25-50-90 years ago
The Aspen Democrat-Times announced with a sigh of relief, “Sampler Strike is Called Off.”All is serene up in the Aspen Sampler [see photos], the men having returned to work on the old wage scale paid before the walkout on Aug. 9The entire settlement of the wage controversy between the men and the company is to be passed up to the Industrial Commission of the state, both parties agreed to abide by the decision of that board.If the commission says the wage scale should be higher, why higher she goes; if the commission says the present scale is OK, why that goes.This is just what the Industrial Commission is for.The “Proceedings of the City Council of Aspen” were regularly published in the paper. Curiously, Aspen-Democrat Times publisher and editor Charles Dailey was also the elected city clerk, and the mayor moonlighted as a firefighter. Dailey’s report reflected a simpler time and a simple budget. Some of the items listed are:
Charles Wagner, mayor’s salary for July, $30; W.D. Beck, alderman’s salary for July, $5; Charles Brown, marshal’s salary for July, $85; Charles Wagner, hauling hose cart to two fires, $6; Henry Gilbert, recording deed to sewer, $1; The Democrat-Times, printing and publishing, $28.12; June and July lights, $140.75; Aspen Auto company, gasoline and supplies, $4.90; Koch Lumber company, June and July supplies, $30.20; Fred Kruse, labor, $16.50. [including additional items] total $429.88.CHARLES DAILEY,City Clerk The Colorado Mountain Cub took advantage of Aspen’s beautiful scenery and attractions, the paper reported.The Mountain Club broke camp this morning and at an early hour with Ben Kobey as chief scout, many of the hikers started to hoof it to the Crystal City of the Rockies.As the hikers arrived at the Tenderfoot ranch on Castle creek on their way down from Ashcroft, many decided that they had not had quite their fill in mountain climbing, so instead of coming on down the road, they turned off and up and up and up along the ridge through the abandoned town of Castle City and then down through Tourtelotte Park and then some more down to Aspen.Those who decided to keep to the road enjoyed a visit at the Hope and Newman mines as they came down through the beautiful canyon of Castle creek. …Arrangements have been made for Mein Host Elisha to serve an “Indoor Camp” dinner at the Jerome this evening. After dinner the hikers will take in the sights immediately contiguous to the city. Some will go through the Durant mine where they will see the waterfall a mile underground; others will take in the dance at Fraternal Hall where the Women of Woodcraft have arranged for their entertainment and all the Aspen people should attend the dance and show the visitors the time of their young lives and prove to them that Old Aspen is the Most Hospitable Town in the Whole World. …After all the doings are over, the members of the Colorado Mountain Club will wend their way to their Pullman sleeper there to sleep the sleep of satisfaction that they came to Aspen for their 1917 outing and dream of the Big Time they will have with us in 1918.The Isis was screening a great “Moving Picture” in August 1917. The paper touted: “Six Thrilling Reels 15C.”Tonight the good people of Aspen will be given the greatest treat known in the Moving Picture world when the great patriotic photoplay of American independence, “The Little American” in six reels, will be seen on the screen at the Isis theatre with Aspen’s favorite, Mary Pickford, as the star.Everywhere shown this great American silent drama brings out the greatest patriotic demonstrations as it brings home the atrocities of our enemies in the great war in which Our Country is now engaged.As Angela Moore, the little American girl who braves the dangers of the war zone, “Our Mary” appears in what is readily considered the greatest dramatic effort of her career. …Everybody should go to the Isis tonight, and nobody should be backward in expressing their patriotic feelings as the scenes cause the blood to bubble up and down their backbones.Cheer, you American, cheer!Several months are missing from the microfilm of our newspapers 100 years ago. These news stories are from the 1917 Aspen Democrat-Times, as The Aspen Times and The Aspen Democrat merged in 1909. We will run excerpts from newspapers 90 years ago until the microfilm picks up again in September 1907.
