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25-50-100 years ago

Compiled by Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Weekly

The Aspen Democrat-Times had been pushing re-election of Charles Wagner as mayor a century ago, and voters complied. Wagner outpolled challenger N.L. Rice by a 370-to-212 vote. The newspaper reported:

The expected happened yesterday. The straight Democratic ticket was elected from top to bottom.

On account of the inclement weather, but a light vote was cast up to 6 p.m., but after that hour the “mother” vote began to come in which was later augmented by the miners coming off shift and still later by those whose business kept them engaged until 6 o’clock. …

The re-election of Mayor Wagner cannot but be a matter for congratulations by those who have the best interests of the city at heart. He has shown in the past that his efforts were directed to the betterment of conditions in Aspen, both materially and morally, and demonstrated to all alike that the city ordinances were enacted to be put in force and effect. He went before the people on his record and received a flattering endorsement at the polls yesterday.

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There was also this item about a First Ward alderman who prevailed at the polls:

Alderman-elect Frank Bruin has already ordered a new silk hat to wear at the council meetings. Frank is one of those fellows who believes in adding dignity to public trusts.

Fifty years ago, plans for an auditorium at The Aspen Institute were moving forward. The Aspen Times reported:

Ground breaking for Aspen’s new Walter P. Paepcke Memorial Auditorium is tentatively planned for the Memorial Day weekend, trustees of the Aspen Institute heard last Saturday.

In his president’s report, Robert O. Anderson told the assembled trustees that he hoped that appropriate ceremonies could be held in conjunction with Memorial Day.

First planned by Institute founder and Board Chairman Paepcke before his death, the new structure has now become a commemorative project under the impetus of Anderson, Paepcke’s successor.

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Smoldering labor issues in the airline industry were slated for possible resolution in Aspen 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

Negotiations which started in Aspen this week may have an important effect on the future of air transportation in this country and will certainly determine whether or not current controversies will be settled peacefully or explode in another industry crippling strike.

Aspen was chosen as the location for mediation, conducted at the request of President John F. Kennedy by his recently appointed Commission on Airlines Controversy.

To be assembled here for the next 10 days will be representatives from the Airlines Pilots Association, the Flight Engineers Association and seven major U.S. Airlines.

A plea deal in a drifter’s slaying made the front page of The Aspen Times 25 years ago. The newspaper reported:

Prosecutors investigating the murder of Aspen drifter Glen McGehee two years ago have offered a deal of some sort to the man indicted for the killing, The Aspen Times has learned.

And, while police are keeping quiet on the nature of the plea offer, it is believed to have a bearing on the length of time alleged killer Chris Badger would serve if convicted.

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Child safety on chairlifts emerged as a concern 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

The second accident this year involving a child falling from a Snowmass chairlift has prompted some local citizens to challenge safety policies of ski schools and the Aspen Skiing Co.

Snowmass Village resident Bruce Conklin is organizing a citizens group to question safety policies regarding children riding alone on lifts.

He would like the Aspen Skiing Co. to adopt a policy requiring all children six years and younger to ride the lifts with an adult.

Last Wednesday, a 5-year-old boy fell 15 feet from the Fanny Hill chairlift, sustaining a broken femur and an injured wrist. …

This incident comes less than three months after a 4-year-old girl from Texas fell from the same lift, breaking both wrists.


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