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Aspen Firemen

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

The 2003 Fourth of July weekend was a celebration for Aspen firemen, as the Aspen Fire Protection District marked its 50th anniversary. Firemen retired or new to the department celebrated by marching in the parade, holding barbecues, putting on the fireworks, hosting a cocktail hour and dinner at The St. Regis hotel and talking and talking about fires over the years.Acting as Aspen fire chiefs through the years, in order of their service, are Paul Frost, C.E. Rader, Zeke Clymer, Willard Clapper Sr., Stan Lauriski, Dick Miller, Willard Clapper Sr. (Clapper served two separate times), Jinx Caparrella, Steve Crockett, Peter Wirth, Doug Pumpelly, Larry Leeper, and Darryl Grob. At the dinner party Sam Stapleton was honored for his 50 years of service to the Fire Protection District and he received the traditional fireman’s sterling silver belt buckle with a gold leaf, handmade by Jim Hayes.Kathy and Dick Stephenson celebrated Dick’s 60th birthday with dinner and dancing on the lawn of Crystal Springs Ranch in Carbondale.Holding a summer party at his mountain home recently was Nasser Sadaghi.The Given Institute will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 7, with a cake and ice cream party.J. Erik Fyrwald, son of Gudrun Lange Fyrwald of Aspen, has been named chief of DuPont Company’s Agriculture & Nutrition unit in Delaware. J. Erik was chairman of the company’s soy business and is considered one of DuPont’s brightest prospects. Agriculture & Nutrition last year accounted for $4.5 billion of DuPont’s $24.1 billion in revenues.On Wednesday, Aug. 6, Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, Andy Stone and Mike Hagan will give a talk titled “Through the Years With The Aspen Times” at HeritageAspen’s Wheeler/Stallard House beginning at 5:15 p.m. MEH was editor of the weekly newspaper from 1977 to 1992, Andy was editor and publisher of the daily and weekly during the 1990s and Mike is the present-day editor in chief.The column is short this week because I want to get in all the photos of the Aspen firemen.Undercurrent … All the working people eating their lunch at the tables on the patio in front of Clark’s Market.


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