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25-50-90 years ago

Sara Garton
Barbara and Robert O. Anderson sit above the Music School's Castle Creek campus in July 1965. Walter Paepcke handed the helm of the Aspen Institute to R.O. Anderson, The Aspen Times reported in 1957. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

The United States entered World War I in April 1917. By September, the Aspen Democrat rallied the war effort daily in its pages. It reported,At Fraternal hall next Tuesday night Aspen will give a Farewell and Good Luck Dance for the twelve boys who are to leave for cantonments camps the next day Wednesday, Sept. 19. [The list of 12 names was published, among which was Primrose Popish.]The McHugh orchestra will be there bigger and better than ever. A small admission fee of 50 cents per couple will be charged and all monies left after paying expenses of the dance will be given to the boys to buy little individual toilet kits. …These boys are bound for the front that the principles of our government, Our Freedom, be preserved for all time to come, and the very least that we can do is to give them a rousing Farewell Good Luck Dance Tuesday night.

In another edition, the paper scolded,Here in Pitkin county we have fourteen men who are laying back on their oars and refuse to go to war because they are ALIENS and don’t have to fight under the Conscription Act for the country that is giving them their bread and butter. [The 14 names of Aspen residents are then listed.]What would you call these young men – traitors, slackers or cowards?Anyway they have taken advantage of the fact that they are not citizens of this country and refuse to fight for the country to which that have come to escape the hardships of their native land. … And they will remain in this country to escape the draft in their native land. Therefore they are MEN WITHOUT A COUNTRY, are they not?Furthermore, “What’s The Matter With Our Red Cross?” asked the paper. No management, this story suggested.The Red Cross has no sympathy for cliques, circles, society or snobbery and none of these should enter therein.The Red Cross bids for the women who can sew, knit or crochet, no matter what their social standing may be and one woman is as good as another in the Red Cross.

Remember this, ladies, and do your bit if your home duties will permit. Do what you can for Our Boys who need the sweaters, mittens, mufflers, helmets and some may need bandages.The Democrat-Times would like to suggest that the workroom of the Red Cross be open every day; that a woman captain be placed in charge each day of the week – one for bandages, one for knitting, one for sewing, clipping, folding, one for something else and so on thru the six days. …Fix it to suit your own sweet selves but get together for Our Boys.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. Newspaper stories of 100 years ago will resume next week.

Walter Paepcke was moving to the wings, and the spotlight was on another (see photo). The paper wrote,Organizer and head of the Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies since its inception, Walter Paepcke last week turned over active control of the organization to a New Mexico oil man.Succeeding Paepcke as president of the Institute is Robert O. Anderson of Aspen and Roswell, New Mexico. He is head of Malco refineries, Incorporated, the Wilshire Oil Company and has been an Institute trustee since 1953.Paepcke was simultaneously elected chairman of the board of trustees, a newly created position.Informed sources reported that the move was another step in Paepcke’s plan to make each of Aspen’s cultural endeavors an entity.In 1954, the Container Corporation chairman turned the Music Festival over to the musicians. Originally under the Institute aegis, it now functions as Music Associates of Aspen.Also originated as an offshoot of the AIHS, the International Design Conference in Aspen has operated independently for several years.With the announcement of Anderson’s appointment, the board of trustees added that it will establish the Institute program, the executive seminars and the health center on a year-round basis.Known as the Brick during Aspen’s silver-boom days, The Red Onion has had several proprietors through the centuries. The Times announced,

One of Aspen’s oldest and most popular restaurant-bars, the Red Onion, is for sale it was learned last week by local residents. …Price quoted by the ads, which were seen in the New York Times, The Denver Post and Cervi’s Rocky Mountain Journal, was $250,000. Gross revenue quoted in the papers was approximately $200,000.Concerned about dangerous locations in Aspen, publisher-editor Bil Dunaway wrote about the open-pit Glory Hole on Sept. 5, 1957 (see Aspen Times Weekly, Sept. 2, 2007, p. 19). He warned his readers about “Two Dangerous Bridges” (see photos) in an editorial the following week.Rumor has it that the western approach to Aspen will soon be changed and the state highway rerouted to come straight into town on Main Street. … Many residents prefer the present approach with its traffic-slowing curves on the city’s edge, but there are few objections to a new highway.In the interim, however, new highway or no new highway, something must be done about the two bridges crossed by the present road west of town. These dilapidated structures, one over Maroon Creek and one over Castle Creek, are a hazard to every motorist who crosses them. Perhaps the high, spider-like steel frameworks, assembled so many years ago that no one remembers the dates, are still serviceable. We doubt it, but only an engineering study could tell. …It is about time the engineers realized that filling the troughs on these bridges over and over will never remedy the situation. Someone should tell them that it is impossible to keep a smooth pavement over loose boards.To anyone who watches the tar-covered planks buckle and jounce under the wheels of a passing car the solution is obvious. An entire new bridge surface is needed on each structure.

An anniversary is being celebrated at The Aspen Times this week. Our enduring and endearing columnist, Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, made note of it 25 years ago.I can’t resist. I just have to report this. I came to work on The Aspen Times in September 1952, so I will have lived in Aspen 30 years, written this Around Aspen column for 25 years, and been back writing full time for The Aspen Times for 10 years … the last five years of which I’ve also been associate editor.City Hall puts a magnifying glass on any makeover for the Grand Old Lady on Main Street. The paper reported,

The time-consuming process of obtaining city permission to enlarge and renovate the Hotel Jerome moved forward this week with planning and zoning commission approval of preliminary plans. …Plans for the renovation and addition show 67 new lodge rooms and construction of 10,469 square feet of commercial space in a building to stretch across the nine lots to the north of the property and extending along Monarch Street to the alley.In addition, the existing structure, with 39 lodge rooms and 20,156 square feet of commercial space, is to be renovated.That part of the new structure immediately behind the existing hotel is to have four stories and be 51 feet above grade at the corner of Mill and Bleeker streets, and is to replace the hotel annex and existing parking lot. …Also a condition is that the applicant [John Gilmore] agree to meet with the planning office every six months during construction to tell the planners his progress in meeting the conditions imposed on approval. Reporter Andy Stone wrote about an imaginative , local competition (see photos).

The rain might have kept the spectators away and left the course and competitors a bit soggy, but nothing was about to dim the fervor of the competition itself at this year’s Art Cart Derby.The battle on the hill was, of course, to see which machine could make the best use of gravity to get itself to the finish line in the least amount of time. …The Aspen Times entry, piloted by publisher Bil “Runaway” Dunaway, has captured top speed honors for the past two years, but this year it faced two strong challengers: Harry “The Human” Teague and Richard “Dickie” Carter. …Earning 257 points in the five available categories, The Aspen Community School log won the trophy for best art cart during the Labor Day weekend.Driven and designed by Harry Teague, the Aspen Community School Log had the fastest time in the two-run elimination final with 41.012 seconds.In addition, the Log earned points for tying on most erotic, second in most outrageous, third in most aesthetic and third in best craftsmanship. Second overall with 244 points was the Budweiser Bottle, sponsored by Budweiser Beer and the Hotel Jerome.Driven by Dick Carter, it had the second fastest time in Sunday’s races with 41.064 seconds for the two runs. …Winner of the overall title last year, the Death Bat [driven by Michael Cleverly] was third in the overall standings with 239 points.