25-50-100 years ago
December 12, 2006
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 mumps were making the rounds in Aspen just before the holidays, and the paper noted every case.Francis Reed is now wrestling with the mumps.Sam Stanepis is reported suffering from an attack of the mumps at his home on Juan street.John Feldman is suffering from dem dar mumps, and he doesn’t feel the best in the world.The little daughter of Mrs. M.B. Brown is reported suffering from an attack of the prevailing rage – the mumps.A few days later, in “About The City,” it was reported.,
Same old mumps!Good morning! Have you been mumpseyized?Miss Mildred Burch is unable to attend school owing to a visit from the mumps.Finally, another pestilence to report,Joe Melfi is again able to resume his duties at the Mellor foundry after a siege of the grippe.Indignantly, Editor “Cap” Dailey pronounced,No, dear reader, the editor of The Democrat didn’t have the mumps. He is going to make Mr. A. C. Salisbury apologize or else prosecute him in the courts. This thing of saying things about an editor won’t do, and Mr. Salisbury said we had the mumps.The paper reassured its young readers,
The Democrat is in receipt of many letters from children addressed to Santa Claus, which will be forwarded with our best wishes, and we have no doubt but that Santa will remember each of his young correspondents on Christmas.The McNichols children were in store for a very big surprise Christmas morning – too big (see photo) to fit under the tree.Last night the raffle for Shield’s Shetland pony outfit was pulled off at Thomas’ cigar store.M.C. McNichols threw 46. Dr. Setzler 45, and Herman Nelson 46. These were the three highest throws of the dice made during the evening.In the throw-offs of the tie between McNichols and Nelson, Mike threw 29 and Herman, 26 – Mike capturing the pony for his children.’Tis the season to help those in need, the paper reminded the community, Mrs. D.M. Hayes, state superintendent of Rescue Work for the W.C.T.U., will address the people of Aspen at the prayer-meeting tonight in the Methodist church [see photo]. Her subject will be “Save the Girls,” and all are invited and ALL SHOULD GO. …The Democrat appends an article relative to the rescue work from the pen of this gifted lady. …SOULS ADRIFTHow bitterly hard is the lot of the girl who, having gone astray, would gladly retrieve her reputation – only those who have come in touch with her can realize. A man may go down into the depths of degradation and he is never so low that some friendly hand may be found to meet his, but the woman, alas! … Once a poor girl in such a bitter strait put a bullet through her brain. That aroused the mother-heart of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, and twenty years ago they founded the Cottage Home. Not for the depraved woman, but for the unfortunate child who just at the time when she most needs help and hope is taken, is sheltered, cared for and given one more chance for decent womanhood. …Once we closed our doors for want of funds. We appealed to the public to help these unfortunates. Now it is open again, and please God, it will never be closed while a betrayed girl needs our help.DINNIE M. HAYES
The Aspen Ski School instructors were brushing up on their skills (see photo) and training new people for the holiday rush, The Aspen Times reported,Believed to be the largest of its kind in this country, the annual Aspen Ski School instructors course ended last Saturday, Dec. 15. …Sixty-five people attended the daily sessions. Thirty-five of the students had not previously been connected with ski school. The other 30 were regular instructors. Ending the week-long series of classes was an examination for the new instructors on Saturday. Composed of five stations, the exam was judged by the directors and supervising instructors of the school.Seventeen of the 35 potential instructors passed the final exam. Those that did not will have another opportunity to show their ability following a second series of classes to be given this week by ski school directors Friedl Pfeifer and Fred Iselin.However, the paper wrote, one of those ski school directors had a close call during training week.”This can’t happen to me,” thought Fred Iselin [see photo] when buried by an avalanche last Friday, Dec. 14, “it’s the wrong day.”Iselin was caught and buried by a powder snow slide while leading a group of instructors and ski patrolmen down the back side of Bell Mountain. He was completely engulfed except for the fingers of one hand.”We were tracking the new snow to make it safe for skiing,” Iselin explained to the Aspen Times. “I told the others to stay back while I tested the slope. Suddenly I was immersed in moving snow. It came too fast for me to do anything.
