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Sara Garton
Scarlet fever was rampant in July 1907, and Aspen residents were careless about quarantine restrictions, scolded the newspaper. A patient and her nurses are in Citizens Hospital, located where Common Ground housing is situated today. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)
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Many cases of scarlet fever were reported in the paper, and a front-page story admonished its readers that “It Is the Duty of All Our People to Aid the Efforts of the Board of Health” (see photo).A late case of scarlet fever is reported from the corner of Durant and Monarch streets. This case is . in that it was not known that the child had the disease until a neighbor called and taking the child in her arms discovered the little one was covered with scarlet fever scales. Dr. Twining, city physician, was immediately notified, who placed the house under quarantine at once. Neighbors have been in and out of the house continuously since the child first became afflicted, and without doubt the germs of the dread disease have been widely scattered. It is almost beyond belief that a case such as this could have advance to such a stage without being observed and detected by someone. …It is not the desire of The Democrat to make a “national issue” of this matter, but it would seem that some measures could be adopted and enforced to prevent the spreading broadcast of this contagion. It is the duty of those whose homes have been invaded by any contagious disease to immediately notify the health officers that their friends and neighbors may be protected. …There are two cases of scarlet fever on West Main street in residences which almost line up with the sidewalk. Complaint is made that the front doors of these places are wide open in the evenings and that the inmates sit out on the front porches. … Another case has been reported where a lady refuses to admit her child has the scarlet fever and also refuses absolutely to be governed by precautionary measure, and continues to take her evening stroll seemingly perfectly indifferent to the fact that she may be endangering the health, perhaps the life, of every person with whom she comes in contact. …When Dr. Twining once places a quarantine on any home in this city, it is then the duty of the police and every citizen to see to it that the quarantine law is lived up to in every particular. If this cannot be done without establishing guards, it is then the duty of the city council to establish guards. …Our children must be protected from the ravages and the spreading of this awful disease, and protected with shotguns if need be, but protected they must be.

This notice appeared in the paper:At the request of the Aspen board of health children under 12 years will not be allowed to attend the picture shows until the scarlet fever abates.On Friday night the performance will begin at 8 o’clock sharp to allow our patrons to attend the concert at the Presbyterian church. On other evenings at 8:30.Come tonight and leave the children at home.The scarlet fever scare didn’t stop Aspen get-togethers. The paper announced,The Scandinavian Silver club will give one of their delightful picnics [see photo] at Pearson’s ranch next Sunday, July 21. The grounds will be open to the public and all who attend may rest assured of having a good time. The dancing pavilion will be in first class shape, and refreshments of al kinds will be obtainable on the grounds. The weather permitting, this will be one of the most enjoyable outdoor events of the season. Be sure and follow the crowd next Sunday and you will surely be in the swim. Busses and excursion wagons will be running to and fro all day so that picnickers may remain for as long or as short a time as they may desire.Microfilm of The Aspen Times 19041909 is missing from the Colorado Historical Society’s archives. These 1907 excerpts are from The Aspen Democrat.

A proposed new tax on lodging was hotly debated. The paper reported,Claiming to represent Aspen’s lodge owners, a group of six irate businessmen made Monday’s City Council meeting one of the noisiest in years.The six, all lodge or motel owners, appeared before the council to object to the 2 percent improvement tax [on the rental of beds within the city] ordinance now in the process of being adopted by the city.Their complaints, at times shouted, were answered by members of the council and by spectators at the meeting.The resultant arguments made the session at times a bedlam. Mayor Gene Robison was forced to call repeatedly for order to quiet the meeting and finally threatened expulsion of anyone who spoke out of order.The Aspen Times wrote about two river journeys.

