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25-50-100 years ago

Compiled by Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Weekly
Aspen Historical Society/ Shaw Estate CollectionTwo boys shake hands just before or after an outdoor boxing match in Aspen, circa 1900. One hundred years ago, the Times reported on a well-received boxing event in town.
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Efforts to organize a local Boy Scout troop were under way in Aspen a century ago. The Aspen Democrat-Times reported:

It is understood that an effort is being made to organize a troop of Boy Scouts in Aspen. This is one of the best movements for boys that has been launched. Hundreds of thousands of boys in England and America are joining, and the movement originated by General Baden-Powell, the hero of Mafeking, bids fair to reach gigantic proportions.

Every parent in Aspen should take an interest in this movement since it looks toward the uplift of the young boyhood in America. The boys of this generation will be the leaders of the next and any movement which will develop moral integrity and build character should receive the hearty support of the whole community.

Another local organization was also in the news. The Aspen Democrat-Times reported:

Five boxing contests in the paperweight, lightweight and middleweight classes by local talent, interspersed with solos, quartets, music by a string band and a canine bag-punching exhibition completed the lengthy and interesting program which drew the crowd to the Eagles’ Smoker at Fraternal Hall last night.

The fight fans were out in force and were well pleased with the evening’s entertainment. Each number on the program was splendid and what was scheduled as the main event of the evening was of short duration, the preliminary events were fast and the fans were well repaid for their attendance.

A four-round contest by Jack (Twin) Dolan and Frank (Twin) Dolan, 5-year-old paperweights, was so good that they were showered with coins when the event was finished.

A local dog won honors in Denver 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

An Aspen St. Bernard, Mt. Sneffels Hobo, was judged best of breed at the annual Denver All Breeds Dog Show Sunday, April 23.

Owned by Mr. and Mrs. William Dunaway, Hobo contested the St. Bernard class with eight other dogs. The win earned him five points toward his AKC champion’s rating.

During the winter of 1959-60, the large St. Bernard worked with Suzie Wirth in a color film produced by Fred Iselin for Walt Disney. As yet unnamed, the film is due to be presented on TV next summer.

Aspen needed a longer fire hose 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

Only 50 feet of hose for the Aspen fire truck – not 300 feet as previously estimated – is needed as one of the requirements for a possible reduction in fire insurance rates outside the Aspen city limits.

The actual length of the hose, 950 feet, was measured at a drill staged by firemen Wednesday, April 26, at 5:45 p.m. Volunteers stretched hose from Fourth and Main streets down the hill towards the city, put it under water pressure from a hydrant for about 10 minutes and checked for leaks, weak spots and poor couplings.

The test was successful, Chief Clyde Clymer said. As a result, only 50 feet of additional use, to make a total of 1,000 feet, is needed to satisfy one of the requirements of insurance underwriters.

Hydro power in Aspen has been in the news of late. Twenty-five years ago, plans to harness Maroon Creek won approval. The Aspen Times reported:

After over three years of study, negotiations, consultants’ reports and solicitations for bids, Aspen will build a small hydropower plant on Maroon Creek.

Monday, during its regular meeting, the council accepted a recommendation made by Assistant City Engineer Chuck Roth and voted to award a contract for construction of the project.

However, despite council’s action Monday, construction of the plant, below the existing diversion dam near the T-Lazy 7 Ranch, still requires county zoning, the council was told.

Successful low bidder for the project was High Country Engineers, Glenwood Springs, using a single turbine system with a bid of $301,897.

However, when costs are added for power line interconnect, third-party construction inspection, mitigation of downstream water source problems and a contingency fund, the total construction estimate is $379,897, the council was told.

Twenty-five years ago, Aspen was headed to a vote on the sale of some furs. The Aspen Times reported:

Limitation of sales in Aspen of products from wild animals, including furs, is a fourth question placed on the June 3 special election ballot, originally scheduled for the Volk property acquisition question.

Monday, at the urging of Charlotte Walls, the animal question was added to the ballot by a three-person council majority.

Walls told her fellow council members that the wording answered concerns expressed by the council when it refused to adopt an ordinance banning sale of wild animal furs a few weeks ago.

As approved, the question states: “Shall the city council enact an ordinance limiting the sale and importation for sale of wild animal products, including furs, to those products obtained from counties, states of foreign jurisdiction, which ban the use of steel-jaw leghold traps?”


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