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25-50-100 Year’s Ago

Courtesy Aspen Historical Society

As will be seen elsewhere in this issue, Aspen’s millinery establishments are to give grand openings. It goes without saying that the dear ladies of Aspen will take advantage of their opportunities, and the parlours of Mrs. Bruin and Mrs. Bastian will be thronged tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Judging from the handsome displays of pattern hats it is but fair to presume that the menfolk will be thankful that Easter comes but once a year. But that thought is selfish now, isn’t it, dear ladies? What can afford a man more pleasure than to see his wife in a becoming hat? (See photos)

The People’s National Bank will reopen for business on Monday morning. A reorganization has been effected, the eastern directors retiring, having sold their stock to local people, so that now the entire capital stock is held by residents and citizens of Aspen who pledge their faith and credit to a sound institution. …

This has been accomplished by the untiring efforts of the home people who are ready to and will at all times stand behind all obligations, and the bank, after the careful attention and close scrutiny given to it by the examiner in charge, is as safe and solvent as any bank in the country.


The Democrat takes much pleasure in publishing the above this morning, not only because this paper has consistently and honestly claimed that the People’s National Bank would soon reopen its door, but because the opening of the bank means additional prosperity for the people of Aspen and assure them that their money is as safe in this bank as in any on earth. …

We may next look to our mines to start up, in which event Aspen will once more take her place among the chief little cities of the state.

Be a booster and you’ll win!

On Monday, [Aspen Police Chief Rob] McClung submitted a letter to Aspen City Manager Wayne Chapman declaring his intention to resign by April 18 if no charges are filed in connection with McClung’s removal of a gun from the police inventory.

In a statement to the city council, Chapman said, “He feels that the gun incident has damaged his credibility in the department and the community and has compromised his effectiveness as police chief.”

McClung’s resignation came less than a week after he and four officers returned from a controversial month-long trip to Europe that took five of the department’s 22 officers to Italy for the World Ski Championships for municipal police forces.

McClung returned to find that one officer was under investigation for perjury, that another had publicly lambasted a district attorney, and that an investigation of a gun that had been out of the police evidence locker for several months was yet unretrieved.

[Aspen police officer] Bill Schoewe was asked o reign only a few days after he and deputy DA David Marsh had a loud argument about the district attorney’s decision to offer an accused thief a plea bargain. …

Dismissed by Aspen police last week, officer Schoewe told KSPN news, “The Aspen Police Department’s policies and procedures are on a case by case basis … and that policies and laws are enforced on a selective basis.” …

Ironically Marsh attributes his decision to drop one of the charges [against the accused thief] to Schoewe’s superior performance as an officer.

“Because he did a good job and didn’t let things get out of hand, there was no resisting case,” Marsh said.

An Aspen police sergeant who has admitted to back dating a supplemental police report and destroying three copies of the supplement has been suspended by the department for two weeks without pay starting April 1. …

Deputy DA Morgan Rumler said a decision on what, if anything, to do about the matter has not been made.

Even if it is established that [Sgt. Andy] Ramirez made incorrect statements when testifying about the case at a March 7 hearing, those statements do not necessarily constitute perjury. …

The initial report states, “This officer, who was now in grasp of the individual, reached in his left pocket, and found that the item was not a weapon but a small amber glass vial which contained a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine.”

In the supplemental report, Ramirez said he spotted the cocaine on the ground next to [the individual’s] boot before checking the suspect’s pocket for a weapon.

Those apparently contradictory reports led District Court Judge J.E. DiVilbiss to rule March 7 that the cocaine seized by Ramirez at the time of the arrest would not be admissible at trial.

Among the new holders of National alpine ski titleholders is Chuck Ferries of Aspen.

After performing ably in the Roch Cup meet here, Ferries went to Snow Basin, Utah, March 14-16 and came back with the slalom title. Having broken a ski in the giant slalom, he was out of the running for combined honors, which were won by Frank Brown of Colorado University.

Winner of the giant slalom was Stan Harwood, also of CU, and Dartmouth’s William Smith won the downhill.

The measure was taken at 10:15 this morning, March 27, when one of the double chairs fell from the transport cable while going around the bull wheel at the top of the lift.

Luckily no one was on the chair when it dropped. Two riders had just descended at the top terminal. …

Today’s accident was similar to one that occurred slightly over a month ago when two chairs dropped from the cable. At this time the lift was closed for eight days while new hangars and grips were designed, fabricated and installed. …

Lift officials have no hope of being able to open the lift again before the end of the season. Before it can be operated safely, the faulty hangars must again be redesigned.

Lift rates will immediately be lowered to last year’s level, the ski corporation announced.

To help alleviates the crowded conditions [there was only one lift-served mountain in Aspen 50 years ago] resulting from the lift closure, the corporation hopes to be able to run the main lifts longer hours.