25-50 Years Ago: Stories of the Times | AspenTimes.com

25-50 Years Ago: Stories of the Times

A dashing Pat Henry was elected president of the Aspen Hotel Association in autumn 1955. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

November 1955A good turnout for the election was reported in the lead story of the Nov. 3, 1955, edition of The Aspen Times. But it was a quiet offseason, as the two articles running next to the election results were reviews for upcoming movies at the Isis Theatre.

A.E. (Gene) Robinson, mayor of Aspen since 1942, was re-elected for another two year term at the regular biennial election held Tuesday, Nov. 1. Incumbents Clerk, Mrs. Ethel Frost, Treasurer, Mrs. Eudora McCa be, and aldermen Fred Glidden and Michael Garrish were re-elected. …Of the 386 persons on the registration books, a total of 308 votes were cast with 303 regular votes and 5 by absent voter ballots.The polling place in Ward I was in the Armory Hall and for Ward II was at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Bascom.

A determined write in vote campaign [for councilman] for Mrs. Peggy Rowland failed to win the election for her. Besides a chamber of commerce, there was an Aspen Hotel Association 50 years ago. The paper announced,

The Aspen Hotel Association met last Monday evening at the Hotel Jerome Blue Lounge for the election of officers and a board of directors.Patrick Henry [see photo], manager of the Prospector was elected president to succeed Virginia Horne, who was elected vice president. Ralph Melville, owner of the Mountain Chalet, was elected secretary and treasurer. …A report was made to the meeting of the work of White and White, publicity agents for the Chamber of Commerce and the Music Associates. The new President Pat Henry urged that all the lodge owners get their pledges for the coming year to the Music Associates.

Terese David operated a children’s preschool and clothing boutique in two side-by-side Victorian cottages on Main Street. She also presented popular fashion shows (see photo) around the pool and in the dining room of the Hotel Jerome. The Around Aspen column noted she had stepped out of the Roaring Fork Valley in autumn 1955.Recent word from Mrs. Terese David indicates that she finds the bustling metropolis of Chicago hectic but interesting. She had shown some of her originals in the St. Luke’s Fashion Show. “They had beautiful models – most socialites – and really fabulous clothes, almost all dinner and ball gowns. The little girl who modeled my Heidi dress came out all by herself and as she stood there in the limelight people actually clapped. In fact they clapped so loud that no one heard where it came from. The poncho was also quite a sensation, and I was asked to show it and the poncho suits and children’s dress on TV on Nov. 9th.”

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