25-50-100 years ago | AspenTimes.com

25-50-100 years ago

Compiled by Janet UrquhartAspen Times Weekly

“Big silver cup is a beauty,” read the headline in The Aspen Democrat-Times. Locals were urged to take a look:Have you seen the big silver cup which the citizens of Aspen purchased and presented to the Aspen High School Boys’ Basketball team? If not, see it in the display window of the Kobey Shoe & Clothing company, where it is on exhibition.The cup stands twelve inches high and is made of solid silver and gold lined. On one side appears the following inscription: Trophy presented by the Citizens of Aspen, Colorado/A.H.S. Boy’s Basketball Championship/Western and Southern Colorado 1911.On the other side will be seen: Capt. Elmer Peterson, center; Normal Hayhurst, right forward; Harold Burch, left forward; Willard Grover, right guard; Harold Kobey, left guard; W.H. McDonald, coach; J.H. Adams, Supt.••••Eighteen graduates were honored at local commencement exercises a century ago. The Aspen Democrat-Times reported:The commencement at the Wheeler was the best in years, so those say who attended, and the opera house was packed to its capacity.The young ladies and gentlemen looked very charming and sweet (the ladies) and the young men showed they were proud of the fact they were about to enter life’s pathways to fight the battle of life.Eighteen received their diplomas from President Pro Tem M. W. Smith who, in his presentation of remarks, cautioned the recipients against many things that, if remembered, will remain as guide posts throughout their journey of life.

Aspenites were on notice to spruce up 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:Subject of a seminar last week, Aspen will be the subject of an intensive clean up, paint up, fix up campaign the week after next, it was decided May 29 by Mayor Michael Garrish and the City Council.At a continued regular session on that date, Mayor Garrish proclaimed the week of June 12 through 17 as Aspen’s Annual Clean Up – Paint Up – Fix Up Week.A concerted campaign to clean up the town before the summer tourist season was one of the recommendations made during the Future of Aspen Seminar last week.During the seminar, Mayor Garrish, a participant, explained that similar campaigns had been conducted by the city or groups within it every year for the past several years, but that response had been poor.However, other seminar participants indicated that they would help organize a campaign this year if the city proclaimed it.••••There were plans to cut new trails and control moguls on Aspen Mountain 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:The Aspen Skiing Corp. plans no new lifts on Aspen Mountain next winter, but an extensive trail development program slated for this summer may lead to additional lift construction in future years, it was announced at the annual meeting here Tuesday, May 30.Clearing, widening and manicuring is scheduled for a dozen trails, and several new trails will be built. Use of the trails in the winter of 1961-62 will give an indication of needed locations for future lifts. …The successful mogul control program which drew favorable comments from skiers last year will be expanded to cover more of the mountain. A new Kristi-Kat snow vehicle, capable of pulling a light roller, and a new Oliver tractor, the main equipment for removing moguls, will be purchased.

Aspen High’s commencement exercises were not without controversy 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:The 1986 Aspen High School graduation at the Music Tent on June 1 was the usual extravaganza of caps and gowns, of tears and hugs, of caps and flowers flung in the air.But the 1986 graduation was also shocking.Mouths fell open when the Valedictorian and Salutatorian twin sisters Theresa and Wendy Price, aimed some dramatic accusations at the Aspen Public School system.They railed against the emphasis on college prep and academics, against the overemphasis on grades.They worried that experiential education and modular scheduling would be discontinued.••••Plans for a hotel at Highlands folded 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:In poker there is no sense betting on a hand that has already lost. In development, the same applies, and in the case of the Aspen Highlands Hotel, the call to show was made Tuesday.Once it became clear that the Pitkin County Commissioners were holding all of the cards and most of the stakes, Highlands laid its hand face down on the bargaining table and folded, cashing in on what it had already won through lengthy deliberations.To the supporters of the proposed 300-unit resort hotel, Highlands got a raw deal. But the ace in the hands of the commissioners, which some would call a wild card, was the county’s Growth Management Plan (GMP), which gives the board the authority, nay, the responsibility to deny approval of a project that had requested future year growth allocations through the year 2000.The GMP, in an effort to control the rate of growth in Pitkin County, allows only 20 lodge units to be built each year, won through a competition with other lodges.

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