25-50-100 years ago | AspenTimes.com

25-50-100 years ago

Compiled by Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Weekly

“King dust” was expected to rule supreme in Aspen 100 years ago, as local merchants refused to support a street sprinkling fund. The Aspen Democrat-Times reported:

“We hate to say it!”

Honestly, we do, but as “murder will out,” here goes:

The sprinkling move is gone and gone glimmering – at least for the present.

The committee of boosters, Alderman Cooper and Ed Hughes, met such little encouragement in raising funds to support a city sprinkler that they have given up and it now looks like our ladies would have to wade through dust and microbes all summer.

“Shame on you, shame, shame, Mr. Merchant.”

My Lord, have our businessmen become some grouchy, so stingy, so measly, so penurious, so damn small that they can’t afford or won’t dig up one or two dollars each per month that our streets may be in a fair condition for our ladies to use and enjoy.

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The governor, in essence, told Pitkin County to “go to hell in a handbasket,” according to a headline in The Aspen Times-Democrat a center ago. Hopes for a trade school in Aspen were dashed as a result. The newspaper reported:

The Trade School bill is as dead as a pickled herring!

Governor Shafroth took his swipe yesterday at the county that has twice given him majorities.

It is a dollar to a doughnut that Governor Shafroth would have signed the bill had the school been located in or near Denver. We don’t know, of course, but that is our bet and we will leave it to the governor himself.

Yesterday, we were told by Senator Twining that Roady Kennehan didn’t want the Trades School at Aspen, and it looks like what Roady says goes in the governor’s shop.

In vetoing the Trades School bill, Governor Shafroth has prohibited the poor children of the state from learning some trade that would make for them a livelihood and make of them better citizens of Colorado. He has compelled “the kid,” whose parents cannot afford to “put him through” the higher branches of education to go to work half equipped to meet the ups and downs so prevalent in our modern Christian civilization.

In fact, the action of Governor Shafroth gives us a violent attack of rear central lassitude. And so says every man, woman and child on the Western Slope!

Aspen had a “clean up czar” 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

Aspen’s clean up – fix up – paint up campaign, scheduled to begin Monday, June 12, gathered momentum this week with the appointment of a Clean Up Czar and the designation of block and area leaders.

Appointed early in the week by Mayor Michael Garrish to direct the drive and supervise city cleanliness was Trash Commissioner Ken Moore. He immediately began working on a master plan for the week-long campaign.

In addition, Moore began laying the groundwork for a long-range program to keep the city clean all year. “A once-a-year effort is fine,” he told The Aspen Times, “but it is of little avail if residents can’t be made to keep their city clean the other 51 weeks.”

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A scenic, local lodge had new owners 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

Long known as one of the area’s most spectacular tourist spots, the Snowmass lodge was purchased this week by Mr. and Mrs. Everett Peirce.

Originally from Philadelphia, Peirce came to Aspen to live a year ago. His decision to move here was taken as the result of a vacation during which he was favorably impressed with local scenery, people and schools.

With the lodge, Peirce bought seven cabins and 175 acres of land straddling Snowmass Creek. Former owners of the property were Mr. and Mrs. V.C. Beasley, Albuquerque, N.M. It is located about 10 miles from Aspen.

According to Peirce, he will attempt to make the lodge an attraction for families as well as for fishermen and hunters. Fourteen horses will be available for hire by the hour, day or for longer periods.

Air travel between Aspen and Denver was apparently something of a bargain 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

Airfare between Aspen and Denver will be cut by more than one-half on Rocky Mountain Airways beginning next month, as a result of the commuter airline’s consolidation into the Continental Express Network.

Effective July 15, a one-way unrestricted ticket between Denver and Aspen will cost $25 on Continental Express. Right now, that same ticket costs $62 for a full fare, $50 for a discount ticket and $43 for stand-by. The fare will be in effect indefinitely.

Passengers on flights between Denver and Vail, Steamboat or Cheyenne, Wyoming will also be offered the $25 one-way price.

Aspen Airways, the other airline serving Aspen’s Sardy Field, will not take part in a local fare war, for now anyway, because the moves “financially hurt the carriers,” said the airline’s vice president of marketing, Pat Lee.

However, Aspen has matched Continental’s joint fares between Aspen and cities other than Denver.

Two weeks ago, Aspen Airways entered into a joint marketing agreement with United Airlines. Aspen’s fleet will be renamed “United Express,” and its planes will sport United’s colors.

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