This week in Aspen history
“Jingling sleigh bells and merry laughter greeted the frequenters of the streets yesterday afternoon,” observed the Aspen Democrat on January 15, 1905. “The lady teachers and other guests were tendered a sleigh ride by Miss Avah Stockman. Johnny Williams handled the reins over his beautiful white fours and the joy was hilarious. After a delightful trip through the environs of the town the merry party were driven to the home of the charming hostess, where a delicious and elaborate luncheon was served. The place cards were especially artistic and appropriate, the work of Miss Stockman. The affair was most unique and one of the chic social events of the season.”
“Without any exception the worst snow storm known since the advent of the railroad west of Leadville has been raging over the crest of the continental divide since last Thursday,” asserted the Aspen Tribune on January 31, 1899.