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25-50-100 years ago

Sara Garton

These boys were enjoying their burros in early Aspen, but it was girls on burros who were the entertainment in 1907, the paper noted. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

There was added attraction, reported the paper in announcing the arrival of a new show in town.The Murray and Mack show company arrived in town yesterday and the pretty girls were the chief attraction of the day. For a time in the afternoon the old boys of town were entertained most delightfully while the girls were giving an exhibition of burro-riding [see photo] on the post office corner.And it is awful to state, but at the same time rather nice, too, the girls didn’t have divided skirts and they rode à la manlike. Hush, you, hush.The town was fired up as the Aspen High School football team was playing Grand Junction for the Western Slope championship.

Tomahawk! Tomahawk!Mucha Papoose!Heap Big Injun Just Got Loose!Hoop-la! Hoop-la!Rah! Rah! Rah!The above is the Aspen High School football team yell, and last evening you could hear nothing else for a time.During the afternoon old boards, boxes and barrels had been piled up in front of the Hotel Jerome to a height of 20 feet, the boys having an old-fashioned rally on the eve of their battle with the Grand Junction team for the championship of the Western Slope.The blaze was a dandy, all right, and reached as high as the top of the Hotel Jerome, but Fire Chief Wack and his firemen were on hand with apparatus ready for an emergency.Yell followed song, and song followed yell for a time, and then began calls for speeches.The newspaper was a good loser in reporting the game the next day. Apparently a touchdown counted as five points 100 years ago. A large crowd assembled at the Fair grounds to witness the game, every good play being rewarded with rounds of applause. …The Grand Junction men averaged 155 to our boys 140. Their weight and Aspen’s untimely fumble in the second half won the game for the visitors, [10-5]. …The Grand Junction team is composed of a manly set of boys and they will ever be welcome in Aspen. And they say the same of the Aspen team. Microfilm of The Aspen Times 19041909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1907 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.

There was something new for the upcoming ski season, The Aspen Times wrote.While summer residents attended concerts and lectures and tourists browsed among the shops and restaurants, workmen for the Herron Engineering Company worked at an ever increasing pace on the newest of Aspen’s five chairlifts [see photo], the largest single lift ever built by the Denver firm. The contract for the lift, which will connect the Little Nell slope to the top of Bell Mountain, calls for completion by Thanksgiving. As the sunny days of Indian summer were transformed by the cold and rain of fall, the work pace quickened in a frantic effort to beat the snow and complete the 24 lift towers.

The lift is 6,700 feet long, has a vertical rise of 2,150 feet and will carry 700 persons an hour.More news from the gridiron – The Aspen Skiers properly celebrated their own Homecoming by walloping the Eagle Eagles, 58-0, yesterday afternoon at Wagner Park.Before a large crowd of Aspenites, the Skiers surged again and again down the muddy field, moving smoothly on both offense and defense.Leading the scoring parade was back Bert Anderson, who ran three tallies over. Teammates Dan Maddalone and Bob Waterman scored two touchdowns each, while Doug Speer and John Passow accounted for one apiece.Greg Livingston kicked four extra points. …Half-time was sparked by the Homecoming ceremonies. Cherie Gerbaz was named Homecoming Queen, presented with a bouquet from the football tam and dutifully kissed by each member of the squad. Her attendants are Marguerite Crumpacker, Susie Fisher, Kate Glidden and Billee Lou Stapleton. …The day’s events were climaxed at the Homecoming Dance held in the school gym.

A presentation before the county commissioners confirmed that Pitkin County’s livelihood was now about tourism. The paper reported,Representatives of three of Pitkin County’s largest non-tourist industries painted a grim picture of their present economic situation at the county commissioners’ meeting.Although all received quick and easy approval from the county in their annual reviews, representatives of Mid-Continent Coal, Snowmass Coal and Pitkin Iron all told the commissioners that their business has been suffering during the past year. Mid-Continent, according to company representative Doug Bowman, has laid off 150 workers out of a total of about 450, and has closed three of its five mines. Snowmass Coal has been hit even harder, according to the company’s Scott Jones, who noted that the company had 228 people at work in mid-April and now has cut back to only 76 workers.Pitkin Iron, according to Bowman, was stuck with a large surplus this year after a major purchaser canceled its contract. The mine shut down early this year, said Bowman, and may not open at all next year.Bowman … noted that Kaiser Steel, one of its largest customers, is shutting down steel plants (and canceling coal orders) because it can buy steel in Japan and have it shipped here for less money than it costs to manufacture steel in the U.S.