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25-50-100 years ago

Sara Garton
No trespassing onto the riverbank for this fishing party, according to a 1906 Colorado Supreme Court Decision. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

Microfilm of The Aspen Times 19041909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1906 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.Before iPods made listening to recorded music a solitary pleasure, the paper noted,Commissioner Henry Beck is perhaps the jolliest man on the Western Slope. Never cranky, always good natured and ever ready to greet you with a warm clasp of the hand and cheery “how are you, old boy?” But if you wish to see Henry at his best, step into his cozy home on Lake avenue. Recently an Edison phonograph has been installed and a score of records and music galore rolls out of the horn for the edification of family and guests. This is one instrument that Mr. Beck says he can play with anybody – and we believe it.

We hope these two scofflaws never fingered Mr. Beck’s phonograph.Yesterday Clay Gentry swore out a warrant in Judge Sander’s court for the arrest of Franc and Angelo Fizn. It was alleged by Mr. Gentry that the Italians had entered his cabin and had taken therefrom, bedding, a razor, a pillow and other articles of more or less value. The Fizn brothers were arrested by Undersheriff Dwyer and were arraigned in court yesterday. Both prisoners pled guilty to the charge and were find $5 and costs.Each prisoner dug down into his jeans and fished up a roll of long green and cheerfully paid the price and promised to be good.A court case decision was reported in 1906. The controversy is still going on today, now involving kayaks and river rafts.The famous fish case, involving the alleged right of a fisherman [see photo] to go up on the land of a ranchman in opposition to the will of the owner, was finally decided in the Colorado Supreme Court yesterday, which reaffirmed its former opinion. …

There is no more reason why the fisherman should be given access to the farmer’s fields than there is why the farmer should be given the right of entry to the fisherman’s dining room. There is, however, some justice in the claim that streams should not be stocked with young fish at the expense of the state if those streams are to be held in reserve for the personal profit or pleasure of the landowners along the banks … It would seem that where fish are supplied at a cost of the state, there should be some agreement made by the landowners to permit fishing under proper regulations.It was announced that a popular troupe would be stopping in Aspen.Mr. George Primrose and his big minstrel company will appear at the Wheeler Opera House Monday night. The company contains many well-known minstrel comedians [see photo], dancers and singers, also an operatic orchestra of forty pieces. Seats ready tomorrow.

Aspen welcomed home its Olympic athletes last week. Fifty years ago the paper welcomed an Aspenite who had taken a leave of absence from ski school to coach the U.S. women’s alpine ski team for the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.Once again the lights are burning brightly in the Pfeifer house on West Hallam. The whole family have been gone a year, spending the majority of their time in St. Anton, Austria, where Friedl Pfeifer grew up. ‘Tis nice to have them home again.A recycled mining tipple became an apartment house (see photo) in 1956 at the hands of KNCB Moore. It was recently scraped in the frenzied gentrification of Aspen to make way for the Residences at Little Nell. The paper reported,The advent of Aspen’s first skyscraper was commemorated last Saturday when the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Moore, held Open House at the Tipple Inn. An historic landmark, Tipple Inn is a three story, three apartment building conversion of the original lower terminal of the Park Tramway. Though it is but a tiny miniature of the well known skyscraper apartment buildings found in such places as Chicago and Rio de Janeiro, it impresses one in the same manner for it springs from the earth in a straight shaft.Round and round we go …

Rifle’s oil shale demonstration plant of what could develop into a booming industry will be abandoned by the Federal government this summer. …[Colorado Congressman Wayne] Aspinall charged the Administration and the Bureau of Mines with “badly bungling their responsibilities” in the Rifle operation. “They have allowed a vital and worthwhile program to fritter away,” he declared. … The oil shale program was begun in 1945 for the purpose of carrying on experimental work in mining shale and the extraction of oil from shale. The idea was that when the government had carried the experimental program to the point where it would be commercially feasible, then private industry would step in and take over.

Let the races begin!”It’s a go! We’re going full bore.”That’s the word from the Aspen skiing Corporation – which got its approval this week for the World Cup races from the Federation Internationale du Ski (FIS) technical delegate and is pushing ahead with every bit of equipment at its disposal to get the Aspen Mountain downhill and giant slalom courses ready for next week’s competition. …Warm weather and thin snow cover had left the Aspen Mountain slopes more brown than white last week and led to some doubts about whether the races could be held; but last Friday’s storm, coupled with a general drop in temperature that allowed for effective snowmaking, turned the brown spots white just in time.Hollywood, oil and skiing, a typical 1980s conglomerate, as the paper reported,Twentieth Century-Fox Corporation executives meet tomorrow to consider Denver oil millionaire Marvin Davis’ $660 million bid to acquire the diversified film company, which owns the Aspen Skiing Corporation. …The announcement sent the price of the corporate stock skyward on Wall Street. The price per share jumped Monday from $53.40 to $61.62 as a record 472,000 Fox shares were traded.A spokesman for Davis, Bob Barrett, denied that the Aspen Ski Corporation would be sold separately to local interests.