This Week in History: Breckenridge men win $2,500 in lawsuit
February 18, 2017
This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Feb. 12 through Feb. 19.
A compromise was reached in Denver last week between several Breckenridge men and Ben Stanley Revette in the settlement of a lawsuit in which the plaintiffs sought to recover $5,000. The case has been taken to the Supreme Court from the district court here, and while pending, the compromise was effected.
The plaintiffs were Frank Stafford, Jack Adams, Harold Charlton, Claire Detwiler, Olaf Johnson and O.S. Potter. The action was brought to obtain payment for services rendered when the plaintiffs went to South America on a prospecting trip, for which services they alleged they did were not paid in full, according to the agreement. Revette sought to establish the contention that he was not personally liable, owing to the fact that the plaintiffs were employed by a company of which he was not a representative. Five thousand dollars was the original amount asked for; the compromise provides for payment of half this amount.
Increased mining interest in Summit County
An increased number of mining properties will be under development in this district next season if the plans of those owning controlling and having interests in property here are carried out. A Breckenridge man who recently spent several days in Denver says that former Breckenridge men, many of who own property here, are looking toward this camp longingly, and many others who are familiar with the camp and cognizant of the opportunities offered here are planning to begin development work. No less than a half dozen old properties, which have not been worked for many years are to be objects of serious attention as soon as weather conditions permit.
Breckenridge is fortunate
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Breckenridge has been exceedingly fortunate in escaping fire damage. In the past two years, the fire loss has been very small — so small that the condition has called forth the commendation of the underwriters, though with the exception of a decrease in the insurance rate on residences in certain sections sometime ago, the underwriters have not given us much credit for gratifying conditions that have prevailed.
In the period mentioned, several fires have started, but they have been checked before serious results followed. This good fortune is due to the excellent facilities we have for fighting fires and the efficiency of the two hose companies and the hook and ladder company, members of which are entitled to the sincerest appreciation and gratitude of the people of Breckenridge. Long immunity from a scourge is sometimes dangerous. It causes us to forget. Some people once thought that there would never be another great war, but there was and its greatest danger to some was the fact that they thought it would not come.
So while we have been very fortunate in the matter of fires, we should not let our vigilance lag, for there is always the possibility — and the danger.
Three women held in Venezio taxicab murder case
Pueblo, Colo. — Six arrests were made by police in the killing of Nicholas Venezio, a taxicab driver, here. Venezio was shot to death, presumably by one of two passengers in his cab, just as he stopped the car near the entrance to the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company's Bessemer plant.
Three of the suspects held are women. The prisoners gave their names as May Manning, Elnora Young, Sylvia Martin, George John, Carlo Albrica and M.A. Jones.
The shooting, police believe, grew out of a love affair between the taxi driver and one of the women arrested. It is said one of the male suspects was jealous of Venezio's attentions to the women.
A telephone message summoned Venezio to Northern Avenue, where he picked up two fares. He presumably had driven the passengers to a spot near the steel works' fence, when the shooting occurred. Police found footprints leading away from the cab, and the driver dead in his seat, when they arrived on the scene. Four bullets took effect in Venezio's body.
Fall of cage kills two miners
Leadville — Peter Mattson, 26, and Joe Trager, 34, were instantly killed at the Robert Emmet mine by the fall of a cage a distance of 600 feet to the bottom of the shaft. The men were working from the cage, chopping ice from the walls of the shaft when the cable parted, allowing the cage to drop to the bottom. It collapsed and the men were crushed to death. Mattson was married and leaves a widow living in this city. The Robert Emmet is being worked by the Empire Zinc Company.
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