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MAY 1929

The Aspen High School class of 1929 set off into the world 100 years ago, leading the editors of the Times to comment,

Last night was the night of all nights for the members of the Aspen High School when eight young ladies and six young gentlemen received their “sheep skins” to entitle them to get out and hustle along life’s pathway. They are now equipped to a degree, it is true, but that they will have to hustle, is also true!

Long before locals in search of affordable housing had their eyes on the Stillwater property, the town’s country club set was enjoying the picturesque setting. The Times reported,

Saturday night, June 1st, the Stillwater Country Club will open for the summer season with a big dance and everybody is invited to be there. …

You are invited to attend this grand evening and enjoy an evening on the banks of the Roaring Fork, one mile east of Aspen.

A night out in Aspen for under a buck? In 1929, you bet.

Next Thursday evening, the American Legion Auxiliary will give a program and movie at the Isis Theatre, and the public is cordially invited to attend. A small admission price of 15c and 40c for adults will be charged, and each one attending is guaranteed $2.00 worth of fun and entertainment. Everybody’s going. …

Take me out to the ball game …

The Aspen baseball fans will have the opportunity to witness a red-hot afternoon at 2 o’clock when the crackerjack team from Marble and the Aspen Miners will cross bats.

A small admission fee will be charged and everybody should go if we are to have a ball team this summer. It takes the spondulicks to buy bats, balls, gloves, masks, etc., for a ball team and up to this time the players composing the team have had to dig down into their own pockets for these things.

Let’s turn out a big crowd day after tomorrow and let the boys know that we are back of them; that we want and will support an Aspen ball team.

MAY 1954

For months the Times had been following the Skiing Corporations fund drive for a new ski lift. In May, the Times reported,

The thermometer is broken. The drive to sell $25,000 worth of Aspen Skiing Corporation 4% notes to be used in the construction of a new double chair lift from Spar Gulch to the Sundeck has been oversubscribed, thus assuring a much better installation than would otherwise have been possible.

The money raised by Aspen citizens and friends located in other parts of the country is about 1/4 of the total money needed to build the lift and cut the necessary trails for the fullest utilization of the installation.

Apparently paying for kindergarten in Aspen, the source of much controversy of late, is not new to Aspen. The Times reported,

For a long time the mothers of Aspen have been talking about a kindergarten for five year olds, and now a group of mothers have organized a plan, which we hope will be approved by the School Board at their meeting June 1, 1954.

… But there are no school funds available to finance the project.

A majority of the kindergarten parents to be, and the ones in the future, felt it such an important plan that they are willing to pay a small monthly tuition to cover the cost of equipment and the teacher’s salary. …

Some have asked, why the necessity of a kindergarten? Perhaps we can answer that best with quotes from Dr. Arnold Gesell, probably the greatest living authority on children.

“Five is curt, clear, and complete. He is in focus. He is a ‘little man’ ready to enter the kindergarten vestibule of a culture which today is so vastly complex that it will take him twenty years more to become a true adult. He is too advanced for the ‘babyish’ three and four year olds. He is ripe for enlarged community experience. Home is not quite enough. …”

Aspenites have never been ones to shy away from outdoor adventure. Here the Times wrote of two men embarking on a serious offseason raft trip,

The dream of a pioneer heart will be realized beginning next Saturday when two local voyagers will begin a two-months trip from Aspen to Hoover Dam via the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. Charles Bolte and Earl Eaton will leave Aspen Saturday about 8:30 at a point near the Hospital in a small rubber raft and float to Glenwood Springs where they will stay overnight.

On Sunday morning they pair will begin the Colorado River part of the trip when they will load their equipment on an Engineer’s pontoon raft and begin a trip that will take two months or longer before reaching their destination.

MAY 1979

The cost of a lift ticket in Aspen was going up in 1979, but still the prices were pennies in comparison to what they are these days. The Times reported,

To no one’s great surprise, the cost of a ride on a ski lift will be slightly higher next winter, according to Forest Service officials …

The basic lift ticket ” the one-day adult ticket ” will rise to $16 at all four local ski areas, from this year’s $15.

In addition, holders of the Host Pass will face an increased daily validation rate at Aspen Mtn, where the cost will go to $10 from this year’s $9.

Daily validation at Snowmass and Buttermilk will be 45, as will a half-day Host Pass validation at Aspen Mtn.

Highlands’ season passes will also cost more, with the full season pass priced at $350 (up from $325) and the weekend pass at $175 (from $160).

Happy birthday to you …

Aspen’s Captain Clean, who in real life is Al Valdez, celebrated his first birthday this week. The Captain has become a folk hero in Aspen and can be seen on his Clean Machine every day in the malls and streets of Aspen, doing his bit to keep the city tidy.

A ski history museum near the old Lift One has been the topic of discussion in recent months, but it’s not a novel idea. In a story about the fate of the Koch Lumber Company, the Times reported,

The old Koch Lumber Company buildings have been a part of Aspen since the silver mining days. But they are in danger of being sold, or torn down, or auctioned off board by board.

At a meeting last week of Aspen’s Historical Preservation Commission, the fate of the Koch Lumber buildings was debated.

“What we’re really asking,” said Historical Society President Ramona Markalunas, “is if you will come with us and lie in front of the bulldozers.”

Markalunas and Bob Murray requested the support of the commission in proposing that one of the buildings be moved to the Historical Society to house its vehicles. …

Commission member Larry Groen objected to the idea reasoning that the Historical Society site is inappropriate for the lumber buildings.

… Groen suggested that the building be moved to the property adjacent to Lift One, where it could become the nucleus of a ski history display.


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