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The headquarters of the Crystal City Club made news a century ago. The Aspen Democrat-Times reported:The Crystal City Club, whose membership is composed of the bright young men of our city, has just completed the rearrangement of its quarters in the Bank building.The quarters consist of three rooms, one of which is completely furnished in mission style and all have cozy corners.The walls are decorated with fine pictures, elk, deer and antelope heads, with “Old Glory” in the place of honor, surrounded by innumerable school varsity and yachting pennants.It is the intention of the members as soon as they are financially able to do so, to install a piano and furnish each room in distinctive style.The library contains a number of well selected volumes and the latest magazines and newspapers are upon the tables.The club was organized December 1, 1910 and has now forty members. Any young man of good repute over 18 years of age is eligible for membership.••••Speaking of clubs, the Democrat-Times also offered this report:The banquet of the Garfield County Commercial Club, given at the Hotel Colorado, Glenwood, last evening, exceeded in attendance and in enthusiasm the hopes of its promoters.The seating capacity of the big dining room of the hotel was taxed by the splendid audience of charming women and sterling men and presented a delightful picture of the wealth, worth and high purpose of the farmers of this grand empire of the Western Slope, with Aspen conspicuous as by right and leading the Roaring Fork delegations, for from Aspen sprang all of this greatness and power.
Improvements at Aspen Highlands were under way 50 years ago. The Aspen Times offered this update:Construction began last week on another major chairlift and a mountain-top restaurant in the burgeoning Aspen complex of ski facilities.The new lift, a Riblet double chair, and the new restaurant are being built at the Aspen Highlands on the upper slopes of Highland Mountain.Called the Cloud 9 Lift, the installation will connect the top terminal of the Exhibition lift, claimed to be the longest double chair in the world, to a bench on the upper slopes of the mountain at an elevation of 11,000-plus feet.The new restaurant and warming hut will be located at the top of the new lift and has been given the name of Cloud 9. It is planned for a seating capacity of 150 with a large fireplace and a sun deck for outdoor eating.••••A rescue made news 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:Fast action on the part of two local doctors and the Aspen Fire Department brought a man buried in a cave-in back to life Tuesday, Oct. 3.Now in critical condition at Pitkin County Hospital, Jack Moyes was buried under a mass of dirt when the water line ditch he was working in collapsed on him. It took rescuers about 15 minutes to dig him out and when they reached him, he had stopped breathing.Dr. J. Sterling Baxter and Dr. Robert Bernard immediately gave him aid, with the help of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department. They applied the department’s resuscitator, artificial respiration and a heart stimulant until Moyes began to breathe again.
With an election looming, rail was a topic of debate in Aspen 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:Approximately 250 area residents packed into the Pitkin County District Courtroom Tuesday night to listen to and sometimes noisily dominate a heated debate about whether or not a proposed rail service into Aspen is a good idea.Billed as a debate, the gathering had more the character of a town meeting, as Roaring Fork Railroad President Randy Parten and railroad opponent Marc Friedberg laid out their versions of the benefits and drawbacks of the proposal and then fielded often antagonistic questions and comments from the audience.Although the meeting ended with no clear winner or loser, what could be determined easily was that a significant percentage of the people in the room had come with their minds made up beforehand.The debate came a month before a Nov. 4 referendum in which the county’s voters will decide whether or not the county should be authorized to consider a proposal to lay tracks and run a train along the popular Rio Grande Trail.
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