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1919-1993 In the ’40s Walter Paepcke was inviting remarkable people to come to Aspen to live and help make Aspen a cultural center and world-class resort. Stuart and Isabel Mace accepted his invitation and arrived in 1948 with a team of sled dogs. In Ashcroft they built Toklat, as a combination lodge and home, and raised five remarkable children there. For more than 55 years, the Maces were stewards and protectors of the upper Castle Creek valley. There and in Aspen, the family built and ran restaurants (the Hickory House and the Chart House were originally the Toklat Restaurants). At Ashcroft, Toklat has been a restaurant, lodge, dogsled touring center and art gallery.

As the family patriarch, Stuart Mace became known worldwide as an educator and environmentalist, exposing thousands of visitors to his philosophy of the green world during unforgettable walks through his beloved valley. He was also Sgt. Preston of the Yukon in the outdoor dog-sledding scenes from a TV series that readers of a certain vintage will remember. This year, Lynne and Isabel Mace moved the art gallery to a new building on Midland Avenue in Basalt. Doug Franklin

Oct. 15, 1999-presentHi, my name is Bridger Gile. After being featured in two Warren Miller Films, winning a NASTAR national title and skiing 80 days a year, I am finally attending kindergarten. At first I was worried that school was going to squeeze my ski time, but like any true Aspen local, I think I’ve figured out a way to get in plenty of vertical – half-time kindergarten and the new Deep Temerity lift at Highlands!I can’t wait for winter, although summer hasn’t been so bad. I’ve been playing soccer, golf, competing on the swim team, riding my bike, and working on my cliff-hucking (jumping the punchbowl at the Grottos). I even got to go to France to see Lance Armstrong win the Tour. That was exciting!Wax up those skis and I’ll see you on the hill soon.

1855-1940In late 1886 or early 1887, Al Lamb, a pharmacist, decided to cast his lot with the new silver boom at Aspen. The Lamb Drug Store became the center of community affairs, and Lamb himself became a powerful influence in local government.He won high regard for his integrity, enterprise and good citizenship. A good businessman, Lamb became well-known all over the state and his store was a genuine landmark. Many remember his old-fashioned soda fountain. To this day, there are old-timers who would have no remedies other than old “doc” Lamb’s prescriptions.

Lamb was an active and early member of the Benevolent Order of Elks and the Lions Club, and a member of the State Board of Pharmacy. His active public spirit served not only Aspen, but the county and the state.He loved the mountains, fishing and hunting, and he loved horses and dogs. It is said that his favorite spaniel died within 15 minutes after his beloved master. Lamb was so fond of his champion hunting dog Max that when Max died, Lamb had him stuffed. His granddaughter Peggy (Rowland) recalls that when she visited her grandfather her errand was to dust off Max. Buzz Cooper and Larry Fredrick

1922-presentSam Caudill became a famous architect, but at heart he was a Scotsman. For many years Sam played his bagpipes at all kinds of community functions. Tall and ruggedly handsome, he was a sight to behold in his Scottish kilt.A backpacker and lover of nature, Sam designs his buildings to suit the environment. He designed Aspen High School as a series of three major circles. When he designed the Middle School a few years later, he stepped it down the hill. “We fitted the building to the land. We did not change the landscape to fit the building,” he explained.Caudill became increasingly interested in American Indian culture, incorporating Southwest architectural influences and passive solar features into his designs. He is noted for his school designs. Having six children of his own, he knew what kids want. “I design so the kids will love the school,” he says. “I design nooks and crannies and different floor levels. I design children’s theaters, pleasant libraries and art rooms.”

Besides the Aspen schools, he designed schools for Meeker, Battlement Mesa, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Leadville, Telluride and Frisco. He has also designed many other buildings in the valley. Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

1936-2003I was curious to see what effect a heart attack in the mid-1970s would have on Max Marolt’s skiing ability.One day he rolled into ski patrol headquarters and said “Let’s take a run.” Usually able to stay fairly close to him, I was hitting the road in Snow Bowl about the time Max was stopping for the lift line, and I thought, “Boy, this guy is burning it up today.”On the old No. 8 lift, I asked him if he thought the heart attack had slowed him down any. He got that thoughtful look on his face, and said, with a smile, something like, “Well, yeah it has. I can’t make as many turns as I used to.”We treated the subject with a solemn sort of seriousness that belied the irony of it. But hen I reminded him of the story many years later, we had a good laugh about it. Tony Vagneur

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