.Plans for the dance at the Hotel Jerome on Saturday night promise a gala evening … The Ski show on Sunday morning will begin at 11 and will include a costume race by the Aspen Ski Club. The Saloon Slalom will wind up the 1956 Wintersköl program. This will be held on Little Nell at 1:30 in the afternoon. Do not miss the parade of Contestants to the scene of the struggle.Before Stein Eriksen, Peter Olenick and Teddy Karlinski …Fred Iselin, co-director of the Aspen Ski School, has announced that Jean Journier, from Chamonix, France, has been engaged as a ski instructor in the Aspen Ski School. Mr. Journier has been in several ski movies in Europe featuring his acrobatic and stunt skiing. Journier will perform on the ski slopes of Aspen mountain and skiers are reminded to see the unbelievable things he can do on two skis or even one ski.

Under the headline “Pitco’s new brooms sweep into office” reporter Andy Stone wrote,As they stood on the courthouse steps [see photo] and repeated after District Court Judge JE DeVilbiss their promise to support the Constitution and perform their new jobs as best they could, Pitkin County’s three new commissioners were completing the transition from candidate to incumbent.Before Election day all three were candidates, with the freedom to say whatever they thought – or whatever they thought might win them some votes.Since that day in November, they’ve been students, rushing through a cram course in what their new jobs will really consist of – learning perhaps that they have less power and more responsibility than they might have suspected. …On the subject of what issues she is eager to grapple with, [new Commissioner Helen] Klanderud started with housing, saying, “I think it’s great the county took the initiative, but I’m not sure I agree with the way they’ve gone about it. I don’t think the county should be in the housing business to the extent they are.”

She said she’s like to see a new housing authority appointed (at present the commissioners themselves act as the housing authority) and that she’s also like to see more rental, rather than purchase, housing built.There wasn’t much snow in 1986, but it was time for Wintersköl. The paper reported,It has been suggested that perhaps if we throw a party for winter, winter just might be polite enough to show up. …There are a number of changes in the Wintersköl schedule – some caused by the snow conditions and some by other factors.Cancellations include Friday night’s hockey game, Saturday’s pancake breakfast and Mayor’s Cup cross-country race, and Sunday’s snow sculpture contest.Sunday’s ski joring race may or may not be held …One final change in a long Wintersköl tradition is the fact that the torchlight descent – this year and on into the future _ will be limited to full-time employees of the Ski Corp.Corporation spokesman Jack Brendlinger explained that recent lawsuits and the new ski liability laws had prompted the corporation’s lawyers to demand that the event no longer be open to public participation.


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