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25-50-100 years ago

Sara Garton

There was a double wedding of sister brides and their grooms at the Pitkin County Courthouse in 1907, the paper reported. This Aspen bride and groom are adorned with posies that may have come from the Victorian cottages garden. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

As winter approached so did contagious diseases that plagued the early 1900s before vaccines existed. The paper reported, Owing to an increase in the number of scarlet fever cases, the board of health has instructed Quarantine Office Coryell and the police department to prevent children under 12 years of age attending any public gathering. …The board of health advises that all dogs and cats be chained up, thus preventing their entering the premises where a quarantine exists and possibly carrying the disease back to their owners. It is imperative this request be obeyed to the letter.The paper published a home remedy.Yesterday afternoon Mrs. Fred S. Cooper gave to the editor of The Democrat a perfectly safe and almost infallible prescription as a scarlet fever preventative. Mrs. Cooper has used this preventative and says she can vouch for its excellence. It was given her by their old family physician.One teaspoonful of glycerine.One teaspoonful of water.Two drops of carbolic acid.Mix thoroughly and give one teaspoonful to child of 12 for over night and morning, for younger children the dose should be lessened to say a half teaspoonful.Another excellent thing Mrs. Cooper says her old doctor told her to do was to burn a little sulphur on the kitchen stove after shutting the doors and windows. Let the children stay in the room and inhale the sulphur fumes until it makes them cough. This acts as a thorough disinfectant.The paper noticed a two-for-one transaction (see photo).Yesterday morning at 10:30 o’clock a double wedding took place at the courthouse at which Vaughn Haberberg and Miss Alice De Meerschman and Edgar Osborne and Miss Rena De Meerschman were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. The ceremony was performed by Rev. L.J. Hole in the county commissioners’ room, all the county commissioners being present.

The two couples arrived in the city on the Midland Friday night from Glenwood, and their actions would seem to indicate a double elopement. The brides are sisters and are very pretty. Mrs. Haberberg is a blonde and Mrs. Osbornes is a brunette.An article wrote about Aspen roosters with neither hens nor house (see photo).A new group was organized in our city last evening and will be known as the Rooster club. The membership is composed of about 15 of our enterprising young businessmen, who apparently have tired of rooming houses and boarding houses, and now as winter is approaching have banded together with the purpose of pursuing a more homelike mode of living. The ordinary [the room where meals are served at a fixed price] at the Hotel Jerome has been secured, and the members of the club expect to enter upon their new life Friday morning.Microfilm of The Aspen Times 19041909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1907 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.

Results of the municipal election were announced,With 75 percent of the town’s 480 voters turning out, A.E. Robison was re-elected for his seventh consecutive term as mayor and ordinances for the acquisition and financing of a city-owned water system were passed. …This means the city council can proceed to deal with Aspen Water Company owner Fred Hendy for acquisition of his system. Condemnation proceedings will probably be the first step. However, Hendy has stated his willingness to negotiate with the city, so legal action will be a formality.In the race for four aldermen’s’ seats, a whole new council was elected.Toklat’s Stuart Mace and his sled dogs (see photo) were in the news again. The Aspen Times reported,Heard nationally on several NBC news broadcast was husky dog breeder Stuart Mace, who was queried by phone from New York.NBC called Mace to comment on the Siberian husky dog who is riding in the Russian “Muttnik” which was launched last Saturday. The Russians are using the dog to determine effect of space travel on the animal system.NBC newsmen asked Mace why a husky dog might be used for such a test. The trainer-breeder said that they are less affected by pain or shock than most dogs. He added that they have great endurance and are inherently used to going hard on little food.Saying that a husky could subsist two weeks without food, Mace suggested that it would have been possible for Russian scientists to condition the dog to eat at a transmitted radio signal.Finally, NBC told Mace that many people felt the Russians’ use of the dog was cruel and heartless.Speaking out strongly, Mace said that countless beautiful dogs are destroyed daily in pounds and through neglect, and so he could see no reason to be critical of the Russians for sacrificing a dog to science.

A postelection editorial praised Aspen voters, who prevailed against ballot boosters. Watching Aspenites go through the election process Tuesday, the friendly interplay among the voters, between voters and officials, and the low-key excitement at the courthouse as the ballots came in to be counted, we were happy to live in a nation where elections are not only possible, but appreciated by all.Although local voters did not agree with our stand on all the issues, we are gratified so many expressed themselves. We are more than gratified that Aspenites were wise enough to opt for retention of the historic Wheeler Opera house and rejected the ill-advised sales-leaseback scheme.Before the election we were afraid that the voters would be persuaded by some of the convincing material issued by the Wheeler Board of Directors, the League of Women Voters, VOICE and some city officials to approve both opera house questions.In the county election, the paper noted,The election brought 4,318 or 61 percent of the voters to the polls, a significantly higher turnout than in the off-year election in 1978 when only 53 percent of the county’s voters participated. …Final count in the first commissioner district was [incumbent Michael] Kinsley over [challenger Mike] Otte 2,234 to 2,015.As expected, Helen Klanderud, the incumbent from the first commissioner district, trounced political novice Rick Linder with 69.9 percent of the vote compared to Linder’s 30.1 percent.The reputedly controversial but politically popular Sheriff Dick Kienast was the top vote-getter in the county, winning 3,035 (70.8 percent) to challenger Dick Merritt’s 1,248 (29.2 percent).