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25-50-100 years ago

Compiled by Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Weekly

A century ago, baseball fans could not watch World Championship Series action between the Philadelphia Athletics and New York Giants on cable TV, but the sports news had a way of making it to Aspen, nonetheless. The Aspen Democrat-Times reported:

Yesterday afternoon, just exactly six minutes after the big ball game had concluded in Philadelphia, The Aspen Democrat-Times gave the news to the Aspen people, giving the score, runs, hits and errors, as well as the batteries of both teams.

This service is made possible through the courtesy of the Telephone company and the efficiency of its operators.

We predict that the Aspen “hello” girls will have all sorts of candy from the Aspen ball fans.

Thank you!

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Changes at Aspen’s Smuggler Mine made news a century ago. The Aspen Democrat-Times reported:

The prediction has at last come true! The Smuggler has shut down, but temporarily!

When the 4 o’clock shift reported for work yesterday afternoon, the men were informed there was “nothing doing!”

Soon, all kinds of rumors began to circulate thick and fast, but it was noticeable that the news of the shutdown created no great shock among our people, as would have been the case a year ago. Our people had become familiar with the dismal cry of “The Smuggler is going to shut down!”

In sifting down the reports and rumors last evening, the following was gathered and is perhaps very close to the truth:

There is to be a complete change in the management of the Smuggler Leasing company, with changes in the local office. …

The Smuggler has been shut down, but the pumps will be kept working and a small force will be employed in cleaning up the works while the change in management is being effected.

Fifty years ago, big game was on the minds of hunters headed into the mountains around Aspen. The Aspen Times reported:

Hunters from throughout the country began pouring into, through and around the Aspen area this week for the opening of the deer and elk hunting season tomorrow, Oct. 21.

The season will begin officially in this area at daylight tomorrow, but thousands of hunters went into the hills today to be in place at the first sign of light.

In most areas this side of the Continental Divide, the season will close with the coming of darkness on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

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Local residents may not give a second thought about natural gas these days, but 50 years ago, it was new to the Roaring Fork Valley. The Aspen Times reported:

Natural gas will be in service lines to homes in Basalt this weekend and Aspenites can expect gas here within ten days, Ed Lynch, District Manager for the Aspen area of the Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Company, Inc., said this week.

The program of bringing natural gas to the entire Roaring Fork Valley is proceeding speedily according to the corporation. O.W. Fowler, pipeline superintendent for Rocky Mountain at Glenwood Springs, gave this report:

Natural gas distribution systems have been completely installed in Carbondale, Basalt and Aspen and the in-town distribution system in Glenwood Springs is 75 percent complete.

House service line construction is nearing completion in Basalt and the service line crew will then move on to Glenwood. Aspen service lines also will be completed this week, and the Aspen crew will then move on to Carbondale.

Nearly nude male dancers were a hot draw 25 years ago in Carbondale. The Aspen Times reported:

The All Male Revue returns to Carbondale at the Alpine Bar tonight, Oct. 23. The dancing male entertainers strip down to G-strings for an all-female audience.

When they came to town last February, several local citizens protested. A team of police officers were present in the bar throughout the evening.

Tonight’s show features all new dancers, according to Alpine Manager George Gould, and more audience participation. Cost is $7 and showtime is 7 p.m.

Gould said February’s All Male Revue show brought in the most revenues for one night of business at the bar. He would like to do a similar show every four to six months.

“I don’t want anybody to burn out on this, but I want to keep the girls happy,” he said.

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The precursor to the present-day Aspen Chamber Resort Association board of directors went behind closed doors 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:

The Aspen Resort Association Board of Directors has decided to keep its monthly meetings closed to the media. As a compromise, ARA Director Spence Videon will hold press conferences following each board meeting.

The board decided to keep meetings closed so that it can freely discuss sensitive issues “without having phrases picked up out of context,” Videon said.

The media has protested the closed sessions, due primarily to the fact that the ARA uses taxpayers’ funds.

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