25-50-100 years ago… | AspenTimes.com

25-50-100 years ago…

Aspen Times fileFreestyle jumping at Aspen Highlands had a lot of skiers up in the air in January 1985. The Jan. 17, 1985 issue of The Aspen Times featured this Devon Meyers photo on its cover.

Aspen was about to get a new postmaster a century ago. The Aspen-Democrat Times reported:A special received by The Democrat-Times this morning from Washington, D.C. stated that President Taft had just sent the name of George Rohrbough to the senate for confirmation as postmaster at Aspen, Colo. This action of President Taft would indicate that the regular Republican organization of Pitkin County had won out against the “battledoor and shuttlecock” element which is only consistent in its efforts to dictate the actions of all elective officers of the county, irrespective of party affiliation. If there was any contest on, it has failed to materialize.Mr. Rohrbough is a West Virginia Republican and came to Aspen from Buckhannon, that state, a number of years ago, and was for some time one of our most efficient school teachers. On leaving the educational field he engaged in ranching and is now one of our most enterprising and promising ranchers and cattle raisers. A former Aspenite was in jail in Pueblo a century ago. The Aspen-Democrat Times reported:”Doc” Parsons, the boy who was cuddled and petted by a loving mother and the people of this community during his early manhood in the belief that he would become a man of which all would be proud, is now lying in a cell in the county jail at Pueblo facing a charge that, if proven, will land him in the penitentiary of Canon City. … The story, as published by the Pueblo Chieftain, follows: Edward Beaman and “Doc” Parsons were arrested yesterday morning by order of Acting Chief of Police Charles Yund. The charge against the two men is a statutory one. They were locked up at police headquarters without bail and held until informations could be filed direct against them in district court. The charges will be sworn out by two girls. … The charges under which the men are arrested are too revolting to be told in detail. They rival the disgusting escapades of the orgies of Stanford White and Harry K. Thaw in their night life they led in New York.

There would be no downhill race as part of Aspen’s annual Roch Cup competition 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported: Downhill will be eliminated from the annual Roch Cup this year and a two-day slalom Debby substituted for the planned three-day series. This was among the decisions made by the Directors of the Aspen Ski Club at their regular meeting Monday, Jan. 11. Date for the races was not changed. They will be run Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6. Reason given by the directors for dropping the downhill was their desire to eliminate as much as possible the chance of an accident before the Winter Olympics. Less risk is involved in slalom and giant slalom, they explained. At the meeting, President Jack Carson told the directors that in addition to the U.S. team, Olympic racers from five other countries would participate in the meet. Countries to be represented are Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Iceland and Argentina, Carson stated. Also scheduled to be in Aspen for the slalom derby is Chick Igaya, who is expected to represent Japan in the Winter Games.

This bit of news sounds like it could have been written yesterday. Instead, 25 years ago, The Aspen Times reported: Improving the entrance to Aspen, construction of a downtown parking structure and general street improvements were among major improvements suggested by the city’s traffic committee in its final report. Formed by the city council last July to discuss the major traffic, circulation and parking problems facing the city, the committee presented its report to the council during Monday’s regular meeting. Its conclusions and recommendations were divided into two major categories: long-range goals, all of which would require major capital expenditures, and immediate, less-costly improvements. A proposal to clean up the air in Aspen, in a roundabout sort of way, was in the news 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported: The proliferation of “dirty burners” in the city of Aspen is evident each calm, winter morning with a pall of yellow smoke, smog, haze, etc. The Pitco Commissioners discussed one measure of reducing that haze through a resolution proposed by local attorney Gideon Kaufman. Kaufman, representing a client who wants more than the one allotted dirty burning fireplace per building, has proposed a resolution that would allow for the purchase of fireplace rights. The resolution would provide for, in essence, a transferable fireplace right. If a resident wants more than one fireplace, he could buy up [to] three existing fireplaces and either shut them down or upgrade them with clean, efficient stoves or fireplaces. Aspen was gearing up for its annual Winterskl celebration 25 years ago, and The Aspen Times noted the musical lineup: Winterskl weekend will bring to the Aspen area two musical acts particularly worth seeing – for completely different reasons. For those whose tastes incline toward the downhome sounds of bluegrass, Hot Rize, possibly the best band of pickers this side of Flatt and Scruggs, will be camped out at the Shaft Restaurant tonight though Saturday. If your blood runs a little hotter and you prefer the blues laced with island rhythms, you’ll want to see the legendary Taj Mahal at the Timber Mill in Snowmass Village Saturday night.- Janet Urquhart

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