“Luckily I lost one of my poles. That enabled me to move the fingers of one hand. The other hand was held by a vise of snow.”Iselin’s moving fingers may be credited with saving his life. They were spotted by Tom Carter and Hal Hartman of the ski patrol, who were on the slope above and enabled them top locate his buried form. Aiding the two patrolmen in their frantic effort to dig out the ski school co-director were patrolmen Dave Stapleton and Chuck Bolte and several members of the ski school.”I was saved because I lost my pole,” Iselin added. “But I can remember thinking that such an accident should not occur on Friday the 14th.”The Aspen Times noted a U.S. Bureau of Advertising survey that claimed six states provided most of Colorado’s tourists 50 years ago. The survey showed that over 60 percent of Colorado visitors are from Texas, California, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois.Leading furnisher of Colorado tourists is Texas, which annually supplies us with 16 percent of the travelers, the survey revealed.However, the Aspen community wished these Texas visitors had stayed home. The paper reported, Six small bones were fractured in the face of Jerome bartender Dick Payne last Monday evening when he was assaulted and beaten by three Texans.Payne was leaving the Golden Horn bar when the three unknown men called him back and attacked him. He was accompanied by two girls who had previously asked him to escort them home when the boys they were with became noisy and disrespectful. The three youths, known to be from Texas, but otherwise unidentified, followed Payne and the girls from the building. They then called him back in obscene terms and assaulted him.Following the beating Payne was given first aid by the two girls. Tuesday he was taken to Grand Junction for treatment at the hospital there.Although a search was initiated for the three men Tuesday they were not found.
Our night skies are so clear, it seems we can reach out and touch the stars. Perhaps they are reaching back, The Aspen Times reported,Did Pam Fox experience a UFO sighting? …On Nov. 11 she was driving from Leadville to Aspen over Independence Pass [at 6.30 p.m.].”I noticed this very bright star on my right. It looked as though it were right over the pass. I thought it must be a big planet – it was 50 times brighter than any star. I decided if I could still see it when I got to the top of the pass, I’d get out and check it out.” …Fox pulled into the into the parking lot at the top of the pass. She said a white van also pulled in, coming up from the Aspen side, but pulled out before she could say anything.”And then some red flashing lights came from the direction of Aspen, circled around the star and went off into the Southwest. … [The star] was right above the tree line and looked the size of a huge helicopter. The whole thing was more squashed looking than perfectly round.”I kept blinking my eyes – it was golden white, there were red lights at the top and the sides. And there was something like a leak or an extension of star fire going down from it.”Fox says she had a very peaceful feeling throughout the experience. And then the star moved soundlessly in a horizontal plane and vanished.Pitkin County was in dire need of a new jail. It was becoming a problem to keep prisoners locked up, the paper wrote.
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Pitkin County Jail escapee Bill Rayman was back in custody 24 hours after his break from Pitkin County Jail Friday, but the big question remains why he left. …Rayman was picked up by John Strong shortly after midnight when Strong saw Rayman walking east on Highway 82. Observing Rayman was wearing only thin-soled street shoes, Strong offered Rayman a ride back to a bonfire near the closure gate. …Deputies suspected Rayman might be in the area when Judy Goss called Sheriff Richard Kienast Friday evening to report her cabin had been burglarized.Chester Goss, at the bonfire when Strong brought Rayman down the road, recognized some clothing Rayman was wearing as having been taken from the cabin. …Rayman, 22, left the jail illegally only a few hours before he would have been authorized to leave jail to look for a job as part of the county’s work release program. …Rayman had been granted permission by District Court Judge JE DeVilbiss to seek a job after [public defender Calvin] Lee tendered the guilty plea to two of four felony theft charges on Dec. 7.[Deputy Bob] Braudis granted Rayman trustee status shortly after, allowing Rayman to sleep in a back room outside the century-old, five-cell steel cage that serves as the county jail. …The room Rayman slept in opens onto the jail’s exercise yard, and footprints from the outside of the fenced-in yard lead deputies to believe that Rayman escaped by climbing the yard fence.It was the second escape from the exercise yard this year.We know she is a distinguished member of the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners, but did you know she was a distinguished member of the Colorado Association of School Boards? The paper announced,Dorothea A. Farris of Woody Creek has been honored by the Colorado Association of School Boards.She was presented with the association’s Distinguished Service Award at the group’s annual convention Dec. 7 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. …Farris was a member of the Aspen School District’s school board for 12 years. … She was recognized for her service as a member of the CASB board of directors, having served as regional vice president representing the northwest part of the state, … for her leadership on the Mountain Board of Cooperative Services, … for her services on the CASB legal issues and nominating committees, … and for her interest in and service on the Colorado Commission of Teacher Education and Certification.