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Sara Garton
The Marolt Bar had curtailed hours of operation with Mayor Twining's enforcement of Sunday Closing Act in 1906. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)
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Microfilm of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1906 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.Spring was in the air (more likely in the mind, as it was February in the Rocky Mountains), and readers avidly perused the “Fashion Notes and Novelties” column in the paper.

Heavy ornamentation is a noticeable feature of the recent showings in back combs.Jeweled belt buckles are being shown in greater variety than ever. The season promises well for these goods.Animals heads with jeweled eyes in all kinds and shapes are being put forward in the new season’s stick and lace pins.Oriental net allovers, Batiste and baby Irish waists promise to be high favorites.Women’s dog-collar necklaces will be shown in the new order during the present season as they are being made up in sets, having bracelets to match.

The picture postal card business throughout the country continues to increase at an astonishingly rapid pace, and all producers of these are taxing their factories to the limit.Today the Hotel Jerome is a luxury historic hotel. One hundred years ago there was a problem in the kitchen. The paper reported,C.W. Mosley, of the Jerome, has been considerably annoyed of late by the bucking of the big cooking range in the hotel kitchen. However, yesterday he received a fine $200 range and is now ready to work. This not only insures better cooking, but a whiter atmosphere in the kitchen.Aspen was at last in accordance with state law when Mayor Twining ordered liquor stores and saloons to close at midnight and all day on Sunday. The paper took an opinion survey and reported,

Not one word of condemnation did we hear of the mayor’s order. Not a word of abuse was uttered against the city’s chief executive. All of Aspen’s saloonkeepers are taking their medicine and are taking it willingly. More so, in fact, than most of us sinners would, if we were cut off at the pocket in like manner.Here is what they said:Ed Wilson, of the Abbey – I am perfectly satisfied and am willing to obey the law to the letter. Will keep my house open only during banking hours if it pleases the city officers.J.W. Connors, proprietor of the Buckhorn – I have no kick to make against the new order of the mayor’s, except, perhaps, the saloon license should, in all justice, be cut at least $199 per annum. Under the new order of things we lose practically two months of business hours, therefore we should receive a one-sixth reduction of the annual license fee.Frank Pruin, of the Manhattan – I am more than pleased with the mayor’s new order closing the saloons at 12 and all day Sunday. We can now go to Glenwood and blow our extra change. It pleases me mightily.

The Wheeler Opera House and the community have a history of giving financial support through entertainment (see photo). The paper announced,The Benefit of all Benefits [for the Aspen Music Festival and Music School and the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies – “two programs that must prosper if Aspen’s summer business is to be maintained and increased”], the Aspen Gala Benefit has been scheduled for the Opera House on Friday, Feb. 24th with several civic organizations combining their efforts to make this one of the best ever.The feature of the evening will be Aspen magic presented by Monsieur Sandino whose truly unbelievable miracles have excited the wonder of the most scentific men of the civilized world. He will give an evening of matchless entertainment of Necromantic wonders.In addition to Sandino, there will be the Melody Miners, Aspen’s Barbershop Quartet; the Red Onion Band; Mario and Tish, of opera fame; Folk Singers from the Colorado Rocky Mountain School under the direction of Paula Mechau; and the Aspen School Band under the direction of Dick Gustafson. And, as a special feature, the committee has secured Fred Fisher and his Junior Snickelfritz Band.

The new Aspen Planning Commission was all ears, as the paper reported,The first meeting of the newly appointed Aspen Planning Commision met at the Bamboo Room of the Hotel Jerome last Monday evening to hear suggestions from various civic groups on the future development of Aspen and the surrounding area. …Samuel Caudill spoke for the Chamber of Commerce. He said that … domestic water was first on the list and that something would have to be done as soon as possible. A.E. Robinson spoke for the Sanitation District Board … and [it] was planning to submit the proposition of a system for Aspen within the next few months. …Real estate brokers John Doremus and Roy Reid brought up the question of expanding the water district boundaries because many persons have been ready to buy property only to find out that water is unavailable.John L. Herron suggested that the Planning Commisssionm study and approve the paving of … streets from Highway 82 to the Amphitheater [the music tent] so that a dust-free and permanent route be availble for summer guests. Mr. Herron suggested that the City plan a certain amount of permanent paving each year [see photo].

The paper reported on Round Two between the developers of the proposed Little Annie’s ski area and Pitkin County Planning and Zoning commissioners.Most of the commission members appeared to agree that Little Annie’s would be a “growth generator” or, as one PZ member put it, “a new ski area isn’t a growth generator, it’s growth.” …The only member who was apparently opposed to the general feeling was Jim Reser, who argued that it is too late to keep Aspen the way it used to be. …When it became clear that the PZ was going to send a negative recommendation on Little’s Annie’s to the county commissioners, Reser suggested that the official resolution could simply state, “We never did like it. We don’t like it now. And we never will like it.


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