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25-50-100 years ago

Sara Garton

A new city ordinance decreed in 1906 that windows and doors of drinking establishments must have an unobstructed view from the street into the interior during closed hours. In 1892, the date of this photo, it was not against the law to lower the shades and awning of Madden's Saloon after closing. (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.A new city ordinance regulated there would be no drinking on the sly in public establishments (see photo) after closing time. The paper published that …No person or persons, partnerships or corporation who operate or run any saloon, shop or other place where intoxicating liquors are sold, under license from said city, shall put up, erect, or maintain any door, screens, window blinds, stained, ground, colored or darkened glass of any kind, to any of the doors, windows or openings … that will in any way obscure or prevent a full view of the interior … during and between the hours of twelve (12) o’clock at midnight and six (6) o’clock in the morning of every day in the weeks, and from twelve (12) midnight on Saturday of each and every week and six (6) o’clock in the morning of the following Monday of each and every week, and also between the opening and closing of the polls on the day of any municipal, county or state election.A group of Aspen women (see photo) were working their way through Shakespeare, with supplementary reading. The paper noted the assignment, The Shakespeare club meets Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Mrs. Carr. Roll call, quotations from Acts I and II. Study “Henry IV,” Part I, Act II. Leader, Mrs. Yates. Reading, chapter 7 of “England’s Story,” by Mrs. Silver.

Aspen knows how to party – especially when there’s a holiday to celebrate. The paper reported, The Aspen fire department will give its annual ball on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 29, at the New Armory. The committee having the affair in charge is working hard to make it a grand success, both socially and financially. The proceeds from this ball will be used in improving the interior of the station house, reflooring the stalls for the horses and other needed and necessary repairs. … The boys deserve encouragement in their endeavors and we believe they will receive it from our citizens.So girls, get out your best frocks for tomorrow night, as surely your best fellow will take you to the firemen’s dance.If you were not an Elk last night, you were in hard luck because last night was strictly Elk’s night … It being the eve of Thanksgiving, the house committee decided that a grand turkey roll was in order and accordingly invitations to that effect were sent to the members who as usual responded with alacrity. …Turkeys formed the principal decorations and were suspended from every nook and corner.The ever popular game of keno, cards and bowling were the methods used to pull down the ever toothsome turk and for several hours the various games waxed warm and with the cries of “keno!” from some fortunate individual and the noisy rattle of the heavy ten pin balls, the scene was indeed one of animation and good cheer that was good to see. In his Thanksgiving editorial, publisher “Cap” Dailey got it right.

This is a day of thanks and no people on the face of this big globe have more occasion to observe the occasion than have the people of this community and the region surrounding it. …The production of the soil, the richness of the mines, the munificent returns from the ranges are all sufficient reason for gratitude to the Giver of all good; but better than that, more permanent in its value, more profitable in the final reckoning is the awakening of the national conscience, the revival of convictions that make the righteousness in the individual and the state.

The Aspen Time had good news to report on its front page.Thanksgiving weekend this year proved to be the most profitable Thanksgiving period ever enjoyed by the Aspen ski lifts [see photo], it was revealed last week by the Aspen Ski Corp.During the four-day period from Thanksgiving through Sunday, a total of $10,633 was taken in by the three chairlifts in operation … [C]orporation officials hope to have the new double chairlift at Little Nell in operation by the middle of December.The paper noted a reunion (see photo) that was a tradition for many decades.Seventeen former residents of Aspen gathered in Los Angeles, Calif., one day in October for the semi-annual picnic of the Colorado Counties State Society. Held at the Sycamore Grove Park in Los Angeles, the picnic was attended by [about 25 people, whose names the paper listed]. The Aspen Ski School boasted a star on its roster for 1956. The paper reported,Called “the finest male Olympic skier ever produced in America,” ace Brooks Dodge will teach in the Aspen Ski School this winter.From Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, Dodge scored fourth in the slalom in last winter’s Olympics, which is the highest any man has ever placed in Olympic skiing.According to school co-director Fred Iselin, Dodge will be especially valuable to the school for training teams in slalom and downhill and for instruction in top classes. In addition, he is one of America’s top exponents of the new skiing technique “wedeln,” originated in Austria.Involving much up and down movement and short turns made by weighting the outside ski, the wedeln technique is used by the world’s top racers.Iselin added, “Friedeln, Fredeln and wedeln will be taught in the top classes of the Aspen Ski School.”

