25-50-100 years ago | AspenTimes.com

25-50-100 years ago

Compiled by Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Weekly

Complaints to City Hall are nothing new. A century ago, Aspen citizens apparently had a legitimate reason to gripe. The Aspen Democrat-Times reported:

In accepting the position of street supervisor in order to help the city to the best of his ability, Mr. Cooper asks the cooperation of the good citizens of Aspen in his arduous task.

There are a great many complaints coming into the city about the distribution of the city water and the entire trouble is on account of the condition of the flume across Castle Creek. As soon as that can be repaired, there will be enough water for all.

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A little girl was lost, and found, according to a front-page report in The Aspen Democrat-Times 100 years ago. The newspaper offered this account:

This morning at 10 o’clock, Gertie, the 5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Garrett, left home with her faithful dog. Shortly after noon, the dog returned without the child, as wet as a drowned rat, and many feared the little girl had fallen in the Roaring Fork River.

Mayor Magner was notified and he ordered the city hall janitor to ring the general alarm on the fire bell. As the big bell boomed out the alarm, firemen rushed to the station and were there ordered to look for the missing child.

After a search of about half an hour, the little one was found on the big Rio Grande trestle crossing the Roaring Fork and she was returned to her home, uninjured and unaware of the anxiety she had caused.

Mr. and Mrs. Garrett take this opportunity to thank everybody for their efforts and success in finding their child.

A new run on Gent’s Ridge was in the offing 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

A new ski trail down Gentleman’s Ridge into Copper Bowl and extensive work on the ridge itself are planned for Aspen Mountain, Aspen Skiing Corp. Manager Red Rowland said this week.

Work on the project will start in June. The area, located east of the Copper Bowl trail and the number 5 double chairlift, offers excellent terrain for intermediate and expert skiers.

Because the slope was unmarked, Gentleman’s Ridge was frequented mainly by powder skiing enthusiasts in the past. It is reached by skiing east through a clearing several hundred yards from the top of the Copper Bowl Trail.

Rowland said there will be no addition to the lift facilities for next season. It is understood a new lift was considered, but turned down.

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Contributions to the Music Associates of Aspen, i.e. the Aspen Music Festival and School, were slow to materialize 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

The slow rate at which local contributions were being made or pledged was of concern to MAA officials here this week.

According to Miss Kate Blakely, drive chairman, less than half of the $25,000 goal for local business had been paid or pledged by the middle of the week.

Although there is no end to the drive for MAA funds, Miss Blakely explained, May 20 is the cutoff date for donors wishing to have their names listed in the summer music program.

Total budget for the MAA this year was set at $283,663; of this, $107,000 is expected to come from contributions. These come from music lovers in all parts of the country.

Aspen feels the occasional earthquake, but 25 years ago, two such events in a little more than a month’s time made news. The Aspen Times reported:

The second minor earthquake in just over a month was reported in the Aspen area on Friday.

The Earthquake Information Center in Golden reported a reading of 2.7 on the Richter Scale. The quake was centered about 15 miles south of Aspen.

According to Willis Jacobs, geophysicist for the center, the earthquake was only the fifth quake in the Aspen area since 1944, although a series of three quakes were reported in the Carbondale area during a three-month period last year.

“We don’t know what’s causing them,” Jacobs said. “We sent some people out to Carbondale last year, and we think they were caused by subsidence. For some reason, maybe mining, the earth may be settling in that area.”

No damage was reported from Friday’s temblor. Jacobs said damage, in most cases, would not be expected until magnitude extends toward the 5 range.

On April 11, a quake [of] 2.9 in magnitude was reported in the Maroon Bells area. In 1966, a 3.0 was recorded about 20 miles east of Aspen. In 1960, a 5.0 was recorded north of Aspen. And, in 1944, a 4.0 magnitude was reported from a quake also centered north of Aspen, according to Jacobs.


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