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A little W/J background

Dear Editor:Per Eben Harrell’s article concerning the “quiet end” to the W/J Ranch saga (Aspen Times, Nov. 26), I would like to take exception to a bit of the historical information: To whit, Wilton Jaffe Jr. or “Wink,” as he was affectionately known, was far from being the “original” owner of said ranch. This story isn’t quite “dead” yet, and in the interest of historical accuracy, I offer the following information as gleaned from my meager, personal archives.The earliest known owner, at least to this writer, was a man named Ed Gray, who naturally called the place the Gray Ranch. In 1908, or thereabouts, the Vagneur Partnership, comprised of my great-grandfather Jeremie, grandfather Ben and his brothers, purchased the ranch from Mr. Gray as an adjacent addition to land already owned by them to the north, east and west. In 1931, the Vagneurs divested themselves of the land by selling it to Albert Duroux and his family. Albert and his son, Renee, ranched there until sometime in the late 1950s or early ’60s, when the land was finally sold to Wink Jaffe.Tony Vagneurunincorporated Eagle County

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