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25-50-100 years ago

Sara Garton
Musicians pass the lemonade stand as they arrive for the Music Festival (see 1956). (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

Microfilm of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1906 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.The good old summertime, when idleness is the devil’s playground as the paper reported, THOSE AWFUL BOYSJohn Q. Davidson cam to the city yesterday from his ranch on Maroon creek.He claims that within the past month he has had twenty-six chickens killed by boys who walk out upon the iron bridge spanning Maroon creek and from that vantage point stone his chickens to death. The doors and windows of his house also have been broken to pieces with rock.

On Sunday Mr. Davidson captured three of the youngsters from whom he obtained the names of nine boys who had taken part in the destruction of his property.Mr. Davidson says if the parents of the boys do not make good the damage done, there will be something doing.Another article noted,POSTOFFICE DESECRATIONLast evening between the hours of 6 and 7:30 o’clock some vandals tore out about three square feet of plaster just above the wainscoting in the postoffice. There are two holes cut in the west wall and a large number of initials have been added by the same artist, as they all have the same mark … .Several months ago the boys got busy marking and otherwise defacing the walls of the postoffice and the matter was placed in the hands of the officers when the outrages ceased until about a week ago when new defacements began to appear. …A good cure for this form of insanity or cussedness would be a big woodpile, a saw and an axe and someone to see it that these young geniuses were kept busy and out of devilment.An unusual show at the Wheeler Opera House was announced,The San Francisco fire and earthquake pictures at the opera house Saturday night are the best views of the dreadful calamity on exhibition. Not fake moving pictures, but showing actual conditions and how the city looked before and after destruction.You will also have the four latest illustrated songs, by real live singers. Tickets at Coopers this morning at 15c, 25c and 35c.

The Food & Wine Magazine Classic heralds the beginning of Aspen’s summer season in 2006. Fifty years ago it was events at the Aspen Meadows . The paper reported, Things will be popping hereabouts this weekend as Designers, Musicians and Students throng into Aspen from all parts of the country.For the first time, the International Design Conference, The Music Festival and Aspen Institute will begin their summer activities simultaneously.About 600 designers will arrive … Some will come from as far away as Tokyo, Japan, and Milan, Italy, to participate in the sixth annual Design meeting.

This year’s conference is arranged in three cycles: Management and design, the practice of design, and education and design. …Aspen Music Festival artists and music students [see photo] are already arriving in Aspen.Fifty artists and school faculty members and over 250 music students will bring the music roster to 300.The first concert is scheduled for next Wednesday afternoon in the Amphitheater. Roman Totenberg, Alexander Tninsky, Eunice Alberts, Jan Behr and the Juilliard Quartet will perform. …Nine business executives have enrolled in the Aspen Institute’s first Executive Session which will begin on Sunday and runs through July 7.Moderators and lecturers for the two week period will be Mortimer J. Adler, Williard Hurst, Professor Michael P. Fogarty of Notre Dame, Walter Turner, International Pressman’s Union, and Dr. Humaynn Kabir, secretary to the ministry of education, New Delhi, India. The paper reported good news for both Aspen citizens and visitors,Aspen will have a complete sewer system and disposal plant within the year.In the Sanitation District special bond election on June 15, 134 people voted for the proposed sewer system plan and 84 voters were opposed. …Organized in 1950, the Sanitation District has been working for the passage of this measure for six years. …The plant will be located on several acres of land to the south of the Roaring Fork and west of the Red Mountain road, just below the railroad depot.

Reporters bemoaned the end of offseason, but rejoiced that Italy was in Aspen.Each year the International Design Conference at Aspen marks the beginning of the busy summer season.And each year, for us at The Aspen Times, that means we can’t sit in the sun on the bench in front of the office any longer. It’s time to dive in.

This time it was con brio and much gusto that we swam through the creative diversity and energy implicit in “The Italian Idea” [at the IDCA] …From the school board to “Anatomy of Venice.” From county commissioner meetings to “The Galileo Project: Mission to Jupiter.” From the newsroom to the sandcastle. We invite you to wade in with us and sample the Italian spirit.As City Hall reviews the pace and type of development in 2006 Aspen, the planning department was taking a hard look at their workload and the Growth Management Plan in 1981. The paper reported,Planning Director Sunny Vann met with the members of the Planning & Zoning Commission last week to explain his office’s work program.That program, Vann said, has at the top of the list a review of the growth management policy plan and completion of the Smuggler Area Master Plan. Vann said that he has reorganized the planning office itself in order to accomplish the extensive work program. …”Nearly four years after its adoption,” [planner Alan] Richman said, “the GMP is facing numerous challenges as policies related to the growth rate, location of development, density and support services are seriously questioned.”

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