People of the Times
September 13, 2005
Dr. Barnard was the first general practitioner that our growing family met after our move to Aspen in 1950. He was an attractive bachelor whose masculine personality intrigued many female admirers. He looked like a lumberjack. He was deeply tanned and he usually dressed in jeans and Pendleton shirts instead of a white lab coat. His gray eyes were piercing and were taken by his patients as evidence of a keen mind, acute diagnostic abilities and nationally recognized orthopedic expertise. He performed his surgeries in the old red brick Citizen’s Hospital at the foot of Red Mountain. Some patients complained that a few nosy Red Mountain residents could watch his operations through the hospital windows with their high-powered field glasses.Bugsy was passionate about automobiles and car racing. He convinced the city fathers that his crew of car-racing enthusiasts could successfully run a race through Aspen, using Main Street as a straight-away. This brought many out-of-town car clubs to Aspen during the autumn offseason. Bugsy Barnard served as Aspen’s mayor in the 1960s. He is also given unofficial credit for beautifying the entrance to Aspen. It is rumored that he boldly led a band of chain-saw vigilantes, who cut down all the highway billboards on a dark night many years ago. Jony Larrowe
DRC (Darcy) Brown is true local aristocracy. His father, David Robinson Crockett Brown, who came to Aspen as a 24-year-old hardware clerk, was among the first arrivals from Leadville. The first Brown became a leader in the community and a wealthy man from the silver mines.
Darcy Jr. worked in the oil business, and served in the Navy in World War II. After the war he ranched in Carbondale and served in the Colorado State Senate. Selling the ranch in 1957, he thought he was retiring but ended up taking over the Aspen Skiing Corporation. Darcy ran the Aspen Skiing Corporation for 22 years, from 1957 to 1979.Darcy was a founder of the ski company by making available the mining claims on Aspen Mountain that were controlled by his family. There were four directors before Darcy and by 1957 Aspen as a ski resort was growing big-time. Brown was the only member of the board of directors who lived close by, so he became the head man. DRC and his wife, Ruthie, still live in Meadowood. Now they spend winters on Kauai, as DRC is in his 90s and enjoys the more temperate climate. Watch for his letters to the editor on important subjects. Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
I am Ella Wren Lahey. I can’t wait to be a character just like my Dad. I was born seven weeks early. I had to prove myself in the neonatal intensive care unit at Presbyterian St. Lukes in Denver before gaining clearance to move to Aspen. I was building character that whole time. With my parents at my side, I was released after only three weeks of detainment, almost a record!
Now living full time in Aspen, I enjoy early dinners at Genre and long walks to town from Hunter Creek. I can’t wait to discover snowflakes. I’m interested in meeting a few boys in the 18- to 20-month age bracket. I have blue eyes, dirty blonde hair, and I’m a petite 6 pounds, 5 ounces. I’m just under 15 inches tall. Interested infants can have their nannies set up a play date. Ella, with help from Mom
Billed as a young, charming and brilliant comedienne popular in England, Patti Rosa had appeared five separate times in 1892 at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House. Always popular, she was the only performer to have had her picture printed in the Aspen Daily Times.While many actors belonged to the order of the Elks, Patti Rosa was the only actress who could claim membership. She was the only female Elk in America. The Aspen Order of Elks always packed the house of standing-room-only shows to enjoy their “sister.” On one engagement, the local order of Elks gave her a reception and banquet in their lodge room. The evening included a local literary and musical program in her honor. Patti later joined them in a toast to departed brothers.Following the silver crash, Miss Rosa returned to the Opera House to play Miss Dixie for a second time in Aspen. Again well attended by the local Elks “in full dress,” they presented her with flowers. Larry Fredrick
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The pantry boys served breakfast at the Village Pantry like a hung-over dance troupe on a cobblestone street, but they delivered. Just up from the present Ute Mountaineer and opposite Wagner Rugby Stadium, the pantry served as hearty a breakfast as ever was to an overflowing crowd of riffraff and visitors.
Pat and Jan were the owners and moody cooks, who yelled tough-love insults at their waiters and regulars from behind the grill. They served only breakfast and did it well. A beer might be had – though there was no liquor license – and a trench of a path went back and forth from The Pub, downstairs at the Wheeler.The boys were jailer Big Walt, Wayne “Ed” Inman, “Honda” Hickey, Rick Ingram and busboy Jay Cowen. In the us-versus-them era of the 1970s, anything might bust loose during breakfast if any of the boys took offense to a tourist complaining about the salty atmosphere. Tim Cooney