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25-50-100 years ago

Sara Garton
William Tagert moved into the 20th century when he purchased the Hart Baggage and Bus Line 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.Well, it happened last Tuesday at The Aspen Times, and it happened 100 years ago at The Aspen Democrat: The press went down.The big cylinder press of The Democrat is down and out for the time being, the broken parts now being at Mellor’s foundry for repairs. In the meantime, The Democrat is being printed on the Times press and if your paper does not reach you as early as usual, please forgive us as it is unavoidable. It is expected our press will be in running for tomorrow morning’s issue. The Democrat takes this opportunity to express its gratitude to the Times.The mountainsides continued to run with the spring thaw. The paper reported,

A snowslide came down yesterday about noon at the point of the road below the Burns shaft, and a large number of people were engaged in looking at the slide last evening from the different street corners as a horse had fallen off the trail and rolled down the slide, where it had to be shoveled out. Fortunately the horse escaped injury.The paper printed a wire story, with a dateline, MANILA, a headline asking, “Are the Philippines Worth the Price?” and a subhead, “During Battle with the Moros Eighteen American Boys Killed.” It’s a question asked today.Major General Leonard Wood, commander of the division of the Philippines, reports as follows from Jolo, the capital of the Sulu Islands:A severe action between troops, naval detachments, constabulary and hostile Moros took place at Mt. Dajo near Jolo during the afternoon of march 6 and the morning of March 8.. The action involved the capture of Mt. Dajo, a lava cone 2,100 feet high with a crater at its summit and extremely steep. The action resulted in the extinction of a band of outlaws, who, recognizing no chief, had been raiding friendly Moros, and owing to their defiance of the American authorities had stirred up a dangerous condition of affairs. A popular longtime owner of Aspen’s livery stable (see photo) was keeping up with the times, as the paper announced,William C. Tagert has purchased the Hart baggage and bus line and will conduct the business along the most courteous lines and will be Johnny on the spot in taking your baggage to the trains or delivering your person safe and sound at your home when you return.When you want anything in the bus line, call up Billy.Wow – a real bunny for your Easter basket! A large crowd of boys and girls gathered at Eddy’s dry goods store yesterday afternoon after school and each was presented with a rabbit as an Easter token.

Easter Sunrise Service at the Sundeck (see photo) has been a spiritual and inspirational tradition for more than 50 years. The paper reported,Plans are completed for the highest Easter Service in the world that will be held at Sunrise next Sunday morning, April 1, on Aspen Mountain. Rev. Bronston Greenwood, minister of the Community Church will conduct the service in cooperation with the Aspen Skiing Corporation, the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce.

The lift will begin operating at 4 a.m. Sunday morning. For those who do not have regular lift tickets., the round trip will be $1.00. Those who wish may ski down.Worshippers will meet at the Sundeck. As the first rays of the morning sun peek over the tops of Mt. Elbert, Mt. Princeton, Mt. Harvard and Mt. Yale, all located about 10 miles east of the Sundeck, the service will begin. …Dr. J. Sterling Baxter will be the song leader.Hanna and Paul Wirth, who operate the Sundeck, will serve an Easter breakfast after the service for 75 cents.The process for zoning the city of Aspen, being brand-new, was certainly simpler 50 years ago. However, the rancor that typifies public hearings today raised its head during one discussion. The paper reported,Under the able direction of chairman Michael Garrish, the Aspen Zoning Board met last Tuesday evening to discuss the various phases of zoning as it will apply to Aspen. Only a few interested citizens turned out for this important conference, but those who did were most impressed with the benefits Aspen will derive from the high standards established by Trafton Bean, City Planning expert. It is expected that the zoning regulations will be adopted by the City Council after one or two more hearings. Immediately after adoption, everyone will be guided by its regulations. …Chairman Garrish had some difficulty in controlling the heat of the arguments pro and con on the potential rerouting of State Highway 82 through Aspen [from its route on Main to Galena to Cooper]. It was contended that Aspen’s resort economy is centered in the 80 year old downtown area, with the present routing of Highway 82 funneling the motorists into this long established section. …When questioned, Mayor Robison and Councilman Glidden stated he favored the rerouting, but Chairman Garrish said he is in favor of leaving the highway as it is now. This issue will probably develop into a hassle, as it should, and all citizens who have opinions should voice them to their councilmen.

The merry-go-round of city politics never stops – the music of the Calliope is still the same – as the paper reported,Aspen’s historic preservation commission (HPC) voted to urge city council to delay action in the demolition or relocation of historic Aspen houses until a current historic inventory project is completed.The particular Victorian house that recently sparked controversy over the loss of many of Aspen’s old structure is located at 135 E. Cooper. … The owners of the house want to move it to a location on Garmisch Street across from the Given Institute in the largely Victorian West End.In its place on Cooper, the owners allegedly plan to erect a prefabricated apartment building.This winter it’s Gretchen Bleiler. In 1981 it was “Mad Dog” Madsen.Beth Madsen, long one of the top junior racers in Aspen, made a strong claim to being one of the very top junior racers in the country by finishing first in the women’s combined rankings at the Junior Olympics at Squaw Valley last week.

Madsen, who is known around the U.S. Ski Team offices as “Mad Dog” Madsen, was crowned combined champion on the basis of her performance in all three alpine disciplines: slalom, GS and downhill.Happy Silver Wedding Anniversary, Madsens and Youngs!Connie Gallaher and George Madsen were married March 21 by Rev, Gregg Anderson at the Prince of Peace Chapel before their children and a small group of friends. Madsen is presently a Pitkin County Commissioner. He formerly was marketing director for the Aspen Skiing Corporation.Mary Webster and Brig Young were married March 24 at the home of the bride by Judge Tam Scott. Witnesses were his children, Linda and Richard Young. The bride has been an Aspen resident for 10 years. The groom has lived here for the past year and does financial and estate planning.


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