25-50-100 years ago
December 3, 2007
Microfilm of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Societys archives. These 1907 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat. A classified ad placed by Billy Tagert heralded todays used-car advertisements. Wishing to put in an entirely new line of rigs in the spring I will sell my present splendid line of vehicles, consisting of road wagons, top buggies, carriages, spring wagons and carts (see photo) at less than half their value. Most of these rigs have not been used more than a year and are practically as good as new, but rather than store them for the winter I will close them out cheap. Another ad claimed what was good for the horse was good for the rider. Be charitable to your horses as well as to yourself. You need not suffer from pains of any sort your horses need not suffer. Try a bottle of Ballards Snow Liniment. It cures all pain. For sales by Al S. Lamb. The paper wrote it was time to rein in the ladies of the night. Recently many complaints have been made that a quartet of women of the half world have been making themselves too numerous upon the streets and in business houses. It is said that yesterday they were in full flower and seemed to have an idea that the minstrel band was attracting more attention than they, and they endeavored to overcome the opposition. Occasionally they mount horses and tear up and down the streets like some naughty cowpunchers. No one would wish to deny these women the pleasure of walking or riding but they should do so in a becoming manner and not wantonly parade themselves, especially at the hour when our children are on their way home from school. The women have rights the same as others, but not more. We would not deprive them of their just rights; their life is hard enough, sad enough, at best. They must not advertise themselves or their calling on the public streets nor in the business houses.
The Aspen Times reported a new roommate for the newspaper: In order to better meet and serve the public, the Aspen Ski Club will move into winter quarters in the Aspen Times building on Main Street, it was announced yesterday by club president Jack Carson. Without an office since the end of last ski season, the club will unify its activities in its new winter location under the direction of secretary Ruth Whyte. An improved road was in the works for the little community of Woody Creek (see photo), the paper noted. Construction will start on a new road along Woody Creek in the near future, it was announced last week by County Commissioner Orest Gerbaz. To be built by the U.S. Forest Service on the right of ways secured by Pitkin County, the road will have an entirely new roadbed in sections and in others use an old roadbed. It is to run from above the Stan Natal ranch to the old Forest Service ranger station below Lenado and will be two lanes wide with a dirt and gravel surface.
It was a whole different development story in Snowmass 25 years ago, the paper reported. The Snowmass Company and Design Workshop Inc. of Aspen unveiled to the Snowmass Town Council last week new, scaled- down plans for the development known as Base Village to be located at the bottom of Fanny Hill. Major differences in the new proposal and the controversial Base Village plans proposed in 1980 are substantial reductions in commercial space and elimination of a six-story hotel. The original submission proposed up to 80,000 square feet of commercial space; the new plan calls for only 8,000 square feet. Snowmass Company general partner James Light told the council plans for the first-class hotel were scratched because the hotel industry is soft. The harsh truth is that no one is building them, he said, adding that the industry is taking a cautious approach to new developments, especially in locations such as Snowmass which are hard to get to. Town officials expressed disappointment over the reduced amount of commercial space. The Base Village area was envisioned as a commercial center that could help the town capture more day skier dollars. Town officials also expressed disappointment over the Snowmass Companys decision not to build a hotel. Councilman Jim Johnson said he feared that a quality hotel would never be built if the company did not build it in the Base Village area. We knew we lived in the Magic Kingdom; now it was official, The Aspen Times wrote. Walt Disney Productions artists recently completed the design for the 1983 Winterskol pin, the official emblem for the annual winter carnival, which will be held Jan. 12-16. The pin design features the Winterskol theme, Aspen Fantasia, Winterskol 83, printed over a stylized outline of a snowflake. Mouse ears are cleverly worked into the snowflake design an appropriate touch since Mickey Mouse himself will be here to lead the Winterskol parade and participate in the Winterskol festivities. Disney artists also designed the Winterskol magazine cover which, through the wonder of photography, will show the Fantasyland castle superimposed over Aspen Mountain.