25-50-100 years ago | AspenTimes.com

25-50-100 years ago

Compiled by Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Weekly

There was plenty about fishing in the news a century ago. The Aspen Democrat-Times offered this, about the upcoming opening of the season:

On Thursday, May 25, the open season for trout fishing will begin in Colorado and will continue until Nov. 30.

If there is one thing in which the people of Aspen excel, it is in the complete abandon with which they devote time and energy to tramping the canons and wading the mountain streams in quest of the sportive trout.

Colorado is now generally known as the fisherman’s paradise, and Pitkin County is the most favored section. No where else in the state are there so many well-stocked trout streams as there are within our county and Aspen is the natural headquarters to fishermen.

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There was also this fishing tale:

“Gus” Eckberg was out fishing in the Roaring Fork this morning and after landing a few beauties, he thought he had a whale on his hook.

He played it up and down stream for about three hours, then drew his catch to the bank. What he saw caused him to fall off a boulder into the water. He swears it was a beaver and displays a piece of grayish-black fur he says he took off the hook. It looked to “us” like a piece of kitten fur.

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And, there was a fishing feline:

This morning, the family cat of a prominent family living in the east end of the city came home with a 12-inch trout in its mouth, and quietly laid down on the back porch of the house and proceeded to chew up Mr. Trout.

Who ever before heard of a cat going fishing?

New lodging was expected at Aspen Highlands 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

A two-story combination Old English- and Swiss-style tourist lodge will be built near the famous triple A-frame at the Aspen Highlands ski area this summer and fall, it was announced this week.

Located between the A-frame and the longest double chair lift (Exhibition Lift), it is planned for 21 units plus a dormitory for men and one for women. Length of the structure will be 212 feet; width, 28 feet.

The lodge will be named Chateau Kirk after Frank E. Kirk, Tulsa contractor, who will build the structure. Grading and staking of the site, on the shelf south of the main Highlands parking lot, started this week and the building is scheduled for completion Dec. 15.

Chateau Kirk joins the Heatherbed Lodge, built two years ago, and the 24-unit lodge of Otto C. Gebhardt, begun last fall and due for completion this year, at the three-year-old Highlands resort.

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Construction at the Aspen Institute also made headlines 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

On Memorial Day, Tuesday, May 30, Aspen will honor the late Walter Paepcke at a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Walter Paepcke Memorial Auditorium.

To be built by the Aspen Institute, one of Paepcke’s creations, the auditorium is being financed by contributions from individuals and corporations from throughout the country.

The brief ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the building site, near the Seminar Building at Aspen Meadows. Paepcke’s successor as Institute President, Robert O. Anderson, will preside.

Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis chose not to seek re-election last fall; 25 years ago, his predecessor stepped away from the post. The Aspen Times reported:

Triggered by a resolution of a salary dispute with the county commissioners, Pitkin County Sheriff Dick Kienast announced this week he will not run for re-election in November.

The decision not only changes Dick Kienast’s future, but perhaps the future of the board of commissioners since Bob Braudis is a likely candidate for the post and Braudis is currently serving on the board.

Braudis, who has been eyeing the sheriff’s job, intends to make an announcement early next week. He told The Aspen Times Thursday before press time that he must carefully weigh his role in the future of Pitkin County.

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Twins took top honors among local graduates 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

In the Aspen High School Class of 1986, twin sisters Theresa Price and Wendy Price have earned the top honors in academics.

Theresa Price has been named valedictorian and Wendy Price has been named salutatorian.

The twins are the daughters of Bette and Wayne Price of Aspen.

The young women will both give speeches during the Aspen High School graduation on Sunday, June 1, in the Aspen Music Tent.


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