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25-50-100 years ago

Police Captain Murphy apprehended a gunman as he was about to make his getaway on a train from the Colorado Midland Railway depot on Durant Avenue. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

Microfilm of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1907 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat:Aspen lawmen apprehended their man, who had a fitting surname, in the nick of time, the paper reported.Last evening Capt. Murphy and Jailer Sanders arrested W.J. Cheatham at the depot [see photo] as he was about to take the outbound train to Pueblo.A short time previous to his arrest, it is alleged he made three gun-plays in a resort on Durant avenue, two doors west of the Broad Gauge saloon. The cause of the disturbance is said to have been a demand by the hostess for $3 due her for liquid refreshment, which Cheatham refused to pay, claiming he had been robbed of $60 while in the house.After being lodged in jail, Cheatham accused the jailer of having stolen his railroad ticket to Pueblo. Jailer Sanders immediately summoned Capt. Murphy, and they decided to search the prisoner. When informed of the intention of the officers to search him, he said he had found his ticket and produced if from a pocket in his coat. Capt. Murphy then informed Cheatham he would search him anyway to see if he did not have the money he accused the woman of stealing. The officers in removing his coat dislodged a folding pocketbook from his armpit which, on being examined, was found to contain $50 in bills. In the small purse was found $1.55, making his cash assets $51.55 in addition to the railroad ticket.The newspaper instructed its readers to be vigilant.

About two weeks ago the health department had fought down the scarlet fever epidemic until there were but two cases in the entire city, but today we have 16 cases and 12 houses under quarantine.There’s a screw loose somewhere! And that screw must be tightened and tightened immediately.The Democrat does not wish to be taken as criticizing the health officers, as it is impossible for them to be all places at once, but something must be done or all our children will be quarantined with this dread disease [see photo]. Here are a few things to do that The Democrat believes would help:Tie up or kill your dogs. Of course this is tough on the dogs, but our children must come first.Let the neighbors see that people who are quarantined observe the law to the letter – and this means children convalescing from the fever must not be allowed out in the yard until the quarantine is raised. …Kill the cats, or else put them in the cellar or keep them in the house or tie them up, but don’t let them run about the neighborhood.And last but not least – let the doctors be extraordinarily careful and to this end The Democrat will publish in tomorrow’s issue what Dr. J. Hericourt, a noted physician, says under the caption “Do Doctors Carry Contagious Disease?”

At last The Aspen Times published the final chapter of an adventure story it had been covering for six months.Behind schedule and “shaggy and mean,” Aspen’s four canoers finished their unlikely voyage Monday. Accompanied on the last two miles of their expedition to Old Town, Maine, by a flotilla of Penobscot Indians, the paddlers stepped ashore in Old Town at 2:24 p.m. EST.Their arrival climaxed a 5,000-mile trip, begun last May 1 in Denver, on which the quartet paddled and portaged over historic waterways.The Aspenites had little to say on disembarking from their two 16-foot canoes except that “this is the happiest day of our lives.”But all agreed that they would never try it again.Greeted by thousands, the four were virtually mobbed by enthusiastic relatives and friends in Old Town, the home of the canoe manufacturing concern which donated the boats for the trek.The two beaten-up canoes carried them through rock-strewn rapids of countless rivers, storms on the Great Lakes and through streams so dried out that they had a hard time navigating. …

Making the fantastic trip were Jerry Hewey of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Aspen; E.G. Rickers from California and Aspen; and Ed Vestal and Bengt Soderstrom, Aspen Ski School instructors.Another Aspen Ski School instructor (see photo) was making a name for himself, the paper noted.Not known primarily as a center of commerce, Aspen can still claim one of the nation’s top ski boot importing firms.Called Sport Obermeyer, the firm is owned and managed by Klaus Obermeyer and has been importing and marketing European-made boots Garmisch boots for seven years.Obermeyer, a ski instructor in the winter, was one of the first to market the double boot in this country and has recently added a line of imported sweaters to the five models of ski boots he sells.

What goes around comes around and around,Oil and gas leasing in wilderness areas is expected to be the main topic of discussion between representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and conservationists at the Aspen Wilderness Workshop meeting Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. …According to John Sisk of the Colorado Open Space Council, … “Applications for leasing have been filed for areas on Mount Sopris. There are also applications for the Raggeds and Flat Tops wilderness areas. … He said. “Until two years ago, the Forest Service was unwilling to approve leases in wilderness. Now the Interior Department and the president are pushing for leasing. The Forest Service has done an about-face on the issue. It has decided it cannot legally deny leasing in wilderness. So the big questions now are when and where oil and gas exploration will occur.”There are 239 lease applications for Colorado wilderness forest areas and decisions about whether or not to grant these lease will be made in individual forest plans…. and around. The Aspen Times reported,Appearing before the county commissioners Monday, local representatives of the Forest Service explained that their budget is shrinking, and it doesn’t look as if any federal help is on the way.The Aspen District budget is just $274,000 this year, and next year it will be down to $196,000. The recreation budget next year will be slashed from $121,000 to $74,000.The financial pinch has resulted in the closing of the Snowmass Creek campground. … On the critical list are Portal campground and the Lost Man campground.While the Forest Service does not want to close either, the word is that they may have to unless money is forthcoming from some source. And that could mean camping fees on the future. compiled by Sara Garton

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