25-50-100 years ago | AspenTimes.com

25-50-100 years ago

Sara Garton
Hallam Lake was a popular spot for dancing, fishing, picnics and ice-skating 100 years ago. The town gathered here to celebrate the Fourth of July. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)
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The citizens of Aspen, as well as their newspapers, reveled in the Fourth of July. The Aspen Democrat wrote all about it.The dawn of the glorious Fourth was ushered in by the firing of giant powder on the hills surrounding our beautiful city. The weather clerk was kind to us, providing one of the finest day of the year. Bright and early the small boy – and the big boy also – was out adding his quota to the general din which announced the beginning of a celebration that was to extend over into the morning of the fifth.The first event of the day was the parade of the St. Barbara society of Austro-Americans. The members of this society assembled at their hall at 9:30 in the morning and proceeded in a body, beared by the Aspen City band, to St. Mary’s church, where high mass was celebrated by Father Servant. … The church services being over, the members of the society, their families and friends assembled about the flag-staff erected in the schoolyard to assist in the ceremonies in connection with the raising of the American flag. When the flag had been run up, Father Servant delivered an eloquent and patriotic address on which he reminded those present that “America is your adopted country and it is for you to honor and obey its laws. That is the flag of your adopted country. If need should be, you must battle for it – even give up your lives in its defense.” …That these adopted sons of America are patriotic citizens is to their lasting credit, and as an old soldier who has fought for Old Glory said yesterday: “They are all right and are to be highly complimented for thus honoring in their own way their adopted banner.”

Did you attend the Eagles’ picnic at Hallam lake [see photo]? Well I guess – and then some! …In addition to the dancing pavilion where dancing began at 2 and continued until 6 o’clock, there were a number of booths scattered around the grounds, which furnished a variety of entertainment. Then there was the large dining pavilion with enough of the good things to eat to supply an army and the liquid refreshment booth well out in the shadow of Red mountain. A jollier or a better behaved crowd were never assembled at Hallam lake than that on the Fourth. Among the special features provided for the entertainment of the children as well as the grown folks were the following events.: Shot Put – Seventy-five Yard Dash – Ladies’ Nail Driving Contest – Girls’ Race – Running High Jump. …At 8 o’clock dancing was resumed in the large pavilion, which was crowded to its capacity all the evening, while those who had tired of the dance wandered about the grounds, seated themselves at the tables and regaled themselves on ice cream and cake or gathered beneath the electric lights and engaged in friendly banter and jokes.All said they had a great time flying with the Eagles and even if their wings were a little weary and they could no longer make a noise like an eagle – they were happy.A front-page article took the reader on a tour of the newly remodeled Kobey Shoe & Clothing Co. on Hyman Avenue (see photo). The term “bargain basement” was realized at Kobey’s.The Kobey Shoe & Clothing company has one of the most completely arranged and appointed store and sales room of any business house on the Western slope.

Recently several improvements have been made, not only on the ground floor but also in the basement.The main sales room is divided in the center for about one-half its length by a combination hat case and ladies’ shoe case, with sliding sash doors, made of quarter-sawed oak. The west side of the case is devoted to a display of men’s hats while the east side contains an elegant line of ladies’ shoes; the top being used to display the latest styles and varieties in suitcases. The stairway to the basement has been moved from the rear part of the store almost to its center and has been considerably enlarged. In the basement is located the wholesale department of the same lines of goods as are retailing on the upper floor, every article being duplicated in quantity to supply the demand. The storage rooms and bargain counters are also in the basement.This enterprising firm carries an enormous stock for a city of the population of Aspen and would rank in the first class in Colorado Springs, Pueblo or Denver.Sheep-rustlers were brought in by Aspen’s sheriff, the paper reported.Sunday night a train load of sheep arrived in the city over the Colorado Midland and yesterday morning they were unloaded across the river [see photo] and started up the Roaring Fork. As is usual on such occasions there are a number of laggards, and lambs are unable to keep up with the herd. These are considered legitimate prey by the small boys and others and they are picked up.Yesterday afternoon Sheriff Begley caught a couple of youngsters with a lamb in a bag and took them to the county jail and after reading them a good lecture, turned them loose.Microfilm of The Aspen Times 1904-1909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1907 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.

