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25-50-100 years ago

The Newman Mine buildings on Castle Creek now house the Aspen Community school and The Aspen Music Festival and School. Newman Lake was a popular spot for ice-skating in 1905. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

Microfilms of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 are missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1905 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.The newspaper posed this question 100 years ago, and it’s appropriate to ask it again in 2005!Here is a chance for the bright young people of Aspen to demonstrate their mathematical proclivities in solving the following problem, and, for that matter, some of the elders might be included in the invitation so as to show that age does not count when it comes to a question of intricate figures:HOW COLD MUST IT BE TO BE TWICE AS COLD AS TWO DEGREES ABOVE ZERO?The editor was obviously in a playful mood – maybe he caught the holiday spirit – as the paper reported,

As one of Aspen’s well-known citizens was standing in front of the Cooper bookstore window yesterday watching the miniature electric train doing its stunt, he made the remark that it must be a Rio Grande passenger train as it came in so regular and possibly it might be a Colorado Midland train because it never stops.But as the news goes, there was this sobering story a few days later, headlined “One of Aspen’s Old Timers Passes Onward to Spirit Land. Judge John A. Hall died yesterday morning at 5:30 o’clock after a few hours sickness, neuralgia of the heart caused his demise.Friday afternoon Judge Hall was at his office and enjoying his usual health and greeting all acquaintances in his usual jovial manner, none expecting his sudden death, he seeming as natural as ever; in fact just before going home Friday evening, the judge remarked to a friend that he was good for twenty years yet.Friday evening the judge informed his good wife that he had a severe pain in his right chest, this was relieved by applying a mustard plaster. The pain then moved to the back just below the right shoulder blade and then to the left chest, finally reaching the heart and causing death, before the doctor, who had been summoned, arrived.Judge Hall was a beloved citizen of Aspen and prospered in the land of opportunity, as his obituary attested,Judge John A. hall was born at Leeds, Yorkshire, England, September 1832. At the age of 20 years he came to the United States and worked at his trade, shoemaking. During the year 1885 he was married to Miss Mary Jane Lewis in the state of Connecticut. From this union eleven children were born, all but one preceding him to the Great Beyond, the one child living, now residing in Aspen with her husband, E. Bishop. …Judge Hall has been a resident of Aspen for the past eighteen years … He was a man ever ready to help the needy and ever considerate of the faults to be found in humanity. For the past five years he has been a justice of the peace in this city and his decisions have always bore out his belief and high minded principle of mercy for the weak and erring.

Just reading about this wintertime outing (see photo) warms you up.Last evening, Mrs. Woodward entertained about twenty-five of her friends at a skating party on the Newman lake. This delightful pastime was enjoyed for several hours and at just the right time the hostess invited her ruddy-cheeked guests to the dining room of her cozy home and treated them to a delicious lunch. After the lunching hour a pleasant hour was spent in music, singing and general sociability. At a late hour the guest returned to their homes after a most novel and pleasant evening.

A Paepcke dream never fulfilled was still in the works 50 years ago.A goodly crowd was at the Opera House last Monday evening to hear a report on the progress of the Aspen Institute from several of the executives.Mr. Robert Craig, assistant to the Institute president, Mr. Walter Paepcke, reported that the establishing of a University in Aspen was closer than most persons realized in that the trustees, through the president, would be in a position to announce the selection of a president soon and that the University might be able to get started by September 1956.Mr. Craig stated that several well known colleges and universities in the nation are willing to sponsor the new school and that considerable support can be had from several well known foundations.The present plan is to use existing facilities, but if such a school is actually launched, Aspen can look forward to a rapid growth in student body, classrooms, dormitories, etc.Today we know the Zamboni; in 1955 a simplified version was the Gilhoolie. The paper reported,Mrs. Francis Kalmes, who is heading the drive to raise $350 to buy the “Gilhoolie” for the free skating rink, reports that a total of $103.60 was in the bank towards the purchase.The “Gilhoolie” is a device for removing snow from the rink or for grading driveways, roads, etc. … The little scraper is equipped with a ball hitch which is attached to Frank Garrish’s Jeep. The snow is quickly and easily moved to the outer edges of the rink. After the snow removal, the surface of the rink is sprayed with a hose to form a smooth level surface of new ice. The “Around Aspen” column contained news about a member of Aspen’s ranching and skiing family.Max Marolt [see photo], son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Marolt, arrived home from Denver University last Friday and is spending his days on the ski slopes following a program of intensive training in preparation for the intercollegiate Races this weekend.

Twenty-five years ago Aspen participated in a nationwide memorial. The paper noted,”You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one …” More than 100 admirers of John Lennon were not alone Tuesday night [Dec. 9] at Paepcke Park as they joined mourners across the country in holding a candlelight honoring the slain musician.Inside the paper there was an unusual postscript to the previous report.In a tragic coincidence, a former Aspen resident whose name was Jonathan Brian Lennon was killed in an automobile accident Dec. 6, just two days before John Lennon, 40, was shot and killed Dec. 8.Jonathan Lennon, 38, died in an accident in James Creek Canyon near Boulder. He had been working as a carpenter in Boulder for the past 10 years.He lived in Aspen when his father, Joseph B. Lennon, was a town marshall and was also the pastor of the First Baptist Church. Lennon was a graduate of Aspen High School, class of 1959.

The same rationale applies today as in 1980: Gamble so a good cause gets money.Las Vegas Night [see photo] was the biggest success ever with over 540 Aspenites gambling the night away at the Aspen meadows and raising about $19,000 for the junior ski racing programs of the Aspen Ski Club. In addition to the gambling tables, funds were raised by the auction of prizes that had been donated by Aspen and Snowmass Village businesses. …Winner of the best male Las Vegas costume was John Callahan, who went as a Western dude. Sue Scott won the prize for best female costume – she went as Miss Piggy.A promising ski racer in 1980 is a coach for the U.S. Men’s Alpine Ski Team in 2005. The paper reported,John McBride of Aspen has been named to the U.S. Ski Team’s national training group program, which is designed to identify young skiers who are promising competitors for the future. McBride is a member of the Junior I group, which is for skiers aged 16 and 17. …Selection for the program does not necessarily mean that a racer will be competing beyond the local level, but some of the young racers will be given the opportunity to race nationally at the Junior Olympics and in the Nor-Am Series and internationally in the European Cup, FIS B and European junior competitions.

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