25-50-100 years ago
Microfilm of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1907 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.Obviously these mountain cats were not endangered then as they are now, as the paper reported,Frank Warren had two fine lynx yesterday which his father-in-law, Mr. Glace, had killed out on Red Butte. They were very large and attracted a great deal of attention yesterday, Mr. Warren having them in the post office for a short time.There was more wildlife news to report – and a sighting of a species that has recently made forays to Colorado from neighboring states.Ray Phillips spent yesterday hunting [see photo] at Woody Creek and returned last evening with a number of fine rabbits. Mr. Phillips reports having seen a large black wolf at that place.
The paper printed a story with a dateline of Brush, Colo., Jan. 31. Aspen women living 100 years ago could certainly make the same complaint (see photo) as their sisters on the eastern plains.The women of Brush have gone on the warpath, figuratively speaking, against the town authorities, business men and others, who, they believe, are responsible for the dirty and filthy condition of the streets of this place. The women have organized a society for a spotless town and unless those responsible for the muddy condition of the thoroughfares have been cleaned by Saturday, they will put on old clothes Monday and with brooms, shovels, rakes, etc. do the work themselves.The leading spirits behind the spotless town movement are in deadly earnest about the matter and have called a meeting for Saturday afternoon at which every women in town has been asked to attend.Dirty streets and what measures are necessary to keep them clean will be the sole subject discussed. The town officials, merchants and others will come in for an artistic roasting for their apparent indifference as to how the streets are taken care of.This longtime Aspen family has not only had a hand in ranching and skiing, they were also miners, according to the paper.The following was paced on file in the county clerk’s office yesterday: Location certificates on the Portland Nos. 1, 2 and 3 mining claims of F. Marolt et al. The claims are situated in Columbia mining district, Pitkin County.
There were foxes in the henhouse, The Aspen Times reported, with the headline, “Three Times Employees Flee Coop This Week.”The Aspen Times [see photo], “Aspen’s oldest business,” was nearly out of business this week when 3 of its 6 employees suddenly left Aspen.Skipping out without any notice to Times publisher William R. Dunaway were bookkeeper Joan Lucksinger, linotype operator Betty Peak and her husband, shop foreman Tony Peak.According to reports, the Peaks left Aspen early Sunday morning, Miss Lucksinger, from Basalt, was with them then and may have accompanied them to their destination which is believed to be some place in Florida. Several people in Aspen had known for 10 days that the Peaks planned to leave, but they kept news of their imminent departure from Dunaway.Behind them the Peaks left a sizable number of bills and bad checks and some belongings which they had asked a friend to ship for them.However, the belongings are being held by Dunaway and Terese David, who owned the house the Peaks were living in.The morning after they left, it was discovered that several tools and small machines were missing from the Times shop.For many years, a large nightclub and fine-dining area were additions to the original Red Onion bar (see photo). The paper announced,
Las Vegas has come to Aspen in the form of a new show at the Red Onion. Called “The Las Vegas Review,” the show features four girls in a diverse musical show. …All of the girls dance and Miss Billi Marcel and Miss Lana Bashama each do solo numbers.The girls change costumes four times in the course of a performance.The news was the Aspen Skiing Corporation was about to get some competition.According to the Denver Post, a Steamboat Springs man is planning a ski development which will out-Aspen Aspen.Rancher Jim Temple announced last week that he had begun work on plans to develop Storm Mountain, two miles east of Steamboat, into a large ski area.Temple’s plans include a three-mile gondola-type lift with a vertical rise of 4,300 feet, it would carry 600 passengers per hour.Aspen’s original chairlift, which is known as the world’s longest, is slightly shorter and carries 275 people per hour.Also in the development will be a 200-room hotel, a skating rink, heated swimming pool and stables for horse cutter service.Temple said he would build the lift and cut the runs first and put up the trimmings later. In the beginning, he added, Steamboat itself could accommodate visitors.10,600-foot Storm Mountain is part of the Routt National Forest.Estimated cost for the entire development is $2 million.
It was possible Mayor Klanderud was called Madam Chair 25 years ago, although this reporter wasn’t sure what to call her. He had some fun, however, in writing up the Board of County Commissioners meeting.The county commissioners opened their meeting this week by electing Helen Klanderud as chairwoman of the board, replacing Bob Child, who has occupied the position of chairman for the past year. Following the election, Klanderud took over the reins and moved the commission briskly through the rest of the day’s agenda.The next order of business was the election of a vice-chairperson, a position which went to Tom Blake – creating a thorny syntactical problem since the board is led by a chairwoman, her stand-in can hardly be called vice-chairman. Blake, however, is unlikely to accept the title of vice-chairwoman. Fortunately, no one at the meeting seemed the least bit fazed by this difficulty, except for members of the local media.Following Blake’s election, the board completed its orgy of appointments by reappointing George Madsen as its representative to the chamber of commerce,
This done, the board proceeded to deal with a veritable salmagundi of minor administrative matters.An Aspen rooftop icon was making waves 25 years ago.The political flap over flagpoles in Aspen is not yet over, even after Harley Baldwin was fined in municipal court for erecting a flagpole on his Brand Building without a building permit from the Historic Preservation Committee.Baldwin apparently still wishes to fly a flag over the building, and had reportedly agreed to go through the approval process necessary from the HPC.Although Baldwin was not present at Tuesday’s regular HPC meeting, Building Department representative Bill Drueding said that cooperation between his department and Baldwin now exists.HPC member Mona Frost said that she checked historic records, and has found that flags could be legally flown night and day over government buildings, Fort McHenry and the grave of Francis Scott Key.However, she added, nothing in the records showed that flags could not be flown over other places.Drueding reminded the committee that only the flagpole, not the flag, is at issue.In other flagpole news, Drueding said that the courthouse flagpole question has been tabled until County Manager Curt Stewart discusses it with the commissioners.
The paper published an update about an ongoing controversy between the school board and parents of the elementary schoolchildren. Parents and teachers were relieved but not convinced when the school board of the Aspen Public Schools voted Monday to close just one elementary school in the fall of 1982.What bothered the group of over 60 people (the same group that had attended umpteen meetings about consolidation of the schools) was the fact that the board also stated that it will continue to study and plan for the closure of the other elementary school and the consolidation of all the schools on the Maroon Creek campus. …Mike Riley summarized the concern of many of the parents and teachers.”Using figures supplied by the school district, there appears to be no economic benefit attached to consolidating the students at the Middle School campus once one of the two elementary schools is closed,” he said. … School board president Nancy Van Domelen defended the board’s reasons for consolidation.”For the past three years the board has been wrestling with the problem of declining enrollment and the resulting problems of declining revenues in the general fund,” she said. … [Parent Gary Thompson] questioned Van Domelen if the board had studied the questions of the birth rate and renting of the [vacated] buildings.Van Domelen replied that the board listened to the recommendations of the administrators.Thompson replied, “I think board members should sit in on the committees – so that you are up on each issue yourselves.”