The Fork roared 50 years ago, according to The Aspen Times.Rising to an alltime high, the rampaging Roaring Fork River cut a wide swath through the valley this week, taking out bridges, roads and damaging adjacent pastures and farmlands.According to readings taken in Glenwood Springs on Monday, July 1, the Fork passed 19,350 second feet, measuring 8.65 feet in depth, surpassing the bigger Colorado River by over a thousand second feet. Both rivers fell on Tuesday. …Among the bridges most severely damaged by the high water are the Catherine Store, Emma, Hook, Redstone bridge to Marble, Slaughterhouse, Maroon Creek bridge and the hospital bridge to Aspen. They were all closed to traffic at presstime.In addition, water has been cutting away at county and state roads since Friday night. State and county crews with the help of private contractors have been dumping truckloads of gravel, twigs, branches and boulders along the edges to replace washed-out shoulders and deep undercuts. … wire fence bags filled with rocks [were] conceived and made by Design Conference conferees to shore up ground around bridges.

Crews have been working since Friday on State Highway 82 to keep the road open between Basalt and Aspen. One-way traffic is passing through the washed-out area and efforts are being made to minimize the river damage. The patrol has bound the road with strong steel cables and is placing larger boulders along the caved-in areas to hold the remaining part of the road intact. The paper noted the arrival in Aspen of two renowned folk singers. One would become the lead singer of The Limeliters.One of the town’s newest after-dark meccas is the Limelite which supplements the regular musical fare available to tourists by presenting top folk song artists. Currently starred are two of the nation’s best folk singers, Marilyn Child [see photo] and Glenn Yarbrough. Both are seasoned stars of the national nightclub circuit and the recording stage, and both have an extensive and interesting repertoire of the familiar as well as of the unique in song. Aspen’s intrepid four canoers were making progress – but slowly.The paddlers who left Denver May 1 were a week behind schedule when they entered the Missouri River from the Platte several weeks ago. Cruising downriver at 60 miles a day, the unique voyagers have averaged only 10 miles a day up the Mississippi.Stopping over in Davenport [Iowa} for several days of rest and repair work on their equipment, the four Aspenites plan to make their next stopover in St. Paul, Minn.They hope to arrive in Old Towne, Maine by next October.Making the trip are ski instructors Bengt Soderstrom and Ed Vestal, sometime writer E.G. Rickers and hotelman Jerry Hewey – all of Aspen.

In order to expand the local bus system, the city and county realized united was better than divided.Aspen and Pitkin County will purchase 16 new diesel buses with 80 percent federal funding from the Neoplan Corporation of Lamar, Colo., it was decided Monday. …Although the county had originally applied for the grant in 1980, the city agreed to pay the local share last year when it was determined that the county would not have sufficient funds.This decision was apparently made on the understanding that the transportation systems would be consolidated, a process which has been under study by a special committee for the past several months. …

Last year when the UMTA [Urban Mass Transportation Administration] grant for Aspen was announced, several critical articles appeared in various national publications comparing the need for federal money in an affluent resort like Aspen to that of several impoverished cities which had not received the federal funds requested.Reporter Mick Ireland wrote that finally there would be a new jailhouse in Aspen.Reversing an overwhelming negative vote cast less than two years ago, Pitkin County voters approved a $1.8 million jail financing scheme by better than a 3-2 margin Tuesday. The final count was 410 yes and 267 no on a referendum question asking the voters to allow the commissioners to issue $1.8 million in the construction of a new 25-cell jail. Though Tuesday’s question asked voters to approve a property tax increase to finance a new jail, the commissioners had already made it quite clear that a jail would be built regardless of the outcome of the vote and that a negative vote would force the commissioners to make $1.8 million in budget cuts, primarily in road programs. In spite of the unanimous support for the property tax increase, the plans biggest booster, jail administrator Bob Braudis admitted that he had trouble sleeping on the night before the vote.His fears were grounded in the knowledge that tax increases to build jails haven’t met much success in recent elections. Of five such issues in the past two years only two (in Grand and Larimer counties) succeeded. …By 9 p.m. [voting day] Braudis, Sheriff Richard Kienast and other supporters of the program were at Commissioner Helen Klanderud’s house celebrating the victory.


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