25-50-100 Years Ago
In a report datelined The Aspen Democrat Bureau, Ashcroft, Colo. the paper trumpeted from its front page the news of Industrial Activity Resumed At Ashcroft. The report detailed preparations for opening new mines, and plumbing greater depths in old ones, in a fevered search for gold and hopes for renewal of Aspens earlier glory days.Again the hum of industrial activity is resounding through the length and breadth of the Paradise of Elk Mountains … despite depressions, financial panics, presidential elections, national and state conventions and other trivial events … We have signed a contract to furnish the German emperor that 10,000,000 of silver that he advertised for … also to deliver to the steel trust 6,000,000 tons of iron ore the best on earth!Meanwhile, life went on as usual in Aspens social circles, as shown by the following front page item:Mrs. Perry Sallgren of South Aspen Street was pleasantly surprised Saturday evening when the Sunday school children of the Swedish Mission church and the Rev. Morris Peterson, their pastor, visited her home at 8 oclock and marched into her cozy home loaded down with presents and refreshments of all kinds. Mrs. Sallgren and daughters, Lillian and May … proceeded to make things pleasant for the visitors. Vocal and instrumental music were the features of the evening. Mrs. Sallgren and daughters leave next month on a visit to Nebraska and this surprise was given by the Sunday school scholars to show their appreciation for their teacher.With two railroads still serving Aspen the Colorado Midland and the Denver & Rio Grande Western passenger rates were staying low and competition was tight despite the fact that the ore shipping business was declining, according to the following advertisement.Commencing Sunday, May 3rd, train No. 76 will wait at Aspen until 7 a.m. for the accommodation of those wishing to avail themselves of the $1.50 round trip rate to Glenwood Springs, Sunday only.National Baptist Convention, Oklahoma, May 19-26 $37.15 for the round trip … Democratic National Convention, Denver, July 7, one fare for the round trip, going passage to begin on the day of sale … Republican National Convention, Chicago, Ill., June 17, $10 for the round trip …Boys will be boys it was as true in the early 1900s as it is today.Many complaints are being made of boys throwing stones and other missiles at houses, fences, barns or any other object as they take a notion. A short time ago complaint was made of boys rolling boulders down the mountain at the head of Mill Street which tore down fences. A week ago some boys who were on the summit of the peak of West Aspen Mountain detached large chunks of rock from the cliff and started them down the mountainside which tore down trees and narrowly missed striking a house near the Midland track … and now comes a further complaint of boys interrupting the mission meetings which are held in the building adjoining the Democrat office … to the boys: There is no objection to your having all the fun you can get so long as it does not interfere with the rights of others in menacing limb or life or the destruction of property. The officers are on the lookout and it is their intention to strictly enforce the ordinances.Microfilm of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Societys archives. These 1908 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.
Education was a high priority in the community, as shown by local meetings about the state of our schools, and the following item about a statewide workshop for teachers set in Aspen.Between 50 and 100 people will arrive in Aspen Sunday to participate in the first annual Rocky Mountain Area Project Teacher-Administrators Workshop. In the group will be superintendents and project teachers from the six Rocky Mountain high schools in the project … The project is being directed by Ralph Bohrson, former Aspen English teacher … group meetings and workshop sessions will be held … on the development of the multiple class teaching and small group techniques experiments through the first year …Whenever local luminaries earned national or international attention outside of the skiing arena, the local paper tried to let local readers know about it. In the late 1950s such announcements were a little more prominent than they are today, at least in part because of the novelty of a small mountain town making the news in such a big way.Abstractions by Berko is the title of an illustrated article about Aspen photographer Franz Berko in Ferrania, an Italian monthly photographic magazine. In Italian, the article refers to Berko as one of this countrys leading photographers and mentions that the Hungarian-born photographer now resides in Aspen … Berko owns and operates a studio and photo shop here, in addition to working as a free lance photographer. He is currently engaged in doing the color photographs for the Alcoa advertisement campaign …
When a man convicted of the 1974 killing a Boulder co-ed was paroled from prison and got permission to spend some quiet and recuperative time at the St. Benedicts Monastery in Old Snowmass, a furor was ignited among the neighbors of the high-altitude retreat. Opposition was so strong the monks took the unusual step of holding a neighborhood meeting to talk about it, after which they reaffirmed their decision to let William (Gene) Jones, 34, hang out at the monastery for up to eight weeks.You cant rehabilitate a person who wont admit his crime, said Karen Beebe, quoting Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter, who prosecuted Jones. Beebe and her sister, Pat Ertle, are spearheading the opposition to Jones retreat. Ertle is the victim of a brutal sexual assault two years ago by a repeat offender who had recently been released from a Texas institution … [An] anonymous source reportedly told [Beebe] that Jones would commit murder again … The monks and their supporters have a different view … Those who know Gene say hes not a serious risk, [Father Michael Abdo] said … Leaders of the opposition … plan to petition the parole board to stop Jones visit.As the state of Colorado and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration prepared to push a four-lane interstate highway through the narrow confines of Glenwood Canyon, to replace the historic two-lane blacktop that had become unmanageably congested, opponents began a concerted effort to stop the plan.A coalition of environmental organizations filed suit against the federal government last week in an effort to block construction of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon. The suit, filed in Federal District Court in Denver, alleges that certain construction approvals for the completion of I-70 though the canyon were granted illegally. The lawsuit seeks to stop construction of the highway until government officials fully analyze economic and environmental impacts of alternatives to a four-lane highway through the scenic 12-mile canyon.Compiled by John Colson
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