One of Aspen’s most unusual and exciting downtown events was about to go on the road again (see photo). The Aspen Times reported,Sports cars will again growl and roar on Aspen’s streets this September, it was announced yesterday by the Aspen Sports Car Club.Re-scheduled for the 21st and 22nd of September in opposition to recent state rulings is the Annual Aspen Road Race Memorial.Formerly one of the resort’s most popular annual events, the race drivers flail has not been held since 1954 when a gubernatorial ban ended all such races on public roads. According to race chairman Speedo Gonzalez, the race memorial has been re-scheduled on the strength of a letter received from Steve McNichols, now governor of Colorado, stating that he would have no objection to the race.Other races on public roads, however, have been banned, and local authorities look on the present event as a test of the governor’s power to regulate activity on municipally owned streets.The Aspen Times reported the cost of the torrential runoff in spring 1957, causing flooding and damage in the Roaring Fork Valley.High water this spring cost Pitkin County approximately $25,000 in road an bridge damages, it was revealed by County Commissioner Tom Sardy.Speaking at a luncheon of the Chamber of Commerce directors, Sardy listed the damages in answer to a question from a fellow board member.Bridges which must be repaired include the Maroon Lake Road bridge by Deane’s ranch, one above Redstone, one crossing the Roaring Fork to Emma and the Aspen Mill Street bridge.
Mary Eshbaugh Hayes wrote, “The Smuggler Opens Again.”Silver mining is the lore of Aspen. Silver mining is what started the town in the first place back in the 1880s. But lore is all most of us know about it.The mines closed years ago, many of the portals caved in, water filled the tunnels.Now, suddenly, it seems tours are available of the Smuggler [see photo] one of Aspen’s most famous mines. The tours are given by Stefan Albouy and Debby Mathey.For several years Aspenites have been aware of activity at the Smuggler. They are acutely aware each Fourth of July when a cannon is shot off at dawn by Albouy, who has been working the Smuggler the past four years. …”I acquired my first mine 14 years ago on Aspen Mountain,” [Albouy] says. “Since I was 5 years old I began digging tunnels under the road by our house.”
By now he’s 22 and has three mining companies, Blue Sky Mining Company, Pioneer Mining Company, and Smuggler Consolidated Mines.”I’ve got three mining companies, mines all over the place, and no profits. Silver is down to $7 an ounce and lead prices are way down,” explains Albouy. “We can’t make a thing with mining right now, so decided to open the Smuggler to public tours.”There were grandiose plans for a new bus depot, The Aspen Times reported.Aspen’s city council saw conceptual plans for a new transportation and visitors’ center on Rubey Park, which incorporated extensions of the Mill and Galena Street malls to Durant Avenue. The conceptual drawings presented last week showed an extension of Wagner Park into Mill Street south of the existing mall, with mall treatment for the other half of the street adjacent to the park.Also shown was a 13,500-square-foot structure with three levels, one below grade and two above ground, on the northwest corner of the park.Bus circulation for the city’s free shuttle and winter ski buses would be provided by curved lanes leading in and out from Durant Avenue and utilizing the western portion of Galena, with the eastern half of Galena converted to a mall. [City Marketing Director Monroe] Summers told the council that the visitors’ center, bus information and ticket sales, as well as restrooms and waiting area would be on the first floor.A mezzanine level would be occupied by desks handling local activities like ski school, ski lifts in the winter, and music festival, ballet and similar events in the summer, he explained, while commercial uses could be installed in the garden level.
Privacy is a constitutional right, as Mick Ireland reported on a ruling by the district attorney.A little more than two hours after his arrest in a bathroom stall at E’wus Paradise on charge of cocaine possession, District Attorney Kathy Stumm ordered the release of [a] Boulder resident from jail on the grounds that the arresting officer’s entry into the stall and seizure of a bindle was illegal. In ordering [his] release, Stumm said [the officer’s] intrusion into the stall had violated [the arrestee’s] constitutional right to privacy.”Obviously, if you heard a body slump to the floor or saw a bindle under the door, that’s different,” she said. …Additional charges stemming from the seizure of the evidence, including resisting arrest, tampering with evidence and obstruction will not be filed. …Aspen Police Chief Rob McClung reiterated his oft-stated position that Aspen police do not seek small cocaine cases other than those instances where officers come across people using or selling drugs in public places.”I’ve made it very clear I don’t want you going into bathroom stalls,” McClung said.
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