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March 1903

The Times had recently lamented that news was so slow, there wasn’t even so much as a dogfight to report on; the paper got its wish.



There was a dog fight last evening in front of Al Lamb’s store. On account of the sad fact that both dogs were black and so was the night it was impossible to give a detailed account of the battle. It may have been as good as the fight between Young Corbett and Hanlon, but it did not have as good a reporter.




Some Aspen residents were still hoping the price of silver would recover and superstitiously accused the Times of influencing the matter.

Silver jumped down and then it jumped up again. A few people of the city are requesting us not to boom silver, for they profess to think that it does down whenever anything encouraging is said about it. The Times has tried booming it and leaving it alone, and it cannot see that it makes any difference which is done.

Hay, on the other hand, was where the money was, because it was in scarce supply.

The price of hay is soaring. Today it was stated that timothy hay was selling for $22.50 in Aspen, while alfalfa called for $20 plunks a ton. In Leadville timothy is sold for $25. The farmers are looking rather melancholy over it, for they have sold what they can spare and even the tempting price offered is not sufficient to produce the article.

Though Aspen was in an economic downturn, its social life carried on, thanks to a motivated group of young women.

A number of the young ladies of the city contemplate giving a dance at the Jerome in the near future. It will be for the purpose of delicately thanking some of the young gentlemen of the Aspen social circles for their courtesies in the past. A number of the members of the Tuesday Night club will be invited. The dance will be an invitational affair.

In florid prose, a Times writer described the forays of a speedy runaway horse, another indication that real news was slow in coming.

Bain Clarit’s horse is a swift animal and his feet ached yesterday for a fast spin before the snow was all gone. Accordingly, when the driver came out of a house and started to untie the charger, it reared, plunged, drew back, did a little stable legerdemain and slipped the bridle.

The steed then made a hotfoot all over the town. The sleigh came along too, or at least, part of it did. It stood on its head part of the time, and part of the time it lay on its back, but at no time did it run on the runners. The sleigh is slightly disfigured, but the horse is still in the ring.

Not satisfied with the opportunities afforded for clever foot work in town, the animal made a break for the open county. He put his head down and made the mud fly, and doubtless would have been going yet had he not lifted up his eyes and seen the slaughter house before him.

He is a well bred and well read horse and he had heard of the fate of naughty horses which run down to slaughter houses, as he made no resistance when the authorities surrounded him and captured him.

March 1953

Fifty years ago, our own Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, Aspen society chronicler extraordinaire, was the one receiving top billing in the week’s social column.

The engagement of Miss Mary Jean Eshbaugh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Eshbaugh of Geneseo, New York, to James L. Hayes, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hayes of Boyd, Texas, was announced this week in Aspen.

Miss Eshbaugh, who is a reporter on The Aspen Times, is a graduate of Syracuse University, N.Y., and worked as a reporter on weekly papers in Geneseo, N.Y., Aurora and Englewood, Colorado, before coming to Aspen last September.

Mr. Hayes owns and operates Aspen Silvercraft. He attended Trinity University and Cranford Jewelers college in San Antonio, Texas, and Jalenco Jeweler School in New York City. He was an apprentice two years for Columbia Jewelers in New York, coming to Aspen about three years ago. For two summers he has worked for North Atlantic Constructors in Greenland, and he served seven years with the U.S. Army and Air Force.

A mid-April wedding is planned and the couple plans to live in Aspen.

As Aspen began to take off as a ski resort, base of the mountain amenities were being developed. The restaurant referred to in the following news item is now the Skiers Chalet Steak House.

A new, modern restaurant will be constructed at the foot of the lift this summer according to plans drawn some time ago by Howard and Jean Awrey, owners of the Ski Inn and leasees of the Sun Deck.

During the past year and a half, the Awreys have been acquiring several lots adjacent to the Ski Inn and when they purchased that building and business from Chuck Worth and Jerry Koska they immediately began planning for the new restaurant. Their plans included the moving of Ski Inn back and making it a comfortable dormitory for their help and a new restaurant, small but modern in every respect. …

From above the Holland House, it will be a straight shot down to the lift except to pull over and stop at the Awreys for a hot drink or sandwich.

Aspen hot spot the Golden Horn hit the scene a half century ago; today revelers can still hear live music in the same location, now known as the Grottos.

Steve Knowlton’s Golden Horn is one of Aspen’s new landmarks. It houses the Golden Horn restaurant and bar downstairs where meals are served every evening except Sunday from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. followed by dancing, and buffet every Thursday evening. On the main floor is Steve Knowlton’s Sports Shop and the ski repair shop, proprietor Shady Lane, and on the second floor is the Top of the Horn where relaxers in the sun can get an excellent view of Aspen mountain.

March 1978

Twenty-five years ago, a pair of arts venues were under consideration: the Wheeler Opera House, which thrives today, and a potential center at Rio Grande Park, which was never built.

Two possible performing arts center locations are to be the subjects of two different city council study sessions during the next two weeks, it was decided by the council Monday.

During its regular meeting the council agreed to hold a study session on March 16 with the Wheeler Opera House Task Force to hear a report on progress being made on plans to convert that city-owned structure into a performing arts center. …

In addition, the council also scheduled a study session for the evening of March 9 at the request of Acting Mayor Michael Behrendt to reintroduce the subject of constructing a performing arts center on the Rio Grande Property.

The same article also mentioned a significant land donation from James E. Moore; we’re still reaping the benefits, as later this month the new Aspen Recreation Center will debut on the site.

A resolution was adopted commending James E Moore for his generosity in contributing land to the city and for his support of the parks and recreation program.

Moore was the donor of the land which now holds Iselin Park and the James E Moore pool and donated another acre for park expansion a few weeks ago.

The Aspen Community School, which offers families an alternative to traditional educational methods, is now indeed part of the public school system, an issue that was just being broached 25 years ago.

After a heated discussion during its regular meeting Feb 27, the School Board of the Aspen Public Schools voted three to two to continue the study of the merger of the Aspen Community School into the Public School District. …

Speaking in favor of the merger, board member Ralph Melville said, “When the Community School was founded eight years ago, I was the most vehement opponent about taking it into the public school system.

“I still don’t agree with the philosophy of the Community School but I think some kids may need it. We owe all the kids in the community an education” …

Parents and school board members of the Aspen Community School have stated that the biggest advantage of the merger would be financial. “Raising money to operate is a perennial problem. We think the energies could be better spent elsewhere … such as working on programs.”


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