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25-50-100 Years Ago

A miner (or hiker?) props himself behind a claim marker. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

Springtime in the Rockies: sunshine and sweater weather one day, snow and parka weather the next. It hasnt changed in 100 years, according to these blurbs from the newsroom.Do you think spring is here? Not on your electrotype!Good morning! Did you have umbrellas over your sweet peas last night?There was also a note to alert readers it was April 1.Your kid is arranging to fool you today. Let him do it just once as it will make him feel good and wont hurt you a bit! No, it wont.The paper joyfully reported,Did the sun shine yesterday?It did and with greater brilliancy than for some time past.In response to the call of Manager Elias Cohn, of the Smuggler and Durant Mining companies, the early morning witnesses a large number of miners [see photos] wending their way to those two great mines that had been shut down since last December, to resume operations.Sixty-five men were put to work during the day and the force will be increased daily in as large numbers as the nature of the work will permit. No doubt within the next two weeks as many men will be at work in these two mines as were employed there at the time of the shutdown. To their credit be it said, our miners accepted the new conditions, embodying a temporary reduction of the wage scale, in a friendly spirit and showed that they were willing and even anxious to work in harmony with the mining companies for the betterment of general conditions. Our merchants were all busy yesterday, and all had a pleasant look and a pleasant word for the caller. And why should they not feel pleased over the reopening of the mines? On them in a great measure fell the burden of upholding a large number of families during the enforced idleness of the breadwinners. When the crash came these merchants advanced their capital and extended their credit and supplied many of our people with the necessities of life. Our people are not the only people who have had to make concessions in order to tide over the present depression. The Democrat has it on the best of authority that ninety-five percent of the camps in Colorado and Utah have accepted propositions similar to the one accepted by our miners pending the betterment of conditions.And in this connection, The Democrat has information of a good strike in a property close to Aspen.Cannot you push while you smile? Microfilm of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Societys archives. These 1908 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.

It wasnt your little local ski club anymore, as The Aspen Times wrote,Twenty-four members of the Aspen Ski Club, who gathered last Saturday night at the Hotel Jerome for fun, were given a printed report posing some serious problems.The questions, which varied from pre-Olympic races in 1960 to building [a clubhouse], will be brought up at what will probably be the clubs last regular meeting on April 8 in the Hotels Bamboo Room.The directors of the National Ski Association have said that Aspen may have the pre-Olympic Roch Cup races if a sanction fee of $2,000 is paid. Beyond that, the NSA has approached the Ski Club about an international race to be held here in 1959 in conjunction with a trial run of the Olympics at Squaw Valley. It would entail an outlay of about $10,000 for travel expenses for Europes top racers. A suggested alternative is that Aspen sponsor a major training camp, climaxing with a tryout race. The club wants to decide something on this matter.In addition, the questions of Aspen bidding for the Junior Nationals in 1959 and 1960, summer entertainment programs for the club, and finding a permanent headquarters whether it be bought, built or rented will be brought up.As present, the club has 150 regular, 28 supporting and 40 guest members. They now own telephones, wires, wire-stringing device and portable loud speaker. They have helped defray expenses for local senior racers and have paid a substantial percentage of entry fees for the juniors. At last Saturdays gathering, Fred Iselins film, Little Skiers Big Day was shown and a session of ski calypso music was Held, led by Bob Cutting.

A winning round was called for one pugilist in a long-running bout, The Aspen Times announced.Hans Gramiger won a round this week in his decade-long battle with the county commissioners over his proposed restaurant atop Shadow Mountain. The Victory came in the form of a 4-2 decision from the state Supreme Court, which overturned an earlier decision by the court of appeals, a decision which would have, in effect, ended Gramigers quest for his skyline restaurant. The Supreme Court decision, however, stated only that Gramiger had, in fact, exhausted his administrative remedies and that, therefore, the court of appeals should judge the countys original appeal on its legal merits. The only real progress in the case was in the Supreme Courts ruling that Gramiger had, in fact, applied for and might be entitled to an excavation permit, not a building permit. The courts decision was based on the ruling that an excavation permit was involved, since the administrative remedies such a s a hearing before the board of appeals are only available for a building permit. The permit, said [County Attorney Wes] Light, is only for the purpose of investigating soil conditions in order to draw up appropriate final plans for the structure,This kind of preliminary permit, the county attorney continued, is completely separate from a building permit and does not necessarily lead to a building permit. The remaining question is, What next?Gramiger, for his part, says he hopes the county will take this opportunity to relent in its 10 years of opposition to his project. I want them to bury the hatchet, continued Gramiger. Im hoping theyll give it a new look.Gramiger went on to say that he thinks his project would be the kind of improvement that Aspen needs in order to compete for tourists in todays ski market.compiled by Sara Garton