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25-50-100 Years Ago

Compiled by Sara Garton
Hopefully this proud young man was not the assistant fire chief relieved of his position in shaving expenses from the budget by the Aspen City Council in 1908. Note AFD embossed on his belt buckle. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)
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On Tuesday evening the case of the people vs. [Alderman] Charles Wagner, wherein the defendant was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, came up in Justice Sander’s court.

The arguments of the attorneys was on a question of law, whether or not an alderman was a peace officer and therefore permitted, under the statues, to bear arms.

[At 5.30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon] the decision of the court was rendered as follows.

“The ordinances of the city of Aspen clothes all its officers with police power and authority. As such officers, an alderman has the same right, and it is as much his duty to quell disturbances and make arrests and seizures as it is of a city marshal or other police officer. He can be called upon to perform police duties at any time, either day or night.

“This being the case, he does not come within the provisions of the statute making it a misdemeanor to carry weapons concealed upon the person. …

“The defendant in this case is charged with carrying upon his person a certain revolver within the limits of the city of Aspen. …The object of this statue is to prevent the lawless from carrying arms, and not to hinder the enforcement of the laws, by disarming those entrusted with its enforcement.”

As was expected of them, our city fathers got busy with their pruning knives last night and, in accordance with their announced policy of retrenchment, materially reduced the expenses of the city. This policy will be continued whenever and wherever it can be done without injury to the efficacy to any of the departments. …

The resignation of P.F. Murphy as captain of police was read and on motion accepted. …

Fire Chief Wack stated he had thoroughly inspected the opera house and had found the hose, nozzles and water pipes in first class condition.

Alderman Nevitt stated there were 38 lights in the city hall building and on his motion, the number was cut down to 20.

Twenty-six arc lights were cut out [at 26 downtown street corners listed in the article].

With barely a flicker to mark the change, Aspen homes were switched to electricity purchased from the Bureau of Reclamation last Friday, Jan. 24. …

Use of the government power [source] was originally anticipated for 1960, but an unforeseen growth in power demands of the city made it advisable to effect the transfer this year.

Friday’s introduction of foreign power into the system ended the generation of electricity at the power house below the Castle Creek bridge [see photo]. This plant has been in continuous operation since 1893.

Although the Aspen Utility Board has not announced its plans for the future of the powerhouse, it is expected that they will keep it in standby condition for peaking purposes.

Winning the Coors Beer award for the best and most original float in the Wintersköl parade last Saturday was the Aspen Institute and Health Center’s entry depicting the rigors of physical and cultural enlightenment. …

The Golden Horn decisively trounced the Red Onion in the annual saloon slalom duel at Little Nell Sunday, after Onion leader Werner Kuster took a time-losing spill.

The top four times added to Horn chief Steve Knowlton’s fourth place 18.0 gave the Horn 96.9. Big guns for the Horn were “Max,” Rick Astor, John Zurfluh and Mary Litchfield. …

Mrs. Joseph Jankovsky of Denver’s Schussbaumer Ski Club was crowned queen of the 1958 Wintersköl by actor Jeffrey Hunter Saturday night at the Coronation Ball. …

[Judges] based their choices on skiing ability, appearance, personality and decorum during the three days prior to the ball.

The Aspen Highlands helicopter skiing service got its rotors about up to speed this week when the county commissioners voted their approval of the program, leaving FAA approval as the service’s final ” and assumably surmountable ” hurdle. …

The service will allow skiers access to the Highland Bowl, an enormous steep expanse of snow leading down from Highlands Peak toward Castle Creek. …

A report from county and state wildlife officers declared that the impacts on wildlife ” most particularly, a herd of bighorn sheep ” would be very small if the service stuck to its promised operating procedures. …

The helicopter will pick up skiers at the top of Loges Peak [see photo], the highest point in the Highlands area, carry them to the top of the Highland Bowl and then ferry them from the bottom of the bowl to the top for a series of ski runs.

As many as 15 skiers at a time can use the service (being carried in three groups of five) with separate groups handled in the morning and afternoon.


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