25-50-100 years ago
January 9, 2007
Microfilm of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1907 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.There traffic problems in the commercial core were different 100 years ago, the paper noted.About 1:30 yesterday afternoon the team of John Hayley became frightened while standing on Cooper avenue in front of Rufe Sarson’s harness shop and enjoyed a lively spin down Cooper to the corner of Mill where the horses collided with a telephone pole, breaking the tongue and harness quite badly. Mr. Hayley resides on a ranch at Highland and was in town yesterday purchasing supplies and attending to other business. The horses escaped uninjured.Bad things come in threes. The unfortunate Mr. Seaman was probably wondering what was next. The many friends of Levi Seaman will regret to hear that he had the misfortune to break his leg again Sunday at Lenado. Mr. Seaman was in company with another man going to Lenado, the former driving. The snow being quite deep they had to do a great deal of shoveling. Mr. Seaman got out of the sleigh to attend to something around the vehicle and his foot caught in the chain and his leg was broken. He had the same leg broken a few months ago while coming down the hill over in Riverside and was just excused from the hospital about a week ago.
The Quiet Years in Aspen were becoming more and more quiet every day. The paper reported,L.S. Taylor, an old-time resident of the city, left on last evening’s Grande for Vance Tunnel, near Telluride, to remain for an indefinite time.Mr. and Mrs. Alex Pearson, well-known Aspenites, are making arrangements to leave the city next week. Mr. Pearson will go to Goldfield and Mrs. Pearson and little son Frank will go to California to spend the remainder of the winter.A newspaper advertisement for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad (see photo) also touted going to California for the winter.Spend Your Winter OnThe Pacific CoastSpecial nine months excursion tickets – $80 for the round trip – from all Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Main Line points to California and Northwest. Corresponding rates from all other stations.A daily line of through standard and tourist sleeping cars is operated between Denver and San Francisco, Los Angeles and Northwest.For additional information as to train service, sleeping car reservations, call on-The Rio Grande Agent -S.K. Hooper, G.T. & P.A., Denver, Colo.
The net was cast far and wide 50 years ago for Aspen’s Wintersköl queen, the paper reported.Ten queen candidates from five states are being sent to spend this week to represent their ski clubs in the annual Wintersköl Queen Contest.Representing clubs in Colorado, Arizona, Chicago, Wisconsin and Illinois, the girls began arriving here Tuesday for the carnival. They will be guests of Aspen during their stay.One of the 10 candidates [see photo] will be selected as Wintersköl Queen by a panel of judges during the Snowshow talent spectacle on Friday evening.The name of the queen, however, will not be announced until the following evening during the Silver Mask Wintersköl Ball. At this time the lucky girl will be crowned.Reserved for the queen are many gifts from local businesses. Among her gifts will be a complete ski outfit including pants, parka, boots, skis, poles and accessories.Instead of today’s cocktail contest between Aspen’s bars, there was the Saloon Slalom 50 years ago.
Marked by heated rivalries and rampant emotions, the annual Wintersköl Saloon Slalom will be held Sunday at noon on Little Nell.Things will begin with the usual parade of the assembled Red Onion and Golden Horn forces to the slopes.Once there, the martialed troops compete in the slalom.
Team captains are the Onion’s Werner Kuster and the Horn’s Steve Knowlton. The teams are comprised of employees from the two Aspen saloons.If the Onion wins, Horn employees have to wear Onion patches, and if the Horn wins, the Onion has to prominently display the Horn signThe Hungarian Revolution and its violent Russian suppression occurred in October 1956. As usual, Aspen could be counted on to extend a helping hand, the paper noted,
Eight or more Hungarian refugees and their families will soon be on their way to new homes in Aspen if the efforts of the local refugee committee are successful. …Formed before Christmas, the rescue council has been busy ascertaining details and arranging to find sponsors for qualified refugees.Among the positions offered by Aspen residents in helping the homeless Hungarian refugees are those of printer, baker, ski instructor, domestic help, hotel employee, plumber, carpenter and shoemaker. Under the stipulations of the government refugee aid program, a specific job must be promised for each refugee or each family head before they are allowed to leave the collection center at their point of entry. …The problem in Aspen, according to [committee head] Mrs. [Garth] Williams, is not the availability of jobs but housing.
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