25-50-100 Years Ago | AspenTimes.com

25-50-100 Years Ago

Compiled by John ColsonAspen Times Weekly
Courtesy Aspen Historical Society/The Aspen Times The Aspen Times reported in 1983 that these trolleys, which some wanted to put to work on the citys streets as public transportation, were in danger of deteriorating beyond repair as they sat out in the elements on a ranch outside of town.

Among the politics and boosterism that were the hallmarks of The Aspen Democrats front page, there were occasional glimpses of social life in the town, such as an under the heading, Aspen Girls Always In Great Demand, detailing the marriage of Aspenite Minnie A. Goldie to William G. Sauer of Breckenridge.Mrs. Sauer is well known in this city being reared here from childhood. Her many friends will be surprised to learn of her marriage, but all will join in extending best wishes.The paper also expressed its happiness over the recently concluded Roaring Fork & Crystal River Fair (also known as The Aspen Fair), which had attracted thousands from around the valley and the region.Its very marked success was due to the united effort for a larger and better fair … to the ladies of our city and county who were untiring in their efforts for success, we feel specially indebted, as we do to the Board of County Commissioners, the City Council of Aspen, the Hon. J.C. Osgood, the management of the celebrated Redstone band and the band itself …The editor duly informed readers about the latest developments in what was termed the Insurrection case, in which a judge was hearing testimony regarding an assault on Aspen Times Editor T.J. Murphy in the Times office. From the testimony of Murphy it was learned that he had come to Aspen from Kansas City, Mo., in 1907 after being invited to take over the paper and promised by local businessman W.S. Copeland an income of about $600 a month… [and a] total circulation [of] 700 issues daily. Murphy explained what followed.Later I found that he has misrepresented the facts that the total income would not reach half that amount … circulation [of] less than 400. Copeland told me nothing about the existence of a $2,500 mortgage on the plant … I did not know anything about an agreement to sell the political and domestic policy of the paper until Copeland showed me a draft of same in January of this year…Commenting on Murphys case, Democrat editor Charles Cap Dailey wrote about the minute detail of Murphys testimony and about his apparent naivet in relation to the world of business.Evidently our good brother is too innocent for this world if what he says is true, that he bought a mortgaged plant without knowing that it was mortgaged. This is a pudding one doesnt bump against every day and it is fair to say that we dont believe Brother Murphy will be taken in again.The Democrat also hinted at some of the interpersonal complications that resulted from the conflict between Murphy and Copeland, who allegedly was one of those involved in the attack on the newspaper offices. Noting that Murphy had declined to publish a letter of thanks from the fair association to the community, the editor went on,Mr. Murphy did not go to the Fair.Mr. Murphy did not boost the fair in his paper to any noticeable extent.Mr. Murphy, by his own acts, gives one the right to conclude that he bucked the fair and all because, it is fair to assume, W.S. Copeland was so unfortunate as to be the president of the fair association.A couple of days later, the Democrat published another twist in the saga surrounding The Insurrection a sort of last will and testament describing how the newspaper should be handled if Murphy be killed or die suddenly before I would have an opportunity to give directions as to the things contained herein…. under no circumstances are you, or any one else representing my estate, to allow the Aspen Daily Times to be sold to any individual or company who will not conduct it as a Republican paper on state and national issues, and in no event allow the paper to fall into the hands of the Pitkin County Democratic organization or any combination of Democrats in Pitkin County …Microfilm of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Societys archives. These 1908 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.

A local celebrity gained additional prominence when he was tapped to help with the planning for the 1960 Winter Olympics.Formerly an Olympic star and all-time ski great, an Aspen photographer is among a group of six people recently added to the ski events committee … Dick Durrance, one time Dartmouth and international ace, who now makes films, will work on the committee [to] help plan some of the Olympic events and also cope with problems of snow clearance, course packing and safety. Durrance has also been named Chief of Race for 1959s North American Ski Championships and 1960s Olympic Winter Games.Another local mover and shaker also made national headlines, but this time it was the man responsible for Aspens post-war resurgence as an international cultural and sports mecca.[Walter] Paepcke, who is President of the Aspen Company, founder and chairman of the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute and founder of Aspens now-independent music program, is the subject of complimentary biographical studies in the inaugural issue of HORIZON and in FORBES Business and Finance magazine.In what can only be described as ironic given recent headlines about a dogsledding operation near Snowmass Village, the paper reported that a national animal rights advocacy group had featured Stuart Mace and his kennels at Toklat for the treatment of his huskies.Perhaps one of Aspens most publicized institutions, Stuart Maces Toklat Huskey Kennels, received more renown this month when they were featured on the cover and in an article in the National Humane Review … published every two months by the American Humane Association.

The paper announced in a small item on page 12-A that the sheriff had died 10 days earlier in a hospital bed, having served in office for 16 years through some of the towns tough years of early growing pains.Loraine R. Herwick, 72, who was Pitkin County Sheriff from 1950 until 1966, died Sept. 19 at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Herwick was born … in Aspen [and] was educated in the Aspen schools … was a lifetime member of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of the Aspen Elks and Eagles.For more than a decade, Aspen held an intermittent debate over the idea that trolleys on tracks, maybe powered by overhead electric lines, might be just the ticket for the towns internal mass-transit needs.The on-again, off-again trolley carping that has been heard in Aspen since 1977 when six cars were donated to the city may soon be at an end unless the cars are sheltered from the elements [according to] two representatives of a Detroit group that wants to buy the cars … to add them to Detroits small tourist trolley system. However, when their bids have been presented to council, there has been an almost immediate response from local light rail lovers who suggest that maybe Aspen should keep the trolleys and build its own system. Consequently, council has shelved [the offers].The battle over the holdings of bankrupt developer Hans Cantrup, including large properties around the base of Aspen Mountain and elsewhere around town, were a frequent feature in the pages of The Aspen Times after the March 1983 dissolution of Cantrups empire due to debts topping $44 million.A deal has been struck, and this time, it is serious … and arising out of the ashes of that great default [the bankruptcy] could be a 480-room luxury hotel for Aspen. A development group, involving the American Century Corporation of San Antonio, Texas and Alan Novak of Washington, D.C. announced … a definitive agreement with the trustee of the Cantrup estate, Spencer Schiffer, to buy almost all of the Cantrup properties. The agreement must be sanctioned by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Denver.

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