25-50-100 Years Ago | AspenTimes.com

25-50-100 Years Ago

There was no information about why Mary (Mollie) McDonald Vagneur (standing highest on the steps) was visiting the Citizens Hospital in Aspen in 1913 or 1914, the date on the back of this photograph. The hospital, built with money raised from the citizenry, would have been at the center of efforts to deal with such community crises as the 1908 outbreak of Scarlet Fever. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)
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The Democrat is pleased to publish the following of A.W. Rucker, who is a brother of our fellow townsman and Democrat, Judge Thomas A. Rucker … Born in Kentucky, reared and educated in Missouri, (A.W. Rucker) lived in Kansas during those years immediately succeeding the Civil War, when to be an active Democrat meant that a man must have fearless courage … As a vote-getter, we predict amazing success. He will poll almost the unanimous vote of his own county, which is nominally Republican … There are but few men who are more popular on the Western Slope, where he spent the first years of his Colorado residence …

Again the children of this little city are facing an epidemic of scarlet fever, and judging from reports, all because of the carelessness of one family and, please pardon the statement, from the apparent carelessness of some of our physicians. It is reported that the children of this family were scaling before it was known they had scarlet fever or before they were placed in quarantine. If this isn’t criminal negligence this paper doesn’t know the meaning of the words. Some time ago the school authorities made a ruling that if a child was absent from school for one day said child could not be again admitted without a physician’s certificate guaranteeing the health of the child. [But some parents would seek certificates for unexamined children] and “Doc” would give the certificate … If this is true the physician or physicians guilty should get a touch of the law.

T.J. Flynn, Sr., who for years was the general superintendent of the A.J. and Mollie Gibson mines in Aspen, and more recently manager of the Topliff on Richmond hill, has … accepted the position of general superintendent of the United Rico Mines Company at Rico, Colorado [situated on Colorado Highway 145 about halfway between Telluride and Dolores] … The Denver Republican of May 18 has the following in regard to the property … “[United Rico] Company is producing three kinds of concentrates, lead, zinc and iron, the first and last carrying values in gold and silver.”

Mr. Copeland has had the experience of conducting two fairs and everybody in this neck of the woods knows of his success and achievements. He is a tireless worker and a splendid organizer and a Booster … The Democrat joins with all the people of Aspen in the request that Mr. Copeland accepts the presidency of the 1908 Fair.

Aspen’s second new ski development, Buttermilk Mountain, Inc., has ordered a lift and will install it this summer, it was announced this week by Friedl Pfeifer, president of the corporation. First of a proposed three lifts for the area, the one to be installed this summer is a Dopplemayer T-Bar from Austria [with] a one-inch steel cable, 4,000 feet long. It will have a vertical rise of about 700 feet and a capacity of 1,000 skiers an hour. Designed primarily as a beginners area, Buttermilk will have its first four trails cut this summer while the lift is being installed.

After seven years of retirement in Aspen, Freddie “Schnicklefritz” Fisher will return to the nightclub circuit next week. With his coronetist son, King, and pianist Walt Smith, Fisher will open next Monday in the Theater room at Henritze’s Restaurant in Denver for a month engagement. Jo Cameron will sing with the Dixieland trio which starred at the Red Onion last winter.

Long used as a ball park, Aspen’s “dust bowl” known as Wagner Park will be dedicated for recreational use as soon as possible and will be seeded this spring, it was decided Monday by the Pitkin County Commissioners … at the same time the group also voted to form a permanent Recreation Committee with the city and the school board and to allocate $1,000 a year for the next five years for park improvement.

As if anyone needs to be told, this winter in Aspen is one of the biggest snowfall years ever (we say is because even though it’s mid-May we are still in all our parkas and mittens). With a total snow count of 215.5 inches as of today, May 19, this year fast approaches the biggest snow year on record of 219 inches the winter of 1964-65 … the weather forecast for tonight is for six to eight inches more snow.

An ordinance rezoning city land at Rubey Park and approving a specific SPA (specially planned area) plan for a transit center was approved on first reading by the city council … the city council also deleted the word restaurant from the list of conditional uses in the building, leaving trade associations the only conditional use.


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