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25-50-100 years ago

Sleighing was a favorite pastime in 1908 through Aspen's winter wonderland of snowy streets. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)
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Last evening the Misses Minola Reed and Edna and Grace Burrill entertained twenty-one of their young friends at a tally-ho party, the sleigh being drawn by four large black horses.

The young folks were chaperoned by Mrs. Burrill and Mrs. Reed.

They drove around the city from 7 until 10 o’clock, making the air ring with their yells and laughter, when they were driven to the home of Mrs. Burrill on South Mill street where a very dainty lunch was served, consisting of stew, sandwiches, coffee, cake and fruit.

After lunch, games and music were indulged in until a late hour, when all departed for their homes having had one of the best times ever.

The district courtroom yesterday was again crowded with spectators at the Taylor murder trial [Mrs. Lillie Taylor was found dead in May 1907 at her house in Coal Basin, south of Carbondale. Her husband, who insisted his troubled wife committed suicide, was charged with her murder]. At the afternoon session, the Taylor baby was again present, but his nurse kept him among the spectators.

Among the principal developments of the day was the testimony of Mrs. William Barber, who swore that she saw Taylor come out of the house to where his wife lay on the porch, stoop over her with a gun in his hand, straighten out the body, and then arise and return to the house without the gun before calling for help. There were also some testimony that there was but a small quantity of provisions in the house at Coal Basin, and Taylor had sold some of the furniture at the time of the woman’s death.

A number of witnesses testified to threats against his wife’s life made by Taylor. Some of these threats were conditional that he find another man with her, and some were not. Several witnesses testified that the woman had run, half dresses through the streets of Aspen, to the house of a friend, where she begged to be concealed, and where she remained for three or four days. One of these witnesses had been told by the dead woman that on another occasion her husband had so frightened her by firing a pistol in their house that it had caused premature birth of their child. … She had stated that if she were found dead, she wanted a thorough investigation because it would not be suicide.

Despite the fact that the snowplows are still acting in an altogether angry manner, Aspen after a snowstorm is just about the nicest place in the world to be.

For one thing, everything sparkles, from the grungiest of garbage cans to the tallest of trees. For another, everything is seen fresh. After people and dogs and cars rouse themselves and begin moving about, it all begins to look like jumbled sheets, stirred up by a fierce dreamer, but in the beginning it’s plenty beautiful. There aren’t many natural rumblings or sounds in Aspen anyway, but after a storm they’re all muffled and vague, half-smothered in the white.

And everybody revels. The children happily kick and chuck their way to school. The dogs bound about, chasing themselves. The most jaded adult seems to be smiling. Even the hungover find some sort of solace in the new snow.

The mountain is a sea of unskied powder just waiting for the first, heady explorers. The view in every direction is sublime. It couldn’t be more splendid.

A new 1958 Plymouth will be purchased for the Aspen Police Department, it was decided by City Council at its regular meeting, Monday, Jan. 20. …

The new car will be equipped with two-speed automatic transmission, and will cost the city approximately $729 with trade of the old [1957 Plymouth]. All special equipment now in use will be transferred to the new car before it is delivered in about 40 days.

Saturday’s parade featured none other than Mickey Mouse himself, who flew in from the Magic Kingdom in recognition of this year’s Wintersköl theme, Aspen Fantasia.

Mickey Mouse was dressed in an orange and gold robe and cone-shaped hat, similar to the costume he wore as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in the animated film classic, “Fantasia.” …

Parade entrants obviously put a lot of time and effort into costumes and floats this year. Viewers saw Snow White and the seven dwarfs, Snoopy the dog, Felix the cat, Woodsy Owl and Smokey the Bear. …

Aspen, Basalt and Glenwood Springs high school bands marched together playing the Mickey Mouse Club theme song, a feat that earned them the Best Marching Band award. …

One of the low points of the parade came when a woman darted out of the crowd and dove at Mickey Mouse’s lap. …

At the Madhatters’ Ball Sunday night, Cheryl Hanna was the undisputed winner of the best hat award, with a likeness of the Magic Kingdom castle on her head.

In snow sculpting, judges liked Ron LaGro’s entry best. LaGro built a cowboy staring at a castle.


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