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History 1953

Aspen Times writer

March 25, 1953Citizens of Aspen and the surrounding territory are invited to be present at the Armory Hall Friday, April 3, when the first effort to organize a Rural Fire District will be made.At this meeting a full explanation will be made of all the details of the proposed district and the probably cost of organizing and equipping such a district with fire fighting tools. A movie will be shown and a speaker who is familiar with the organization and maintenance of rural fire districts will be on the program.Mayor Gene Robison explained that the proposed district, if organized, would include all of Aspen and the surrounding territory possibly as much as a 10-mile radius. The people in this radius could come in or not as they see fit on an individual basis. After the purchase of a fire truck and a place to store it, there would be practically no cost except upkeep. Aspen’s truck would be used strictly for in-city calls. The rural truck would be used either in or out of the city as occasion demanded. There would always be a standby truck on duty in the city.June 25, 1953Festival begins June 29; first concert July 1The clear air in Aspen will soon be ringing with music from Bach to Stravinsky – produced by 32 distinguished artists participating in the fifth annual Aspen Festival, June 29 through Aug. 30. Twenty-seven concerts will be given during the nine-week festival, featuring outstanding solo chamber and orchestral works – and with considerable attention given to new compositions by American composers.November 19, 1953Annual hospital dinner raises net of $700.00Mr. Frank Myers, chairman of the Pitkin County Hospital Board, has reported that the total net amount deposited to the hospital building fund was $699.50 from the dinner last Saturday evening.A good time was had by all at dinner and movie although some found the bear meat a little wild to suit their taste. The dining room of the Hotel Jerome was filled for the 6:30 dinner and most of the diners attended the movie at 8:00 at the Isis.The Hospital Board has requested that the following be included to recognize all of the individuals contributing to the success of the dinner, the first of which was promoted mostly by Judge and Mrs. Clifford Darrow of Glenwood Springs about six years ago at the Crystal River Lodge at Redstone.The movie, “Breaking the Sound Barrier,” was contributed by Mr. James N. Parsons who also donated the use of the Isis Theater.

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