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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.Don’t you just start scratching as you read this newspaper ad?HEAVYPLUSHWOOLUNDERWEARin light or dark colorsRegular 3.25 GradeOn Sale at $2.45KOBEY’S [see photos]
The paper crowed,The Glenwood football team arrived in this city yesterday and returned in the evening after receiving a good drubbing.Our downvalley neighbors seemed to be poor sports, as they didn’t even stick around for the post-game entertainment, the paper reported. The members of the Aspen High School football team gave a dance at the Jerome last evening in honor of the visiting team from Glenwood, with the guests of honor absent as they had returned on the evening’s Midland. However, the dance was on, and the home boys carried their part to the finish. A most pleasant evening was enjoyed by the young folks dancing to the delightful music as furnished by the Harrington orchestra.There was good news to report from a major but depressed sector of Aspen’s economy.Here we have evidence that Aspen’s on the up grade and climbing the hill at sixty miles an hour.
This morning the Hyman Brown and Newman properties, which practically involves the entire district, will post notices of an increase of 25 cents a day in the wages of the miners and other employees on the mines. The raise will go into effect on the first of next month.This increase in wages was entirely unsolicited by the mine workers and was entirely due to the action of the men that own the mines … and they make the increase in wages a recognition of the worth of their men.There is not another mining camp in the state that can show such a record on the part of its mine owners. Just the reverse is generally the rule.But our mine owners are too big, too good and too open-handed to wait until their men strike for an increase. They believe in encouraging faithful service.This 25 cents a day will fill the stockings of the little ones next Christmas and make many a home cheerful and happy. Keep right on smiling and pushing Aspen. She is the best little city on the face of this mundane sphere.HURRAH FOR ASPEN!Hurrah for our mine owners and a “tiger” for our miners and their families.Sometimes a newspaper reader will go ballistic. The Democrat reported about its competitor, The Aspen Times,Tuesday a warrant was sworn out in Justice Sanders’ court by C.H. Pitney, manager of the Aspen Times, for the arrest of Joseph Warner, charging him with threats to kill.Yesterday Warner was brought into court, arraigned and pleaded not guilty, and was released on giving bond for $250. The hearing for the case was set for 10 o’clock Saturday morning, Oct. 13. In all probability there will be some spicy developments when the case comes up for hearing.
Aspen hunters wasted no time in taking their quarry, the paper reported.Three elk and two deer [see photo] were reported shot by Aspen residents within an hour of the opening of the 1956 hunting season, and one elk was taken by bow and arrow a week before the season opened.First animal to be shot after the official opening of the season was an 8-point elk killed by Guido Meyer. Meyer shot the 850-pound giant at about 6:30 a.m. one and a half miles above Snowmass Lodge.Second animal and first deer to be shot by an Aspen resident was a 4-point buck shot by Bob Colen. Colen left Aspen at 6 in the morning and killed his 125-pound buck on Gentleman’s Ridge at about 7.Two more elk were shot about the same time by Aspenites on different ranges. Hod Nicholson killed a 7-point bull at the head of Hunter Creek, and Bert Simons and Roy Vroom shared a kill just north of Gold Hill. Both animals were hit at about 7 a.m.First big game bagged by an Aspen resident, however, is attributed to Don Randall. Using a bow and arrow, Randall shot a 2-point buck in the hills north of the highway between Carbondale and Basalt.Randall’s shot was made at a distance of 30 yards and only one arrow was necessary for the kill. The buck fell within 50 feet of the spot on which he was standing when hit.From the previous report, there would be plenty of meat for a popular annual dinner. The paper noted,
The annual Hospital Benefit dinner is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10.As in the past, then menu will include the choicest sorts of wild game, with tamer, more domestic fare for the more timid diners.The Hospital Board has announced that they will happily accept contributions of deer and elk from the area’s victorious hunters.Before the era of weapons in a student’s book bag, an editorial criticized “the patrol plan” at the Aspen school.A few days ago at a 5th grade mother’s room meeting, one parent objected to the patrol plan used at the school. Under this system certain students were asked to observe, then report the misbehavior of their fellows.The fact that two or three students in each elementary class above the first grade were required to inform officials of the actions of their schoolmates was a shock to us.There is no doubt that discipline is necessary in any school. Certain regulations are essential and must be obeyed. But there are other and better ways of maintaining order than by asking children to tattle.Such a practice when rotated over one-week periods can only lead to the expression of personal animosities and increased ill will among students. Worse, we feel that it also creates an unhealthy atmosphere, an atmosphere in direct variance to accepted social codes based on group loyalty.After hearing the complaint, Mr. Speer, the superintendent, promised to take the matter into consideration. Last Tuesday it was discussed by the elementary school faculty, and revisions were decided upon which limit the patrol to safety functions.We think this was a wise move, and we think Mr. Speer and the elementary school faculty should be commended for recognizing a defect and correcting it.
A letter to the editor reminded the community that a world-famous entertainer always found time in his busy schedule for Aspen’s young people. Dear Editor:Wednesday, Oct. 7, the Aspen High School had the great honor of having John Denver appear at an all-school assembly.He shared with us two of his songs and his concerns about the world. His presence on Wednesday gave us a chance to realize the importance of our education and our future role in society.We would like to thank John Denver for his time and help in getting Homecoming week [see photo] off to a good start.Margaret BaxterStudent Body PresidentThe Aspen Times published a series of articles throughout the fall on the deplorable condition of the county jail in the basement of the courthouse. One report by Mick Ireland was headlined, “Judges see present jail as obstacle.”
Though neither of the county’s two judges could quantify their experience, both County Court Judge Tam Scott and District Court Judge JE DeVilbiss acknowledged at an Oct. 5 Jail Advisory Committee meeting that the county’s present jail hinders their ability to mete out justice.Though Judge DeVilbiss opened the discussion … by disclaiming any “political or philosophical position” on the issue of a new jail, he admitted that his ability to sentence convicts and keep the court docket moving is hampered by the county’s present five-cell facility.”There are times I know we need the space to hold [pretrial] prisoners, and I know there isn’t space for work release [sentences],” he said. …Pitkin county has no facilities for women prisoners or juveniles, and often hasn’t enough space for male prisoners. …Commenting on the lack of facilities for women, Judge Scott said, “With women, you have to ship them off to Mesa County, and with a five-day sentence, you kind of wonder, is it really worth it?” …DeVilbiss noted that the reluctance of state and local governments to provide for the incarceration of the new prisoners could lead to intervention by the federal judiciary. …Echoing the repeated warnings of jail administrator Bob Braudis and experts who have addressed the jail group in the past, DeVilbiss said, “It’s just a matter of time before someone gets before a federal court in Denver and says, ‘Gentlemen, your jail is shut down. Not tomorrow, but now.'”There was controversy last spring regarding the removal of two evergreen trees from the northwest corner of Main and Galena streets. However, tree removal was approved at this corner 25 years ago, the paper noted in an account of a City Council meeting.By a three-to-two vote the council voted to permit the highway department to remove one cottonwood tree at the corner of Galena and Main to permit installation of a traffic light previously approved by the council. [It was] explained that the tree was partially dead and its removal would give the two trees next to it a better chance of survival.[It was] also explained the mechanism needed to coordinate the existing three red lights and to make the Mill and Main a four-way stop had not been received by the highway department.
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