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25-50-100 years ago

Compiled by Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Weekly

When one local man claimed he was jumped and beaten by the other, the case went to court. But a century ago, justice was not served, according to The Aspen Democrat-Times, which reported:

The case of the people vs. John W. Johns, “tried” in Justice Sanders’ court yesterday afternoon, was a howling farce and one of the worst travesties on justice ever pulled off in Aspen.

That this was so was no fault of Justice Sanders, who endeavored by all the means at his command that all parties concerned should receive a just and impartial hearing.

The proper paper for the impaneling of a jury was placed in the hands of Constable Sullivan and a return on same was made in regular form, the famous jury being composed of John Greener, Jake Tinsley and P.F. Murphy.

When the case was called for trail, it was seen that one of the jurors, Jake Tinsley, was in such a drunken condition that he could hardly cross the room without support and when he took his place on the jury bench, he spent most of his time jabbering in a maudlin manner to a pet dog lying at his feet.

In addition to this, the attorneys for both sides in the controversy failed to put in an appearance and the conduct of the case necessarily developed upon the two principals.

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A century ago, a moose sighting in Aspen was about to take on different meaning. The Aspen Democrat-Times reported:

Throughout the nation these days, the Loyal Order of Moose is making rapid strides in number and is fast approaching the head of the list among fraternal orders and now numbers almost 350,000 in the United States.

The order, besides being one of the best fraternal associations, is also of an insurance and beneficial nature, there being a weekly sick benefit and funeral fund.

It is twenty-one years old and now has a membership of over 10,000 in Colorado alone.

Thomas J. Flynn, Jr. has been appointed organizer for this district and he is now soliciting members and meeting with unparalleled success, nearly every one approached giving his name to join at the initial meeting, to be held somewhere about the middle of next month.

Fifty years ago, it wasn’t a political race but a ski race that was to involve members of the Kennedy clan in Aspen. The Aspen Times reported:

Aspen may be the scene of a challenge ski race between two of the Kennedy brothers if backers of presidential aspirant Senator John Kennedy have their way.

According to a letter received in Aspen by Peggy Clifford, Aspen Times columnist, both Ted and Bob Kennedy are skiers, and Ted has skied at Aspen.

Written by Joe Dolan, an official in “Citizens for Kennedy and Johnson,” the letter explained that both Dolan and Wyoming Campaign Manager Teno Roncalcio were working to organize the race.

Both Dolan and Roncalcio are frequent Aspen visitors. Roncalcio recently requested permission of the City Council to construct a four-story hotel on Main St.

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Elk were dodging the bullet as hunting season opened 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

Local hunters had less luck during the opening days of the 1960 big game hunting season than they had last year.

Through Wednesday, October 19, no elk were brought into the Beck and Bishop Locker Plant. However, a number of deer were deposited.

First nimrods to make use of the locker facilities was a party in which Ken Moore was a member. They brought in two deer.

Second was Walt Matthew who bagged a 350-400 pound doe in the Woody Creek area and third was Dick Sturdivant, who also got a doe in the same region.

Honors for taking the first elk should probably go to John O’Brien from Lowery Air Force Base, Denver, who was hunting with a party which included restaurateur Guido Meyer.

A miner and the Aspen Skiing Co. clashed over a silver mine, located at the top of the Little Nell lift on Aspen Mountain, 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

A long-simmering dispute over who controls the use of Aspen Mountain has erupted between local silver miner Stefan Albouy and the Aspen Skiing Company.

Albouy, 26, who for years has been collecting mining claims around the Aspen area and “making my living off of mining, if you can believe it,” this summer received U.S. Forest Service approval to work the old Compromise Mine on Aspen Mountain.

Forester Randy Herzberg acknowledged this week that Albouy has been doing development work at the mine, with Forest Service approval, and plans to begin pulling silver out of the mountain next year. …

The skiing company, concerned about the potential effects of a silver mining operation so close to a ski run, in August filed an appeal to the Forest Service approval of Albouy’s mining plans.

Herzberg said the Forest Service, after reviewing the appeal, amended its decision to permit Albouy to operate the mine.

The amendments, he said, ordered that any mine tailings produced are to be stored through the winter inside the mine and hauled out for disposal after the skiing season ends.

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A museum that focuses on Aspen’s modern era, coinciding with its rebirth as a ski town, is still planned at the base of the old Lift One. It was being talked about 25 years ago, too. The Aspen Times reported:

The City of Aspen has agreed to pay approximately $11,500 for a study on the proposed construction of a ski museum at the base of the old Lift One chairlift.

The architectural firm of William John Poss and Associates was selected last week to conduct the analysis, and the study results are due in December, according to City Planner Alan Richman.

The analysis will focus on the needs of five different organizations that would use the proposed museum building for office space, as well as outline the costs involved with the project.