Still paddling along with the improbable plan of making it from Denver to Maine in canoes, Aspen’s four voyagers have made their first major route change.Instead of following the St. Croix River to its headwaters, they will turn off on Namekagon, portage to the White and then proceed down Lake Superior.The revised route will save 75 miles of lake travel, eliminate the Brule River altogether and take the travelers along generally easier waters.Iowan Fred Morgan suggested the simpler route.Still proceeding up the Mississippi, the canoers are averaging 20 miles a day, their pace having been slowed by swollen flood waters. The giant river has risen 4 feet above its usual flow.In spite of their plodding progress, however, the Aspenites report that the Mississippi is more interesting with much more activity along its banks.After an early start every day, the canoers put in about 7:30 p.m. Sometimes writer E.G. Rickers does the cooking. They shop every third day for groceries. With Rickers are Aspen hotel man Jerry Hewey and Aspen ski instructors Ed Vestal and Bengt Soderstrom.***Tuesday, July 16, almost proved to be their most eventful day for three Aspen teenagers.Dan Maddalone, Gordon Scheig and Richard Scheig spent most of the day making two raft trips down the Roaring Fork from Difficult Creek Campgrounds to the Spring Street bridge in Aspen.After the second successful voyage, the trio decided to try for more sport and transported their surplus rubber raft to the Hog Pasture rapids below the Trap Club near the west edge of town.The rough water here almost ended the day’s activity, however. After less than 150 yards, the raft and crew were in trouble, and if Maddalone had not grabbed an overhanging tree, the three youths would have had a cold and dangerous swim.After 50 years on the boards, Mead Metcalf recently announced 2007 would be the final season for the Crystal Palace. This announcement in the paper curiously omitted any reference to song and piano music in the famous dinner-theater’s July 1957 opening. That winning combination must have been added to the food and antiques in the years to come.Another restaurant was added to the list of renowned eating establishments in the Aspen area last Tuesday, July 16, when the Crystal Palace opened its doors to the public. Located in the old Shaw museum [see photo] next to the Opera House on East Hyman Avenue, the new eatery will concentrate on a few special dishes and authentic Old West atmosphere.In addition to serving food, the restaurant will display antique items from early Aspen taken from the Shaw collection. Some of the antiques will be offered for sale.

Was this newspaper account of a City Council discussion the beginning of the end of downtown “messy vitality”?

Vending in Aspen’s downtown core, as well as downtown improvements, were discussed at length by the city council during its regular meeting Monday.Not on the agenda, the vending discussion was launched by a request from Bamby Patterson, Cookie Munchers Cafe, corner Galena and Coo-per, for a vending permit to sell cookies at special events. … A petition signed by 120 business owners, presented by Rich Perez, R. Pea’s Restaurant, requesting the council to stop allowing food vendors to operate in the city. … Calling sale of food by vendors “unfair business competition,” Perez asked the council if it could legally prevent other vendors from operating if it set a precedent by granting one permit.Terry Badger, owner of Nature’s Storehouse on East Hyman, added that pushcarts give the town a “Coney Island” appearance and complained that Peppermint Pattie had stationed her cart in front of his restaurant until asked to move elsewhere. …After additional discussion, the council referred the matter to City Manager Wayne Chapman for additional study.A new requirement was published for young news carriers selling The Aspen Times on Thursday afternoon.In an effort to make working conditions safer for kids selling the Aspen Times, the boys and girls who sell the paper will be required to obtain identification cards.According to circulation manager Bart Chandler, the new cards will enable public safety employees and Aspen Times personnel to identify and control those children who have been violating safety rules that prohibit the paper sellers from blocking traffic and creating traffic hazards by standing on roadways to sell papers.Under the new system, the kids will be required to bring their photo ID to the pressroom to obtain papers for sale. Cards may be taken from those who violate safety rules with the card being returned only after the parents have been made aware of the offender’s behavior. …

The cards will be available for pickup at the Aspen Times pressroom. The cost of the card to each seller is $2.50.A plan that had been in the works for five years now needed money, the paper reported. The cornerstone fund drive will begin this month for the long-awaited Performing Arts Center to be built on the Rio Grande property. …”The referendum of June 15 showed that the Aspen community recognizes the need for a Performing Arts Center that will unify the arts,” said [Jody Straight, administrative director for Arts West Aspen].”The vote was whether Cap’s Auto should be moved down the hill to make room for the arts center, and the community was overwhelmingly in favor.” … Straight said that preliminary studies by Arts West Aspen selected that particular site “so we could keep the playing fields, and so we could dig into the hill and reduce the visual impact of the building.” …Preliminary plans for the Performing Arts Center include a theater that will seat 1,000 to 1,200 people, rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms, shops and storage areas. All existing arts groups have been consulted, and spaces are being planned that will work for everyone. … Estimates on the cost for the Performing Arts Center are $16 million, which includes a $3 million endowment to cover operating costs. To begin this month is the cornerstone campaign to raise $250,000 which will be used to take the fund drive nationally. …Arts West Aspen hopes to break ground for the Performing Arts Center by August 1984 and to finish it in the spring of 1986.


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