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes wrote that “Infernal machines are part of life” (see photo).The world of the future is already upon us.Computers are beeping in many offices around Aspen – and in even in some homes. Yet most people still think of them as “those infernal machines” and have no idea what computers do.Now Aspenites have a chance to learn all they want to know about computers because the Aspen Computer Society has formed with its premise being “to get people together to talk about computers.”The first general meeting of the group is Monday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Colorado Mountain College Building, and the group plans to meet twice a month, on the first and third Thursdays.The computer society is open free of charge to all ages.At the first meeting, five school students will bring their home computers and explain what they do with them. …Three of the society’s organizers, Sue Helm, Tony Hershey and Nick deWolf visited The Aspen Times this week to tell us about the group – and to look at our computer. …Hershey said that several teenagers have home computers. They use them for some homework; if they have a word printer, they can do their papers on the computers.

But most use their computers to play games, for entertainment.Said deWolf, “So what we want to do is expose kids to ways to use computers in real life … they already suspect computers can be more serious.” …DeWolf added, “There are already computers in the home – in cameras, watches and microwave ovens. The thermostat on your furnace will soon be obsolete, the temperature will be controlled by a computer.”Said Helm, “The home is frightened by computers, while small businesses love them.” There have been building moratoriums, and there have been extensions of building moratorium before, as the paper reported, Aspen’s three-month moratorium on construction in the RMF (residential multiple family) zoning district, which ends Nov. 30, was extended this week for another month. …Extension of the moratorium is needed to permit the planning and zoning commission to consider and make a recommendation on floor area ratio regulations for all residential districts, Assistant Planning Director Alan Richman told the council Monday. …The original moratorium was adopted in August at the request of residents in the area surrounding Aspen [Street] and Hyman [Avenue], who objected to lack of control on the bulk of duplexes being built in that neighborhood. …The same residents were also responsible for adoption by the city of a six-month moratorium on destruction or moving of Victorian houses listed on the historic inventory to permit implementation of a historic designation program. This expired at the end of October.

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The paper noted that “Night flight extension lands safely.”For the briefest of moments, it appeared it was lights out for the extension of the airport curfew Monday afternoon when a hearing held to decide that issue hung on the pivotal vote of Commissioner George Madsen.Although the measure creating a 10:30 p.m. absolute deadline for arrivals at Sardy field did pass by a 3-2 margin, Madsen managed to refute most arguments in favor of the extension before joining the majority. …Continued adherence to the local [8:30] curfew policy would mean [Aspen Airways or Rocky Mountain] would have no chance of making up [a delayed] flight later in the evening.The prospect of disgruntled passengers, plus pressure from a business community that still bears the scars of last year’s drop in tourist attendance, resulted in the proposed extension. …A motion offered by Commissioner Helen Klanderud picked up the immediate support of Commissioner Tom Blake and a dissenting vote by Michael Kinsley. … In the other opposition opinion, Board Chairman Bob Child said his vote was representative of downvalley constituents who were not so closely attuned to Aspen’s economical situation.He also said that the original intention of the early curfew was to protect the quality of life in the area and that an extension would only serve to erode it.The new curfew, which became effective yesterday and continues until April 15, is unlike the previous one in that it has no half-hour leeway for late arrivals. …Even though the operating hours of the airport have been extended, the field will continue to be closed to general aviation after sundown.Representatives of both airlines maintained that the private pilot careening around in the dark presented the greatest hazard to nighttime commercial flying.

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