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25-50-100 years ago

Compiled by Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Weekly
Ringle Collection/Courtesy Aspen Historical Society

“Criminal carelessness spreads scarlet fever,” read an Aspen Democrat-Times headline a century ago. The newspaper reported:

It is with regret that we have to recur again to the rash carelessness of parents whose children show symptoms of or who actually are suffering from scarlet fever.

On Monday, three physicians examined 500 pupils at the schools and found two who were at the “scaling” stage. These were speedily placed in quarantine. Six suspicious cases were found and these were segregated in order to determine if they were afflicted with the dread disease.

An unfortunate affair occurred at the school building in connection with the examination Monday. The mother of two children sent home brought them back to school and insisted that nothing was the matter with the children, notwithstanding [that] three physicians declared they were suffering from scarlet fever, one of whom was actually scaling. The mother dressed the doctors down in fine shape and concluded by informing them they knew nothing whatever about scarlet fever. The lady did not subside until she was told it was strict quarantine or jail for hers.

From recent events the physicians and school board are convinced the spread of scarlet fever has been occasioned by parents who, knowing their child or children to have scarlet fever, kept the knowledge secret rather than be placed in quarantine, thus endangering the lives of their offspring and all those with whom they come in contact.

Organized, offseason rate reductions were under consideration in Aspen 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

A uniform program of off-season rate reductions may be in the offing for guests of Aspen next year if plans now being discussed by the Chamber of Commerce and the Lodge Association materialize.

The plan, initiated by the lodge owners and perfected during the past few meetings, was presented to directors of the Chamber of Commerce at their regular meeting Tuesday, April 18.

In presenting the detailed plan to chamber directors, Philip Sceid, an official of both organizations, stated that the Skiing Corp. had agreed to cooperate if the plan were adopted and grant lift ticket reductions.

If adopted, the proposal would establish certain off-season periods during which all local businesses would offer rate reductions.

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The Aspen High football team was a little short-handed 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

After a one-season try at fielding an 11-man football team last fall, the Aspen High School will return to eight-man contests this autumn, Superintendent Earl Kelly announced this week.

The decision was made at a meeting here Wednesday, April 19, attended by 10 superintendents of schools in the Lower Colorado River Valley League, in which Aspen participates. Kelly requested the change.

He explained that the Skiers could put only 14 men in uniform during most of the season and that enrollment in the high school was still too small, compared with other league schools, to field 11 men at one time.

Plans to expand the Snowmass Ski Area onto Burnt Mountain hit a hurdle 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

A decision to send the Burnt Mountain ski expansion back to the drawing board was made by the Rocky Mountain Regional office of the U.S. Forest Service yesterday.

Deputy Regional Forester Sid Hanks’ decision overturns the Burnt Mountain approval made by White River National Forest Supervisor Richard Woodrow in August of last year.

Woodrow’s decision that Burnt Mountain could be developed for an increased skier capacity of 6,600 was an unpopular one. It caused the State of Colorado Attorney General’s Office to appeal the decision on behalf of the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the State Highway Department.

The Colorado Wildlife Federation had filed a separate appeal.

Woodrow’s approval would have allowed the Aspen Skiing Company to build seven ski lifts on Burnt Mountain in 1991 or after.


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