25-50-100 years ago | AspenTimes.com

25-50-100 years ago

Sara Garton

These stacks of silver bullion were not the exhibit that won a medal in the St. Louis World's Fair (see 1905), but they are eye-catchers, nonetheless. (Aspen Historical Society)

Microfilms of The Aspen Times 19041909 are missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1905 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.The paper reported a visit from Santa Claus to the old mining camp.There were nearly 400 children gathered at Eddy’s dry goods store yesterday afternoon to get a good look at Santa Claus and see what he had in store for them. At 4 o’clock he appeared on the roof of the building and threw down a large quantity of little miniature watercolors. These were for the girls only, but the boys mixed in too. The a lot of peanuts were thrown down to the boys, and in two of the peanuts were Nos. 1 and 2 entitling the first and second prizes. Rob Ryan secured the first prize, a fine drum, and Paul Palmer a very pretty necktie for second. The little folks had lots of fun scrambling for the favors and we feel sure Santa Claus did too.Disparaging words for our midvalley neighbor peppered this report of a jailbreak.As an incorporated town with all the appurtenances thereto, such as a city jail, etc., Basalt certainly takes the bun.

The two men who were placed in the Basalt bastile Monday afternoon for beating up the Austrian at Gulch Tuesday morning, had very little trouble making their get-away. An old bed slat and a pen knife accomplished the feat in about an hour and a half, and the authorities are still looking for their birds. What’s the matter with putting the next lot down cellar? They would probably be there when you wanted them. Get a move on you, Basalt, you’re slow.Pitkin County won a prize at the fair – in St. Louis! The paper noted,Pitkin County can claim to be the banner county in Colorado for its silver ore display [see photo] at the Louisiana Purchase fair held at St. Louis in 1904. Yesterday County Clerk R.M. Ryan received a medal from the St. Louis Fair authorities giving this distinction to Pitkin County. The Diploma can be seen at the office of County Clerk Ryan and he will take great pleasure in showing it to any one who desires to call at the courthouse to see it.

The Aspen Times announced a new enterprise by a young local entrepreneur.Melvin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hoaglund, has started the first ice cream manufacturing business in Aspen, and his new product is finding wide acceptance with Aspen appetites. Mel’s ice cream is available in grocery stores or at the [Hoaglund] dairy [on South Galena Street] in all of the popular flavors including the new “pumpkin” flavor that was developed by the Iowa State College dairy department about a year ago.Before there was a designated lift line for ski school, and when there was only one lift to the summit …The Aspen Ski School [see photo], under the direction of Fred Iselin, and in cooperation with the Aspen Skiing Corporation have agreed to start classes at 8:45 each morning during the heavy holiday rush so that lift lines will be greatly shortened. The lift will be in operation at 8:30 each morning.The Ski School has realized that by starting earlier, skiers who have traveled long distances to be able to ski in Aspen, will be able to spend more hours on the mountain instead of standing in line. Advanced classes will be able to get to the top of the mountain and make more runs by this arrangement.The Ski School has also agreed to shorten their lunch hour to one-half hour, thereby giving their students additional instruction without additional charge.The Hotel Jerome may have regained its turn-of-the-century splendor in announcing,Something new at the Hotel Jerome is a complete staff of Englishmen in the Victorian Diningroom. Heading the new staff is Wenman Fletcher, Maitre d’Hotel, who is originally from Southsea, Hampshire, England. Fletcher went to sea at an early age of 17 when he worked as a first class waiter on such liners as the Queen Elizabeth, Caronia and the Mauretania for eight years.

And for your après-ski or fine-dining entertainment,The Hotel Jerome’s new entertainment director, Eric Lundberg, is a familiar personality to new and old time skiers alike, having spent five years at Timberline Lodge, the winter season of ’50 and ’51 at Squaw Valley, and from ’53 to ’55 Sun Valley, Idaho. … A cordial invitation is extended to all to hear him in the Frontierman’s Cocktail Lounge or the Victorian Diningroom where Eric is featured nightly on both the piano and accordion.

A radical new look and theory for skiing began to take hold 25 years ago. The paper reported,How short can short skis get? … The folks who run around with T-shirts and bumper stickers that read “Short Skis Suck!” will probably draw the line somewhere around 200 cm. Or, at the very least, they’ll say that the ski has to be longer than the skier.But if you find yourself talking to Clif Taylor or Marty Keller, you’ll find yourself hearing, well, 18 inches is plenty long enough. …Taylor, not surprisingly, is the man who invented the Graduated Length method (GLM) of ski instruction. That’s the program that starts people out on 3-foot skis and moves them up slowly to 4- and 5-foot models as they progress. … The new device is known as the Boot Ski, and it’s 18 inches of pure polyethylene with flat bottoms, no edges and bindings that look like something off the top of a jar of home preserves.Nonetheless, according to Taylor and Keller, the Boot Ski is suitable as a first-stage learning device for beginners, a source of amusement for intermediates and experts, and even a means of glissading in high-country snowfields for backpackers. In spite of limited skiing in 1980, it was high season at Sardy Field.Whether or not the snow is here, the Aspen Christmas rush is pretty much of a foregone conclusion, and the local airlines are gearing up for heavy business in the next two weeks and for the rest of the season as well.Rocky Mountain Airways, flying the 50-passenger Dash-7, is boosting its daily schedule to a total of 12 flights a day, seven days a week, the most flights ever in its history, according to airline spokesman Ned Fleming. …Aspen Airways, according to Nancy Miller, has been running five flights a day, but will increase that number to 14 on Fridays, 20 on Saturday, 19 on Sunday, and then drop back to 10 on Monday and 9 a day for the rest of the week.